A2 Hosting vs. Liquid Web

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
A2 Hosting
Score 7.1 out of 10
N/A
A2 Hosting in Ann Arbor provides business website hosting, featuring free site migration, unlimited SSD, isolated dedicated servers, and related features.N/A
Liquid Web
Score 8.2 out of 10
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Liquid Web is a fully managed hosting service, boasting VPS hosting on the Storm Platform, and cloud dedicated hosting on the Storm Platform. Liquid Web supports managed WordPress, managed WooCommerce, VMware Private Cloud, as well as HIPAA and PCI compliant hosting, high availability database hosting, and dedicated or server clusters available for a variety of purposes, as well as websites.
$19
per month
Pricing
A2 HostingLiquid Web
Editions & Modules
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Managed WordPress
$19
per month
Managed WooCommerce
$19
per month
VPS
$35
per month
Magenta Cloud
$49
per month
Cloud Dedicated
$149
per month
Private VPS Parent
$149
per month
Dedicated
$169
per month
Cloud Servers
$265
per month
HIPPA
$343
per month
Server Clusters
$743
per month
High Performance
1,127
per month
High Availability
1,448
per month
Database Hosting
1,498
per month
VMware Private Cloud
1,599
per month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
A2 HostingLiquid Web
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
More Pricing Information
Community Pulse
A2 HostingLiquid Web
Top Pros
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Best Alternatives
A2 HostingLiquid Web
Small Businesses
Flywheel
Flywheel
Score 9.6 out of 10
Flywheel
Flywheel
Score 9.6 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
WP Engine
WP Engine
Score 9.3 out of 10
WP Engine
WP Engine
Score 9.3 out of 10
Enterprises
Pantheon
Pantheon
Score 8.4 out of 10
Pantheon
Pantheon
Score 8.4 out of 10
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User Ratings
A2 HostingLiquid Web
Likelihood to Recommend
1.0
(2 ratings)
10.0
(6 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
1.0
(1 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Usability
1.0
(1 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Availability
1.0
(1 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Performance
1.0
(1 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Support Rating
1.0
(2 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
1.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
1.0
(1 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
A2 HostingLiquid Web
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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Liquid Web Inc.
Liquid Web is suitable for serious users who have high end web applications or critical business oriented websites. cPanel and WHM comes out of the box with almost every server you buy. And if you don't have time to manage your own server, Liquid Web will suit you well. Their support is awesome. They help beyond the scope of the support. I had to migrate almost 25 big sites to another Liquid Web server, the support guys made it so easy for me.
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Pros
A2 Hosting
  • the hosting hardware they provide is decent when you consider the price
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Liquid Web Inc.
  • Customer Service — Amazing support, if needed.
  • Site Speed — Our website sped up by 50% just by moving our hosting to Liquid-Web.
  • Knowledge — We've learned a lot as an organization by following the Liquid Web blog.
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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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Liquid Web Inc.
  • The tutorial area is excellent, but perhaps they could add video tutorial.
  • Chat conversations should be added automatically to the client portal.
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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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Liquid Web Inc.
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Usability
A2 Hosting
[In my opinion] it barely works.
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Liquid Web Inc.
No answers on this topic
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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Liquid Web Inc.
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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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Liquid Web Inc.
No answers on this topic
Support Rating
A2 Hosting
In my opinion they are unresponsive, rude, incompetent, and untrustworthy to boot.
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Liquid Web Inc.
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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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Liquid Web Inc.
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Alternatives Considered
A2 Hosting
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Liquid Web Inc.
We evaluated Kinsta and WPEngine. Both offer great platforms but the lack of solid phone support and the substantial difference in server resource allocation made Liquid Web a clear winner.
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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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Liquid Web Inc.
No answers on this topic
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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Liquid Web Inc.
  • Liquid-Web has made it easier for me to take my focus away from handling constant server issues to being able to focus on my actual job in managing our websites. While there may not be a concrete number for this scenario, being able to perform my tasks more efficiently definitely helps company growth in the long run.
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