A2Hosting Shared Hosting Speed Test

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If you are planning to buy A2Hosting, and you want to know the performance of A2Hosting shared plans, then you are in the right place. In this blog post, We will test the speed and performance of A2Hosting shared hosting hosting with 10+ different and extensive tests.

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A2Hosting

A2Hosting was established in 2001 in Ann Arbor, Michigan and was known as Iniquinet back then. Currently, A2Hosting is the most known name in the shared hosting and WordPress hosting. A2Hosting offers Shared hosting, VPS hosting, Reseller hosting and dedicated hosting.

In this particular blog post, we will talk about A2Hosting shared hosting plans.

Plans & Pricing

A2Hosting offers four different shared hostin plans. Startup, Drive, Turbo Boost, and Turbo Max. With the Turbo Boost and Turbo Max plan, you will get Turbo servers, NVME storage, and LiteSpeed servers (Best for high traffic websites). A2Hosting recommends the Turbo Boost plan and also to test the NMVE storage and LiteSpeed servers, I choose the Turbo Boost plan.

A2Hosting Shared Hosting Speed & Performance Test Shared Plans Pricing

Testing Environment

To test A2Hosting speed and performance, I bought a plan. If you are a regular reader of this blog, you will already know that I create the same testing website when I perform speed tests. After buying the plan, I installed WordPress and connected it with my domain which I bought from NameCheap.

I do not want to run tests on a blank website, so I installed Blocksy Theme and one of its demo websites called ‘Tasty.’ I have to install four additional extra plugins with the demo website: Blocksy Companion, WP Forms Lite, Stackable, Recipe Card Blocks by WPZOOM.

Hosting: A2Hosting
Plan: Shared – Turbo Boost
Server Location: Arizona (US West Coast)
WordPress Version: 5.8
Themes: Blocksy (Active), Twenty twenty One
Plugins: Blocksy Companion, WP Forms Lite, Stackable, Recipe Card Blocks by WPZOOM

After setting this testing environment, I did not perform any extra optimizations like caching, Image compressing, modification, or any other kind of speed improvement. It would be best if you always did these optimizations to improve your website, but I wanted to know the actual performance of A2Hosting without any optimizations.

Quick Disclaimer:
I want to inform you guys that all the results are honest and authentic in this blog post. Also, this blog post is not sponsored by A2Hosting or any other hosting. To do these kinds of tests, I have to spend a lot of money from my pocket, So I would like to request that if you want to buy A2Hosting or any other hosting, please use our affiliate links. You will get an extra discount, and this website will earn a small amount of commission from it. So, we can do more feature speed tests, reviews, and comparisons without any sponsors.

Now, without wasting your precious time, let’s start testing.

TTFB Test

TTFB stands for time to first byte. To put it simply, this is a measurement of how long the browser has to wait before receiving its first byte of data from the server. The longer it takes to get that data, the longer it takes to display your page.

TTFB depends on the Hosting server, Themes, and plugins. But most of the part is played by the hosting server. If hosting using a high-performance server, you will get low TTFB, and if hosting uses a standard specifications server, it will be high.

Most of the hostings stores your website files in a single location. From that server, the hosting will send all the files to the visitors. If your hosting server is located in the USA, your website will get very low TTFB in the USA, Canada, and European countries. But it will be much higher in Asia and Australia.

Therefore when you buy hosting from any of the providers, try to choose the nearest server location from your website’s audience. (not closest to you but closest to your website users)

When visitors come to your website, the browser will send all the requests and ask for the required files to the hosting server. After that, hosting will send an initial reply to the browser. Now, the time between browser requests and hosting initial response will be called TTFB.

Your website will load fast if your hosting TTFB is low. Means, as low is the TTFB of your website, visitor have to wait for less. By this, the bounce rate of your website can decrease drastically.

TTFB can be different from location to location and time to time. Therefore, we will do multiple tests from multiple worldwide locations. So, we can get the best accurate value. In the TTFB test, we will use three different tools and will take five different results.

KeyCDN TTFB Test

TTFB test one is done from KeyCDN Tools. This tool will measure the TTFB from 10 different worldwide locations. I have taken three different results of this test from different other days.

