As you know, there are tons of options for hosting your WordPress site. As you make your decision, you need to consider your specific needs and then find the best fit.
A2 Hosting has been in the game for some time and has built a solid reputation over the years. The fact that they have continued to grow as a private company says a lot for them. In this post, I am going to show you what you can expect from the features they offer in their WordPress turbo plan.
Watch this video to learn more and check out the highlights for easy screenshots to revisit any points we touched on in the video.
A2 WordPress Hosting Video Highlights
As I mentioned, when I signed up for the hosting, I was given some Configurable options for my package and the automatic installation of WordPress.
Once I was signed up, I received two emails: one was a confirmation and the other one with links and info on my logins, FTP, email and a lot more.
Your A2 Page
This is your homepage as an A2 hosting customer. You have several options and the fact that you can easily click through to your cPanel is so much better than having to be forced to log in in on a separate page. Also, you will note that they have support covered: Phone, Tickets and Chat.
Control Panel on A2
You can log into your control panel on their site and you will find the options you typically discover in a host’s cPanel. But, compared to some, this one is a bit easier on the eyes and more user-friendly.
A nice feature is the option to give users access to your cPanel. It also gives you an option to create an email for them. We’re not talking here about the users who already have access to your WordPress dashboard. But this may be something you need to provide to your VA or someone else on your team. The fact that you can create, manage and easily delete their accounts is great.
And you can see what options you have for each user you add.
A2 In Your WordPress Dashboard
All of the optimization features and settings are neatly set in your dashboard so you don’t need to go back and forth between A2’s site and your own site when configuring, or just checking the settings. This is definitely a plus.
Here are the plugins installed and you can see the brief description of what each does. Many of these are installed strictly to work with the optimizations you are able to utilize with the Turbo hosting plan.
These settings give you an overview of what optimizations are in place.
Here you will find the status of all optimization features, whether they are configured or disabled and an explanation of each one.
This is a feature I found quite useful. It warns you about some WordPress default settings and how they might be affecting your site performance. Also, I love that it lets you know that you have unused themes and inactive plugins, which are best to delete if you aren’t going to be using them.
Here are some advanced options that can help you with performance of your site as well. Interestingly, they do warn you if some of these may slow down your site. So they might be a plugin that you use to learn something about performance, but not keep installed on a long-term bases.
About A2 Optimized
Wondering what all this stuff really does? They give you this handy document that gives you brief explanations of what each feature does. This saves you the time of having to go to their site to search for the answers.
You will also find a bunch of settings for specific performance features as well.
Here are some quick options for some specific performance features. I have highlighted a message that will show up on each of the next several screenshots. Basically they are saying all of the settings are set at a default they feel gives you the best out-of-the-box performance. Of course, if you know what you are doing in these settings, you have the option to configure them to your heart’s content. Or you may be instructed by someone you know and trust to tweak some of the settings for your specific site.
As I mentioned, there are a lot of Performance settings. And, like many users, you might never touch any of them. But they are there if needed. In the video I did not explain all of these but I want to share them with you so you know what you are getting with A2 WordPress Turbo Hosting.
Performance – General Settings
Performance – Page Cache
Performance – Minify
Performance – Object Cache
Performance – Browser Cache
Performance – User Agent Groups
Performance – Referrer Groups
Performance – CDN
Peformance – Monitoring
Performance – Extensions
You can also add this if you chose.
As with all my reviews of hosting companies, I am offering you the opportunity to see all the features that come with a specific host. And you will see that Turbo WordPress hosting comes with plenty of options to help you increase performance, which is a huge factor when choosing a host. And though this post does not include an actual testing of the service, I can assure you that many of my trusted colleagues and friends recommend A2 Hosting without hesitation. So if you are in the the market for a new site and are looking for a host, or perhaps need to change from your current host, I would suggest you check out A2 Hosting and reach out to them if you have any questions.