HostMonster and A2Hosting both survived in the fierce hosting competition, having a history of over 10 years. Thanks to their competitive prices and high-quality services, they have earned reputations among the masses. Given the market demand, they both provide multiple hosting products. But we will only make a further discussion on the popular option for small businesses and personals: shared hosting.
After our survey, we found that HostMonster and A2Hosting are both good web hosts for customers to make an order on the shared hosting. Certainly, there exist similarities and differences between them, which will have a great influence on your choice. The detailed information will be displayed in below.
HostMonster and A2Hosting share some similarities in prices. At present, they are holding promotional activities for their three shared hosting plans in order to attract new customers. After the discounts, the lowest prices are less than $4/mo.
Participating in the promotion activity, you can enjoy the HostMonster discounted prices which are $3.95/mo, $5.95/mo and $6.95/mo separately for the plans (Basic, Plus and Prime). But the promotional prices are only for the 1st term then it will go up to the original prices which are $9.49/mo, $12.49/mo, and $14.99/mo respectively.
Also, taking the chance of the promotion, you can get an A2Hosting shared hosting plan (Lite, Swift, and Turbo) at a price $3.92/mo, $4.90/mo and $9.31/mo separately, instead of the regular price $7.99/mo, $9.99/mo, and $18.99/mo respectively. Like HostMonster, the discounted prices are also only for the initial term.
The prices of HostMonster cover free site builders, a 1-year free domain and $100 free ad credits. And A2Hosting plans come with free $50 Bing/Yahoo ad credits, 20% off TeslaThemes discount, etc. Generally speaking, A2Hosting has the price advantage over HostMonster.
The two web hosts are both confident in their shared hosting plans, providing anytime money back guarantee. In this sense, you are worry-free to try their hosting plans.
If you cancel the A2Hosting or HostMonster plan within 30 days, you will receive full refund, but if you cancel it after 30 days, you will receive a prorated refund. Though HostMonster charges 1-year domain for free, its refund policy does not extend to domain name.
HostMonster and A2Hosting both have cPanel, the most popular web hosting control panel, which is helpful for Linux users. Besides, they also provide 1-click install, which is convenient for you to install software owing to the ease of use. For more detailed information, you can read the table to tell their differences in features.
|Disk Space||50 GB||Unlimited|
|Free Site Migration|
|Python, Ruby & Perl|
|MySQL & PostgreSQL|
|Git & CVS|
|Claim It||Link Activation||Link Activation|
From above, you can see that A2Hosting has richer features than HostMonster. If you have a higher requirement on advanced features, like Git and CVS, A2Hosting shared hosting plans can meet your demand.
Both HostMonster and A2Hosting do a good job in uptime, which is reflected on the favorable using experience. To test the real uptime of the two companies, we still need specific statistics to prove that. Our monitoring tells that they have achieved at least 99.9% uptime.
The figure is closely related with their efforts. Both of them are equipped with high-performance servers, redundant power with UPS and diesel generator, and 24×7 network monitoring.
The following is the uptime for HostMonster.
Then it comes to the uptime for A2Hosting.
Since most users speak highly of the speed of the two hosting providers, we keep the track of the server response time with a monitoring tool to dig into the details.
To guarantee fast speed, the two web hosting providers have made a lot of efforts to achieve that. They adopt CloudFlare free CDN, and reliable servers with multiple cores and abundant RAM. The difference lies in that A2Hosting uses SSDs and caching to accelerate the speed, so the performance has been improved into a new stage. The statistics below shows that they both have a good performance in the load time.
In this part, the web hosts have two points in common. One is that you can get 24/7 crew support via the following communication channels: live chat, phone, email, and open ticket system. The other is that the staff members are all selected into the team to guarantee the professionalism of the support staff.
As for the difference, we have learned that HostMonster has richer online sources than A2Hosting. Though they both have knowledgebase, HostMonster also provides forum and video tutorials to answer the questions.
We have made a detailed comparison between HostMonster and A2Hosting in the prices, the features, the uptime, the speed, and the technical support. To be honest, they are both good options to host your site. The choice is finally up to your concerns.