A2 Hosting

A2 Hosting has data centers all around the world, specifically in Europe, Asia and US.

The Review on A2 Hosting

For the past 3+ years, our team has subscribed to A2 Hosting services in Malaysia. During that whole time, we have kept a close eye in monitoring their performances, such as – uptime and load time.

This review is particularly authentic and mainly relies on the data collected such as:

  • Uptime
  • Load time (speed)
  • Customer support experience

What is A2 Hosting?

You’ve probably never heard of A2 Hosting. Initially, neither had most Malaysians.

That’s a shame.

Back when they were not defined as popular or ‘internet famous’, they claimed that they have the ability to boost speeds up to 20X faster, compared to HostGator or BlueHost.

A2 Hosting has data centers all around the world, specifically in Europe (Amsterdam), Asia (Singapore) and US (Michigan) which has expanded since they first started in 2001. Previously, A2 Hosting was formerly known as Iniquinet (with a total rebranding).

Not only that, they also claimed to have ‘guru support’ and ‘99.9% of uptime’. (Now, that simply sounded too good to be true.)

So is the verdict?

Is A2 Hosting really the most amazing Malaysian web hosting service with its stunning support and uptime? Or is it just another company that uses all of the greatest adjectives in advertising, yet can’t support their claims with their performance? (Now, that’s the real question!)

To test out the services they provide and for the purpose of writing an unbiased review on A2 Hosting, we purchased their cheapest “Shared Plan” back in 2015 and set up a basic WordPress website.

Want to know more about our results?

Keep reading on one of the top hosting provider reviews.

The Benefits Of Using A2 Hosting

A2 Hosting claims that their speed and customer support are among the greatest. Let’s see how awesome they really are.

It turned out to be pretty great!
Here are the reasons:

1. The Fastest Shared Hosting Provider

Do you guys remember the part where A2 Hosting claimed that they have the ability to boost speeds up to 20X faster?

One thing that you guys need to know is, anything that’s close to that digit would be totally amazing AND profitable.

How did they manage to do it?

Here’s the answer: Extremely quick loading time (in other words, INSTANT!)

Basically, the loading times of A2 Hosting page came up to an average of 376ms over a period of 10 months and that makes them faster than the other web hosts that we have reviewed and they are also 50% faster than the average industry (by right, 890ms).

The most important question is, how do they do that?

When it comes to the limitation on the number of people on ‘shared’ hosting servers and the implementation of additional functions such as caching and storing of any information on people’s browsers (reducing the number of times they have to keep requesting information from your website repeatedly), A2 Hosting is takes VERY serious precautions.

2. The Efficiency of Customer Support

The loading speed on the website is amazing.

But that’s nothing compared to the customers’ experience in terms of the help that you receive when any issues appear.

It is undeniable that A2 Hosting’s customer support has remarkable performance with super helpful, friendly and US-based customer support. Not only that, their customer support team is available 24/7/365 (all the time!) through chat, phone, email, or even ticket submission.

We even tried to reach out to their customer support ourselves to provide the most unbiased review and to our surprise, we were connected instantly. What amazed us is that, their support representative are very responsive especially when answering every single one of our queries.

3. Free Service, Keeps Hacker Away

As a preventative measure to keep hackers away from your website, A2 provides a HackScan, which is a free service that includes:

  • 24/7 security monitoring
  • Dual-web hosting firewall
  • Brute force defense
  • Virus scanning

Some other hosts do provide similar tools if you’re inclined, but it might be useless if you already know what you are doing.

By right, A2 Hosting is going way beyond the usual by providing such preventative service in providing you the ‘peace of mind’, so you just have to worry about running your site, NOT with the constant technical maintenance.

4. Free Migration

If your site is currently using a cPanel (which most of the professional site do), A2 will help you in relocating to the other hosting provided, for FREE.

Relocating your site by yourself might be a huge hassle and a total time consuming, if you are not a tech-savvy (kind of) person and if your massive site cramped with menial task (high number of images or pages).

Not only that, there are some of the web hosts that will charge you big bucks for this service, such as {whisper} BlueHost…

5. Common CMS Compatibility

Enough said, installing popular Content Management Systems (CMS) such as, Magento, WordPress, Joomla, OpenCart and Drupal is a “one-click” setup.

As simple as that.

Not only that, your A2 account will come with a pre-installed of A2 Optimized WordPress Plugin IF you choose the Turbo package.

6. 30-days Money Back Guarantee

If you don’t like the A2 Hosting experience for any reasons (within 30 days), A2 offer a complete refund as they stand behind their product.

Please take note that the SSL certificate, domain registrations, setup fees and other migration fee, are NOT refundable (which is a pretty common policy, even for other companies as well)

7. Free Content Delivery Network

Other than providing the free virus scan, you’ll also have the chances in using the Content Delivery Network (CDN) of Cloudflare.

Cloudflare would simply route the traffic (with least resistance) directly towards your site.

That means, your site would be faster, one-click setup, better uptime, better security as any malicious threat will be blocked by Cloudflare CDN and more.

