Arvixe Hosting Reviews

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Arvixe was founded in 2003 by Arvand Sebastian, after his junior year in high school. It was privately owned until 2014, when it was sold to Endurance International. Sound familiar? Well, they own more than one hosting company. In 2011 and 2012, Arvixe was proclaimed one of the 500 fastest-growing privately owned companies. Did this growth, combined with the change of ownership, benefit or hurt Arvixe? So far, things seem good; but will it last?

Hosting plans

Shared hosting is available in two tiers: Personal and Business.

  • Personal plans give you two options, Class and Class Pro. While both provide unlimited bandwidth and disk space, Class gives you only six domains while Class Pro gives you an unlimited number.
  • Business plans are virtually identical to Personal. They offer the two same options, Class and Class Pro, but they also give you free, lifetime SSL certification.

Reseller hosting is also two tiered.

  • Reseller Class: 50GB of disk space and 500GB of bandwidth.
  • Reseller Class Pro: 200GB of disk space and 2000GB of bandwidth.

VPS hosting has three options.

  • VPS Class Lite: 20GB of disk space, unlimited bandwidth, 1GB RAM, 2 CPU cores and one IP address. However, unlike other plans, it doesn’t give you full management, so you won’t get a fully configured control panel. This means you will have to have advanced server management knowledge.
  • VPS Class: full control panel, 50GB of disk space, unlimited bandwidth, 1.5GB RAM, 4 CPU cores and two IP addresses.
  • VPS Class Pro: full control panel, 100GB of disk space, unlimited bandwidth, 3GB RAM, 8 CPU cores and two IP addresses.

Dedicated hosting takes things to another level. There are three pre-configured Dedicated Class server plans.

  • Barebones Dual Processor has Dual Intel Xeon Processor E5620 (12M Cache, 2.40 GHz), 12GB RAM and 1TB HDD.
  • Professional Web Server has Dual Intel Xeon Processor E5645 Hex Core (12M Cache, 2.40 GHz), 12GB RAM, RAID 10, 4×1 TB HDD.
  • Enterprise Server has Dual Intel Xeon Processor E5-2620 Hex Core (15M Cache, 2.0 GHz), 32GB RAM, RAID 10, 4x240GB SSD. However, the real bonus comes with server customization, where you can select your own settings and pricing. You will be able to choose processor, drive type, drive redundancy, up to four hard drives, memory, OS, control panel, bandwidth, uplink, number of IPs and software. There’s even option for special requests.

Cloud hosting is the last option.

  • Basic plan: 150GB of dedicated disk space, 4GB RAM, unlimited bandwidth and eight CPU cores.
  • Pro: 200GB of dedicated disk space, 6GB RAM, unlimited bandwidth and 12 CPU cores.
  • Premium: 300GB of dedicated disk space, 8GB RAM, unlimited bandwidth and 16 CPU cores.

Features

The signup and login processes are fairly standard.The basic information you’ll need for your hosting account will be available through the Arvixe customer portal. On the right side, you will find everything regarding personal information, accounts, payments, invoices and some extras. Also, there are links for support, their blog and discussion boards.

While on the customer portal, the Support and Billing panels are where you’ll probably spend most of your time. They may seem different in structure, but they’re relatively easy to navigate. You will be able to see your billing and hosting history. However, that’s it. If you want more advanced features that are entangled with your account, you’ll have to log in to your control panel.

The extras we mentioned are primarily related to marketing. There are links to free Google Adwords and Bing Ads credits, free website transfer, merchant account services and, oddly (but welcome), a free nakedwines.com coupon. However, we don’t recommend combining passwords with wine.

Control panel

You can access the control panel via several clicks in the customer portal, or you can go directly to it. Since there isn’t much that you can do about your website in the customer portal, the control panel is where the action is. From managing FTP, email or other accounts, to SEO, security and domain management—all of the basic needs are covered there.

On the left side, you’ll see your notices, search the panel, access your most frequently used areas and view some stats. If you don’t like the look of the control panel, you can choose between the default theme (x3) and an alternate theme (paper_lantern). The default skin is a standard look that lays out everything clearly.

Just keep scrolling down the control panel and you’ll navigate Arvixe fairly easily. There’s a welcome setup wizard that will help you during setup and several more advanced features. Among them are cron jobs, a virus scanner and network tools.

