A2 Hosting Reviews – Rated #1 Fastest Web Hosting (2017)
A2 Hosting: If you check the official website, they talk all about speed. I learned that they offer fast loading sites than other hosting providers. So let's see how much does A2 offer.
Welcome to A2 Hosting Review from Hostingstep.
#1 Avg Response Time - 172ms
The fast, faster, and fastest web hosting I ever tested.
Right from when I started testing A2 Hosting with the help of demo site, no company gets close to the speed of A2 Hosting, apart from SiteGround.
Just check the Response time for the past 12 months. Its just incredible.
A2 Hosting Response Time ( Last 12 months)
- August 2016 - 169.26ms
- September 2016 - 162.15ms
- October 2016 - 103.00ms
- November 2016 - 121.51ms
- December 2016 - 161.43ms
- January 2017- 159.93ms
- February 2017 - 215.99ms
- March 2017 - 215.86ms
- April 2017 - 207.47ms
- May 2017- 250.22ms
- June 2017 - 206.05ms
- July 2017 - 172.89ms
- August 2017 - 230.29ms
Eager to know how A2 Hosting gets such speed? All credits goes to A2 Optimized WordPress installation.
You would think that such performance is only limited to dedicated or VPS hosting. Amazingly, even their low-priced shared hosting packages are just as fast.
Based on our hosting reviews, only few host comes close to that value, and we are proud to say A2 Hosting provides the fast loading WordPress websites.
My demo site is not optimized for Turbo servers (they act 20X faster than normal), I can't imagine the site loading speed at turbo servers. However, I have decided to test A2 Hosting turbo servers in future.
#2 A2 Uptime - 99.98% (Finest)
One of the reasons for their surge of popularity is their incredible uptime. You should not believe a company that tells you they can deliver 100% uptime. So I decided to check their uptime and launched a demo site on a2 hosting servers and started our test.
I kept monitoring demo sites for every 60 seconds to check for downtime. To build more trust to our reviews, you can check historical uptime data for upto two years using this link.
Check A2 Hosting uptime for past 12 months ( Click to expand )
- August 2016 - 100%
- September 2016 - 99.8%
- October 2016 - 100%
- November 2016 - 100%
- December 2016 - 100%
- January 2017 - 100%
- February 2017 - 99.97%
- March 2017 - 99.97%
- April 2017 - 100%
- May 2017 - 99.99%
- June 2017 - 100%
- July 2017 - 100%
The results are incredible and on a 12 months average, A2 Hosting delivered 99.98% uptime which is more or less equal to the 99.99%
#3 Customer support
I never have seen A2 hosting customer support executive hurry in closing a ticket either via ticket or chat. They are polite to solve the issue and sometimes if their support queue is full, they inform me like
"I'm currently handling multiple customers via chat. Your patience is much appreciated. Thank you."
I get connected to chat support within 10-15 seconds round the clock. Their support people are the native US based, and A2 hosting is not outsourcing it.
All their support come with 24/7/365 tech support. They can be reached by phone, email, or chat. Their excellent customer support has even earned them an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau ( Check other awards ).
Great insights of #A2Hosting with historical uptime, response time and TTFB values.
#4 Localized Payment Gateways
Apart from this above features, I consider localized payment is a great thing with A2 Hosting. The problem with developing countries like Brazil,Argentia, India and few more to say, the credit card penetration is low and PayPal has limitation across those countries.
Since most good companies allows only payment through Credit card and PayPal, people end up buying hosting from tier2 hosting companies where the service will be poor.
With A2 Hosting, People from India, Brazil can use their widely popular debit cards to get hosting accounts with A2 Hosting which is in my point of view lot of people will be benefited.
#5 Three Datacenter Locations
Though A2 Hosting don't have a variety of data centers like FastComet, they offer service from three locations covering three continent US,Europe and Asia.
A2 Hosting Datacenters
Cool right? You can cancel your account within first 30 days for a full refund or anytime after a prorated refund of unused services after 30 days.
Though it won't happen ( cancelling of account) since you can see no other achieves such great speed. A2 Hosting is simply the customer friendly company.
#7 Technology Investments
Since its inception in 2003, A2 Hosting is the developer friendly company who comes first to introduce latest versions of PHP, SSD to its servers.
Turbo servers which offers even more faster loading time and the performance plus option which is keep site live during traffic spike.
Apart from it, A2 Hosting have the latest technologies like HTTP/2, Anycast DNS, Railgun, Free SSL etc.
#8 Free Site Transfer
A2 Hosting free site transfer with zero downtime. Most transfers takes less than 24 hours, however if your site is bigger, it takes upto 48 hours.
A2 Hosting History
A2 Hosting company started in 2003. Since then, they set out to be a developer-friendly web hosting company. They are based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but they have servers all over the world. In fact, they named their company after their town.
In line with their goal of providing developer friendly hosting, they made sure that their servers support the most used programming languages and database management systems. As early as 2005, they were already supporting PHP 5. They started supporting MySQL 5 in 2006.
As early as 2013, the A2 server was already using SSD servers. These SSD servers are part of the reason why they offer some of the fastest hosting services in the market.
In 2014, they optimized all their servers to make them faster when using WordPress, the world’s most popular content management system. In 2015, they started hosting from Amsterdam and Singapore data centers for international clients.
Aside from delivering fast and reliable hosting service, the company advocates green energy use. They partnered with environmental companies to make sure that their company practices to minimize their carbon footprint.
By looking at this history, how can I stop writing a2 hosting review for my visitors ?
Demo Site Details
As for my testing process and a2 hosting review, I bought a hosting package and installed a demo site on their servers and started monitoring their services.
- Site URL – http://hostingstep-a2.com
- A2 indicates A2 Hosting
- Domain and Hosting registered on Aug 2016.
Our demo site got expired in August 2017. Since the site achieved consistent performance across 12 months, I planned to stop tracking the hosting.
Sign up process is simple. There are three screens to get started. A2 Hosting is the only hosting with multiple payment gateways. You can't complain for not having credit card to get hosting, since A2 hosting accepts debit cards, skrill and direct bank transfer as alternate methods for getting an account with them.
#3 A2 Hosting Pricing & Plans
Apart from Shared hosting plan, A2 Hosting offer different types of hosting including Cloud VPS, reseller hosting, managed VPS and dedicated hosting for its customer at some seriously stunning pricing (learn more).
- Shared hosting : Package starts from $3.92/month
- Free daily backups : no extra cost
- Free site transfer with no limitations
- WordPress and 150 open source installation with absolutely zero cost
- Multiple payments mode: Credit card and PayPal, CCavenue (India) , PayULatam ( Brazil )
- Three data center locations : US, UK and Asia pacific
Overall, A2 Hosting provides a solid hosting service. They are up there with the best when it comes to load speed and storage offers. The hardware that they use is compatible with the needs of modern developers and website owners.
They trust their service so much that they even offer a 30-day money back guarantee for clients who are dissatisfied with their service and I should mention that they set the standards for all hosting companies in the market.
I hope you enjoyed this a2 hosting review from Hostingstep.