Server LocationTest 1Test 2Test 3Average
Frankfurt866 ms564 ms699 ms709 ms
Amsterdam594 ms618 ms649 ms620 ms
London603 ms617 ms627 ms615 ms
New York358 ms326 ms352 ms345 ms
Dallas236 ms254 ms222 ms237 ms
San Francisco243 ms225 ms232 ms233 ms
Singapore784 ms696 ms718 ms732 ms
Sydney708 ms655 ms646 ms669 ms
Tokyo589 ms480 ms528 ms532 ms
Bangalore959 ms831 ms795 ms861 ms
Global Average594 ms526 ms546 ms555 ms

GT Metrix TTFB Test

TTFB test two is done from GTMetrix. I have done seven different tests to measure the TTFB from seven different locations.

Server LocationTTFB
Vancouver, Canada451 ms
Hong Kong, China910 ms
London, UK584 ms
Mumbai, India1.2 s
San Antonio, TX, USA351 ms
Sydney, Australia1.1 ms
São Paulo, Brazil936 ms
Global Average790 ms

Fast or Slow TTFB Test

TTFB test three is done from Fast or Slow. Fast or Slow will measure the website TTFB and Speed from 18 worldwide locations. This is the heaviest test from all of the tests.

Server LocationTTFB
S Africa1099 ms
Sweden981 ms
India999 ms
France773 ms
England610 ms
Ireland662 ms
S Korea844 ms
Bahrain1014 ms
Japan636 ms
Brazil693 ms
Canada436 ms
Hong Kong783 ms
Singapore916 ms
Australia741 ms
Germany733 ms
USA (VA)388 ms
USA (OH)391 ms
USA (OR)390 ms
Global Average727 ms

Here is the end of the TTFB tests, now we will start the Speed Test.

Speed Test

We will measure the website’s fully loaded time and some core web vitals in the Speed test. The website’s fully loaded time and core web vitals can depend on Hosting servers, Themes, Plugins, and testing page content. But, as I told you before, We used the same testing environment to avoid the Theme, Plugins, and testing page content.

Google PageSpeed

If you want to rank higher in Google search, you should strictly follow the Google Core web vitals. You can measure these parameters from the Google PageSpeed Insights tool, which is the official testing tool of Google.

Therefore, we will do our first speed test in Google PageSpeed Insights. Speed Index and Time to Interactive are parameters we should follow. Google PageSpeed Insights results are not consistent. Therefore, I will conduct three different tests on separate days to get the most accurate results.

Mobile

MetricsTest 1Test 2Test 3Average
Score93909291
First Contentful Paint2.5 s2.5 s2.5 s2.5 s
Time to Interactive3.0 s3.0 s3.1 s3.0 s
Speed Index3.2 s4.5 s2.6 s3.4 s
Total Blocking Time110 ms110 ms140 ms120 ms
Largest Contentful Paint2.5 s2.5 s2.5 s2.5 s
Cumulative Layout Shift0.0030.0030.0030.003

Desktop

MetricsTest 1Test 2Test 3Average
Score98989898
First Contentful Paint0.7 s0.7 s0.7 s0.7 s
Time to Interactive0.7 s0.7 s0.7 s0.7 s
Speed Index1.2 s1.5 s1.2 s1.3 s
Total Blocking Time0 ms0 ms0 ms0 ms
Largest Contentful Paint0.8 s0.7 s0.9 s0.7 s
Cumulative Layout Shift0.0010.0010.0010.001

Pingdom Test

The second speed test is done with Pingdom from seven different worldwide locations. Load time is the factor that we will consider in this test.

Server LocationLoad timePage Size
Tokyo – Japan2.17 s1.9 MB
Frankfurt – Germany2.45 s1.9 MB
London – UK1.95 s1.9 MB
Washington D.C. – USA1.03 s1.9 MB
San Francisco – USA1.08 s1.9 MB
Sydney – Australia2.56 s1.9 MB
São Paulo – Brazil2.86 s1.9 MB
Global Average2.01 s1.9 MB

GTMetrix Test

The third speed test is done with the GTMetrix tool from seven different worldwide locations. GTMetrix is based on Google PageSpeed Insights. You should look up to Fully Loaded time. I have taken seven different tests from all of the seven locations of GTMetrix. At last, you will see the global average results.

