A2 Hosting India Review – is it a preferred hosting for Indian Bloggers?

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Are you planning to start a blog in India and not sure which hosting company to pick?

Well, great news, you’ve landed at the right place.

Today I am going to review one of the top hosting providers in India, A2 Hosting.

BTW, if you first want to experience a blog or site that is hosted on A2 Hosting then look no farther – bloggingventure.com is actually hosted on A2hosting.

So, whatever you’re going to read here is not random; It’s an unbiased review based on my experiences with the hosting company.

Until now, I have been recommending Siteground to all my readers. I, in fact, started my blogging Journey with Siteground. Well, actually with Godaddy. The experience with Godaddy was very bad that within the first 4 months, I had moved to SIteground.

Since I wanted to try the other options too; so I moved to A2 Hosting after 1 year with SG.  So far I am loving it.

Even though I have been using A2 Hosting myself, I was still recommending Siteground to my readers; because their pricing was comparatively cheaper than the other top hosting providers.

But Siteground has recently upgraded their servers with Google Cloud and revised their pricing.

And as you can guess they have increased the prices for all their hosting plans.

Now, unfortunately, a newbie blogger might no longer be able to afford a hosting plan from Siteground.

But if you can, by all means, go with Siteground; trust me you won’t regret. Read the Siteground India Review.

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On the other hand, A2 Hosting has recently introduced a great introductory price for their shared hosting plans. which makes it a perfect choice for a newbie blogger.

That is why I decided to write a review of A2 Hosting as well.

Along with A2 and SG, there are another two hosting companies I have been recommending to my readers, depending on their needs. They are Bluehost and Hostgator.

I will review those two as well very soon. In the meanwhile go ahead and read the review I have here for you today.

In this hosting review, I’ll walk you through all the necessary details that you need to know, so that you can decide for yourself whether to chose A2 Hosting or not for your blogging venture.

Let’s start.

A2 Hosting India: A Brief Company History

This web hosting company has been around for longer than you might expect. It was launched in 2001 as “Iniquinet”- a web hosting startup, by its CEO Bryan Muthig, with his strong background and experience as a UNIX systems administrator.

On their website, they state, “While A2 Hosting was originally launched as a hobby, it was evident this side venture would grow into something more. From our roots in a two-room office in Ann Arbor, Michigan to handpicking the very best team members and data centres located around the globe. From hosting a couple sites for a few friends and family members to hosting thousands of prominent websites. From just offering Shared Web Hosting to a complete, fully scalable product line featuring Reseller, VPS and Dedicated Server solutions.”

The business was based in Ann Arbor, MI. And as the startup picked up a great pace, they changed the company’s name to A2 as a tribute to their base location. And it has been independently owned ever since.

A Few Credentials:

A2 Hosting India features

Their love for the latest technology, is one of the major factors behind their ever-growing success, as evident by the following facts.

• In 2004, A2Hosting became one of the first web hosting providers to support PHP5.

• In 2013, A2Hosting introduced Solid State Drive (SSD) hosting to support its SwiftServer platform. By adopting SSDs for shared hosting as well, A2Hosting raised the speed for all the other shared hosting providers too.

• Towards the end of 2014, they started making use of turbo servers to offer a much faster page load speed, as compared to several other web hosts.

• A further validation of its trustworthiness comes from their receiving a rating of “A+” from the BBB (Better Business Bureau).

To be clearly able to understand if this is the hosting you should invest and trust in, let’s dive straight into what is good, bad or ugly about the hosting provider.

Good things first, let’s begin with

The Pros of A2 Hosting India:

SCREAMING FAST SPEED:

A2 Hosting speed test

Every business regardless of their industry or niche, wants their website to deliver a great user experience. A website that delights new or returning users, is much likely to perform better than its counterparts. Today’s visitors are short on time and impatient too. Plus, a fast loading site further improves your SEO score. So speed is one of the most important aspects to take into account while choosing your host.

And luckily, A2 is the fastest shared hosting provider tested with a load time of 317ms (on an average from the time frame of February 2018 to January 2020). And they’ve been the fastest for several years now. Speed, in fact, is their essence.

They talk about speed in their tagline and on their homepage. All of their features are designed to make your site lightning fast, or as they prefer calling it, ‘screaming fast’ & ‘blazing fast’. Even the names of their pricing plans are synonymous to speed, for instance, ‘Drive’, ‘Turbo boost’ & ‘Turbo Fast’!

A2 loves speed which explains the use of SSDs and turbo servers (up to 20x faster) to maintain extremely high page load speeds at all times. The SwiftServer platform of A2 also ensures the smooth functioning of your site, irrespective of a heavy traffic load.