Email

The process for setting up your email is pretty standard. Also, you’ll be invited to create your first site during the setup. You’ll see if your desired email is available and how strong your password is. You can also establish a limit on the number of emails or you can leave it unlimited. However, bear in mind that “unlimited” means emails will be limited by the account tier you’ve chosen. There are advanced options like account-level filtering, mailing lists, and calendars and contacts client configurations, so you’ll be able to set up all the parameters to your liking.

Tools, creating and setting up your website or blog

If you want to set up a new website, there are quite a few options for you. You can either upload your own scripts or you can install some of the most popular ones—from WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and others, or e-commerce solutions such as PrestaShop and AbanteCart. Installation is easy and accomplished with few clicks. If you are a new customer but want to transfer a domain, you’ll get a free transfer. All in all, there are a ton of options. Our test was run on WordPress, installed with Softaculous.

There also are a lot of additional scripts that will help you with features like music, images, RSS, file management, e-commerce, wikis, polls and surveys. Customizing your website is easy with their big scripts database and easy (almost) one-click installation. However, some things that probably should be automatic aren’t, like spam filters, so you will have to devote a few minutes to installing those scripts. But if you are a dedicated DIYer, don’t worry. RVSite Builder is available, which will enable you to build everything from the scratch.

Reliability and uptime

Our test, lasting a little more than a week, showed that the company’s claim of 99 percent uptime is overstated. One week is fairly short amount of time, but even in that period, there were multiple down times that lasted from one minute to almost half an hour. Not a good sign.

On average, uptime was more like 97 percent. It may not sound like a major decrease in uptime, but imagine having your site down for half an hour at the time of day when you have the greatest volume of traffic. Ultimately, downtime drives customers away. Sure, we tested the cheapest option, but that’s not an excuse for below-average uptime. This is the only feature we found to be oversold.

Load test

Websites on Arvixe have shown that they can withstand decent number of visitors. Using Load Impact, we tested the response times from several locations. The website server is located in San Francisco, so we mainly focused on the West Coast to East Coast response times. Most tests were conducted between San Francisco and Ashburn, Virginia.

The average response time was about 1 to 1.5 seconds, rising consistently as user volume increased. This isn’t the fastest time, however, the real problem was that there were several occasions when it took 30 seconds or more for a response, which isn’t a sign of a really healthy website. The same happened with other U.S. cities like Palo Alto and Portland, although some were slightly quicker or slower.

When it came to international response time, Arvixe was on par with other hosting companies. Response times from Sidney were about 1 to 1.5 seconds, Tokyo was about 2 seconds, while Singapore took, on average, 3 seconds. This was surprising, considering the inconsistent response times in the U.S.

Help and support

Help and support were decent, but could be improved. The knowledge base provided relatively clear instructions on how to solve most common problems. There were no issues with chat support, either. Response time and problem resolution were relatively fast. We were connected with staff members within couple of minutes and problems were resolved within 15 to 20 minutes. The downside? Chat support isn’t available during the weekend.

E-mail response was also relatively fast, but frustrating. Our first ticket got “lost.” In the email we were sent, there was a link with a form that we filled out and submitted. However, there was no answer, and, obviously, the problem was not resolved. After 48 hours we received an email that said the ticket’s status was closed because they did not hear back from us. That nearly happened the second time around with a bit longer response time. It left us puzzled, but each succeeding email correspondence was better and faster.

Pricing

The different plan tiers also have tiered pricing. You’ll want to consider your needs and select the one that best meets them. Unfortunately, Arvixe isn’t famous for discounts, so don’t count on catching a break.

Shared hosting

Personal Class $4 per month
Personal Class Pro $7 per month
Business Class $22 per month, includes lifetime SSL certificate
Business Class Pro $35 per month, includes lifetime SSL certificate

VPS hosting

VPS Class Lite $20 per month
VPS Class $40 per month
VPS Class Pro $70 per month

Dedicated Class hosting

We won’t go into the details of personalized Dedicated Class hosting, because there are quite a few variables that impact cost; you can see the details here. However, already mentioned pre-configured servers cost as it follows:

Bare-bones Dual Processor $429 per month
Personal Web $579 per month
Enterprise $719 per month

Cloud Class hosting

Basic $29 per month
Pro $149 per month
Premium $180 per month

Arvixe—at a glance

Pros

  • a lot of website customization options
  • easy scripts installation
  • consistent intercontinental response time
  • availability of customizable dedicated hosting servers

Cons

  • inconsistent response time within the same continent
  • confusing email ticket system
  • uptime is slightly below what was advertised
  • loading time can be erratic

Conclusion

Arvixe is a service that left us somewhat puzzled. Everything starts out great. There are a decent number of plans to choose from. We had no trouble setting up the website. And customization options are easy and numerous. There isn’t any fuss about the control panel and options for a lifetime free domain (and SSL certificate in more expensive plans) sound very appealing.

