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Compared options Visit HostGator Visit A2 Hosting
Pricing
23 hosting plans 57 hosting plans
Starting price $2.75 / month $2.99 / month
Free domain Yes No
Coupons 2 coupons 1 coupon
User Ratings
3.4
4.7
Reliability 3.5
4.5
Pricing 3.5
4.5
User Friendly 3.5
4.5
Support 3.0
4.5
Features 3.5
4.5
User Reviews
389 reviews 1778 reviews
Latest positive review
Good with many options
Salim Al Hadi,
10
I am not a professional but since I needed a website for my business, I did everything from scratch. HostGator provides all necessary tools to build a perfect website.
Used A2 for years
Marc Beaulieu,
8.4
I was very happy with the service and support A2 provided. I used both the shared and vps services which were both great. With any shared service though your always dependent on the quality of domains hosted on the shared ser... More ver and my case I transitioned to vps due to some spammy sites causing my clients to get blocked all the time. Less
Latest negative review
False Advertisement + Worst customer service EVER! Account + website cancelled against my will, all content lost!
KRistopher Clelland,
2.4
Hung up on twice by 2 CS agents in Philippines (ref no: 417-214-97 + 417-216-03, Chris + Anne). Website was cancelled against my will, had to repay account, lost all content!
I have recently set up my own business and spent t... More he last 24-48 hours creating my website on Hostgator, but then came across an issue of the website clearly stating that you can set up 3 options of Microsoft 365 account for email hosting; I called "customer service" (if this is what you want to call it) and they let me know that they no longer have any affiliation with Microsoft so the only option is Google mail, to which I said I have my other business emails on Outlook.
The agent said the only option would be to cancel, and I said "PLEASE DO NOT CANCEL FOR NOW AS I'VE SPENT 2 DAYS BUILDING THE WEBSITE, LET ME TAKE THE CONTENT OFF FIRST, AND I'LL CALL BACK TO CANCEL" - this was Chris in the Philippines, case number 417-214-97. He then hung up the call when I asked for authorization code (also known as an EPP code or transfer key) to transfer the domain name to my current host.
I called back and spoke to Anne - case number 417-216-03, and while on the call to her Chris went ahead and emailed me, and cancelled my entire account and website against my best wishes on the call to him, and I now have zero access to anything, and have lost all of my website content.
The only option to get the content back, according to ANNE, was to re-sign up for another account, then they "may be able to get the content back". She then said this re-sign amount for getting my account back, I would not be refunded for, and when I said I wasnt willing to pay again for something I want to cancel, she also hung up the call mid-way through me speaking!!!
I have never in my life received such utterly terrible customer service, nor felt the need to ever come onto a review site to vent, and complain.
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The worst service ever, stay away
Ahmed AbuNassar,
2.0
For every problem you have they will ask you to upgrade to vps, even you can’t set your cron job to run every 5 minutes for this to happen you need a vps , stay away
Shared Hosting
8 plans from $2.75 to $14.36 4 plans from $2.99 to $12.99
Under $4

Hatchling (Everything Unlimited)

$2.75 / MO
  • Space: Unlimited
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
  • Panel: cpanel
  • Number of Sites: 1
View Hatchling (Everything Unlimited) plan

Startup

$2.99 / MO
  • Space: 100 GB
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
  • Panel: cpanel
  • Number of Sites: 1
View Startup plan
Under $8

Business (Everything Unlimited)

$5.25 / MO
  • Space: Unlimited
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
  • Panel: cpanel
View Business (Everything Unlimited) plan

Drive

$5.99 / MO
  • Space: Unlimited
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
  • Panel: cpanel
View Drive plan
Over $10

Enterprise (Windows)

$14.36 / MO
  • Space: Unlimited
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
  • Panel: cpanel
  • Number of Sites: 5
View Enterprise (Windows) plan

Turbo Max

$12.99 / MO
  • Space: Unlimited
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
  • Panel: cpanel
View Turbo Max plan
VPS
3 plans from $19.95 to $39.95 12 plans from $4.99 to $99.99
Under $4 No No
Under $8 No

Runway 1 - Unmanaged

$4.99 / MO
  • Space: 150 GB
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
View Runway 1 - Unmanaged plan
Over $10

Snappy 2000

$19.95 / MO
  • Space: 120 GB
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
View Snappy 2000 plan

