Beware of misleading display of pricing at A2 Hosting

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If you’re comparing hosting providers and you look at A2 Hosting, beware that their pricing is displayed in a very misleading way. I’m posting this to try to save people from wasting time comparing apples to oranges when looking at this service, and to try to encourage them to fix their site. The hosting service actually sounds really good, and I was impressed with their site otherwise, as it answered more questions about the hosting platform than most of the other providers I’ve been looking at. However, the way the pricing information is presented is obnoxious.

I only really looked at the reseller hosting, so I’ll use the “Deliver” reseller package as the example. The prices displayed on that info page, with the table of features, turn out to be 3 year pricing!. Actually, it’s even worse than that though. I think what’s presented as the price on that page is actually a one time price for the first month as the result of a coupon code. Even at the 3 year rate, the real monthly price is about 51% higher than what’s on the info page. At the monthly rate, the real price is about 153% more than what’s shown on the info page.

You have to actually start the ordering process and enter a domain name (can be just about anything, e.g. a.example) to see the real pricing.

The problem isn’t the prices, it’s the deliberately misleading way they’re presented.

Many (most?) other hosting providers that offer varying pricing depending on the term display the pricing in transparent fashion, right on the page with the general info, e.g.:

https://host4geeks.com/reseller/

http://www.namecheap.com/hosting/reseller-hosting.aspx

http://www.mddhosting.com/reseller.php

http://www.hawkhost.com/reseller-hosting

http://www.geekstorage.com/reseller-hosting.html

Etc.

Yeah, I should’ve noticed the “From $…”, but looking at hosting providers gets to be pretty mind numbing and I really got into scanning for essentials and differences. I was probably also lulled by the fact that other providers I was looking at didn’t resort to such gimmicks on their sites. If you want to compare A2 Hosting price to other providers, you’ll have to click Order Now and then enter a domain name to continue to the next screen with the actual prices.

I hope they fix this, because like I said I like the site and the sound of the service otherwise. I might like to try it in the future, but I wouldn’t want to reward that kind of behavior even if / when it is in my price range. For me it’s a black mark / red flag on something that otherwise seems promising.

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