GUARANTEED UPTIME:

A2 Hosting India Uptime Review

Another prime area of focus while selecting a web host is its uptime. Anybody would definitely want their site to be available to their visitors for the vast majority of the time, with as little disruption as possible.

And A2 Hosting offers exactly that. It claims to provide a 99.9% uptime guarantee and most of the existing customers happily vouch for it.

One of the ways that A2 Hosting ensures that uptime is maximized, is by taking measures to limit the number of people on a shared hosting server.

Taking steps to prevent overstuffing reduces the demand placed on a server with spikes in traffic or resource requirement.

This is further enhanced through caching to store information in people’s browsers, so they don’t have to pull information from your website every time they visit (due to some of the resources being saved in their browser cache).

Apart from the considerably high uptime, another impressive part about A2 is that the company has been completely transparent about it. Their server uptime statistics are publicly revealed, as they are being tracked by a third-party like WebsitePulse.

MULTIPLE DATA CENTERS:

A2 Hosting Data Centers

 

Yet another reason for their solid performance is that their data centres are spread across three continents;

  • USA – Michigan & Arizona
  • Europe – Amsterdam
  • Asia – Singapore 

You thus get access to the server that is located closest to you, which enhances the speed and performance of your site.

 *Note: because of the above-mentioned reason, while buying a hosting plan from A2Hosting always make sure to select the Asia – Singapore server/data centre. 

 

A2 also exclusively owns all of its web servers. Which essentially means that each server is high powered, ultra-reliable, expertly tuned by their team of engineers and are being monitored 24×7.

Hence with A2Hosting, you are have almost guaranteed peace of mind when it comes to the security of your blog. Your crucial files and data are securely hosted at all times.

24/7/365 GURU CREW SUPPORT:

A2 Hosting India Support

A2 Hosting provides hundreds of articles in their knowledge base if you’d prefer to find a quick, written, step by step answer to whatever issues you are stuck with.

Furthermore, A2 Hosting’s customer support team is also labelled as “Guru Crew Support Team”. Which unlike other hosting providers (who are unavailable during the night hours), is there for you whenever you need them, which is 24×7 and 365 days a year!

You can connect with them via chat, phone call, email or by simply submitting a ticket. Their response time when compared to other hosts is impressively quick. They are courteous, friendly and would answer all our questions directly within about 30 seconds.

It seems like they genuinely care and are knowledgeable enough to not need to look every answer up. Which is a big deal for a newbie blogger, especially if you’re not technically strong.

Also, they do not outsource their support facility to save money, and instead, provide you with their ‘in-house’ knowledge and expertise. The A2 support team is not only able to answer your basic hosting queries, but also the advanced, technical ones, with equal ease.

If you happen to be a developer, you would still receive outstanding support from the team to try out any advanced feature on your site. “Guru Crew” is indeed an apt name for this team!

BOOSTED SECURITY for Extra Protection:

A2 Hosting India Review security

Online, speed and security don’t always go well together. That’s because extra scanning, firewalls, or layers of encryption often slow users down. With an average of 30,000 websites being hacked each day, globally, the best way to keep your site safe is by preventing issues before they break out.

Brute force defence, a dual firewall and a number of other security features are already in place to give you the best possible protection with A2. Each A2Hosting plan comes with ‘HackScan’ and ‘KernelCare’ that are components of their perpetual security initiative.

Their servers are protected by HackScan, a 24/7-monitoring service that scans for malware and other attacks day-in and day-out.

KernelCare is a software extension that allows A2 to update the security of their kernels every day without having to reboot any server. With KernelCare, you’ll benefit from faster updates without any downtime during them. Which ensures that your kernel is always up to date on the latest security software.

Their data centres are also scalable, meaning you’re protected if a denial of service attack (DDoS) breaks out. These attacks attempt to flood your servers with traffic and knock your site offline. Thus A2 has got your back with handling sudden, unexpected surges as well.

FREE CLOUDFLARE CDN:

A2 Hosting free CDN

A2 has partnered with Cloudflare to provide a free Content Delivery Network (CDN) with their hosting plans.

The Cloudflare CDN network has 155+ data centres around the world. And offers a wide range of security and performance protection elements that allow you to deliver content at fast speeds without worrying about malicious threats attacking your website.

Additionally, you’ll receive a security option called ‘Patchman’ for each shared SSD account, including a few HDD servers. This tool helps to identify infected files, outdated software versions, etc. It can even patch any security concerns with WordPress, Joomla and Drupal.

It would have cost a lot to sign up for a CDN separately, plus you would need some technical knowledge. But with this hosting you get them taken care of, without any extra charge or work.

