A2 Hosting began business in June 2003 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Their "Guru Crew" support team is based in the U.S. All of the plans are supported 24/7 through phone, and live chat. Live human tech support is available at all hours. A2 offers a 99.9 percent uptime, backed by a 30 day money-back guarantee. They also offer many hosting and security options with 17 plans to choose from.
- Great VPS plans
- Hosting options
Great VPS Plans
Server Uptime Reports are available from the website, which helps our confidence factor. Other encouraging signs that meet our approval are the powerful VPS options that start at a very affordable rate. We also like the ability to choose the specs for your server if you're purchasing VPS plans. A2 emphasizes that they offer 300 percent faster page loads for all their plans using the Solid State Drive hosting vehicle. We are confident that new users and developers both will find plenty to like about A2 Hosting.
A2 offers several hosting options and plans for their customers. Currently they offer VPS, shared, dedicated, and managed web hosting options. While there are companies in the industry who offer more hosting options, A2 offers 17 plans with their hosting options. These plans allow for customization and scalability for customers. A2 also offers security options which is a great benefit for customers as it has become an increasing issue.
- No cloud hosting options
- No unlimited storage
No Cloud Hosting
A2 offers several web hosting options, however they could offer more. We would like to see A2 extend their services to include cloud web hosting options. This provides more options and customization for customers who would benefit more from plans that included shared and managed hosting options.
- The differences between the VPS, and Managed VPS plans are difficult to sort out
- SSL certificates are not included with any plans, and must be purchased separately
- It wasn't immediately clear that the plan pricing shown was for longer terms
- There are so many pricing tiers, with discounts, that it takes some time to work out what customers will pay in the long run
No Unlimited Storage
A2 offers unlimited bandwidth, but has placed limits to their customer's storage. Many larger companies are now offering unlimited or unmetered data on a lot of their plans. We would like to see A2 offer customers unlimited bandwidth and storage as well. This would make their service more competitive and more desirable to customers. Customers who are concerned about data limits should consider a different web hosting company.
The Bottom Line
A2 offers some great VPS options and we would highly recommend checking these out if you are interesting in VPS. However, we would like to see A2 provide cloud options as well as unlimited storage to their services. While they are not one of our top companies, we can recommend checking them out to see if they would be a good fit for you.