There are several essential elements to selecting the right web hosting service for your business. When comparing two web hosting service companies, pay attention to elements such as pricing, customer support, and available features. Take a look at this comparison of A2 Hosting and BlueHost.
The reliability comparison starts by taking a look at what Bluehost has to offer its customers. The company stops just short of providing an actual percentage of time that their hosting service keeps you up and running. However, current customers indicate that their service is available 99.9 percent of the time. When it does experience a drop in service, the restoration happens quickly, and you are back up and running in no time. You have the opportunity to enhance the reliability of hosting services with SSL and SSH encryption.
A2 Hosting doesn’t shy away from stating that their hosting services are available 99.9 percent of the time. They offer historical background reports indicating how well their servers perform since the hosting service came online. They operate under the premise that providing quality service means not keeping anything hidden. The hosting service takes reliability one step further by offering a rollback tool that lets you restore a website to a previous service point when you encounter issues. All of the servers on the A2 system are housed in Michigan and kept under tight security measures as well.
A2 Hosting does not offer as many features as the other hosting service. However, what you do receive is impressive. Every plan on their service includes unlimited data transferring and RAID-10 storage. You can have as many email accounts as your site needs along with having management control over multiple domains at once. You can bring a domain that sits on another hosting site to your A2 Hosting account free of charge. Packages have a CPanel available to efficiently control your sites as well.
Judging by current customer comments, BlueHost has a lot of work to do in the customer service department. The hosting service claims to be available to its customers 24/7 through live chats, emails, and phone support systems. There is a video tutorial library that is also available to help with pressing issues. Most customers though see things differently. They report that the hosting service is difficult to contact and provides little to no support once you can reach a technician. Customers also receive little assistance through the video tutorials as well.
A2 Hosting shines in the customer support department. All of their service technicians operate out of the United States, which makes conversations readily available throughout the four major time zones. The hosting service takes their support one step further by providing you with developers on the other end of your support request. These individuals understand the language of code and other technical languages that can make explaining your problem easier. Support services are available through live chats, email conversations, phone calls and an online ticket system.
The price structure for BlueHost starts at $3.95 per month for their basic level shared hosting plan. The remaining shared hosting plans extend up to $13.95 per month and include a minimum of 50GB of site space, 100 MB email account storage and the operation of at least one website domain. Their VPS Hosting packages start at $29.99 per month and include 2GB of RAM, up to two IP addresses per account and 2 CPU Cores. The noticeably absent price feature with this hosting service is an existing money back guarantee policy. When something goes wrong, or you change your mind about using their service, you forfeit any money you have paid to that point.
A2 Hosting does a better job in the pricing department. Their shared hosting plans start at $3.92 per month and extend up to $9.31 per month. For those prices, you receive unlimited storage and transfer space, Free SSD, five databases and service that is 20x faster than the competition. Other packages include VPS Hosting starting at $32.99 per month and Dedicated Server Hosting which starts at $99.59 per month.
A2 Hosting and Bluehost are both excellent hosting companies that provide a lot of great features for customers. Both hosting services have affordable pricing and are reliable regarding the amount of time your website will be up and running. A2 Hosting is the better option in the end because of its attention to detail and top-quality customer service features.
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Last Updated on April 30, 2018 by Jake