A2 Hosting vs Bluehost

If you want to decide the Bluehost vs. A2 Hosting match-up, you’re in for a sweet, sumptuous ride. It’s like trying to choose between the softest chocolate chip cookie and the perfect apple pie; in a sense, it’s bittersweet because both are just that good. You might spend hours on end balancing out features, details, and drawbacks before you come up with a clear winner.

In the competition between Bluehost and A2 Hosting, the first comes out strong with a free domain name and SSL certificate, while the second is considered to be one of the best platforms for picky developers. The two services keep improving their offer to the point where it’s become tortuous to say for certain which is better.

Yet, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to sample both and deliver our delectable experience in what follows. Don’t worry: we’ll also include the shortcomings. We are, after all, very fussy about our delicacies.

Bluehost vs. A2 Hosting: A Complete Overview

Bluehost is a somewhat old company, founded in 2003. The company is based in Provo, Utah, and has its main data centres in the same place. Bluehost is a pretty large company too, hosting over two million websites on its servers. Before the success of Bluehost, founder Matt Heaton had tried his hands on creating two other hosts starting from 1996 before he settled on Bluehost in 2003. Bluehost offers a wide range of services— from Dedicated hosting and VPS hosting to Shared hosting. However, we are only going to review Bluehost shared hosting plans. In 2010, Bluehost was acquired by EIG, adding them to a plethora of hosts owned by the conglomerate.

A2 Hosting was conceived far back in 2001 by Bryan Muthig and compared to Bluehost has endured pretty low publicity while delivering great speed and decent performance in other areas as well. As we mentioned in our A2 Hosting Review, they are also known for having great customer support and loads of great, high-tech features like SSDs on all plans and loads of beneficial features like free site migration, unlimited data transfer and a lot more. Impressively, A2 Hosting rarely discriminates in regards to plan level. Higher plans maybe get higher storage and capacity, but the basic features are available for even basic plans. Another important thing that you should perhaps know about A2 Hosting is that it’s one of the few independently owned Bluehost Alternatives, and this is a big deal (or not, depending on whether you love big corporations or not) in an industry where most hosts are owned by Endurance International Group (EIG), a telecommunication giant.

The Bluehost Chocolate Chip

Newcomers to the world of hosting who are still unsure whether to go with Bluehost or A2 Hosting might find the first option to be more alluring. Bluehost has recently overhauled its UI (user interface), which makes it incredibly easy to navigate (see more about this in our Bluehost Review Article). If you have basic computer operating skills, all it takes is an afternoon on Bluehost to be able to launch your very own website.

For WordPress hosting, in particular, Bluehost is one of the industry leaders in terms of affordability and value for your purchase. A free domain name, SSL certificate, unlimited e-mails, and marketing credits are all features that sweeten the whole.

Even if the popular blogging platform has its own hosting service, Bluehost vs. WordPress is a debate that is often won by the former. We’ll readily admit that they’re also one of our favorites, despite the fact that their starter packages tend to fall off by comparison with A2 Hosting when it comes to high volumes of traffic.

The A2 Hosting Apple Pie

In terms of data transfer, A2 Hosting is one of the first organizations to have offered high-speed SSDs, which are now a staple of their services and can enable your pages to be loaded faster. On average, you can expect your website to be anywhere from 10 to 20 times more responsive than the industry average if properly set-up and maintained.

Although slightly more expensive for the starter pack, A2 Hosting’s proposal includes their recently introduced Turbo Servers package, which is to say that you will share your server with fewer clients than usual. In turn, this will give you more physical memory and a range of pre-configured caching options. It might seem like developer gibberish, but these are the tools that ultimately lead to above-standard performance.

You don’t get a free domain with A2 Hosting like in the case of Bluehost, but you do benefit from free site transfer, as well as the possibility to host unlimited websites.

