A2 Hosting vs Bluehost (Sept 2017) -“Here’s the Real Story …”

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This comparison between A2 Hosting and Bluehost isn’t quite as close as it once was. Both of these web hosts provide excellent cPanel web hosting plans. And while Bluehost is probably the more well-known or recognized web hosting company, A2 Hosting has many of its own benefits as a quality hosting provider. In fact, because of their superior customer support response time and greater overall value provided with their hosting plans, A2 Hosting actually does come out on top here.

While A2 Hosting and Bluehost both provide quality cPanel hosting, A2 Hosting’s plans give you better value and more bonus features. Bluehost’s business pro plan does include some premium features. However, it will cost you quite a bit more money per month. By contrast, A2 Hosting’s Turbo plan costs less yet provides up to 20x faster page loads. We also like that with A2 Hosting, you aren’t subjected to the number of upsell attempts as you may be at Bluehost.

For WordPress hosting, we prefer A2 Hosting over Bluehost’s shared hosting plans. With A2 Hosting, you can have WordPress preinstalled for you when you sign up. I also like how A2 Hosting optimizes their WordPress environment to include faster page loading and enhanced security. Bluehost does have a very impressive managed WordPress hosting plan lineup. However, those plans are much more expensive and not necessarily suited for all WordPress users.

As with shared hosting, when it comes to VPS Hosting, A2 Hosting is the winner over Bluehost. While Bluehost does provide a quality VPS hosting plan, my experience with A2 Hosting has been superior with respect to provision times, website speed and performance, and customer support.

A2 Hosting vs Bluehost Details

The Winner

Category A2 HostingA2 Hosting BluehostBluehost Comments
Data Centers Winner   A2 Hosting has data centers on 3 different continents.
Server Hardware Winner   A2 Turbo Servers can provide up to 20x faster loading. Both Turbo and Swift Servers include solid state drives (SSDs).
Network Winner   A2 Hosting provides a quadruple redundant network. You also get free Cloudflare CDN.
Account Sign Up/Provision Winner   WordPress Pre-Installed
Control Panel   Winner Bluehost provides a customized version of cPanel.
Speed and Performance Winner   See Results Below
Security Winner   A2 proactive perpetual security includes firewall, brute force defense, virus scanning, and security monitoring. Free SSL.
Data Backup Winner   A2 Server Rewind Backups are performed daily and you can restore data from the past 30 days.
Developer Tools Winner   Currently supporting PHP 7.1
WordPress Winner   A2 WordPress environment optimized for speed and security. WordPress can be pre-installed when you sign up.
Website Applications Winner   A2 Hosting provides 400+ applications via cPanel
Advertising Credits Winner   Free Bing/Yahoo Credits
Customer Support Response Time Winner   Normally around 15 Sec.
Customer Support Issue Resolution Winner    
Money Back Guarantee Winner   Anytime Money Back Guarantee
Price/Value Winner   $3.92 – $9.31 mo.

Website Speed Comparison

In our speed testing, A2 Hosting was significantly faster than Bluehost.
A2 Hosting vs Bluehost Speed Test

A2 Hosting
A2 Hosting

Started Business: 2003
BBB Rating: A+
Data Center Location: Michigan, USA; Amsterdam, EUR; Singapore, Asia

Price: $3.92 mo. – $9.31 mo.
Unlimited Bandwidth: Yes
Unlimited Storage: Yes
Unlimited Email: Yes
Host Multiple Domains: Yes

Hosting Interface: cPanel
Server Uptime: 99.9%
Full Refund Period: Anytime
Dedicated Hosting Available: Yes

Free Extras:
Attracta SEO and Marketing Tools
Free HackScan and Security Tools
Free Solid State Drives (SSDs)
CloudFlare Content Delivery Network
Free Let’s Encrypt SSL Certificates
Patchman Enhanced Security Tool
Integrated ManageWP Account

Advantages of Choosing A2 Hosting:

  • A2 Optimized Environment for WordPress
  • Optional Turbo Server available for Faster Page Loading
  • Choose Linux or Window Hosting
  • Perpetual Security
  • Environment Friendly FutureServe Green Hosting
  • Quadruple Redundant Network
  • Free Server Rewind Backups
  • Free website transfer.
  • cPanel and Softaculous interfaces.
  • They offer phone, email, and chat support.
  • Fast and responsive live chat support.

Click here to see more details on A2 Hosting

Bluehost
Bluehost

Started Business: 1996
BBB Rating: A+
Data Center Location: Provo, UT

Price: $3.49 mo. – $13.95 mo.
Unlimited Bandwidth: Yes
Unlimited Storage: Yes
Unlimited Email: Yes
Host Multiple Domains: Yes

Hosting Interface: cPanel
Server Uptime: N/A
Full Refund Period: 30 Days
Dedicated Hosting Available: Yes

Free Extras:
Search Engine Submission Tools
$100 Google Advertising Credit
$50 Facebook Ad Credit
Free Yellowpages Listing

Advantages of Choosing Bluehost:

  • Bluehost offers an anytime money-back guarantee (pro-rated).
  • They have their own proprietary resource protection solution to protect shared hosting users from other abusive users on the same server.
  • Install applications with SimpleScripts 1 click installs.
  • Dedicated and VPS Hosting is now also available.

Click here to see more details on Bluehost

Recommendation

For most websites, in this comparison we would recommend A2 Hosting. See our A2 Hosting review ratings below: