A2 Hosting Managed WordPress
- Knowledgeable & Helpful Support
- Great Server Uptime
- Free SSL and Backups
- Anytime Money Back Guarantee
- Jetpack Personal Plan for Free(Worth $3.50/month)
- More Speed was expected at this price
- Live Chat Support takes 10-15 minutes to resond
A2 Hosting not a big name as Bluehost And Hostgator but serving their customers with quality hosting since 2001.
Until 2003, they called themselves as Iniquinet and then they changed their name to A2 Hosting. A2 refers to Ann Arbor (Michigan) which is the hometown of Bryan Muthing (Founder & CEO).
Most of the giant hosting companies like Bluehost and Hostgator are acquired by EIG. But that’s not the case with A2 Hosting. It is an independent hosting company since 2001 and is providing quality service.
How good is A2 Hosting Managed WordPress?
In this review, my main focus is on Speed, Server uptime, Customer support and Ease of use. I have tested out the above aspects and came up with the Un-Biased Review.
They promise to provide quality hosting service with insane speed. So lets check it out.
Whether you are running a blog or having a small business website speed always matters.
Google also has confirmed that Page loading time plays a role in rankings. As per Google’s recommendation, the site should load under 3 Seconds.
A2 Hosting uses SSD storage which are faster then regular storage. Their turbo server technology claims 20x faster page loading time. To test it out I set up a real website with some content.
Here is the result I have got:
I have also done a load impact test to check out how it performs when a large number of users visit the site at a single time.
In the above graph, the Blue line represents VUs (Virtual users) and Green line represents page load time.
It ‘s a quite satisfactory result and it is below Google’s recommended 3 seconds.
But truly speaking I was expecting more from A2 Hosting.
A great customer support differentiates quality web host from the rest of the Crowd.
There are numerous hosting providers out there whose customer support sucks.
Even some big hosting companies have the bad reputation when its come to support.
A2 Hosting customer support is knowledgeable and helpful.
It doesn’t matter:
How big or small your queries are?
A2 hosting customer support is always available to solve your problems.
A2 Hosting provides Live Chat, Call, and Ticket Support System. According to your need and comfort, you can any one of the these any time 24x7x365.
So I can only say that customer support is really helpful.
Another important factor you need to check while selecting a host is server uptime.
If your site stay down most of the time and keep showing errors on the regular basis that will lead to bad user experience and they will lose trust and ultimately you may face ranking and traffic drop.
But the harsh truth is:
Most of the hosting companies in their sites claim 99.9% uptime but few of them stand on their words.
A2 hosting also commits 99.9% uptime and it seems to true. While using their service I have not faced even a 1-second downtime.
For me, server uptime was 100% and you can expect 99.9% is possible.
EASE OF USE
We need to admit every user is not a tech geek. Even you may not be a techy person.
Your hosting company should provide an easy solution for hosting management. Even a newbie can manage it and set up its first website.
Most of the previous host I have used are based on cPanel and it is quite easy to use.
A2 Hosting came up with Plesk Control panel which is a GUI based tool to manage your hosting account from where you can control all of the features.
It is complete newbie-friendly but if you are addicted to cPanel then it’s gonna take some time to get used to Plesk Control Panel.
Here is a look of Plexk control Panel:
Extra Perks With A2 Hosting Managed WordPress Service:
Some of the other benefits you will get if you signup of A2 Hosting Managed WordPress Plan are:
Pre-Installed WordPress with A2 Optimized
No more time wasting in searching for articles:
How to install WordPress?
How to speed up WordPress?
You will get Pre-installed and Pre-Optimized WordPress installation each time you add the domain to the dashboard.
There is also an option for manual installation of WordPress.
Also, each WordPress installation is A2- optimized that ensures tighten security and Blistering speed of your site.
Each day thousands of website got hacked and blacked listed from Search engines. So you need to pay a special attention to your site security.
Each A2 Hosting Managed WordPress Account includes Free Hack Scan, Brute Force defense, Dual firewalls to keep your site safe from Hackers.
You can Enable/Disable Web application firewall from Plesk control panel.
There is also a tool Patchman that will scan for software vulnerability and malware detection and resolve them.
Along with that their A2 hosting Optimize Plugin(Pre-Installed) provides features like:
- Login URL change
- Lock Editing of Plugins and Themes from the WP Admin
- Deny Direct Access to Configuration Files and Comment Form and much more.
In case you want to migrate your old site to A2 hosting you don’t need to worry.
Just submit a Migration support Ticket and sit back. They will migrate your site for free in most of the cases.
Jetpack Personal Plan (Worth $3.50/month)For Free:
If you are familiar with WordPress you must have heard the name of Jetpack plugin.
It is one of the popular plugins that comes with lots of features like Marketing, Security and Performance features.
Each A2 hosting’s Managed WordPress account you get access to the personal plan of Jetpack which includes features like Unlimited Image CDN, Daily Automated Backup, Automated Spam Filtering, Automated Social Media Posting any much more.
Free Automated Backups
To keep your data safe A2 Hosting provides daily backup. You can easily schedule your backups routines from Plesk Control panel and for storage, you can use FTP storage location or your Dropbox account.
Along with that Jetpack Personal Plan (Free with A2 Hosting) also allows you to backup your data daily.
Free SSL Certificate
Google has announced earlier that they will give an extra edge to HTTPS enabled website in rankings.
If you want that extra edge and want to make it more secure you need SSL certificate.
But buying SSL certificate for each website can make a hole in your pocket.
A2 Hosting and kept that in mind and they have joined hands with Lets Encrypt that provides Free SSL certificates.
Any Time Money Back Gurantee
Whoo! That’s something I heard for the first time.
I have seen hosting companies providing 90 days money back guarantee but A2 Hosting has taken it to next level.
You will get the full refund within 30 days after signing up and after that refund will be based on unused service.
Whats about Package and Price?
Currently, they are providing 3 packages ranging from $26.47 – $77.49 monthly and after using coupons it can be dropped to $12.97 – $37.97 monthly.
After comparing all of the 3 plans I have noticed that you will get almost the same features with each plan.
But the difference got created when it comes to Domain Add-ons, Storage, and Resource Usage.
After using it for about 2 months overall experience is good . There were some glitches but A2 Hosting Customer Support done a great job.
If you are searching for a Stable Host with High Performance, Tighten Security, great Server Uptime, and decent site speed can go with A2 Hosting.
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