BlueHosta2 Hosting
PlanSharedShared
Pricingfrom $2.95/monthfrom $3.92/month
Storage50GBUnlimited
BandwidthUnlimitedUnlimited
Free DomainYesNo
SSD StorageNoYes
IP Address10
Uptime offer0.9991
RAMUnmetered4GB Virtual
SSL CertificateNoYes
24/7 SupportYesYes
Email Accounts525
Ideal forSmall to Medium EnterpriseSmall to Medium
HeadquartersUSAUSA

Popularity Comparison

Full disclosure; we could give less than a sexual intercourse about how popular a Web-host is. But we always like to make the clarification so that some smart fellow wouldn’t say, hey but this host is more popular, what’s up with that? Popularity levels have more to do with advertising and marketing tactics than with actual hosting proficiency. So, which Web-host is more popular? Bluehost, without a doubt. A2 Hosting doesn’t even come close in terms of websites hosted or reach. Now that we are done with that, it’s time to move on to one of the most important criteria of choosing a host for your site; performance. 

Performance

When you purchase a hosting plan, you have some certain expectations. You want your website to be accessible, and quickly too. The best hosts deliver on this promise better than others— some are more reliable and faster than others. Let’s look at uptime, for instance. 

Uptime

In order to get the most accurate review, we purchased a basic Bluehost plan (most of the data in this review is from our experience using the host), created a website using Weebly and set up our testing tools to test for uptime. Over our testing period, we recorded about 99.99% uptime. Which is just about the best that a host can promise. Of course, we all want our sites up for 100% of the time, but that isn’t possible. Scheduled updates, random server failures and a lot of other things make that ideal rather impossible. In that case, a 99.99% uptime is quite applaudable. We do not only like to test for uptime, but we also like to check whether a host has an uptime guarantee. Unfortunately, Bluehost doesn’t offer an uptime guarantee. As you probably know, this means that even uptime gets bad, you can only hope it gets better. Users cannot request any compensation. This isn’t especially encouraging, seeing as a lot of other Web-hosts offer an uptime guarantee. 

We also tested A2 Hosting’s Uptime

We also bought a basic A2 Hosting plan (most of the data in this review is from our experience using the host), set up a dummy account, filled it with content and set to work testing. Over our testing period, we recorded a decent, but not amazing, uptime of 99.96%. Over the course of a year, that’s an almost negligible 3 and a half hours. If you run an online store, you may lose some money if your website is down 3+ hours a year, but it certainly wouldn’t be that big of a bother. To make things better (somewhat), A2 Hosting offers an uptime guarantee. A2 has a 99.9% uptime guarantee, which means that  If downtime is higher than 0.1%, customers receive 5% credit for each hour that downtime is further experienced. However, this uptime isn’t valid on two conditions;

During scheduled maintenance

When outages are because of circumstances that A2 Hosting cannot control.

VERDICT; While A2 Hosting uptime is negligible, Bluehost’s trumps it by a lot (0.03% is a lot in terms of uptime). A2 tries to cover its blushes by offering an uptime guarantee, but we aren’t just buying it. We prefer great uptime to a great uptime guarantee, and Bluehost has a better uptime. Bluehost wins this one for us. 

Speed

Did you know that Amazon would lose up to 160 million dollars a year if the website got any slower? Now you do. Did you know that 40% of people would stop visiting a site if they experienced problems with speed? Speed matters to visitors and they should to hosts and webmasters too— in fact, they do. 

Bluehost Speed Tests

We measured the average response time of 461ms on our Bluehost website and we were quite surprised. We certainly did not expect that Bluehost would perform above average in regards to speed. However, that is exactly what happened. To make sure that we did not record phantom speeds, we sent about a hundred virtual users to the site to see whether the servers would perform worse during a traffic spike. That didn’t happen, as Bluehost continued to deliver really stable speeds around 400ms. It was impressive, especially as it isn’t something that we expected. 

