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Attribute Ratings

  • Linode is rated higher in 8 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Usability, Availability, Performance, Support Rating, Implementation Rating, Product Scalability

Likelihood to Recommend

1.0

A2 Hosting

10%
2 Ratings
8.8

Linode

88%
207 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

1.0

A2 Hosting

10%
1 Rating
9.0

Linode

90%
10 Ratings

Usability

1.0

A2 Hosting

10%
1 Rating
8.9

Linode

89%
12 Ratings

Availability

1.0

A2 Hosting

10%
1 Rating
9.1

Linode

91%
1 Rating

Performance

1.0

A2 Hosting

10%
1 Rating
9.1

Linode

91%
1 Rating

Support Rating

1.0

A2 Hosting

10%
2 Ratings
8.7

Linode

87%
206 Ratings

Implementation Rating

1.0

A2 Hosting

10%
1 Rating
8.8

Linode

88%
6 Ratings

Product Scalability

1.0

A2 Hosting

10%
1 Rating
9.1

Linode

91%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

A2 Hosting

Never would I recommend this company to anyone. [In my experience] they are total nightmares to deal with and depend on. You can't depend on them at all. Plus, [I feel that] they lie and manipulate the search queries based on lies (they do NOT have radio hosting yet they have ads saying that they do).
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Linode

I would go for Linode if the job requires a more straightforward, lean, and budget-conscious hosting solution compared to the bigger clouds like Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud, etc.; yet would require a more performant and reputable vendor with better support when the software being hosted is mission-critical or client-facing.
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Pros

A2 Hosting

  • the hosting hardware they provide is decent when you consider the price
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Linode

  • It's super easy-to-use - set up a complete virtual environment in a few minutes.
  • Linode is the ONLY service I know that will let you DOWNSIZE a VM - super useful.
  • The price is right - spin up any size server and add additional block storage if needed.
  • Object memory is cheap and integrates very well with S3 CLIs and applications.
  • I've been very happy with the knowledgeable and friendly customer service.
  • The more recent additions of a firewall and Kubernetes is a welcome plus.
  • The load balancer ("Load Balancer") service is easy to spin up and configure.
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Cons

A2 Hosting

  • [In my experience] customer service is awful.
  • [From what I've seen] they don't care about clients.
  • [In my situation their] first reaction is always to blame it on the unmanaged factor.
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Linode

  • I have not succeeded in using the DNS of Linode with a website not hosted in their server. I hope their DNS is as user-friendly as DO and Vultr.
  • Cloud storage user interface is not as easy as DO. I want to see their cloud storage on a pay-per-usage scheme, not monthly.
  • For VPS, I wish Linode to increase the SSD space storage of their basic VPS larger than those of competitors.
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Pricing Details

A2 Hosting

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

A2 Hosting editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

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    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Linode

    Starting Price

    $0 Monthly or Hourly

    Editions & Modules

    Linode editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    Dedicated CPU 4 GB RAM$30/month or $0.05/hour1
    Dedicated CPU 8 GB RAM$60/month or $0.09/hour2

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    Optional

    Additional Details

    CPU, transfer, storage, and RAM bundled into one simple price. Increase storage capacity with additional Block Storage or S3-compatible Object Storage. Add instant Backups with complete independency to your stack. Ensure your applications and services are highly-available with Linode NodeBalancers. Deploy Kubernetes clusters with our fully-managed container orchestration engine.

