Intro to A2 Hosting Plans

January 29, 2016 | By A. Green | Filed in: Web Hosting Review.

Headquartered in Ann Arbor Michigan, A2 Hosting has been offering web hosting services since 2001. Original called Iniquinet, the company rechristened itself to A2 Hosting in March, 2003. Like most other reliable hosting companies, they offer a gamut of hosting plans at competitive price points. Let’s learn more.

Shared Hosting

The shared hosting plan is the company’s basic plan, ideal for small websites or blogs with limited bandwidth or page view requirements. The plan is offered across three tiers:

• Lite ($3.92 per month)
• Swift ($4.90 per month) and
• Turbo ($9.31 per month)

The best value comes with A2’s annual subscriptions, despite the monthly prices being fairly competitive. The shared hosting servers are hosted on solid state drives (SSDs), which ensure faster load times. Also, the server is optimized for most CMS platforms, such as WordPress, Drupal, PrestaShop, to name a few.

VPS Hosting

Virtual private server (VPS) hosting is recommended for popular sites or web properties with a flourishing visitor base. VPS plans allow better access to server resources, when compared to the shared plan.

All of the extra features and performance comes for a price. The VPS hosting plan is demarcated as:

• Dynamic VPS ($9.89 per month)
• Managed VPS ($32.99 per month)

Both the sub-categories are appropriately designed to ensure you don’t end up paying for performance boosts and features you don’t need or use. The Dynamic VPS option lets you chart out the server configuration to your requirements. See A2 review here.

The key VPS hosting features include server location choice, dedicated IP addresses, free site transfer, 99.9 percent uptime guarantee, round-the-clock U.S.-based customer service, unlimited email accounts, etc. Based on the option chosen, you may have complete root access to the virtual server or allow A2 Hosting to manage things on your behalf.

Cloud Hosting

Cloud hosting is another A2 plan that lets you come up with your custom server. In other words, you may design and set your server memory, CPU speed, CPU cores, and the disk space available. With changing business and website requirements, you are free to easily and quickly resize the server accordingly.

If you are heading into a busy business phase and require additional server resources to make sure your site is up with the demand, cloud hosting can mold itself accordingly. Such varying server capabilities also come in handy when there’s a sudden spike in visitor traffic. This flexibility and versatility makes the company’s cloud hosting plan a preferred hosting option for professionals.

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Dedicated Hosting

Dedicated hosting is A2 Hosting’s top-level hosting plan. In this plan, you’re offered individual access to a specific server – there isn’t any resource or hardware sharing.

If your site is critical to your business and you cannot afford even the minutest of hiccups and connectivity issues, dedicated hosting is what you need. Similar to VPS hosting, ultra-fast dedicated hosting plans are offered in two flavors:

• Managed (starts from $141.09 per month)
• Unmanaged (starts from $99.59 per month)

For developers who require complete hosting control, the self-managed option is ideal. People who need the best performance but do not mind others managing the server, managed hosting should suffice.

The common traits of both the dedicated plans include unlimited web hosting and domains, 99.99 percent uptime guarantee, unlimited emails, etc. Regardless of the dedicated hosting options you pick, you have the freedom to upgrade the plan or access more features in the future.

Additional info: https://www.a2hosting.com/web-hosting


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