When searching for a hosting provider your main focus should center around two main features. Customer service support; you must ask yourself if the provider can provide the assistance needed to correct your technical issues as quickly as possible without much downtime to your website. And secondly, how fast will my website load on your servers?
Why is your website’s speed important you ask. Well most visitors want to see content within a few seconds of visiting your website, otherwise they leave your site and go find another. One other major impact of your website’s speed involves your site’s ranking in search engines. Your goal of having a website should be having people find it when searching for the services you offer. The major search engines (GOOGLE, Yahoo, and Bing) all use the speed of your website, along with other factors of course, when ranking what page your website appears on in their search engines. Having a website that takes more than 5 seconds to load can be detrimental to your search engine rankings as well as customer retention.
I have designed websites hosted with GoDaddy, SiteGround, BlueHost, HostGator, and Namecheap just to name a few. I have also hosted my own personal websites with a couple of those providers as well. Recently I’ve made the switch to A2 Hosting and I couldn’t be more satisfied. Not taking anything away from those providers listed above, but A2 Hosting is on another level when it comes to page loading speed. A2 has been hosting websites since 2001 and they pride their business on website loading speed and customer satisfaction. From my brief experiences with A2 Hosting, I can say they pass both of those tests. Their hosting packages start below $4/month which is a great price when you research everything they offer.
Some of the features you receive when you purchase A2 Hosting include:
- One click WordPress installs allows for easy installation, a benefit for the non-technical person
- Unlimited domains (all plans except Lite)
- Unlimited email address (all plans except Lite)
- High performance Swift Servers increases your website’s loading speed
- Content Delivery Network also boosts your site’s performance and security
- Free website transfer if you are currently using another provider
- 99.9% Uptime
- 24/7/365 US Based Customer Support
- Optimized Enhanced Website Security
- Free Server backups in case you accidentally deleted a file
- Price. You get great value for your money
For a limited time you can also take advantage of a special offer that will reduce the cost of hosting by 51%. Just use the promo code FAST51 at the checkout and the price will be reduced at checkout. The Web High Speed Hosting comes in 3 packages: Lite $3.92/month, Swift at $4.90/month, and Turbo for extra speed at $9.31/month. I would recommend the Swift package (it’s the one I currently use). So if you selected the Swift package without adding any extra features your plan would cost $131.88 the for the first year. If you applied the promo code your first year’s bill would only be $67.26. That’s a savings of $64.62, a great deal if you ask me.
Although I’m not sure about A2 Hosting’s claim that their servers can speed up your page load times up to 300%, I can say for certain they are the fastest hosting provider I’ve had any dealings with. And you can try them out for yourself right here.