A2 Hosting Review – A Lot to Like (and Some Not to)

If you haven’t heard yet, A2Hosting is back with all fresh offers. Let’s see what to expect from them after the revamp.

$200 In Free Marketing Credits – The build it and they will come approach doesn’t work. Once you build your website it is your responsibility to start driving traffic to it so you can generate leads and sales. To help you get off to a great start A2Hosting gives all new customers $200 in free marketing credits. You will get $100 Google Adwords credit and $100 Yahoo/Bing network advertising credit.

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24 Hour Customer SupportA2Hosting customer service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can contact them via chat, telephone or email([email protected]).

What I Don’t Like About A2Hosting…

Hostingmanual.net’s A2Hosting review here is the most exhaustive I’ve seen. Mine won’t be as detailed.I want to share with you the good and bad so you can decide if this is the best host for you. The biggest thing that can be a downfall in terms of A2Hosting is the fact that they only offer shared hosting. If you are just starting out and don’t have a lot of traffic coming to your website this is not a problem.

However, if your website grows into a high traffic website you will need to switch hosts as you will then need a VPS or dedicated server.

Another thing I don’t care too much for is the unmetered storage space and bandwidth. Unmetered basically means there are no set limits. However, there is still a “normal usage” amount that you must stay within. This normal limit is determined by A2Hosting through regular statistical analysis. According to A2Hosting 99.95% of customers fall into the “normal usage” range.

Those who fall outside of the “normal usage” range are usually using their website to store and share files rather than hosting.

With that being said, it is your responsibility to make sure you stay within the CPU and disk usage policies set forth by A2Hosting. If you do not they have the right to suspend your account.

Here are some specific limitation A2Hosting has in place when it comes to server resources usage:

  • Use twenty-five percent (25%) or similar part of the system resources for ninety (90) seconds or less. Activities that are mainly responsible for includes: CGI scripts, PHP, FTP, HTTP, etc.
  • Run cron entries while making sure of intervals of not more than fifteen (15) minutes.
  • Run any MySQL prompt queries for more than fifteen (15) seconds. MySQL tables should be indexed appropriately.
  • The use of more than two hundred and fifty thousand (250,000) inodes on any shared or reseller account may result in a warning, and if no action is taken to reduce the excessive use of inodes, your account may be suspended.

It can also be found in the A2Hosting terms of service by visiting https://www.A2Hosting.com/terms.

The last thing that doesn’t sit too well with me is the high renewal price. Yes, you may be able to get started for only $2.75 a month, but once your term expires the price will increase to $5.98 per month for three years.

About this Blog

I have created this blog to write about web technology. I love that stuff. So to start, let me write a short post about website hosting.

Web Hosting is Essential

Web hosting is essential for companies to survive these days, whatever the nature of business is. It is basically a system where a service provider lets the client create a website, of any sort, that contains web pages on resources that the service provider allots. The computing sources are offered by the host.

It’s colorful!

The range of services offered can vary with various service providers. Based on how complicated your website is, what exactly is its objective, and several other elements the service might be chargeable but there are also cost-free service providers. What type of service you need from the service provider depends on your necessity.

The Goal

Through web hosting, you will have an online existence. This way, clients can remotely gain access to your service portfolio and will also get you some business. But you need someone to manage all aspects involved with keeping a website up and running. And that is where hosting service providers come in.

The service provider will allot space on the server for your website and will give you the option of upgrading and expanding. The website will be managed by the service provider while you manage your core business and leave the website management part to them. Free hosting is limited in scope, but with paid hosting, you can have whatever you want for a price.

Lots of Choices

As far as picking a service provider is involved, it can get confusing because there are many companies out there who offer web hosting service and it can get complicated.

There needs to be good support and service from your service provider post sales and the association should have good uptime. Earlier to making contact with a host, you need to make certain that you are crystal clear about your services. Small companies and start-up companies need not go for a paid site model, they can utilize the free model till their specifications entail a paid site.

Premium is Always Premium

But at times, you will require paid web hosting, as what you need will not fall under the scope of free service providers. The speed should be good and the downtime should not exceed 10%. This will ensure that customers can always access your site. The site should be easily navigable and have all the required features necessary. Support should exist for features like shopping carts and secure servers. And there should be enough storage space to handle all your data.

So that was my first post. A little long for my taste, by I cannot control myself. Check back for another post soon!