Server LocationPerformanceFirst Contentful PaintTime to InteractiveSpeed IndexFully Loaded Time
Vancouver, Canada93%1.1 s1.2 ms1.1 ms1.3 s
Hong Kong, China72%1.9 s2.1 s2.0 s2.5 s
London, UK87%1.4 s1.4 s1.4 s1.7 s
Mumbai, India57%2.4 s4.1 s2.5 s4.1 s
San Antonio, TX, USA98%786 ms962 ms839 ms1.0 s
Sydney, Australia64%2.0 s2.4 s2.4 s3.5 s
São Paulo, Brazil70%1.9 s2.1 s2.0 s2.5 s

Global Average Fully Loaded Time: 2.37 s

KeyCDN Speed Test

The fourth speed test is done with KeyCDN Tools. There are ten different worldwide locations in the KeyCDN Testing tool. We can measure the website load time, page size, requests, and performance grade with this tool. Page size, requests, and performance grade will be quite the same in all of the tests.

Server LocationTest 1Test 2Test 3Average
Frankfurt1.89 s1.95 s1.87 s1.90 s
Amsterdam1.87 s2.04 s1.97 s1.96 s
London1.94 s1.95 s1.98 s1.95 s
New York1.15 s1.14 s1.18 s1.15 s
Dallas1.14 s1.1 s1.13 s1.12 s
San Francisco1.22 s1.34 s1.4 s1.32 s
Singapore2.46 s2.57 s2.49 s2.50 s
Sydney 2.08 s2.28 s2.2 s2.18 s
Tokyo1.92 s1.92 s1.82 s1.88 s
Bangalore2.83 s3.02 s2.72 s2.85 s
Global Average1.85 s1.93 s1.87 s1.88 s

Fast or Slow Speed Test

Test 5 is done with Fast or Slow from 18 different worldwide locations. In these results, we measure website interactive time. The Time to Interactive (TTI) metric measures how long it takes a page to become interactive to the site visitor.

VitalScore
Performance Score89
First Contentful Paint64
Speed Index91
Largest Contentful Paint87
Time to Interactive96
Total Blocking Time100
Cumulative Layout Shift100
Server LocationInteractive
S Africa3003 ms
Sweden2618 ms
India3318 ms
France2265 ms
England2007 ms
Ireland2224 ms
S Korea2337 ms
Bahrain3408 ms
Japan1838 ms
Brazil2356 ms
Canada1354 ms
Hong Kong2424 ms
Singapore2742 ms
Australia2682 ms
Germany2461 ms
USA (VA)1388 ms
USA (OH)988 ms
USA (OR)1014 ms
Global Average2246 ms

All of the above tests are done where there was no live traffic on the website. To measure the performance of real-time hosting performance we have to do a load test.

Load Test

In the Load test, we will send some visitors to the testing website, and after the test, we can see the load handling performance of the hosting. To do the load test, I conducted two different tests. In the first test, I sent 100 virtual users to the website. In the second test, I send 250 virtual users to the testing website.

Response Times100 Visits/Minute250 Visits/Minute
Average411 ms566 ms
Minimum342 ms415 ms
Maximum807 ms998 ms
Success100250

Final Results

  • Global Average TTFB: 555 ms
  • Global Average Load Time: 1.88 s

Conclusion

Overall, A2Hosting is one of the most reliable and fastest shared hosting in the market. With the 4 worldwide datacenters, you can use A2Hosting for your any website. Also, NVME storage and LiteSpeed servers will help to load your website faster.

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3 Comments

  1. Please suggest a hosting company which fulfils my following requirements,

    1. Great speed (All USA, Europe and India) website front page will be heavy (4 to 10mb, images and may be even a video, its a tourism business) [Most probably traffic will be low, max a few hundred a day].

    2. I am a complete beginner so want a great support, would even need hands on support by host. (Managed WordPress). Also a very easy website building tools.

    3. Budget at least for the first year i would want cost to be around 10$, and for the following years if we pick up customers then 30-40$ would be ok.

    I have short-listed a few, please suggest which is best
    1. a2 hosting (i believe great speed. Not sure about support) PLAN: TURBO BOOST
    $10.99/mo.

    2. Greengeeks (budget friendly, also i believe great speed, Not sure about support) PLAN:Pro $6.95/mo.

    3. Cloudways (i believe unmatched speed, but i think this is COMPLECATED for a pure beginner. Not sure about support. Also email is complicated and additional expense with cloudways) Plan: Vultr or digital ocean premium or high frequency plans.12$ or13$/mo.

    4. Siteground (Not sure this has consistent speeds, hearing lot about great support and user-friendly) Growbig plan 7$/mo.

    5.Fastcomet (Not sure this has good speed, I have experienced customer support and c-panel of this, support is good not great(live chat), also c-panel and all is slightly complicated. They even did hands on support but I need more better support and ease-of-use from anyone else.) Plan: FastCloud Extra $5.95/mo.

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