(Our speed test takes into consideration speeds from various locations around the world. Actual speeds within the US are much lower)

A2 Hosting Speed Tests

We were sort of excited to carry out our A2 hosting speed test. Why? A lot, and we mean a lot, of reviews place A2 Hosting at the top of the totem regarding speed. So we fired up our site and calculated the average speed of our testing period. We got an astounding response time of 331ms, which is amazing because response speed within the US is around 50-70ms. The average was brought down because we took other locations outside the US into consideration. This isn’t just fast, it is super fast and we don’t think we’ve reviewed a faster host. A2’s speed absolutely blows everyone out of the market. Like Bluehost, we tried to test whether the speed we saw could hold up doing traffic spikes, and we were glad to not see a dip in speed. Whether with low traffic or high traffic, A2 Hosting is super fast. 

 It even gets more impressive when you take into consideration the fact that we didn’t test speed using the signature turbo plan. We recorded these speeds on our basic plan, and A2 Hosting claims that the turbo plan is even faster— 20 times faster than the normal servers. Talk about a weird flex. 

VERDICT; Bluehost provides decent speed, but decent is nothing compared to extraordinary. We don’t think that there are many hosts that would beat A2 Hosting in the speed department. It appears that the hype is real and A2 really is that fast. They win this round for us, and convincingly too. 

Ease of Use for Bluehost compared to A2 Hosting

There is a reason why people prefer automatic cars to manual ones, tractors to hoes, air conditioning to a hand fan, and riding in a car to hiking (most of the time, at least). That reason is ease— no one likes difficulties, and it is the same with hosting. The simple truth is that the easier a hosting experience, the better the host. And that’s that. 

First, let’s talk about the user interface. Bluehost makes use of cPanel, the standard user interface for hosting. This means two things; a) users migrating from other hosts (who are most likely to be using cPanel) will find it easier to understand and use, and b) cPanel is great for beginners or less advanced users so they can get most of their tasks done without trouble. Some of the useful features of Bluehost’s cPanel are;

 MySites; It allows users to control multiple websites via a single account 

The Marketplace feature; It gives users access to a digital marketplace where tonnes of things like add-ons, themes, and even professional services can be bought seamlessly. 

Domain manager aptly called Domains; This is a tool that allows users to manage the registration status of domains, discover and register new domains, set up redirection, and update information. 

Users who want more advanced settings can find them grouped neatly together under the advanced option. Bluehost provides one-click installation support for most popular apps like Joomla, Magneto, Drupal and WordPress. Bluehost also has a special customer service called Blue flash that provides instant advice on WordPress. Whatever help is needed— be it advice on plug-ins, themes or/and templates, Blue Flash is provided absolutely free and on all plans to guide customers. If you’d like to build a website, Bluehost provides the services of the Weebly website builder absolutely free of charge. Weebly has drag and drop functionality so that you can get your website on the way without writing a single line of code. To top a wonderful performance up, Bluehost offers free SSL certificates on all plans. 

There is one thing that we noticed, though. Bluehost doesn’t offer a free site transfer and users have to pay a one time fee of $149.99 to transfer five websites, 20 email accounts and any other file or database that you might want to be moved. We are not entirely sure this is the greatest deal for people moving from other Web-hosts. There are a lot of Web-hosts with more or less the same profile as Bluehost offering free site transfers. It would be easier to transfer to one of those hosts.

Like Bluehost, A2 has a cPanel interface and it’s great for all the same reasons. However, it isn’t as heavily customized as Bluehost’s, so we think that beginners would prefer Bluehost’s interface. Experienced users, however, should have no problems with navigating A2’s interface. In addition, we wouldn’t give A2 Hosting top marks for space management— the interface is needlessly cluttered with so much information. 