However, when it came to actually working on the website, things got a little flaky. Response time was somewhat erratic and the promised 99.99 percent uptime was not met, with multiple down times in just one week. On the other hand, a security option comes with all packages, but SSL certificate costs $25 a year. Also worth mentioning is the 60-day, money-back guarantee, which is twice the usual time. Arvixe delivers a give-and-take service. It can behave smoothly like a Maserati or clunky like a Yugo. But the more you pay, the better it behaves. To be fair, it’s a great place to start or continue hosting your website, but expect an occasional bump in the road.

** Source : http://www.webhostingsecretrevealed.net/hosting-review/arvixe-hosting-review/

WebHostingHub Reviews

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A relative newcomer in the hosting business, Web Hosting Hub was founded in 2010. The company had one big goal: to provide easy-to-setup and affordable web hosting plans, supported with domain names, free web applications, custom hosting solutions and web design services for your business. This means that, for now, they offer only shared hosting in two data centers. So far, they are doing excellent job. But do they really deliver on their promises? You be the judge.

Hosting plans

One very surprising thing about Web Hosting Hub is that you will be able to buy only shared hosting. At first we thought we overlooked other types of hosting like dedicated or VPS on their website. But after some thorough search, we can assure you that shared hosting is the only hosting available.

Shared hosting is offered in three different plans. If you want backup service, it will cost an extra $1 per month.

  • Spark: unlimited disk space and bandwidth, storage for unlimited emails, three free web transfers, two free website domains, 10 MySQL databases, five parked domains, 25 subdomains and $75 in free advertising credits.
  • Nitro: unlimited disk space and bandwidth, storage for unlimited emails, three free web transfers, unlimited website domains, unlimited MySQL databases, unlimited parked domains, unlimited subdomains and $175 in free advertising credits. 20-percent discount for web design services.
  • Dynamo: unlimited disk space and bandwidth, storage for unlimited emails, three free web transfers, unlimited website domains, unlimited MySQL databases, unlimited parked domains, unlimited subdomains and $250 in free advertising credits. 30-percent discount for web design services.

Features

The process of setting up your account and website left us with mixed feelings. Although you have to pay up front for the whole year, you do have a 90-day, money-back guarantee. That’s one of the longest money-back guarantee periods available and very few of providers in the industry offer it. While setting up the account, you can choose to immediately install WordPress or PrestaShop, which is a nice touch. It’s like coming to already furnished apartment that’s set up the way you like it.

However, you’ll then need to be verified, which you will do via telephone. Not a big deal, unless you aren’t from U.S. and your only telephone number is mobile. Apparently, they never heard of roaming. We still got a verification via email, which left us puzzled about why the telephone verification was necessary in the first place.

Your Account Management Panel has four main parts: My Account, Billing, Domains, Add Services and Specials. While the first three are self explanatory, Add Services allows you to add more hosting plans or get site design from their staff. Specials are mostly advertisement and marketing credits. In the upper right corner is the Help link, so all your basic needs are in one place.

Control panel

Oddly, you will be assigned a random username for your cPanel. While you obviously choose your password, this seemed like annoyance, because you will be assigned a name completely unrelated to you. But once you log in, you’ll be greeted with the standard, widely used cPanel layout. While there are all kinds of useful things, the real gem is a script library that’s filled with all kinds of goodies for every aspect of your website—from polls and surveys to ad management, e-commerce, RSS, frameworks, file management and more. The selection is filled with so many options that, like a kid in a candy store, you can blow a lot of time just browsing.

 

Email

Email is given greater attention in the cPanel than with other hosting providers. A nice touch is the McAfee email protection, but there is an extra charge for it. There are also Google apps wizard, account level filtering, MX entry and more. You’ll have the standard choices of webmail software, so nothing is missing. And there are no limitations on the number of email accounts you can have. You’ll get to create your first account during the wizard setup.

Creating and setting up your website or blog

Since you are welcomed with the standard cPanel, setup is also pretty standard. You’ll be greeted with a welcoming wizard that will take you through the basics. If you chose to install CMS beforehand, you are almost set up, but if you didn’t, you will have easy one-click installation. If you transfer your old sites, there’s no fee for the transfers, and if you want to upgrade them with some scripts, there are many to choose from.

