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High performance and high speed hosting – these are just two of the claims from website hosting company A2. Those are easy claims to make but not so easy to back up with proven performance. Is A2 Hosting up to the job? Let’s find out.
The company name is one you may not be familiar with since they don’t enjoy quite the same recognition as GoDaddy or HostGator. It all began in the year 2001 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA (from which the current “A2” name is derived) as a hosting service called Iniquinet, with privately-owned servers.
Change and a focus on technology helped them grow. For developers, A2 was noticed when they proved to be the first hosting service to support PHP5. In later years, providing the ultra-fast SSD hosting and the Server Rewind backup tool (which allows customers to “rewind” their servers to an earlier restore point) continued to help their excellent reputation grow. In addition, customer service provided by developers referred to as the “Guru Crew” has only enhanced the company’s roster of quality services.
When it comes to the ability to configure your service/server as you wish, A2 does an excellent job of providing and supporting all the developer software you are likely to want and need. This includes 4 different versions of PHP, 4 versions of Python, Ruby 1.8 and Perl 5.10, 4 different types of databases, tons of scripts, lots of server software and frameworks, plus version control tools and a whole lot more. These are the plans that developers want for the ability to customize to their hearts’ content.
Of course, speed is always important – especially when a company bills itself as providing some of the fastest hosting available – and A2 does an excellent job of ensuring their customers’ websites load as fast as possible. In addition to SSD (Solid State Drives) on all their server types (cloud, virtual, dedicated, shared), A2 uses a SwiftServer platform. This refers to an overall server platform that utilizes Turbo drives to provide superior page loading speed.
Bitcatcha is currently hosting a WordPress site on A2’s Turbo Server and all we can say is “Wow!” We are thrilled with the pre-tuned performance and pre-configured site caching, both of which contribute to site loading times up to 20x faster with this plan!
In terms of reliability, A2 offers a 99.9 percent uptime guarantee for all customers, regardless of plan type. If your website does go down for a period equal to more than 0.1 percent of any given month, A2 will credit your account for 5 percent of the monthly fee, per hour of downtime.
A2’s website hosting is fast, reliable, scalable and perfect for the website owner who wants the ability to control, schedule and create a unique online presence. So a big yes, A2 hosting is highly recommended for all website needs. And a 30-day money back guarantee is a nice incentive for you to give this hosting service a try and see if it is a good fit with your needs.
The Swift and Turbo hosting plans are recommended over the base package. They allow for an unlimited number of websites, databases and storage space. Of course, you can always upgrade to a VPS plan, as well.
Support times were fairly short, less than an hour for the first reply at 2am in the morning. I also utilized live chat multiple times, and always had fast connections to tech support through that. Every single person was very kind and very much willing to help, and they went out of their way to answer my questions and let me know what was going on. (source)
Thanks to Andrew W at @a2hosting for fixing the domain name issues I was having tonight!! (And for putting up with me.) (source)
Overall I’m satisfied with A2 Hosting and hope that they continue improving their services. They are better than many other options out there, and their prices are competitive or better than others. (source)
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