A Small Orange has one of the oddest names of any Web hosting service we’ve tested, but don’t let that prevent you from considering it. In fact, the service offers several wallet-friendly plans for shared, dedicated, and virtual private servers (VPS), whose prices should appeal to small businesses and individual users alike. Unfortunately, A Small Orange is missing several essential features that prevent it from competing with Dreamhost and HostGator, our top picks.
A Small Orange offers four Linux-based shared hosting plans: Tiny, Small, Medium, and Large. Tiny (starting at $35 per year) offers a mere 500MB of storage, a respectable 5GB of monthly data transfers, and a single domain. Small (starting at $5 per month) ups the storage and monthly data transfers to 5GB and 50GB, respectively, while offering unlimited domains. Medium (starting at $10 per month) builds on the Small plan with 15GB of storage and 150GB of monthly data transfers. The top-tier Large plan boasts 30GB of storage and 500GB of monthly data transfers. All plans come with unlimited email, which is a nice touch.
These are solid plans if you don’t have extravagant shared hosting demands, but they don’t come close to matching HostGator’s shared Web hosting packages. Our top choice for shared hosting offers unlimited storage across all tiers and a choice of Linux- or Windows-based servers. Don’t underestimate that last option; if you plan to build (or migrate) a site built on an ASP.NET framework, you’ll appreciate HostGator’s Windows-based shared hosting packages.
Note: A Small Orange also offers Clementine Managed Hosting (starting at $45 per month), which gives your site the white-glove treatment. A Small Orange handles all the updates, patches, security issues, and the like. It’s a good option for those who don’t want to handle back-end tasks.