Asides that, almost everything regarding use is satisfactory. There is one-click installation support for a lot of apps, including Joomla and WordPress. A2 Hosting also has special tools like the A2 Optimized WordPress plugin that optimizes WordPress. However, this tool is only available on higher-tier plans. Unlike Bluehost, A2 Hosting doesn’t make use of a third-party website builder. The host has a proprietary website builder called Sitebuilder. No, we are not kidding. A2 Hosting spent years developing a website builder and called it Sitebuilder. Goes to show that truth can be stranger than fiction. A2’s Sitebuilder has drag and drop functionality, and while it might not be the greatest Sitebuilder we’ve seen, it’s still pretty decent. Unfortunately, Sitebuilder isn’t free and costs anything from $2.76 to $8.88. Lastly, A2 Hosting provides free SSL certificates from Let’s encrypt on all plans. In addition to that, A2 Hosting allows users to migrate anything one free website on a shared hosting plan. This is a sweet deal, especially as Bluehost doesn’t offer it.

VERDICT; Overall, Bluehost was easier to use for us. However, we were let down in some key areas which include the fact that there is no free site migration offered. A2 Hosting, in the end, gave us more problems than Bluehost, even though they are negligible in the long run. 

Money-Back Guarantee Policy

We absolutely love money-back guarantees, and generally speaking, it is the longer the better for us. They are important because they show exactly how much a provider trusts the goods/services being sold and they allow users to check for themselves whether the service/goods purchased was what was advertised. The industry standard for money-back guarantees is 30-days, and we are of the opinion that thirty days is simply not enough to test run a hosting service. 

Bluehost has an average money-back guarantee of thirty days. That is, if you purchase an annual plan (a plan of a year or more), you get thirty days to set up your website, monitor performance stats and decided whether or not you’d like to continue with Bluehost for the long haul. Bluehost’s money-back guarantee is pretty straightforward and doesn’t involve any shenanigans as we saw with GoDaddy. However, refunds can only be made on the condition that the fee for free services received like free domains is deducted. In the case of free domain, a fee of $15.99 will be deducted. Bluehost claims that this must be done because of the special nature of domain costs.

A2 Hosting, on the other hand, has two kinds of money-back guarantee. They have the first one, like Bluehost’s, that lasts for thirty months and has roughly the same conditions. However, here is where A2 Hosting blows us away. If you decide to cancel your hosting plan after the first thirty days, the fee for the days of hosting you’ve used will be deducted from your original fee and the rest will be refunded to you. People talk a lot about considering the risks associated with buying a hosting plan, but A2 destroys this argument easily. Purchasing an A2 Hosting plan comes with little or no risk attached, and this anytime money-back policy is something we’d like all hosts to implement. 

VERDICT; The answer is easy for us, and it should be for you too. A2 Hosting wins this round completely. It’s not even a contest. 

A2 Hosting vs. Bluehost: Customer Support and Reliability

If we were to mention the top three things that are important to us (and should be important to you too) when considering moving to a new host or purchasing a hosting plan from a Web-host, customer support and reliability would make the list a hundred out of a hundred times. Customer support reliability is so important, whether you’re a beginner or the most advanced webmaster. The chances of you running into a problem or something that you need clarification on, especially if you have more complex hosting needs, is almost 100 per cent. And when that time comes, it’s important to have customer support that is 1) easily and quickly accessible and 2) helpful. 

Bluehost offers three channels for contacting tech support and these channels are the live chat, phone and ticketing channels all available 24/7 and on all plans. Like most hosts that we’ve reviewed, Bluehost also maintains a pretty stacked up databases that has everything from articles explaining the simple parts of hosting to one’s guiding users through the multiple technical processes needed to run a website.

