Michael S.'s Review

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Michael S.
August 1, 2011
“I have been a customer of A2 Hosting since 2003 (which was called Iniquinet back in those days) and I highly recommend them. They have always provided a "clean" service implementation, control panel and support website - feature rich, but logically arranged without the bloat, distracting gimmicks and worthless glitz common to so many other hosting providers. I initially chose A2 Hosting because I wanted at least the same level of functionality that had been provided to me at that time by the IT department of the Georgia Institute of Technology. One of the features I had come to depend on was SSL/SSH (yes, A2 Hosting does offer secure shell access too, even under the basic packages) and IMAP email. Most hosting providers back then favored POP (which could not retain mail on the server), and those that did offer IMAP rarely provided SSL access to it. I also like the ability to manage my site via either manual shell access, or the award winning and easy to use web-based cPanel utility. Hosting plans are so affordable these days that just about everyone should have one even if for no other reason than to provide an alternate/backup service provider. For around five bucks (or even less), you can try it out for yourself, and even that small cost can be refunded if you aren't totally happy. So, there's no reason not to try it out. A2 Hosting generally uses and favors open source technologies such as Linux, Apache, MySQL and PostgreSQL (you don't have to choose which of these two databases you like, accounts come with both), etc., which not only reduces the cost of these services, but in most cases is superior in terms of standards compliance, interoperability, stability and security. Furthermore, the upgrade paths of open source applications tend to be less disruptive with respect to any changes in the interface and usually offer an genuine technical/performance/featureset improvement over previous releases. In other words, you won't constantly have your chain yanked at the whims of some marketing department. If you're a software developer or other such power user, look no more - they have CVS, Subversion, Git, *and* Mercurial, cron jobs, FastCGI, Perl, Python, PHP, Ruby on Rails, Zend, dedicated servers, merchant accounts, Wordpress, Drupal, server rewind (with automatic backups), POP3, IMAP, Webmail (Horde, Squirrelmail as well as RoundCube), - and a whole lot more. You may not need most of these services, but none of them are frivolous and have been chosen to integrate well with and complement the other offerings. In addition to entry level shared accounts, A2 Hosting offers dedicated servers as well as Xen-based Virtual Private Servers (VPS), which come with root access to a virtual machine and are midway between shared and dedicated. They also offer reseller accounts. A2 Hosting has been extremely reliable, my site has never had a significant downtime incident to my knowledge. Let me gingerly point out that A2 Hosting's servers are located in nice and quiet Ann Arbor, Michigan which has a notable high tech and university presence. Not only is this a fairly central location within the USA, but it does not seem to carry the geological, social or infrastructure risks of say, Los Angeles or New York. They also have on-site power backup generators. Likewise, I've never had problems with performance. My site (hosted on a shared server) generally loads faster than similar sites hosted elsewhere as measured by online web speed testers such as http://www.iwebtool.com/speed_test One day my ISP starting blocking TCP ports to outgoing mail servers so I could no longer access the one provided by A2 Hosting. I reported this to A2 Hosting and they opened a new TCP port for me that wonderfully worked around the issue. A2 Hosting has some very knowledgeable people on staff. If you ever encounter an obscure or technically difficult problem (I did just once, but it seems that I was the only one on the server who was even using the affect”

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