This review relies strongly on data, such as uptime, load time (speed) and customer support experience.
What is A Small Orange?
We set up a basic WordPress website on one of their cheapest hosting plan ‘Tiny Plan’ (cost $71 without a domain name) back in June of 2015, and collected uptime & speed stats over twelve months that you can review here.That might be a warning sign for a company whose tagline is ‘homegrown hosting’. However, unlike those two more notable brands, A Small Orange seems to have not lost their straightforward approach.
How do they compare to their better-known sister-brands? Let’s take a look.
A Small Orange, despite their small status and whimsical name, has been in this business for a while. The data proves that they know what they’re doing.
Load time: 700ms (10th in speed)
Uptime: 99.99% (5th in uptime)
Cost: $5.92/mo (1-3 year plans)
Support: Live Chat (avg. response ~6min)
1. Strong uptime of 99.99%
Getting your website featured on a major publication can unleash a flood of traffic within just a few minutes. That exposure is amazing… Until your site crashes!
Unfortunately, it doesn’t matter how well your site performs if it keeps getting knocked offline by an under-performing web host with poor uptime statistics to support its performance.
Fortunately, that’s not the case with A Small Orange
2. Quick Load Time (25% faster than average)
We’ve established that a stable site is critical to website performance. Even a stable site, if slow, can quickly become worthless.
Research shows that a one second delay in site load time can result in a 7% conversion loss. 40% of your site traffic will leave forever if it fails to load in under just 3 seconds.
Fortunately, A Small Orange delivered average page speeds much faster than the industry average (clocking in at 700ms, which is about 24% faster than the industry average of 890ms).
3. Support – Friendly and Helpful
Even stable, fast sites need great support for random issues that might pop up unexpectantly.
4. Inexpensive Pricing
Considering their excellent uptime and average page speeds, A Small Orange is relatively inexpensive.
Their cheapest shared hosting option (the ‘Tiny Plan’ which we set up for our test site) will only set you back about $71 per year (which translates to about $5.92).
5. Honest, Transparent Business Approach
A positive side effect of their honest approach is that there’s no ‘hidden’ agenda or language to mislead you.
For example, most web hosts make hyperbolic claims like ‘unlimited hosting’. But most don’t actually deliver unlimited benefits.
6. 90-Day, Money Back Guarantee
Standard industry practice might give you a 30-day refund if things don’t work out as planned.