As we mentioned, you can install WordPress or PrestaShop while creating your hosting account. A nice touch that eliminates few extra clicks and saves a bit of your time. However, in their script library, which relies on Softaculos, you’ll see other open-source tools for blogging and microblogging, and content management systems, as well. Installing them is relatively easy, all you need to know is which in directory you want them to be placed. Drupal, Joomla, Magento and OpenCard are just a few of the CMSs, and although majority of users will go with WordPress, there are other tools like Serendipity and Dotclear. You just need to choose the one that suits you best.

Reliability and uptime

Web Hosting Hub doesn’t offer or showcase any guarantee about uptime. This should set off alarm bells. However, during our uptime test with Uptimerobot, there was 0 percent downtime. And we were testing the least-expensive plan. We imagine that more expensive plans get the same, or even better service, if that’s possible.

Load test

As usual, we did the loading test with Loadimpact. The server was located in Los Angeles, so for the majority of tests we focused on Ashburn, Virginia on the East Coast. The response time was just below the 0.8 seconds, which is slightly better coast-to-coast performance than the average hosting provider. Portland came in at slightly above 0.5 seconds and Palo Alto at around 0.3 seconds. However, what was really wonderful was the same response time no matter the number of users. The line was almost straight, like a calm sea before the storm. And the storm occurred around 15 percent of the time. and when it was bad, it was abysmally bad.

Although we were delighted with the U.S. loading tests, sometimes they looked more like a stormy sea. This occurred even more when it came to intercontinental tests. Sao Paulo had some problems with higher numbers of users and a maximal response time of 8 seconds. Singapore was slightly better with 4 seconds at its worse. But the most baffling response was from Sydney, which had problems with just a small number of users. When it works, it works great, but when it doesn’t work, it really doesn’t. Luckily, it works a tremendous amount of the time.

Help and support

When you click on the Help Center, you’ll probably expect to see chat or ticketing services. Not so. This page is dominated by FAQs and tutorials. This isn’t a bad thing. But when you have a serious problem, you may panic because you can’t find the chat or ticketing system. Relax, they are there, way down at the bottom of the page in a smaller font. However, in the account management panel, just below Help Center, again in a smaller font, is “Get Help.” There you’ll be provided with a few basic guides, chat, and the ticketing system.

Response time was a matter of minutes for the ticket and just seconds for chat. The staff was polite and efficient. If you have chat help, you’ll get a transcript of the exchange. That way, if you have the same problem in the future, you can skim through the transcript for your solution. The only thing that wasn’t fast with Web Hosting Hub support was their means of feedback. Instead of the usual questionnaire, you will be asked to send an email to their feedback manager.

Pricing

Web Hosting Hub offers discounted rates for one year. At the end of the year, prices will increase by $2. An alternative is to buy hosting for 2 or 3 years and subsequently they will cost you one or two dollars less per month. There is no monthly payment plan for these two- and three-year contracts, but the long-term discounts make it an attractive option for some people.

Spark: $4.99 per month (includes first-year discount)
Nitro: $6.99 per month (includes first-year discount)
Dynamo: $8.99 per month (includes first-year discount)

Web Hosting Hub—at a glance

Pros

  • stabile loading time—most of the time
  • excellent uptime
  • 90-day, money-back guarantee
  • long-term contract discounts

Cons

  • when loading doesn’t work, it really doesn’t work
  • telephone account verification feels out of place and time
  • only shared hosting is offered
  • no Windows servers

Conclusion

Web Hosting Hub isn’t one of the more prominent hosting companies. We wondered why. However, after using the services, we get it. Although it has a lot to offer, certain features are hard to find on their website. But the company still has a lot to offer. It may take a little time to get used to some features, but you’ll get the hang of it pretty quickly. When you communicate with their very friendly and helpful staff, you’ll be checked for verification of your account—a nice step to protect your online security.

In the end, we can conclude that Web Hosting Hub can be slightly awkward and frustrating at times. But, if you’re looking for a great shared-hosting price, combined with good service, this is your place. If you need more, take a look elsewhere.

** Source : https://firstsiteguide.com/hosting/webhostinghub/

InMotion Hosting Reviews

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Founded in 2001, InMotion hosting is an interesting company. It’s employee-owned and employee-operated, so there’s no heavy management level pulling the strings—for now at least. InMotion is based in Virginia and California and their support is outsourced exactly 0 percent. Yup, all help comes straight from the good old USA. But is everything really an American dream coming true? Let’s find out.

