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1.9
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  • User Friendly
    1.8
  • Support
    1.3
  • Features
    2.1
  • Reliability
    1.7
  • Pricing
    2.3
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A Small Orange Reviews and Expert Opinion

Pricing Range

Shared Hosting $2.92 - $20.00
VPS $20.00 - $150.00
Dedicated Server $99.00 - $275.00

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Ridwan Choudhury

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Ridwan Choudhury,
4.8
I signed up with A Small Orange despite seeing many bitter reviews on the internet. I've been using ASO shared (small) plan for 3 months. Never experienced any issue with their service. I've monitored...Read More my website uptime with Jetpack plugin of wordpress and tested speed, server response time regularly. Never experienced any downtime in last 3 months. Pingdom shows my website is faster than the 98% website. Actually, so far I'm very happy with their service.

It is true that their support ticket is very slow and they took almost two weeks to reply my ticket about registering a new domain. But I never had to wait more than 3 minutes to get live chat support. My ticket was solved instantly via live chat.

Another good thing about ASO is their server name and user area interface is very unique and user friendly.

Hope ASO will remain consistent with their good service. Best wishes for ASO team!
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Bostjan K
Bostjan K from Slovenia,

Run! Just run with your money!

1.8
Run! Run with your money, or they will.

I asked them for a dedicated IP and asked can I have a separate domain on a dedicated IP within the same cpanel account. A support person over the chat said that I can. I thought, well, g...Read Morereat, no need for another account. I buy the IP.

A ticket was opened for this IP so billing could follow up and all.

Then another guy comes to reply to the ticket saying I actually do need a 2nd cpanel account for it. Oh, well...

I go and buy a 2nd account.

Then go back to the ticket and tell them I bought it and that they should now assign the IP to that 2nd account.

A third guy comes to reply to the ticket and tells me they actually cannot apply the IP to that 2nd account because they run some OS there that doesn't support that.... Are you f***** kidding me?!

I had it. I asked for a refund for both IP and the new account that I pad an annual price for.

They refunded the IP. And here comes the crown jewel...

They didn't want to refund the new hosting account because per their terms any non-first time account is not eligible for a refund.

I told them they told me to get a 2nd account in order for the dedicated IP to work with a separate domain. Can you believe that?! They ask you to buy it, they mess up and will not refund it because they will stick to their terms like it's your fault?! INCREDIBLE!

Well, actually, now that I read all the bad reviews that piled up for them through the years I certainly can believe what just happened to me. Fits in just fine.

STAY AWAY, FOLKS!
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Steph C
Steph C from United States,

AUTO RENEWALS = SCAM

2.2
This company is definitely making money by scamming customers through the automatic renewals. Why is it that the company can charge my bank card weeks before the domain's expiration/renewal pay date, but as a customer I am not abl...Read Moree to cancel before the expiration/renewal date? That makes no sense at all. The representative I spoke with told me that after the payment has posted they cannot refund, but they just chose a random date to withdraw funds from my account rather than sticking with the dates on my account. Do NOT use this company.Less
Martin Law
Martin Law from United Kingdom,

Terrible support

2.2
I've been with ASO for 10 years. Until the last couple of years it had generally been excellent. Features and price were good, customer service and issue resolution were excellent. From the point they withdrew the ability to set a...Read More priority on a support ticket things got difficult. Then chat filled that void with urgent matters being actioned quickly. But then over the last two years, more outages, slow response, slow patching and updates. In the last six months, support is ridiculously slow.

For the last three weeks on shared hosting it's not been possible to resolve "localhost" - pretty fundamental. They unlinked /etc/hosts from the bind-mount so there is effectively no host file within a user's account, which causes all kinds of problems with scripts, cron jobs, mysql, etc. Chat operators just keep saying "we apologise" and "it will be fixed soon". The senior technicians are yet to respond to the support ticket. This would take them 30 seconds to fix.

