Hi guys welcome to the A Small Orange Review. I’m a part-time freelancer web developer, I also do server setup, debugging and game server deployments. I frequently get clients that have the minimum requirements, And when the site load is low, And the handler isn’t that well-versed in linux and punching commands in a console, I recommend a shared host, And who better then the most renowned shared hosting provider to refer to
Queue ASO :
I was a client of ASO in 2012, And i had a nothing but nice things to say about them. By 2013, I had recommended ASO to at-least 25 clients, Who in future had a very nice experience with A Small Orange. They were transparent on their billings, The up-time was pretty nice (almost never down), and we never got the “Resources Exhausted” warning.
Shhh, I’m talking in the past sense.
In the past 3 years, I’ve seen the most infamous services outages from ASO, Also Their most strongest point, Their customer service support ; Is now just reduced to a bunch of people who can only reinstall your WordPress and adjust your .htaccess.
Plans & What makes ASO still a great choice :
For yearly basis, 15$/Month totally managed SHARED hosting is cliche EIG standards. A Small Orange also provides other standard features :
ASO maintains servers in two distinct US-based data centers, located in Dallas, Texas, and Dearborn, Michigan. It doesn’t matter much nowadays where your sever is, you’ll be using a CDN anyways.
Payment & Setup :
Payment is easy, ASO supports Credit Cards & Paypal. If you dont like their services, they provide a solid 90-day money back guarantee, Which is not BS and they stand by it.
ASO has taken all the necessary steps to make hosting setup process easy. Shared hosting users can activate their free Weebly website builder or install their choice of blogging or eCommerce application (e.g., WordPress, Drupal, or Magento) with one click via Softaculous auto-installer. More advanced users will also appreciate the root and SSH access for manipulating their server(s). You can manage it all easily and efficiently with the extremely popular hosting control panel: cPanel — the license for which is included in all A Small Orange hosting packages.
Customer Service :
A Small Orange has a nice tier-based customer service system, Where the lower-tier guys can only fix common issues with WordPress/Joomla, and the higher-tier guys can perform antivirus scans and other issues. The response time is very fast and satisfaction ratio is good too, Unless you get stuck in some deep troubles, where ASO Customer service staff will just keep you sending back-and-forth b/w the engineers.
A Small Orange Review TL;DR :
EIG is not a brand of which elite webmasters are a fan of. ASO tries to prove it is still the homegrown host that was Number #1 for 2014-2016. Their is no guarantee of reliability from EIG hosts, But ASO always manage at-least 99.95% Up-time, 0.16% higher in shared hosting industry. You can test it out and see if its to your liking. Just don’t create a fully functioning website on their host or they will send you a ‘Resources Exhausted’ warning and ban your account without prompt, Thats Sooo EIG…