Runway 4 - Unmanaged

$9.99 / MO
  • Space: 450 GB
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
View Runway 4 - Unmanaged plan
Dedicated Server
3 plans from $89.98 to $139.99 17 plans from $129.99 to $599.99
Under $4 No No
Under $8 No No
Over $10

Value Server

$89.98 / MO
  • Space: 1 TB
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
View Value Server plan

Unmanaged Hyper 1

$129.99 / MO
  • Space: 2 TB
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
View Unmanaged Hyper 1 plan
Cloud Hosting
3 plans from $4.95 to $9.95 6 plans from $4.99 to $74.99
Under $4 No No
Under $8

Hatchling Cloud

$4.95 / MO
  • Space: Unlimited
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
View Hatchling Cloud plan

Runway 1

$4.99 / MO
  • Space: 150 GB
  • Bandwidth: 2 TB
View Runway 1 plan
Over $10

Business Cloud

$9.95 / MO
  • Space: Unlimited
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
View Business Cloud plan

Runway 4

$9.99 / MO
  • Space: 450 GB
  • Bandwidth: 4 TB
View Runway 4 plan
Website Builder
3 plans from $3.84 to $9.22 4 plans from $2.99 to $18.99
Under $4

Express Start

$3.84 / MO
  • Space: Unlimited
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
View Express Start plan

1-PAGE

$2.99 / MO
  • Space: 100.04 MB
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
View 1-PAGE plan
Under $8

Express Site

$5.99 / MO
  • Space: Unlimited
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
View Express Site plan
No
Over $10

Express Store

$9.22 / MO
  • Space: Unlimited
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
View Express Store plan

BASIC

$8.99 / MO
  • Space: 249.96 MB
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
View BASIC plan
CDN
No
4 plans from $2.99 to $12.99
Under $4 No

STARTUP

$2.99 / MO
  • Space: Unlimited
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
  • Number of Sites: 1
View STARTUP plan
Under $8 No

DRIVE

$5.99 / MO
  • Space: Unlimited
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
View DRIVE plan
Over $10 No

TURBO MAX

$12.99 / MO
  • Space: Unlimited
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
View TURBO MAX plan
Resellers
3 plans from $19.95 to $24.95 6 plans from $18.99 to $44.99
Under $4 No No
Under $8 No No
Over $10

Aluminum Plan

$19.95 / MO
  • Space: 60 GB
  • Bandwidth: 599.96 GB
  • Panel: cpanel
View Aluminum Plan plan

Kickstart

$18.99 / MO
  • Space: 60 GB
  • Bandwidth: 599.96 GB
  • Panel: whm
View Kickstart plan
SSL
No
4 plans from $49.99 to $929.00
Under $4 No No
Under $8 No No
Over $10 No

Basic SSL DV

$49.99 / MO
  • Space: Unlimited
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
View Basic SSL DV plan
Data Centers
0 of 6 0 of 6
North America No No
Europe No No
Asia No No
Oceânia No No
South America No No
Africa & Middle East No No
Support Services
6 of 6 6 of 6
Live Chat Yes Yes
Phone Support Yes Yes
Email Support Yes Yes
Forum Support Yes Yes
Video guides Yes Yes
Knowledgebase Yes Yes
CMS support
4 of 6 5 of 6
WordPress Yes Yes
Joomla Yes Yes
Drupal Yes Yes
Magento Yes Yes
Softaculous No No
PrestaShop No Yes
OS Support
2 of 2 1 of 2
Windows/ASP.NET Yes No
Linux Yes Yes
Language Support
3 of 8 7 of 8
PHP Yes Yes
Java No Yes
Python Yes Yes
Node.js No Yes
Django No Yes
Perl No Yes
Ruby on Rails No Yes
ASP.NET Yes No
Database Support
2 of 3 3 of 3
MongoDB No Yes
MySQL Yes Yes
PostgreSQL Yes Yes
Payment Types Support
3 of 6 4 of 6
PayPal Yes Yes
Credit Card Yes Yes
Moneybookers No Yes
Wire Transfer Yes Yes
Webmoney No No
Bitcoin No No
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Winner

Winner

Winner: A2 Hosting

Aviran Zazon HostAdvice COO

HostGator is one of the most recognized names in the hosting industry, but they have some issues in regards to their reliability and technical support. A2 Hosting, on the other hand, is a very popular option because they have done such a great job at building a fast, reliable service for their customers. A2 is very highly rated, and is perhaps best known for their responsive and skilled technical support teams, who can help you resolve just about any issue you may run into. In this comparison, the winner is clear, A2 Hosting.