ASO is nothing like the company it used to be. Time to move to a new provider.
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Another frustrated user
Another frustrated user,
Do you have any suggestions? I'm thinking of moving myself.
Richard K
Richard K from Ukraine,

Avoid this hosting company

1.2
The mark of a good hosting company is not necessarily its size, but the quality of its services and customer support. A small orange horribly falls short of the mark in these two critical areas. My site was down every other week c...Read Moreosting me a great deal of business and hurting my reputation. Customer support which I later learned was outsourced to India is sluggish and unresponsive. I had become accustomed to waiting 10-15 minutes between responses only to be asked to further elaborate my query. My three years with ASO is an experience I want to quickly forget. If you care about your business stay away from this hosting company.Less
Vinay Chandra
Vinay Chandra from United States,

Cancellation Reason for ASmallOrange: Worse customer service ever!

1.0
During sign up the information provided was that I could enter the EPP number of the domain I want to transfer from GoDaddy after completion of sign up process.
When I returned the site was asking for $15 fee, which I was willing...Read More to pay BUT their web interface kept saying product not in the cart to complete transaction.
The chat agent opened a ticket. I opened a ticket but no response.
For such a simple thing when they are acquiring a new customer, they have such BAD customer service... I just cannot imagine what it will be like afterwards. And they do not have any phone number to call either.
ALSO, THEY SAID 90 DAYS MONEY BACK GUARANTEE AND NOW IT SAYS THIS ACCOUNT IS NON-REFUNDABLE... WOWOWOW.
I have NEVER experienced such bad customer service from anyone for new customers in my life.
Gosh!
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Rob Kulanko
Rob Kulanko from United States,

ASO will cost you more than it will save you... downtime will ruin your sales if you run a business.

1.8
VPS
I have used asmallorange.com for my hosting for about 2 years now... in that time period they have managed to have 7 days that were over 12 hours of downtime. That is NOT acceptable for any business website, so unless you are host...Read Moreing a blog or something that is not involving purchases, then you should expect ASO is going to cost you more than you might save from their deals. Yesterday was one of the biggest days of the year for my sales and this incompetent hosting company handed me 23 hours of downtime followed by 6 hours of uptime and now it's down again... once again hurting my sales and reputation of my business. Furthermore during those 23 hours, I could not get ANY INFORMATION WHAT SO EVER about what was going on and when it would be resolved. The tech support people have no information for anyone, all they will do is create a ticket for you... but when you ask them ANY question they have NO ANSWERS. I asked a lot of questions and every single one was answered with "I'm sorry but I have no more information" - if you are running a business you would be a fool to use ASO to host it, take it from someone that's lost at least $1000 in sales due to their complete incompetence and lack of concern for the businesses that rely on them.Less

Expert Review

Craig Timmins
Craig Timmins
Hosting Expert

Overview

One Web Hosting Solution That You Can't Miss

A Small Orange is definitely one of those unheard of web hosting companies, but don’t let that steer you away from them, because they are offer simple and clear hosting packages. What you get with A Small Orange is uncluttered and crystal clear information that provides a reliable service to its users. Prices range from just under $3 per month for the shared hosting option and up to $100 for dedicated, and A Small Orange also offer a full refund policy.

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8.2
Good
Rated by Craig Timmins
  • User Friendly
    10
  • Support
    6
  • Features
    9
  • Reliability
    8
  • Pricing
    8

Reliability

Transparent About Uptime but Vague About Information

What do I say about the reliability? It’s fairly transparent but vague at the same time. By this I mean that they do offer information on uptime and data centres but don’t really go out of their way to provide historical data for uptime or in-depth information on servers etc. That’s not a massive issue though as they do guarantee 99.9% uptime with a page that shows server status details. A Small Orange also monitor their servers using CCTV, redundancy power systems which come in the form of a backup battery, and this is all powered by diesel.

Features

Features That Will Blow Your Mind!

There are some really good features available over at A Small Orange, and all shared hosting plans come with daily backups, an SSD driven hosting environment, and automatic script installation. However, the real selling point for me is that they offer unlimited POP3, MySQL, Mailing Lists, Email Forwarders, Sub-domains, and FTP Accounts, which is an offer that you won’t find on many hosting websites. For extra costs you can also buy more bandwidth for your plan, a premium support option, and you can also take out dedicated IP addresses for SSL sites.

Support

Support Options Let The Down

If one area of our review lets A Small Orange down its the support that they offer. It almost seems like they have been so busy perfecting every other angle of the business that they haven’t had time to bother about customer support. All of the support is outsourced, and the support workers work remotely. This can lead to a whole host of problems and what many customers have reported is that they haven’t been able to get sufficient advice or answers to some of the more technical questions. Support is 24/7/365 but live chat isn’t available over the weekend periods. You can get in contact by email and ticket system but there is absolutely no telephone support available.

