Finding a web hosting for your website is quite difficult. There are many web hosting providers on the internet.
While searching for top web-hosting providers, you get the names Siteground, Hostgator, Bluehost, and many more. One of them is A2 Hosting.
A2 Hosting’s Turbo Boost Plan is known for its 20x speed. But is it true? Let’s find out in this A2 Hosting review.
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A2 Hosting has renamed the name of the Swift plan to Drive plan & Lite to Startup. They also have added a new Turbo Max plan.
The prices have been increased too. You can compare the old plans with the new ones.
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New Plans –
- A2 Hosting Review
- Turbo Boost Plan
- Reason Behind The Speed
- Drive vs. Turbo Boost, Which Should I choose?
- A2 Hosting’s Features
- Do I recommend A2 Hosting?
- A2 Hosting Alternative
A2 Hosting Review
I have tested the Turbo Boost Plan of A2 Hosting & the results are quite good (compared to other hosting providers).
A2 Hosting provides Shared, Managed WordPress, Dedicated, VPS & Reseller Hosting. It also allows registering domain names (.com for $14.95/yr).
This blog is hosted on A2 Hosting’s Turbo Boost Plan in Singapore. Hence, this is an honest review.
Let’s take a look at the various web hosting plans of A2 Hosting.
There are four Shared hosting plans – Startup, Drive, Turbo Boost & Turbo Max (New). The comparison table is below.
|Startup||Drive||Turbo Boost||Turbo Max|
|Physical Memory||700 MB||1 GB||2 GB||4 GB|
|Buy Now||Buy Now||Buy Now||Buy Now|
*Price may change
The key features you get in all the plans are –
The Shared WordPress plans are the same as that of Shared hosting plans. The Managed WordPress hosting plans starting from $11.99/month.
You get tons of features such as free SSL certificate, staging, Jetpack personal, free site migration, automatic updates, enhanced security, and much more.
If your website gets a huge amount of traffic, you should use VPS Hosting. A2 Hosting provides 3 types – Managed, Unmanaged & Core. In each type, you get 3 plans.
A2 Hosting provides SSD Disk drives in it’s VPS hosting for greater speed. If you aren’t happy, you can cancel your hosting & get a refund with their anytime money-back guarantee.
A2 Hosting has 4 types of hosting plans – Unmanaged Server, Discount SSD Server, Managed Flex Server & Core Flex Server.
With these plans, you get a free dedicated IP address, Smart server notifier & scalable servers.
If you are a Freelancer & want to create different accounts for your clients, this hosting is for you. There are 4 plans available – Bronze, Silver, Gold & Platinum.
You can install WHMCS or BLESTA in your account. The Silver, Gold & Platinum plans include free WHMCS license.
Turbo Boost Plan
The popular plan promising 20x speed. Previously, there was only one Turbo plan, but now there are two – Turbo Boost & Turbo Max. Here, I am reviewing the Turbo Boost plan.
Resources You Get –
The above resources are available in my cPanel. These can be different now. Ask the customer support about it.
Now let’s check whether the Turbo Boost plan which is popular for its 20x speed is really that fast.
Well, this blog is hosted on the Turbo Boost Plan. I ran some tests including uptime, speed & load handle.
As you can see in the image, the uptime is 99.99% for the past 30 days.
But, there are some spikes in the response time which is not nice. The server response time should be stable with minimum spikes.
The server response time is quite good. As the server is located in Singapore, the response time is just 3 ms.
Talking about speed, I tested my WordPress blog on GTMetrix & the result is decent. My website loaded in just 1.1 sec.
Note: Server location – Singapore, Testing Location – Australia
When it comes to a high traffic website, the server should be able to handle it.
I sent 50 virtual users on my website & here is the result. No single HTTP failure & response time is stable. Excellent!
You can watch the complete video of 5 min load test below.
Reason Behind The Speed
The Turbo boost plan comes with an A2 Optimized option & plugin that boosts your site’s speed.
It uses Memcached & TurboCache technology to cache your website. WordPress installation comes with A2Optimzed & W3 total cache plugin (preconfigured).
In the Turbo Plan details, it states “More Resources Per User, Fewer Users Per Server.” This also helps to balance the server load.
Overall, the speed is due to better caching. That’s it! You can still obtain this speed with other plugins.
Drive vs. Turbo Boost, Which Should I choose?
You can get almost the same Turbo Boost Plan’s speed in the Drive plan using some caching plugins & CDN. If you are a beginner & starting a website with moderate traffic, go with the Drive Plan.
But, If you are planning to start a website that will get a huge amount of traffic, go with the Turbo plan as it can handle more traffic due to more resources.
A2 Hosting’s Features
Let’s take a look at some of the great features that A2 Hosting provides.
Anytime Refund Policy
The one thing that I loved is it’s anytime money-back guarantee. If you canceled the hosting plan at any time, you will be refunded the remaining amount.
This is the best thing about A2 Hosting. You can read more about the policy here.
99.9% Uptime Commitment
A2 Hosting provides a service credit in the amount of 5% of paid fee for the month, for every hour that your website is unreachable due to an internal network or equipment failure. Read more here.
In cPanel, you will see this option. It backups your entire files as well as databases daily. You can restore your files & databases easily with Server Rewind.
While there are hundreds of articles in the knowledge base to answer your questions, if you want to talk to their support team, there are 3 ways – live chat, ticket (email) & phone call.
I tried the live chat & ticket support. The live chat took around 5 min to get started. I can say that they are knowledgeable & fast in replying.
Ticket support is also quite good. I have emailed them many times & their reply time varied. Sometimes they took just 5 min & sometimes 2-3 hrs.
Do I recommend A2 Hosting?
Yes! It is one of the fastest web hosting platforms among Siteground, Bluehost, Hostinger etc. Their shared plans are best for beginners.
If you have a moderate budget, you can go with one of their shared plans. But, take a look at their renewal price, it’s high.
A2 Hosting Alternative
Hostinger is one of the best alternatives to A2 Hosting. It is affordable & has excellent service & support.
If you think that A2 Hosting is costly, go with Hostinger as it is the cheapest but best option available. Read Hostinger Review.
Another good option is SiteGround which is recommended by WordPress itself & many professional bloggers.
Test results are excellent for A2Hosting’s Turbo Boost plan. But, it depends on various factors such as server location, website’s design & traffic, etc.
This was my honest review of A2Hosting. If you have any questions or want to share your experience, comment below.
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