Since the live chat channel is the most commonly used channel, (and we suspect that it is the most effective tool), we decided to try that out first. Bluehost is a pretty large corporation, so we didn’t have especially high hopes for their customer support. We are always wary of the customer support of pretty large companies because they usually have too many customers to attend to and the support rep to customer ratio is often unbelievable. So we tried to connect to a customer rep, knowing that we might have to wait for a while because it is what it is. Impressively, although we still ended up waiting for about an average of five minutes thereabouts when we tried to connect to a live rep, it really wasn’t as bad as we originally anticipated. The live reps that we spoke to were friendly and courteous enough, however, only about half of the people we asked questions looked like they had in-depth knowledge about what we were asking. The rest had to delay before replying us (we believe this is because they were confirming answers to our questions). Perhaps Bluehost hasn’t yet finished training the reps that were less than impressive? We wouldn’t know. Bluehost’s customer service won’t get top marks for customer reliability— but that doesn’t mean they have the worst support we’ve seen. We’ve seen far worse, and in fact, Bluehost is quite above average in our opinion. 

A2 Hosting offers more customer support channels than Bluehost, with a phone, live chat, ticketing and even Skype customer support service. Like Bluehost offers, there’s also a robust knowledge base if you’d prefer not to speak A2 Hosting also has a nice (We think? We aren’t entirely sure, to be honest) name for their customer support service. They are called the “Gurus Crew”, which has a nice ring to it and would be appropriate if the entire customer service department wore turbans, mediated, and drank spiritual tea in the Himalayas. But, presumably, they don’t, so it ends up being what it is. 

Moving on. 

We contacted the live chat support as we did with Bluehost, and we experienced considerably lower wait time on an average than we did with Bluehost. The reps, or members of the Guru crew, that we spoke to were friendly, knowledgeable (as a guru should be), and answered all our questions in less than a minute. It does appear that you don’t have to drink spiritual tea and live in the Himalayas to be a guru. Overall, it was an easy experience. We were able to connect to a rep quickly, and our problems were solved quickly too. It rarely ever gets better than this. 

VERDICT; Did we have any serious problems with either host? No. But we have to choose a winner. While Bluehost’s customer support is more than able to help you through tiny, uncomplicated problems, we aren’t sure that a lot of the customer reps will be much help if you run into bigger issues that need expert advice. On the other hand, we feel the non-tea drinking (presumably) men and women at the guru crew will be more than capable. A2 Hosting takes this one for us.

Security

A website holds a lot of information, and in some cases, that information can be dangerous if in the wrong hands. It can also be very painful if users lose data and files because of malware. That is why, in order to protect your investment (a website, no matter which way you look at it, is an investment), you must pay attention to the security infrastructure of a host before purchasing a plan. Thankfully, most Web-hosts offer some level of security. The major differences are often in how much they are worth, and whether they are free or not. 

Bluehost Security Features

Bluehost covers the basic by offering a free SSL certificate from Let’s Encrypt. The host also offers a special security tool called Sitelock that scans for malware 24 hours a day, seven days a week and immediately reports once any danger is spotted. However, this isn’t a free service and users may have to pay within the range of $2.69 to $41.99 per month. Bluehost also has the Codeguard basic, a tool for automatically backing up data. Codeguard isn’t free either and costs $2.95 (lowest renewal price) to $23.95 (highest renewal price). There are other security features like Spam Experts, a tool that filters your mail and saves you for spam and suspicious emails. There is also access to the Domain privacy feature that helps keep your private information off public WHOIS listings. Unfortunately, all these features, while they might be free for the first term, come with a renewal price. There is indeed no free lunch. However, most of these features, like Codeguard basic for instance, are offered for free on higher-tier plans. Bluehost provides courtesy backups on lower plans too, but we would advise users to either purchase Codeguard basic or find another way to be responsible for their own backups. This is because courtesy backups simply mean that Bluehost does the backup as a favour to the user, and it is not guaranteed. 

Bluehost has decent security options, but most of them are not available to basic plans and are only available as add-ons. Not good enough, we’re afraid. 