  • 24/7/365 support
  • Email
  • Community Forum
  • Ticket System
  • Live chat only on during weekdays
  • Support team scattered across the USA
  • No telephone support offered

Pricing

Prices to Suit Anyone Requirements

There are a total of 5 hosting plans which range from Shared Hosting to Hybrid and Dedicated hosting, and everything in between. The prices and requirements can meet the needs of an individual or small company up to large enterprises. For the lowest paid plan you can pick yourself up a shared hosting account which can get your business up off the ground in no time. Reseller hosting starts at $15 per month whilst Business hosting and Cloud VPS hosting, both begin at $20 per month.

User-Friendly

One of The Best Web Hosting Sites Out There

The website itself is amazingly well designed, and everything is simply laid-out and accessible from the homepage. You can either select bundles or ‘find your perfect plan’ which lists all the plans available. There is no clutter, no needless content and images, it’s simple plain and just brilliant. CPanel comes with most plans but double check this before buying as it appears to be missing on some plans. CPanel is an excellent control panel tool for beginners and experienced users and just makes life easier when managing your site and hosting. This is one of my favourite web hosting sites to be on, I would actually say it’s a pleasure to navigate around.

Summary

A Strong Contender For One of The Best Shared Hosting Platforms

A Small Orange is a really great hosting solution for small to medium sized businesses, with the option to scale up. The user-friendly feel of the site and the clear service line-up is definitely a 10/10 for me as anyone from a basic Internet user to an advanced user can jump onto the site and feel comfortable in seconds. The plans are all nicely priced and offer some feature packed tools and options that can help you take control of your website. A refund policy and a 45-day money back guarantee are just more tempting reason to take out a hosting plan, with the only one big drawback being the lack of support.

Pros

  • User-friendly site
  • Great prices for small to large companies
  • Strong Features & Tools
  • Refund and 45-Day Money Back Guarantee

 

Cons

  • No telephone number
  • Live chat not available on weekends
  • Support staff are not located near data center

A Small Orange Prices, Plans & Features - 2021

Shared Hosting Plans

Plan Name Space Bandwidth Panel Number of Sites Price Score
Tiny 512 MB 5.12 GB cPanel Unlimited $2.92 3.6 Details
Small 5 GB 51.2 GB cPanel Unlimited $5.00 2.4 Details
Medium 15 GB 153.6 GB cPanel Unlimited $10.00 3.6 Details
Large 30 GB 512 GB cPanel Unlimited $20.00 4.0 Details

VPS Hosting Plans

Plan Name Space CPU RAM OS Price Score
1 30 GB 1 core 1 GB $20.00 2.8 Details
2 50 GB 2 cores 2 GB $30.00 3.7 Details
3 75 GB 2 cores 3 GB $45.00 3.7 Details
4 100 GB 4 cores 4 GB $60.00 3.7 Details
5 125 GB 4 cores 5 GB $75.00 3.7 Details
6 150 GB 6 cores 6 GB $90.00 3.7 Details
7 150 GB 8 cores 8 GB $120.00 3.7 Details
8 200 GB 8 cores 10 GB $150.00 3.7 Details

Dedicated Server Plans

Plan Name Space CPU RAM OS Price Score
Xeon E3-1220 V2 128 GB 4 x 3.10GHz 4 GB $99.00 3.7 Details
Xeon E3-1220 V2 1 TB 4 x 3.10GHz 4 GB $99.00 3.7 Details
Xeon E3-1230 V2 256 GB 4 x 3.30GHz 8 GB $135.00 3.7 Details
Xeon E3-1230 V2 1 TB 4 x 3.30GHz 8 GB $135.00 3.7 Details
Xeon E3-1270 V2 256 GB 4 x 3.50GHz 16 GB $175.00 3.7 Details
Xeon E3-1270 V2 1 TB 4 x 3.50GHz 16 GB $175.00 3.7 Details
2x Xeon E5-2620 512 GB 8 x 2.00GHz 32 GB $275.00 3.7 Details
2x Xeon E5-2620 1 TB 8 x 2.00GHz 32 GB $275.00 3.7 Details

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