Headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, A2 Hosting is a web hosting company focused on satisfying customers needs. A2 Hosting is a full service provider of web and internet hosting services providing a range of services include affordable hosting for personal homepages, up to full service solutions for small and medium-sized businesses.
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We really try to be the hosting provider we would want for ourselves. One of the ways we accomplish that is by offering what we call All Inclusive Hosting. We’ve found that many hosts show a low price, only to hit their customers with a ton of upsells in their shopping cart like backups, malware protection, SEO tools and premium support. We wouldn’t want to be treated this way as a customer, so we include all of those features and more in our Web Hosting packages for no additional charge.
A2 Hosting flexibility allows them to design a solution specific to your needs and within your price range!
Founded: Founded in 2003 by Bryan Muthig. A second founding partner was bought out. The company was originally formed in 2001 using the brand name Iniquinet before being recreated as A2 Hosting.
Type: Privately Held
Company Size: Less than 50 and growing
Headquarters: Ann Arbor, Michigan USA
Brands & Acquisitions
Full product range includes Web Hosting, Reseller Hosting, VPS Hosting, Cloud VPS Hosting, Managed VPS Hosting, Dedicated Hosting and Managed Dedicated Hosting.
High Speed Hosting (3 levels of plans)
Uses their “ultra-reliable, high-performance SwiftServer hosting platform”. Despite the lower priced plans losing a few features, overall the bells and whistles included in A2 shared hosting plans is pretty comprehensive feature rich environment.
Reseller Hosting (3 levels of plans)
Not unlike their shared plans, A2’s reseller plans are feature rich and competitively priced. With the exception of the SSL certificate and storage limits, all the plans include similar attributes which suggests scaling as the client base increases should be easy enough.
VPS Hosting (2 plans)
A2 offers both traditional Dynamic VPS as well as their new Cloud VPS Hosting. Like Virtual Private Servers, the Cloud VPSes include full root access but garner some new features too. Cloud VPS include free high availability failover for the ultimate in reliability and the ability to design the perfect VPS so you only pay for what you use. They also give the user the ability to re-size the VPS on demand.
Managed VPS Hosting (3 levels of plans)
More resources than a web hosting account, but not quite a Dedicated Server. A2’s “HostGuard” management includes managed software, hardware, network monitoring and optimization, as well as security.
Dedicated Flex Servers Options (2 plans)
A2 Hosting has two management levels for their Dedicated Server options designed to meet the needs of two different types of users.. Both options are already setup, tested, and instantly activated on A2’s SwiftServer platform. Fully managed servers includes around the clock support, whereas the unmanaged is better suited for a developer or experienced system administrator.
Unlimited or Limits in the Terms of Service (ToS)
(editor’s generic observation: unless a webhost uses the term “unmetered” then there is likely a limit somewhere)
There are limits:
The terms “unlimited” and “unmetered” are defined by our experience with similarly situated customers. This means that your use of our resources may not exceed that of similarly situated customers.
You may not place excessive burdens on our CPUs, servers or other resources, including our customer support services. You understand that bandwidth, connection speeds and other similar indices of capacity are maximum numbers. Consistently reaching these capacity numbers may result our need to place restrictions on your use of the Services. You agree that we may place restrictions on your use of the Services or customer support services to the extent that they exceed the use of these resources by similarly situated customers.
Shared web hosting accounts are allowed to use a maximum of 300,000 inodes and 35 concurrent HTTP connections to the server. Backups older than 30-days in a customer account may be removed from the server at our discretion. Complimentary Server Rewind for shared web hosting backups are limited to a 50GB quota. If you exceed 50GB of disk usage in your account, your account will no longer be backed up. Please download any cPanel backups and store them locally.
VPS accounts are limited to a maximum of 1,000,000 inodes.
Service Level Agreement (SLA)
A2 Hosting doesn’t appear to have a publicized SLA. It doesn’t mean they don’t offer credits, just that it’s not clearly stated. They do have a very well written policy on maintenance windows and their notification standards. A2 also state that “planned outages during these period will not fall under our 99.9% uptime guarantee”.
Acceptable Use Policy (AuP)
Although everyone should read that fine print before agreeing to any service, it would appear on a glance that A2’s AuP is generic in nature and is pretty much constituted by the same jargon found in the AuP of countless other web hosting firm. Phrased another way, there doesn’t seem to be anything evil!
Additional Information & Features
Domain Whois: Privacy is NOT enabled on the domain whois. Contact information is readily available.
Site Migration: A2 will transfer your site for free if you use cPanel with your current host.
Guarantee: Hosting services carry an unconditional 30 day satisfaction guarantee. To cancel your hosting services and receive a refund, you must contact us within 30 days from the Effective Date of the particular Services you wish to cancel.
Control Panel: cPanel although some plans by design are user designated.
Script Installer: Softaculous installer sets up popular applications with 1-Click
Which Version of PHP: 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5 or 5.6
Customer Support: No pay to play here. They love to tout their inhouse US based “24/7 Guru Crew”.
Automatic Back Ups: All A2 Hosting servers have redundant hard drives for real-time RAID 1 mirrored backups. We also provide off-server backups. These server backups are stored for the last 30 days on a best-effort basis. To do a restore from one of these backups, use the Server Rewind feature in cPanel.
Security.. ProActive or Lax: The A2 Hosting Perpetual Security initiative says it all. Proactive.
Environmental Consciousness: A2 passes the green test.
“Since 2007 we have partnered with Carbonfund.org to offset our carbon footprint to be 100% carbon neutral. They are a leading organization in the fight against global climate change. We work with Carbonfund.org to fully offset our servers' CO2 emmissions. Their work centers on reforestation and promoting energy efficiency. A2 Hosting's partnership with Carbonfund.org helps their continued development of clean, renewable sources of energy and the reduction of CO2 emissions on a global scale.”
Payment Options: A2 Hosting accepts several payment methods including PayPal, Google Checkout, 2Checkout, Bank transfer, Credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover). You can also pay by Check or money order using snail mail.
Loyalty Plan: Does not appear to be beyond the standard discount for paying annually rather than monthly.
Website Design Service: A2 appears to focus on webhosting and leaves the website creation biz to the design firms.
Community: A2 has a very comprehensive knowledgebase and article wiki that encompasses just about everything. A2 also has a customer forum and active company blog. A2 Hosting is also an active supporter various groups and organizations including the Joomla Community and Wordcamps.
On Twitter: @a2hosting
A2 Hosting reviews: http://www.hostjury.com/reviews/a2+hosting
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