Hosting plans

Shared hosting is found under “Business” hosting. There are three packages and all include unlimited disk space, bandwidth and shared SSL Certificate.

  • Launch: two domains.
  • Upgraded Power: six domains
  • Pro: unlimited domains.

VPS hosting also has three packages. They all get unlimited domains and two IP addresses (although in the most expensive you get 3), but the rest vary.

  • VPS-1000S: 60GB of disk space, 2TB of bandwidth and 4GB RAM.
  • VPS-2000S: 130GB, 3TB of bandwidth and 6GB RAM.
  • VPS-3000S: 200GB, 4TB of bandwidth and 8GB RAM.

Reseller hosting continues in a similar manner with three packages. They all come with RAID 6, SSD Drives, and a dedicated IP Address.

  • R-1000S: 80GB of disk space and 800GB of bandwidth.
  • R-2000S: 120GB of disk space and 1200GB of bandwidth.
  • R-3000S: 160GB of disk space and 1600GB of bandwidth.

Dedicated hosting offers six packages.

  • Essential: Intel Core I3-2120 2C/2T, 4GB RAM, 1TB 7.2K SATA3, and 6 TB data transfer.
  • Advanced: Intel Xeon E3-1220 v2 3.1 GHz 4C/4T, 8GB RAM, a choice between 120GB SSD or 1TB 7.2K SATA3, and 10TB data transfer.
  • Elite: Intel Xeon E3-1230 v2 3.3GHz 4C/8T, 16GB RAM, RAID-1 2x250GB SSD or RAID-1 2x2TB 7.2K SATA3, 10 TB data transfer and free 2TB SATA backup.

The next three packages witch gears to higher speed are next three packages. All offer 15TB data transfer.

  • Commercial Class 500: Intel Xeon CPU E5-2430 v2 2.5 GHz 6C/12T, 16GB RAM and RAID-1 2x250GB SSD.
  • Commercial Class 1000: Intel Xeon CPU E5-2430 v2 2.5GHz 6C/12T, 32GB RAM and RAID-1 2x500GB SSD.
  • Commercial Class 2000: Dual Intel Xeon CPU E5-2430 v2 2.5GHz 12C/24T, 64GB RAM, and RAID-6 4x500GB SSD.

Features

Around 10 minutes after registration, we still had received no email and the phone call we got was so muted that it was indecipherable. About minute after that, though, emails started to pour in, one containing the link for the confirmation. After a few minutes of holding our breath, we were ready to roll.

First, you will log in at the Account Management Panel or AMP. There you will find some of the basics related to your account. There are four main tabs: My Account, Billing, Domains, Add Services and Specials. While the first three are self-explanatory, Add Services is for adding new hosting accounts, designs for your website(s) and managed hosting, which is basically paid expert help. Specials are mostly for advertising credit plus a few more “freebies.”

The more website-related items are, of course, in the control panel, but there is quick access to some of the bare necessities right in the AMP. They’re hidden under the scroll-down menu in the My Account tab. You can access the control panel from the AMP or go directly to its page, because there is no automatic login to both of them. Security first. Oh, did we mention that you will get a free SSD? Now you know.

Control panel

The control panel is pretty standard and easy to work with. If you do run into problems, Inmotion has a series of tutorials on cPanel features.You can log in to the cPanel via the AMP or by logging in directly to the url. Settings, databases, emails, logs, etc. are at your disposal, but don’t expect anything fancy.

Email

Just like the cPanel, creating and using email is cut-and-dried. You will need to create a strong password, although InMotion standards may be a little lower than other hosts. The same password that ranked 90/100 here usually only ranked 60/100 with other hosting providers. InMotion offers the standard roster of webmail clients. It does, however, provide IMAP email, which enables you to access and sync your mail from multiple devices. Not all hosting services offer this.

Creating and setting up your website or blog

One of the registration perks with InMotion hosting is the ability to install WordPress, Prestashop or Joomla on your account. That way, you’ll be spared some time and a few clicks. There are other CMSs that you can install with Softaculos, or if you are more of a DIY person, you can upload your own files. If you already have a website, you will get a free transfer with any package. If you want to build it from scratch, you can install and use their customized website builder; you’ll find it under the AMP “Install Popular Software” section. The good thing is that it’s totally free, but the bad thing is that it needs a bit of updating in the design department. Websites created with it will be nice, but tend to look a bit dated, and you will need another login detail.

