In this post, A2 Hosting Vs Hostinger is compared in terms of performance, pricing, features and customer support.
Started in 2001, A2 Hosting has been around for a long time and is one of the leading hosting providers with excellent speed and advanced features. Most importantly, the provider offers customers great choices in terms of hosting types and plans. A2 is well known for its brilliant speed and support.
Hostinger started in 2004 and is characterized by affordable pricing, easy setup, powerful tools, custom-built WP optimization stack, and LiteSpeed cache. Over the years, Hostinger has done a remarkable job in supporting micro to large-scale websites.
I have spent some hours studying the various aspects of the two services closely and testing their performances using advanced methods. This post will share my findings with you to give you good clarity on the two services.
A2 Hosting Vs. Hostinger: Performance
Server Response Time
To understand the performance of the two services, I started with the server response time test, and for that, I had to host a site with the two services each. Next, I monitored the server response time of the two services using Pingdom for many hours.
While my A2 site had an average server response time of 353 ms, my Hostinger site recorded an average server response time of 659 ms. Hence, you can see a wide difference in the performance of the two services, making A2 the clear winner.
I tested the uptime of the two services by closely monitoring the uptime of my sites continuously for 3 months. My A2 site had been pretty consistent with its uptime and recorded an uptime of 99.99%.
I noticed some glitches in the uptime of my Hostinger site, and it recorded an average uptime of 99.68%, which is not very bad. However, A2 is comparatively more reliable than Hostinger in terms of uptime.
Another important thing to find out about the two hosting services is their ability to handle high traffic sites and traffic spikes. For that, I used an advanced test called Load testing, wherein I have sent 1000 concurrent traffic in 1 minute to the two sites hosted with the two services and closely monitored their performance.
My A2 site recorded 26 ms in 1000 clients in 1 minute. However, I couldn’t quite succeed in performing load testing on Hostinger due to low server resources.
Many sites rely largely on multiple global locations for their traffic, and it is important to find out how well the services respond across multiple global locations. This is where the Global TTFB comes into play. I performed the test by using ten global locations to ping my two sites from.
My A2 site had decent TTFB in all the global locations with an average of 418.08 ms. The site performed brilliantly in New York, Dallas, and San Francisco. My Hostinger site also had good TTFB in all the places with an average of 430.23 ms. However, if we compare, A2 has performed slightly better than Hostinger.
Core Web Vitals
Sites need to ensure a good user experience these days, which has become an important factor for SEO ranking. To check how well a hosting service can support a site in achieving this, we take count on the Core Web Vitals. I tested the Core Web Vitals of my sites hosted with the two services.
My A2 site recorded a ‘Largest Contentful Paint’ of 0.703 s, a ‘Total Blocking Time’ of 0.012 s, and a ‘Cumulative Layout Shift’ of 0. In comparison, my Hostinger site recorded a ‘Largest Contentful Paint’ of 0.701 s, a ‘Total Blocking Time’ of 0 s, and a ‘Cumulative Layout Shift’ of 0. Hence, you can see that Hostinger has better Core Web Vitals score than A2 Hosting.
A2 Hosting Vs. Hostinger: Features
The control panel plays a crucial role in hosting since you will manage most of it through the control panel. A2 Hosting comes with cPanel. cPanel has been around for a long time and shouldn’t be difficult to use. Even if you are a newbie, you can get the hang of it in just about 15 minutes.
Hostinger comes with a customized cPanel, and they call it hPanel, which is even easier to use. Most importantly, the hPanel addresses some of the issues people had with cPanel, and the hPanel has a cleaner interface.
Data Center Locations
Checking the data center locations of a hosting service well in advance is essential to understand if the service has the data center location that you need for your target audience.
A2 has 4 data center locations across the USA, Europe, and Asia, while Hostinger has 7 data center locations worldwide. You are even good to go with a hosting service with limited data center locations as long as it has your desired location.
CDNs are very useful in improving the site speed, and a CDN essentially delivers your site content to your target audience from the closest server alongside other speed optimization technologies. Both A2 and Hostinger use Cloudflare CDN and have it for free on all plans.
Cloudflare uses reverse proxy and acts as both DNS and CDN to deliver your site content to your target audience from the closest location. The CDN has over 155 global locations to serve your content. It also optimizes your site content through auto minification of scripts and image optimization, which drastically reduces the bandwidth and CPU usage on the server.
Staging or creating clones of live sites is a handy feature if you want to perform various experiments and tests on your site without affecting the live site. Staging in A2 is pretty simple, and the feature is free on all plans. To create a staging site, you have to get to the cPanel and then to the Softaculous app installer. The Softaculous app installer helps you easily create a staging site and push your final changes to your live site.
However, Hostinger doesn't have a dedicated and straightforward hosting feature. The only way you can create a staging site in Hostinger is by using WordPress plugins such as WP Staging.
Hosting a website needs a reliable backup system. A2 has a good backup system with free automated daily backups with easy restore. The feature is not available on the StartUp plan and only available for free on the next higher plans.
As far as the Hostinger backup system goes, it does have automated daily backup, but the feature is only available for free on the Business Web Hosting plan. Hostinger offers weekly backups on the lower plans. Hence, if you are on a lower plan, you could use WordPress plugins such as UpdraftPlus or the All in One Migration to set automated backups.
For hosting a site, you have to also emphasize security considering the increasing instances of brute force and DDoS attacks. A2 comes with a rock-solid security system known as the A2’s Perpetual Security, comprising KernelCare rebootless kernel updates, brute force defense, a dual firewall, and (DDoS) Protection.
Hostinger’s security is server-based and comprises Apache mod_security, Suhosin PHP hardening, PHP open_basedir protection, etc. Most importantly, none of the services had any major security issues in the recent past. Hence, you can count on both for their security.
Technical problems are bound to be there while you are trying to manage your hosting account. However, it is not wise to remain stuck with a problem for too long, and that’s where a good support service comes into play.
A2 has a dedicated support team for sure, and the A2 support team, the Guru Crew, has done a commendable job over the years in helping its customers and continues to do exceptionally well in addressing the various technical issues of the customers 24×7 through live chat, phone, and tickets.
Hostinger also has a reliable support team with knowledge and helpful executives to assist the customers with their technical queries and issues through 247 live chat and email. Hostinger has maintained a good track record so far in terms of support.
I have tried to present you with the most transparent picture of the two services, and after reading this post this far, I am sure you now have a decent understanding of the features and performance of the two services. A2 had a leading edge over Hostinger as per the performance test results.
When it comes to Hostinger, I found some glitches in the performance, including server response time and uptime. Besides, Hostinger lacks Staging, and also backups aren’t available on all plans. However, you can avoid it by using WordPress plugins such as WP Staging and Updraft Plus.