Web hosting services provide the platform over which your website can be managed and displayed for users all around the globe. The internet revolution has sparked a huge rise in these services with hosting being an area of opportunity and business growth. For the customer, choosing a service has become extremely difficult. This is due to the umpteen number of hosting service providers.
Most of the hosting companies offer a similar range of plans and have a very complex arrangement. You may sign-up thinking you have chosen the perfect plan and then be asked to upgrade instantly to avail the benefits.
In this post I will share my review of A small orange hosting experience across the last 6 months and above all, apologise to all of the readers that moved their sites over A Small orange BACK OFF now my advice.
I am really sorry about all of the problems you guys have had with this so called homegrown hosting(it sucks badly). So let’s get down to business and why you should avoid A Small Orange. In the past I have tried various hosting companies such as Inmotion, Bluehost, Siteground, Knownhost and others. Knownhost was a managed VPS. Then I decided to move away from these hosts and find a solution that gives me complete peace of mind.
A Small Orange Review 2019: Dont waste your money
Here is an example of just some of the things they have done-
- Deleting live customer data without taking a backup
- Lots of site down time/slow loading.
- Losing connecting to the server in the post editor
- Repeat broken promises from their team
- Support is a rolling joke for me. They dont have any professionals who can handle their support.
You must be wondering that how is a small orange any different from other web hosting services? Well, I am going to discuss about exactly that!
At any other hosting service, there is a select list of plans. When you choose one, the chances are high that you are getting all you want but also are paired with certain features which are of no use to you and you have to purchase a costly upgrade to be able to gain more control over the entire process.
A small orange, invites its customers to buy only the resources that they need. Their plans are diverse and designed in such a way that you can avail at each step of site development. For instance, if you are a newbie you can opt for the fast shared plan or if you are established and need bigger services then you can go for bigger plans. Moreover, the plans have another subset of options or packages to choose from.But their services suck and servers goes down without notice.
BloggersIdeas was itself running on A small orange proudly but things changed here, they were worst and most scam hosting service I have ever seen. Their servers go down all the time & my blog was facing downtime issue frequently & I faced a lost of $4000+.
Above screenshots means that my local machine was losing connection with the server and timing out completely. This happened every single time I tried to edit, write or publish a post without fail.
My previous $3 per month host didn’t have that problem. It was better than A Small Orange. You can ask my writers & my team who handles editing of blog posts & handles my server. Rahul Rakesh( my writer), Sonam Chawla( Writer & content marketer) , Aditya Jha Nath( Handles server issues) , Jithin Matthew ( optimize data), Arun Singh( Server optimization expert) & Ashwani Singh( WordPress issues).
What business loses I faced with Scam A Small Orange hosting:
I lost $4000+ due to downtime issues
My readers got annoyed & everyone complained about my site downtime.
I was ranking for many keywords which were fetching me traffic & good conversions too but all lost due to ASO pathetic servers and their poor after sales services.
Hosting plans they offer but trust me they suck at providing quality services. so dont buy any hosting plans from them. You will regret after buying it just like I suffered a huge loss to my business.
Shared hosting services are provided by almost all hosting companies but this one stands out on a few grounds. There are four kinds of shared hosting plans.
The business hosting plans seem to be powerful, secure and built for ecommerce. They can also be customised to suit the needs of other high traffic generating websites. PCI compliance is guaranteed and you also get a free SSL certificate, whatever package you choose. The business packages are relatively cheap and range from $20-$60 per month. For a business website, that isn’t much.
Another thing which I would like to point out here is that there are hidden limitations with a small orange as they dont tell their customers about downtime and their servers suck all the time. .
For many website owners, owning a server and maintaining it can be a difficult task. Thus a small orange has a unique service called Semi-dedicated hosting where they will take care of your server needs to a certain extent. There are various packages here too. You can choose how many CPU cores would be enough to smoothly run your site and then choose from the options which range from $60 a month which gives you 2 CPU cores to $100 a month where you get 4 CPU cores.
If you want to outsource 100% of your server needs then you can opt for the dedicated servers packages where you can choose the best performance server for your needs and avail numerous benefits like
- Terabytes of bandwidth
- Daily Backups
- Reliable and secure infrastructure
- Easy upgrades
Cloud VPS hosting
With more and more interest developing towards cloud computing and big data today, you may be inclined to shun the shackles of hard-wired infrastructure and might be looking for Cloud hosting services. A small orange does provide these services too! You simply have to create an estimate of your requirements and see whether the costs are in your budget. For instance, a combination of 2 CPU cores, 2048 MB RAM, 40 GB storage and 1 TB bandwidth will cost you around $30 per month.
Overview of ASO Cpanel Screenshots:
Here comes the real face of A Small Orange
Pathetic & most Stupid Customer Support: Check this conversation
I had chat with their customer services about my downtime they have fucking stupid reply all the time that they are checking. Their support agent Jeff B. replies are very irritating and annoying for me. They dont have answer to my questions why servers goes down all the time. Their tech team is very slow in replying and my blog was down for 4 hours+ repeatedly. So I feel very irritation and they have cross their limits by giving useless reasons for their servers down.
Here is mail conversation with their support on different days and I was facing downtime issues again & again. In June & July Month I faced downtime of atleast 50-60 times. That is terrible and big loss for my business. But still A small orange didnt care for it. They keep providing useless reasons.
I asked for my refund but they refused as 90 days exceeded.
Wrapping It Up: Dont Buy A Small Orange Scam Hosting (A Small Orange Review 2019)
It is a utter shame to see the demise of A Small Orange in this manner. Like I said at the start of the article they were one of the best hosting companies I had ever worked with by quite a stretch.
In my professional career I have dealt with a range of hosting companies from the likes of inmotion – none of them could stand up to the service & support A Small Orange used to offer.
In my opinion when A Small Orange first started it was a business founded out of passion & innovation. That was clear from the level of support and knowledge displayed when I first moved over to ASO.
However I think they grew too quickly over the past couple of years which has caused them major problems. They have hosted many sites on their single servers and then things changed here. Their server crashes lot of time.