A2 Hosting Security Features

A2 Hosting has HackScan, a virus scanning service that scans for viruses 24 hours a day. There is also a defence against DDOS attacks. A2 Hosting provides free SSL certificates on all plans, and KernelCare, a feature that automatically runs rebootless Kernel updates daily. A2 Hosting also offers optimized plug-in for WordPress that auto-hardens websites and prevents hacks. This plug-in comes with a unique WordPress login URL, reCAPTCHA and automatic WordPress updates. This keeps websites safe from hackers and malware simultaneously. A2 Hosting also has a firewall, brute-defence force, and virus scanning features to keep websites safe. In addition to all these, A2 Hosting also offers automatic backups. Unfortunately, this service isn’t free and you are charged a fee. 

VERDICT; The security of both Web-hosts did little to impress us if we are being fair, and it looks a lot like a case of we couldn’t really care either way. We don’t like draws, but this looks like one so we are going to call it one. 

Plans & Pricing

Of course, there is always the temptation to take the one-dimensional route and simply choose the cheapest hosting plan and be done with it. Instead, though, we are going to take a more nuanced path and will be judging the shared hosting plans on whether the value offered is worth the price quoted. We’ll also be looking at the industry as a whole and look at the prices other hosts are quoting for the same or similar service— then we’ll decide if a deal is worth or, or whether you can get a better deal elsewhere. 

A2 Hosting has three levels of shared hosting plans. They are the Lite, Swift, And Turbo plans. The Lite plan is the cheapest plan and costs $2.96 (renewal costs $7.99). The plan comes with the following features;

  • 1 website
  • Unlimited storage
  • 25 Email accounts
  • Free and Easy site migration
  • Free SSL certificate

The second plan, which is the lite plan, costs $3.70 monthly (renewal costs $9.99). The plan comes with the following features;

  • Unlimited websites
  • Unlimited Email accounts
  • Free and automatic backups
  • And all the features of the Lite plan. 

The highest shared hosting plan is the Turbo plan and it costs $7.03 monthly and $18.99 upon renewal. The plan comes with the following features;

  • Turbo speed (up to 20× faster than regular servers) 
  • all the features of Lite and Swift plans. 

Our first complaint is one we have for many Web-hosts in the market, and while it may seem like it is impossible to achieve, we’d really like for Web-hosts to adopt a transparent pricing scheme. It really isn’t that difficult, as we’ve seen Web-hosts who don’t increase their price by 100-200% per cent after the first term. 

So let’s move on to Bluehost.

Bluehost offers four Shared hosting plans. Most Web-hosts just offer three, but we like how Bluehost leaves a lot of room for scalability. The three plans are the Basic plan, Plus plan, and the Pro plan.

The Basic plan comes with;

  • 1 website
  • 5 parked domains
  • 25 subdomains. 
  • 50GB of storage
  • Unmetered bandwidth
  • Free SSL certificate
  • 1 free domain
  • The plan costs $2.75 (renewal costs $7.99 per month).

The Plus plan comes with all the features of the basic plan plus;

  • Unlimited websites
  • $200 marketing offer
  • Spam experts.
  • Unlimited storage
  • Unlimited domains
  • Unlimited subdomains
  • Unlimited parked domains

The plan costs $5.45 per month (normally $10.99).

The Choice-plus plan comes with all the features of the Plus plan plus;

  • Domain Privacy and protection
  • 1 office 365 mailbox – free 30 days and Codeguard basic site backup. 

The plan is the same price as the Plus plan but renewal costs $14.99

The Pro plan is the most expensive shared hosting plan offered by Bluehost. The plan costs $13.95 per month (renewal is $23.99 per month) and it comes with all the features of the Choice-Plus plan with a dedicated IP address and high performance. Does this mean that previous plans have low performance? No. Apparently, previous plans have standard performance. According to Bluehost, high performance means that Pro servers allow for a 300,000 file count and are deployed with fewer users per server than the standard shared hosting servers.  Therefore each user gets more resources allocated than with normal lower their hosting plans.  

We have only one problem with Bluehost, though, and it is the same one we had with A2 Hosting. Renewal fees are hiked up to the high heavens after the first term. We think that there should be a better way— at least we’ve seen hosts come up with a better way, and still offer competitive pricing. 