Want to know the best part? It’s all FREE.

8. Green Web Hosting

As A2 Hosting support the environment, you don’t have to feel guilty in choosing them as your web host.

The A2 company has partnered up with the Carbonfund.org since 2007, in battling with the climate change.

As they purchase the carbon offsets, all of their servers can be considered as “carbon neutral”. You are funding the projects while reducing the emission of greenhouse gases everytime you purchase the carbon offsets.

These kind of green projects are technically responsible for upgrading the power plants in reducing the pollution, restoring the forests and the increment of energy efficiency for building or transportation.

Not only that, in supporting with the climate change, the company of A2 Hosting also allows their employees to telecommute in reducing the unnecessary emission of CO2. (How cool is that?)

They are also active in recycling such as planting trees during special promotion, instead of using disposable coffee cups, they are using coffee mugs in reducing the amount of trash and rather than simply throwing out the old hardware, they recycle all the old servers.

They also one of the first provided that offered Solid State Disk Drives (SSDs) as these drives are using much less energy than the traditional HDDs.

The Disadvantages Of A2 Hosting

Despite our affection on A2 Hosting might be obvious right now with their amazing speed and support, free migration and such, yet nobody’s perfect.

Here are few flaws on A2:

1. Over the Last 10 Months, the Uptime Slipped to 99.91%

It is a fact that the uptime is extremely critical because, if your website happened to be downtime, it can cost you $7,900 per minute as depending on how valuable your website is.

That’s why you shouldn’t believe the hype, if someone (or host) tells you about 100% uptime. 100% of uptime is achievable, yet it is VERY rare. We have been testing out for more than 30 hosting providers and none have the ability in achieving 100% of uptime over the period of 10 months.

Despite A2 Hosting has the ability in having strong uptime initially, yet they’ve started to slipped for the past months.

Now, with their ten-month uptime comes up to 99.91%, which is below than the average industry.

2. Expensive More Than Average

It’s true that the A2 Hosting is slightly more expensive than the average web hosting, “you get what you pay”. (With all of the fancy benefits, that’s the price)

Similar to other web hosts, A2 Hosting also employs the common procedure in providing the lowest price as possible if you simply sign up for a longer term. Technically, their cheapest shared hosting is at RM16.29, it means that you need to sign up for 36 months for full shared hosting services.

3. Cheapest Plan Restrictions

For example, their cheapest plan which is Lite Plan comes with the limitation number of websites and databases.

But, from our experience, it is still worth it, as it is faster compared to other web hosts. So you will be fine.

You will have to sign up for Turbo plan if you are interested in the turbo fast speeds. The Turbo and Swift plans are slightly similar to one and another, yet Turbo is a complete with staked and extra perks.

For example, the Turbo server has the PHP API. The Turbo plan enables APC and the server itself is featured with a built-in caching engine. By that, the speed is as fast as a lightning!

The APC is enabled by default and the account will be receiving up to 256 MB of APC memory.

It is important for you to know, if you are planning on changing the configuration of PHP on Turbo Server, you need to use the cPanel rather than the php.ini files.

In boosting the speed of Turbo plan, simply compiles it with .htaccess files.

The web hosting of Turbo server do not support the web applications of Phython-based or Ruby-based and this includes the Rail and Django as well.

Pricing, Hosting Plans and Facts on A2 Hosting

Lite Plan Swift Plan Turbo Plan
Cost: starts at RM16.05 per month Cost: starts at RM20.06 per month Cost: starts at RM38.12 per month
Features:

  • 1 domain name
  • 5 subdomains
  • 5 databases
  • 25 email accounts
Features:

  • Unlimited domain names
  • Unlimited databases
  • Unlimited email accounts
Features:

  • Unlimited domain names
  • Unlimited databases
  • Unlimited email accounts
  • Additional support of HTTP/2 and SPDY (for speed improvement)
Signup Easy signup process
Method of payments Bank Transfer, PayULatam, Check or Money Order, Credit Card and PayPal.
Fees and Clause Payment that made by check are not refundable and $25 in moving your account to other data center or downgrade your hosting plan.
Upsells Very few
Activation of Account Instant Activation
Dashboard Experience and Control Panel  cPanel
Apps and CMSs (WordPress, Joomla, etc) installation Option installation available at checkout on WordPress or other CMSs.

Do we recommend using A2 Hosting?

Yes, obviously.

Despite other web hosts might be flashing with a fancy advertising campaign and being praised by the entire website, yet the delivery performance of A2 Hosting is what matters the most.

They offer among the best result on speed (and we’ve experienced it by ourselves!) even they kept their presence low for quite some time. Not only that, they attentive and friendly customer support is an added value towards their recommendation.

You are looking for a reliable, helpful and fast web host for any type of website?

Why don’t you give A2 Hosting a shot? It will be worth a try and we bet you wouldn’t be disappointed as they’ve been one of the top web hosting service providers for us in Malaysia for the past 8 months.

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