FREE SITE MIGRATION:

A2 Hosting Review - free site migration

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Another great part of A2 Hosting is that you get a free migration of your site with all their plans.

This is amazing since popular hosts like Bluehost charge as much as $150 per site for this very job!

But with A2 Hosting you get a 100% worry-free account migration by their 24/7/365 Guru Crew Support team! In fact, they have an expert dedicated Migration Specialist team whose entire job is to migrate sites to their servers each day. Isn’t that cool?

(All shared hosting customers will get one site moved for free. But if you’re purchasing the reseller, dedicated, or managed VPS hosting, you’ll get 25 free migrations.)

CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS (CMS), WEBSITE BUILDERS, AND DEVELOPER-FRIENDLY TOOLS:

A2 Hosting tools for developers

A2 Hosting works seamlessly with all major content management systems. You can install a WordPress, Joomla or Drupal site in no time with just a few clicks.

They have a few special features for these sites, such as the A2 Optimized WordPress plugin that comes with the Turbo plans to keep your site speedy.

A2 Hosting also has its own website builder, called SiteBuilder. Ideal if you’re looking for something a little more user-friendly to customize your site by yourself without having to Google any HTML tags.

(Just keep in mind though – the pricing and plans are a little different for A2’s SiteBuilder as compared to the normal shared hosting plans they have.

A2 Hosting plans being compatible with a Cloudflare CDN account, keep your site fast by loading images and other large files separately from your server.

If you happen to be a webmaster or an agency planning to host multiple sites under one roof, A2 has developer-friendly tools as well. You can get admin-level access on servers, free server rewind backups, and multiple versions of everything from PHP to MySQL, PostgreSQL, Python, and so on.

FREE SSL CERTIFICATES:

A2 Hosting cheap hosting with Free SSL certificate

SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) keeps your visitor’s private information, like their payment details, personal information safe and secure.

And Google takes its users security very seriously, so having an SSL certificate installed on your site is no longer optional, it’s now an integrated part of SEO.

An SSL certificate is now one of the more than 200 factors that Google uses to rank a site in the SERP.  So, if you want to rank high on Google, an SSL certificate is a must.

SSL certificates vary in security level and price, ranging from anywhere between $19.99 to $269.99 USD per year.

But you don’t need to pay for it as A2 Hosting has partnered with Let’s Encrypt to bring its users free and automated SSL certificates.

And unlike Godaddy or many other hosting providers, you don’t even need to manually install, configure or renew the SSL certificate, A2 Hosting takes care of it automatically.

PHP 7.4 SUPPORT:

A2 Hosting PHP 7.4 support

Whether you want to develop on the latest version of PHP as it’s released or maintain compatibility and develop on an established, stable release, A2 Hosting has got you covered.

It all comes hosted on their high-performance SwiftServer platform. You can also choose the Turbo Servers for 20X faster page load speeds!

AFFORDABILITY:

Cheap web hosting for indian bloggers - A2 Hosting

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A2Hosting is the best and cheapest option for you (especially if you are a new blogger).

In a world where being slow can hurt both traffic and conversions, web hosts that pride themselves on speed charge a premium for it – or at least a lot more than the Rs.219/month, that A2 Hosting charges for their cheapest plan.

And this plan comes with unlimited SSD storage, unlimited bandwidth, free SSL, 25 email accounts, a site builder, and 1-click WordPress install!

ANYTIME MONEY BACK GUARANTEE:

A2 Hosting India refund policy

A2 Hosting used to have the standard 30-day money-back guarantee like most other hosts. Where, if you’re not satisfied with their services or run into any issues within the first 30 days, you are entitled to get a complete refund. No questions asked.

But then they modified this policy a little, A2 Hosting now offers an “anytime” money-back guarantee!

In this case, you will still get a full refund within the first 30 days. But say, if you have prepaid for three years (to get the best deal) in advance and say after the first year, you, for some reason decide to switch to another hosting provider or change your mind about blogging you can now, still ask for a refund and receive a prorated amount back for the remaining time. In this case, the last two years of your tenure. Cool right?

This, in fact, one of the coolest features I think A2 Hosting provides.

So, all good till here, but is it totally void of anything bad at all?

Unfortunately no, it has its fair share of cons too!

The Cons of A2 Hosting India:

HIGH RENEWAL RATES COUPLED WITH A 15-DAY TIGHT DEADLINE:

A2 Hosting India renewals

Most web hosting companies pull this same stunt in one form or another.

They would lure you in with a huge discount on your first invoice and once your initial term expires, the automatic renewal will kick in at the ‘regular’ pricing which is almost double of what you had first paid.

They seem to know that if you’re happy with the overall service, it is probably going to be a huge pain to move your site before the price increase begins.

