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A Small Orange vs SharkHosting

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Compared options Visit A Small Orange Visit SharkHosting
Pricing
20 hosting plans 8 hosting plans
Starting price $2.92 / month $2.75 / month
Free domain Yes Yes
Coupons No 1 coupon
User Ratings
1.9
4.3
Reliability 1.7
4.3
Pricing 2.3
4.4
User Friendly 1.8
4.3
Support 1.3
4.2
Features 2.1
4.2
User Reviews
29 reviews 76 reviews
Latest positive review
Very good experience. No downtime in last 3 months.
Ridwan Choudhury,
9.6
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 my website uptime with J... More etpack 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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Their support is great and also the prices for the hosting services are very much affordable
Prakash Kshetri,
8.8
I was facing problem for creating new mail accounts and was having issue with Contact Form 7.
I raised a ticket for that and it was solved by the Support team on the same day.
Their support is really great. Also, I never face... More d issues while creating my websites using their Hosting Services. Less
Latest negative review
They used to be excellent but are now dreadful
AnneMarie Brody,
2.8
They used to be excellent but now they are terrible. For over a month their servers have gone down every two days. The chat staff are as helpful as they can be but they do not seem to be allowed to refer matters up the chain ... More to the senior managers. I cannot find out who the current CEO is and it is not there person you get when you Google the subject. If you press them on this they just say they will upgrade the support ticket. Every two days I have to get on the chat line to ask them to fix it. It am going mad with it. Less
Unnecessary stress from beginning to end
Jack C,
4.4
Generally, a chaotic and disorganised website host. As you can probably imagine given their relatively low-price point, they are a reseller, of Stablepoint to be precise. Sad as it is you often get what you pay for, and this ... More is one such occasion.
Harsh as it may sound, its unnecessary stress from beginning to end with Shark... Clunky website, poorly maintained (yet often referred to) knowledgebase and constant networking and configuration changes... Sometimes with little or no notice. Personally, for me, the last point is a biggie. This has left sites and services offline or not working correctly on more than one occasion, requiring immediate or short-term remedial effort to get things standing up again and thoroughly tested.
Combine these points with generally poor communication... When there is notice of a change it often provides little notice, an ultimatum, or focuses on the mid/long-term benefits to the business, rather than the client right now... So, it is all rather messy.
It is always good practice of course, but do make sure you properly read the product-specific terms and conditions if registering, as there is at least one service offered which is essentially useless when you marry it up to its Ts & Cs.
The one-man-band that is Chris at Shark / Net87 / Chick etc is decent in fairness if you read this line again and take it in context alongside the price.
If you, your company, group or organisation *need* service dependability, technical support with real answers and that is 24/7, or general calmness and peace of mind I respectfully recommend trying elsewhere. If your operation is small and reasonably happy with 'cheap and cheerful' then Shark Hosting may well work out fine for you.
Best of luck.
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Shared Hosting
4 plans from $2.92 to $20.00 5 plans from $2.75 to $11.01
Under $4

Tiny

$2.92 / MO
  • Space: 512 MB
  • Bandwidth: 5.12 GB
  • Panel: cpanel
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Blue Shark

$2.00 / MO
  • Space: Unlimited
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
  • Panel: cpanel
  • Number of Sites: 5
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Under $8

Small

$5.00 / MO
  • Space: 5 GB
  • Bandwidth: 51.2 GB
  • Panel: cpanel
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Tiger Shark

$4.00 / MO
  • Space: Unlimited
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
  • Panel: cpanel
  • Number of Sites: 10
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Over $10

Medium

$10.00 / MO
  • Space: 15 GB
  • Bandwidth: 153.6 GB
  • Panel: cpanel
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Whale Shark

$6.00 / MO
  • Space: Unlimited
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
  • Panel: cpanel
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VPS
8 plans from $20.00 to $150.00 1 plan from $16.51 to $16.51
Under $4 No No
Under $8 No No
Over $10

1

$20.00 / MO
  • Space: 30 GB
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
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Custom KVM VPS

$12.00 / MO
  • Space: 10 GB
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
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Dedicated Server
8 plans from $99.00 to $275.00
No
Under $4 No No
Under $8 No No
Over $10

Xeon E3-1220 V2

$99.00 / MO
  • Space: 128 GB
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
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No
Cloud Hosting
No
2 plans from $8.26 to $16.51
Under $4 No No
Under $8 No No
Over $10 No

Cloud 1 - 1 Year

$6.00 / MO
  • Space: Unlimited
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
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Data Centers
1 of 6 3 of 6
North America Yes Yes
Europe No Yes
Asia No Yes
Oceania No No
South America No No
Africa & Middle East No No
Support Services
5 of 6 3 of 6
Live Chat Yes Yes
Phone Support No No
Email Support Yes Yes
Forum Support Yes No
Video guides Yes No
Knowledgebase Yes Yes
CMS support
3 of 9 7 of 9
WordPress Yes Yes
Managed Wordpress No No
Joomla Yes Yes
Drupal Yes Yes
Magento No Yes
Fantastico No Yes
Softaculous No No
PrestaShop No Yes
Zen Cart No Yes
OS Support
2 of 2 1 of 2
Windows/ASP.NET Yes No
Linux Yes Yes
Language Support
3 of 7 6 of 7
PHP Yes Yes
Java No Yes
Python Yes Yes
Node.js Yes Yes
Django No No
Perl No Yes
Ruby on Rails No Yes
Database Support
1 of 3 1 of 3
MongoDB No No
MySQL Yes Yes
PostgreSQL No No
Payment Types Support
2 of 6 3 of 6
PayPal Yes Yes
Credit Card Yes Yes
Moneybookers No No
Wire Transfer No Yes
Webmoney No No
Bitcoin No No
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