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    Likelihood to Renew

    A2 Hosting

    Never would I use this service. I canceled 7 accounts I believe so far. [In my opinion] it's a waste.
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    Linode

    I've been with them a long time. They provide me with the capabilities I need coupled with knowledgeable support that's not pay-for-extra. However, if I move to a non-Linux OS, the level of support by necessity will drop off. I can still ask questions about the infrastructure but I my ability to ask about OS features will decrease.
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    Usability

    A2 Hosting

    [In my opinion] it barely works.
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    Linode

    It's pretty easy for me, but I preferred their old interface before it was called 'cloud' (not a computer science term.) The new interface looks easier but I had to ask for help for things I used to be able to find myself. If someone was new to it--without having used their old interface--it might be easier for them than it originally was for me.
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    Reliability and Availability

    A2 Hosting

    they are only technically available but having someone say hello, i'm here to help, immediately is not real responsive if they actually never address the issue being reported. we don't contact support for the bland greeting, we are actually trying to solve a business process interruption
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    Linode

    There is very little planned downtime. Whenever planned downtime is necessary I'm always given lots of advanced notice and an explanation that I can pass along to my users that they'll understand. I really appreciate that Linode appreciates my commitment to reliable service to my users. It shows that they believe they've been successful when I'm successful.
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    Performance

    A2 Hosting

    They are only good if you never update your website and i mean never. Otherwise their main performance diffrentiator is turbo web hosting, their highest shared hosting plan. When caching is working it performs well reducing load times by half, but as soon as you add a new page to the site, the updates don't show up until you clear the cache manually from multiple locations (wordpress a2optimized plugin, cpanel etc..). As they make updates to the turbo hosting A2optimized plugin, they do not test them properly and do not handle customer feedback about them, instead they are in denial and try to immediately convince the customer there is no issue at all! the old developer joke when they don't want to fix feedback: it works on my machine!
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    Linode

    Linode is an infrastructure provider issues related to performance are really on me. Linode provides a capable infrastructure and allows me to tailor performance of the services I provide to my customers to my specific situation. Linode allows me to implement "tweaks" that, from experience, I know will do the job with little risk without a whole bunch of static from idiot support 'droids who just get in the way ("this isn't supported at the present time").
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    Support Rating

    A2 Hosting

    In my opinion they are unresponsive, rude, incompetent, and untrustworthy to boot.
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    Linode

    Linode provides prompt support and the technicians are able to answer complex questions regarding Linux configurations, infrastructure details and give shell commands in order to help you out where the problem really is. In some cases, when the situation demands faster action from their side, they help and work as real partners.
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    Implementation Rating

    A2 Hosting

    [In my experience] it was a mess from the start and created problems ever since day one.
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    Linode

    I wish it hadn't taken as many iterations as it did. Some of it is my own fault and some of it was related to limitations imposed on me by the programming environment I chose to use. All in all, I'd say I did a pretty good job. I'd stack my homegrown spam defenses up against anyone's!
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    Alternatives Considered

    A2 Hosting

    No answers on this topic

    Linode

    Linode is a simpler solution than Azure Virtual Machines. Its low cost, predictable billing, is a win for clients and its dead-simple setup is easy to get up and running quickly without training, reading copious numbers of potentially out-of-date blog posts, or going through certification processes. Linode delivers a generic VM with a recent version of ubuntu within a few minutes of signup.
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    Scalability

    A2 Hosting

    I believe they do not care about addressing failures when they occur. Starting out with a working service counts for nothing if you can't maintain it, fix issues when reported, and actually take the extra step to prevent them from happening again. You have to care about quality and customer service, and A2 couldn't care less
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    Linode

    Although I use only a fraction of their product offerings, the total set makes scalability an easy goal to shoot for. As I said, I have a few customers that use the services my Linode provides...and I like it that way. However, should I need to scale up, I can...without incurring any more cost than I need to.
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    Return on Investment

    A2 Hosting

    • [In my experience] they have upheaved my entire business many times by not having working servers.
    • [I feel like] they have inconvenienced us many hours with tech calls over stupid things.
    • [In my opinion] they have wasted so much time and man hours.
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    Linode

    • I have ditched my 1200W server and I am now running a mix of Linodes and Raspberry Pi 4s. This is saving a fortune in power bills.
    • I get to use a professional GPU for a few hours a month for tiny fraction of the cost of ownership of even a halfway decent graphics card.
    • I can have a completely fresh machine for testing on demand without spending 20mins installing a new OS or worry that some stuff up with a long running development machine may be causing me problems.
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