 *Note: even though the renewal cost is very high you can however buy any hosting plan from A2 Hosting at the introductory price for upto 3 years. 

 

But the bigger part that doesn’t sit well, is their cancellation policy. According to their terms, you need to submit a written cancellation request “15 days before the beginning of the Renewal Term” through their customer portal or by email.

But in case you miss this 15-day time frame, you get stuck with paying the next renewal plan (which renews automatically) and you will not be eligible to refund the whole amount!

RESTRICTIONS ON THE CHEAPEST PLAN:

A2 Hosting India best hosting plans

You don’t get a lot of the great perks that make A2 Hosting an exceptional choice, like the Turbo Servers that provide “up to 20X faster page loads”, server rewind or even offsite backups with the startup plan.

It is the same case with their website builder plan. The cheapest option is priced around $4/month and you only get a single page, which is good if you’re just looking to host a landing page or sales page but not enough for an actual website.

Alright, so what are the hosting options you have?

HOSTING PLANS: AT A GLANCE:

A2 Hosting Different Hosting solutions

Get Started with A2 Hosting

 

A2 Hosting provides a wide range of hosting services for everybody. They offer WordPress, Shared, Virtual Private Server, Reseller, and Dedicated hosting. Each category is further divided into multiple plans, so you find the one best suited to meet your needs.

Managed WordPress hosting, like shared hosting, is a good choice for small businesses; however, it is more expensive and benefits those who need a little more help with managing their site and require less personalization.

Shared web hosting plans are the most cost-effective option for small business owners.

There are four plans to choose from;

A2 Hosting India Hosting Plans

The most basic plan is ‘‘STARTUP’’ and it is priced at Rs.218.85/- monthly.

The key features of the STARTUP plan:

  • 1 Website
  • 100 GB SSD Storage
  • Free & Easy Site Migration
  • Free SSL Certificates
  • Free CDN
Checkout all the features of STARTUP

 

Then comes the “DRIVE’’ plan at Rs.365.25/- monthly.

The key features of the DRIVE plan:

  • More Sites & 2X Resources.
  • Unlimited Websites
  • Unlimited SSD Storage
  • Free & Easy Site Migration
  • Free Automatic Backups
  • All the STARTUP Features
Checkout all the features of DRIVE

 

The third is “TURBO BOOST’’ at Rs.731.22/- monthly.

The key features the TURBO BOOST plan:

  • Turbo Servers + More Power
  • Unlimited Websites
  • Unlimited NVMe Storage
  • Free & Easy Site Migration
  • Free Automatic Backups
  • Turbo (Up To 20X Faster)
  • All the DRIVE Features
Checkout all the features of TURBO BOOST

 

The most expensive shared plan is “TURBO MAX’’ at Rs.1097.20/- monthly.

The key features the TURBO MAX plan:

  • Unlimited Websites
  • Unlimited NVMe Storage
  • Free & Easy Site Migration
  • Free Automatic Backups
  • Turbo (Up To 20X Faster)
  • 5X More Resources
  • All the TURBO BOOST Features
Checkout all the features of TURBO MAX

 

VPS and Dedicated hosting are great if you prefer your own distinct service, instead of sharing servers with other A2 Hosting customers. They provide faster, more reliable services, but they are typically only necessary for large websites with high-traffic.

A2 Hosting also provides Reseller hosting. So, in case you run a web hosting reseller business or if you’re a web developer and want to sell hosting services as well to your customers, A2 Hosting’s reseller hosting services are a great option to look in to.

Since they have White Labeled Reseller hosting, you can sell them with your own brand name.

Wrap Up

So, is A2 Hosting recommended for hosting your blog?

Absolutely!

A2 Hosting is an industry leader in terms of speed and is known as a reliable and reputable provider, trusted globally.

Their incredible speed, award-winning Guru Crew support, top-notch security, free site migration, free Cloudflare CDN, free and automated SSL certificates, PHP 7.4 support, inexpensive plans and anytime money-back guarantee makes it a great choice to host your next projects.

The minor cons that exist can happily be forgiven, amidst all the unbelievable perks that clearly outweigh them.

Need more help??

Ask in the comments section or drop me an email at jeet[@]bloggingventure.com


*Affiliate Disclaimer: FYI, this post includes affiliate links, which means if you buy your hosting plan using these links I will get a commission and you’ll get an awesome deal on the regular price without costing you anything extra, it’s a win-win for both. And BTW, I never recommend anything that I haven’t personally tried myself. I have been using A2 Hosting from last 2 years. So, it’s a 100% genuine and unbiased recommendation and not sharing just to get a commission.

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