There are few more options when it comes to blogs, but the greater number of choices are in the CMS area. There is also a nice roster when it comes to e-commerce solutions, but other than that, the choices limited. Don’t get us wrong, there are a decent number of scripts to choose from, but we’ve seen a bigger assortment with other hosts.

Reliability and uptime

We’re always pleasantly surprised when testing shows a host has 100-percent uptime. Sure, our tests weren’t conducted over a period of months, but InMotion tested better than most hosts tested in the same span of time. Although there was a spike in customer complaints about reliability a few years ago, complaints have dwindled since that time.

Load test

Our website’s server was located near Wichita, Kansas, so we couldn’t test coast-to-coast response times. We did have some surprises. Ashburn, Virginia had an excellent response time, usually around 0.25 seconds. However, it also had the most random and intermittent spikes that would go up to 0.8 seconds, independent of number of users. On the other hand, Palo Alto had a stable response and no irregularities, but its response time was longer, around 0.9 seconds.

The longest response time was from Singapore, which, at its worst was around 3.65 seconds. Surprisingly, InMotion had a relatively stable response globally. Tokyo was usually just below 2 seconds, Sao Paulo under 1.5 seconds and Dublin was usually slightly above 1 second. The reliability of servers was surprisingly good and stable with various numbers of users. That said, there were a few random exceptions with spikes that were still under 0.8 seconds on the West Coast.

Help and support

All kinds of help are available to you with InMotion, including chat, email, ticket, telephone, community and (video) tutorials. You can even create a Support Center profile, but we’re not sure if it does anything more than track your activity within the support system.

Response by all modes was fairly fast and helpful, with the exception of chat.The response from staff seemed a bit slow at times. There was more silence than chatting, but they were responsive when they had an answer. However, everyone was polite, problems were resolved in a quick manner, transcripts were sent, not to mention that once we got staff response within seconds of logging in. To conclude, there is very little to complain about here.

Pricing

InMotion hosting is one of the best hosts to deal with when it comes to a money-back guarantee. Although some packages have a 30-day policy, most of them have 90-day policy, including the cheapest option we tested. There are many discounts that vary by the package and length of the contract. The longer the period of the contract, up to three years, the greater the discount. However, keep in mind that you’ll have to pay about 6 months in advance for certain packages. We tested one package that had a contract of 12 months, minimum.

It’s not that there aren’t any options for one month, but the prices go up significantly. Only reseller packages are cheaper to rent on a month-to-month basis, rather than six or 12 months at a time. Don’t ask, we’re also scratching our heads.

But to get down to actual prices of the concrete packages.

Shared/Business hosting is the is the least-expensive option.

Launch package $3.49 per month (25% discount)
Power package $7.99 per month (20% discount)
Pro package $13.99 per month (12% discount)

VPS hosting

VPS-1000S $29.99 per month (33% discount)
VPS-2000S $49.99 per month (41% discount)
VPS-3000S $74.99 per month (51% discount)

Reseller hosting

R-1000S $13.99 per month (50% discount)
R-2000S $19.99 per month (50% discount)
R-3000S $27.49 per month (50% discount)

Dedicated hosting While Essential, Advanced and Elite include a discount ($70 and up), the Commercial Class packages do not.

Essential $119.99 per month
Advanced $159.99 per month
Elite $229.99 per month
Commercial Class 500 $419.99 per month
Commercial Class 1000 $489.99 per month
Commercial Class 2000 $589.99 per month

InMotion—at a glance

Pros

  • pre-installable CMSs
  • 90-day, money-back guarantee
  • stable loading time, no matter the location
  • unlimited email with every plan

Cons

  • slightly outdated website builder designs
  • telephone confirmation did not work
  • additional login for website builder
  • lack of lower-cost, monthly shared-hosting packages

Conclusion

There are many nice things to say about InMotion Hosting and very few bad ones. The only really serious drawback was the website builder. It’s dancing on the verge of becoming a “retro builder.” But with the option of installing other leading CMSs, this is not unforgivable. Finding a serious flaw was nearly mission impossible.

Great help, excellent loading time, flawless uptime—it could only be better if they delivered hot cookies to your door when you register. There aren’t many cracks in the system, and those that are present are more a matter of aesthetics and learning to navigate their site. Having said that, InMotion may be more pricey in a long run than other hosts. But this level of excellence justifies the slightly higher cost. If you’re on a really tight budget, you may want to look at other options, but if you can swing it, we think you’ll be pleased with InMotion.