VERDICT; We thought A2 Hosting was pricey, but compared to Bluehost, A2 Hosting is even approaching dirt cheap territory. A2 Hosting wins this one, not because we think they offer the best deal that we could get, but because the host offers great value than Bluehost and is overall cheaper.

Extra Features

We simply cannot wait to find out the juicy features that both Web-hosts have. Will they have any feature that’ll tip the scales? 

Let’s check out A2 Hosting first.

  • A2 Hosting has Windows-based servers. Accounts using these servers come with a Plesk interface instead of cPanel.
  • A2 Hosting offers free Cloudflare CDN on all plan
  • All shared hosting plans are limited to 35 concurrent HTTP plans— we aren’t sure if this will be enough for everyone
  • Built-in server-side caching.
  • A2 Hosting has great developer options; with users having access to Apache 2.4 FTP/SFTP access to your server environment, PERL 5.10 Node.js, MySQL 5.6 databases, PHP (5.x and 7.x) Python (2.6, 2.7, and 3.2), PostgreSQL 9.6, and Free SSH access. 
  • A2 Hosting has multiple data centres around the world
  • A2 Hosting is rather interested in sustaining the environment, that’s why the host has taken extra care to make sure that they eliminate their carbon footprint. To this end, A2 Hosting has launched a lot of projects, among them the FutureServe” green hosting initiative which tries to eliminate the harmful effects of emissions from their servers. 

What about Bluehost?

  • Bluehost offers hotlink protection to protect your data.
  • Bluehost offers CDN access
  • Bluehost is an officially recommended web host by WordPress. Only two other Web-hosts share this status
  • In case you need to manage your domains through them, Bluehost has a domain manager
  • One-click installations for over 100+ apps from MOJO
  • Bluehost offers the services of website builders like Drupal and Weebly.
  • $200 Marketing offers 
  • Bluehost has both MySQL and PostgreSQL databases and you can use either phpMyAdmin, Remote MySQL, or phpPgAdmin to manage your databases. 
  • The Blue flash feature is a special customer care feature which allows you access to experts dedicated to helping you get your WordPress website up and running.
  • Bluehost supports the use of Perl modules, Cron jobs, PHP PEAR packages, and Apache handlers.
  • Automatic WordPress Plugin and Theme updates. 

VERDICT; The standout feature for us were A2 Hosting’s green initiatives, and the second was Bluehost’s Blue flash feature. While we applaud A2 Hosting for their efforts on the environment, we do not see how this affects hosting experience directly. On the other hand, we do see how Blue flash affects hosting experience, so Bluehost takes this round for us. 

Major Differences between A2 Hosting and Bluehost

  • Just to recap, let’s confirm the major differences between both Web-hosts
  • A2 Hosting is way faster than Bluehost.
  • Bluehost has a thirty days guarantee, while A2 Hosting has an anytime guarantee. 
  • A2 Hosting provides free site migrations, while Bluehost doesn’t
  • A2 Hosting has data centers all over the world. Bluehost? Not so much.

Bluehost vs. A2 Hosting: Our Pick

Our long ride is finally over, so let’s look at the scoreboard. A2 Hosting is faster while Bluehost is more reliable. A2 Hosting has a better money-back guarantee (not even a contest) and has better customer support. Bluehost is easier to use and both hosts drew the security section. A2 Hosting offers a better price deal and Bluehost has the more exciting feature. It was a hard and tough fight but Bluehost wins this one for us. 

Bluehost vs. A2 Hosting? A2 Hosting takes this one. 

 

 

 

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As a programmer and a geek, Scott always had a passion for servers. This passion has eventually led him to a deep dive into the hosting world for the past few years. Now he shares all the accumulated knowledge with all of our readers through detailed reviews, comparisons, and guides. His only purpose is to help users make the right choice for their websites, with no exceptions.
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