A2 Hosting Review

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A2 Hosting has been around since 2001. When it first hit the scene, it was known as Iniquinet, but it was renamed A2 Hosting back in 2003. The name may have changed, but the services and features have remained the same. The company is still known for providing blazing fast speed, superior uptime, and stellar customer service today. It manages to accomplish this by owning all of its own web servers. It has data centers in three locations, with the primary data center in Michigan and additional servers in Amsterdam and Singapore, Asia.

A2 Hosting: What’s In The Package?

First, though, take a minute to see the different hosting plans that you can get if you use A2 Hosting. Then, I’ll go over the specific features that I like with this company.

If you go with A2 Hosting, you can choose from –  shared, VPS, reseller, and dedicated server hosting.

Let’s take a closer look at each of these, starting with the shared hosting plans.

Shared Hosting

I spent most of my time testing A2 Hosting’s shared hosting plans.

It offers three options for shared hosting, in the form of Lite, Swift, and Turbo. Like many of the hosting companies out there, it focuses on unlimited options with its shared plans. The plans range from $3.92 to $9.31 a month, and they all come with unlimited storage and transfer, plus free SSD. In addition, the Swift and Turbo plans include unlimited websites and databases.

Regardless of the account that you use, you can integrate it with Joomla, Drupal, or WordPress. It’s also easy to integrate basic shopping cart applications to create a merchant website using .

Features Lite Swift Turbo
Websites 1 Unlimited Unlimited
Databases 5  Unlimited Unlimited
SSD Speed Boost Yes Yes Yes
Turbo Server No No Yes
Pre-configured Site Caching No No Yes
Price /mo $3.92/mo $4.90/mo $9.31/mo

VPS Hosting

While shared hosting is the most popular option, it’s far from your only choice

You can also go with Unmanaged or Managed VPS hosting with A2 Hosting. Unmanaged VPS hosting starts at $5 a month, while Managed VPS hosting starts at $32.99 a month. Choose the Managed VPS hosting option if you want a user-friendly platform and a worry-free Host-Guard Management system. Go with the Unmanaged VPS hosting option if you’re a developer and you want to have full control over your server.

Reseller Hosting

A2 Hosting has three reseller hosting options available. The Produce plan starts at $13.19 a month; the Progress plan starts at $19.79 a month, and the Prosper plan starts at $36.29 a month. These plans range from 60 GB to 200 GB of storage a month and 600 GB to 2,000 GB transfer a month. They all include unlimited accounts and free SSD.

Dedicated Server Hosting

Finally, you can sign up for dedicated server hosting. Select the Unmanaged Flex Server plan or the Managed Flex Server plan. The Unmanaged plan starts at $99.59 a month, and the Managed plan starts at $141.09 a month. The Unmanaged plan is fully customizable and includes root access, while the Managed plan has a free cPanel control panel. Both provide 10 TB transfer and 8 GB of RAM.

 

A Small Orange Hosting Review

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A Small Orange (ASO) was founded in Atlanta more than a decade ago in 2003. Today, the company is headquartered in Austin, Texas, and has a dynamic 80-person team.

With close to 12 years of experience and having served tens of thousands of customers, ASO prides itself on delivering high-quality web hosting and excellent customer service. The company’s four core values are dependability, passion, integrity, and relationships. It strives to develop meaningful relationships with customers to ensure long-term satisfaction with its services.

In order to provide the best possible service, ASO maintains two different U.S.-based servers in Dallas, Texas, and Dearborn, Michigan. Both data centers boast high-performance, carrier neutral networks. ASO is committed to keeping your data secure, and its data centers include a range of security features, including 24/7/365 on-site support technicians; physical ID checks, biometric access, and keycard access; and full CCTV surveillance that is backed by digital recording on file. Both data centers boast multi-homed, carrier-neutral high-performance IP managed premium networks and make use of Arbor Networks PeakFlow DDoS detection.

The company A Small Orange (co-owned and lead by Douglas Hanna back then) was acquired by Endurance International Group (NASDAQ: EIGI) in 2012. If you have not heard of EIG – they are the company who also own iPage, BlueHost, Hostgator, JustHost, FatCow, and a number of many other popular hosting brands). We did an interview with Douglas in 2009 (back when the time he was with Hostgator)- just in case you are into the company history.

A Small Orange Hosting Plans

Shared Hosting

ASO shared hosting plans come in five different sizes: Tiny Plan (500 MB storage, 5 GB bandwidth, 1 domain), Small Plan (5 GB storage, 50 GB bandwidth, unlimited domains), Medium Plan (15 GB storage, 150 GB bandwidth, unlimited domains), and the Large Plan (30 GB storage, 500 GB bandwidth, unlimited domain). Prices range from $35 per year to $240 per year*.

All shared hosting plans include SSD hard drives, 24/7/365 service and support, POP3, IMAP, and webmail access with spam and virus filtering, full FTP and SFTP access, and database management via phpMyAdmin. Customers are also able to install and configure a variety of different scripts with the Softaculous automatic script installation, which is included free with every hosting account.

Business Hosting

ASO business hosting plans can meet the needs of small businesses and large corporations alike. Business plans are available in three different sizes: the Startup Plan (40 GB storage and 600 GB bandwidth), the Small Business Plan (50 GB storage and 800 GB bandwidth), and the Enterprise Plan (60 GB storage and 1,000 GB bandwidth). Prices range from $20 per month to $60 per month* depending on the plan. All business hosting plans include a free SSL certificate, webmail access with spam and virus filtering, full FTP and SFTP access, database management via phpMyAdmin, Webalizer and AWStats site statistics, and 24/7 Email + Live Chat Support. All business plans are fully PCI compliant. These hosting plans are ideal for e-commerce sites or high traffic sites.

Reseller Hosting

ASO offers three hosting plans for those who want to resell hosting services: the Small Plan (20 GB storage, 250 GB bandwidth, 30 hosted websites), the Medium Plan (25 GB storage, 500 GB bandwidth, 50 hosted websites), and the Large Plan (50 GB storage, 1,500 GB bandwidth, 100 hosted websites). All ASO reseller hosting plans are fully scalable and environmentally friendly. Prices range from $15 per month to $35 per month*. All come with 24/7/365 expert technical support, webmail access with spam and virus filtering, full FTP and SFTP access, and Webalizer and AWStats site statistics.

Cloud VPS

ASO offers cloud VPS hosting with 2 cores, 2,048 MB of RAM, 30 GB of storage, and 1,000 GB of bandwidth at $30 per month*. Plans include integrated automatic failover, Kernel Virtual Machine (KVM) virtualization technology, and free backups.

* Note: All prices stated here are BEFORE discount. Apply promo code “WHSR20” upon ordering to save 20% on all ASO hosting plans. 

A Small Orange vs World

For your reference, here’s what you’ll get at $5/mo with other hosting services.

Features / Web Host ASO BlueHost Hub A2 Hosting Host Metro
Plan in review Small Plus Spark Swift Mega Max
SSD strorage
Data transfer 50 GB Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Addon domain 5 GB Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Auto installer Softaculous Simple Scripts Softaculous Softaculous Softaculous
Full refund trial 90 days 30 days 90 days 30 days 30 days
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(12-months)
$3.33/mo $5.95/mo $3.74/mo $4.90/mo $4.45/mo for life


Something I Like about ASO Hosting

  • Very Reliable – The test site score 99.99% uptime on the first month (check uptime review below).
  • Fast Hosting, SSD Storage in RAID 10 – Test site response time range in 200 – 400 ms according to Uptime Robot and Pingdom, which is relative fast when you compare to my most other test sites (U.S. hosted, response time range in 1,000 – 2,500 ms).
  • Room to expand – Basically you don’t have to worry about outgrowing your web host at ASO.
  • 90 days full money back trial period – 90-days full money back guarantee is the longest trial period you can get (the other two hosting brands that offer the same are InMotion and WebHostingHub). It’s easy to pull the plug if you are unhappy with ASO services.
  • No overselling – ASO does not oversell – you get what you paid for.
  • Outstanding customer support – I contacted ASO customer support twice and they passed my test with flying colors.
  • Exclusive discount (update July 2015) – You get 20% discount on all plan using promo code “WHSR20”.
  • Additional services for busy websites owners  – In addition to its hosting services, ASO offers web design, server management, and SEO services, which I believe it’s a huge plus for busy business owners.

What I dislike – drawbacks and problems

  • Account suspension rules – If you exceed the allocated bandwidth, your ASO account might be suspended until further payment has been made (read TOS quoted below). Imagine your site got lucky, landed on Reddit’s front page, and you didn’t know about it – disaster.

A Small Orange TOS (11 – Bandwidth Usage) 

11.2. Should your account pass the allocated amount, A Small Orange reserves the right to: a) suspend the account until the start of the next allocation, b) suspend the account until more bandwidth is purchased at an additional fee, c) suspend the account until you upgrade to a higher level of package, and/or d) charge you an additional fee for the overages.

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