A2 Optimized WP

Description

A2 Optimized is designed to make it quick and easy to speed up and secure your website by installing and configuring several well known, stable plugins with the click of a few buttons.

Have you ever tried to configure W3 Total cache and got lost in the mess of configuration pages?

A2 Optimized has broken it down into the most valuable optimizations and will automatically configure W3 Total Cache for what works best in most shared hosting environments.

Free Optimizations

Caching with W3 Total Cache:

  • Enable Page, Object and Database caching with W3 Total cache in one click.
  • Page Caching stores full copies of pages on the disk so that php code and database queries can be skipped by the web server.
  • Object Caching stores commonly used elements such as menus / widgets and forms on disk or in memory to speed up page rendering.
  • Database cache stores copies of common database queries on disk or in memcory to speed up page rendering.

Minify HTML Pages:

  • Auto Configure W3 Total Cache to remove excess white space and comments from html pages to compress their size.
  • This provides for minor imporvements in page load time.

Minify CSS Files:

  • Auto Configure W3 Total Cache to condense CSS files into non human-readable compressed files.
  • Combines multiple css files into a single download.
  • Can provide significant speed imporvements for page loads.

Minify JS Files:

  • Auto Configure W3 Total Cache to condense JavaScript files into non human-readable compressed files.
  • Combines multiple js files into a single download.
  • Can provide significant speed imporvements for page loads.

Gzip Compression:

  • Turns on gzip compression using W3 Total Cache.
  • Ensures that files are compressed before transfering them.
  • Can provide significant speed imporvements for page loads.
  • Reduces bandwidth required to serve web pages.

Deny Direct Access to Configuration Files and Comment Form:

  • Enables WordPress hardening rules in .htaccess to prevent browser access to certain files.
  • Prevents bots from submitting to comment forms.
  • Note: Turn this off if you use systems that post to the comment form without visiting the page.

Lock Editing of Plugins and Themes from the WP Admin:

  • Turns off the file editor in the wp-admin.
  • Prevents plugins and themes from being tampered with from the wp-admin.

A2 Hosting Exclusive Optimizations

These one-click optimizations are only available while hosted at A2 Hosting.

Login URL Change:

  • Move the login page from the default wp-login.php to a random URL.
  • Prevents bots from automatically brute-force attacking wp-login.php

reCAPTCHA on comments and login:

  • provides google reCAPTCHA on both the Login form and comments.
  • Prevents bots from automatically brute-force attacking wp-login.php
  • Prevents bots from automatically spamming comments.

Compress Images on Upload:

  • Enables and configures EWWW Image Optimizer.
  • Compresses images that are uploaded to save bandwidth.
  • Improves page load times: especially on sites with many images.

Turbo Web Hosting:

  • Take advantage of A2 Hosting’s Turbo Web Hosting platform.
  • Faster serving of static files.
  • Pre-compiled .htaccess files on the web server for imporved performance.
  • PHP OpCode cache enabled by default
  • Custom php engine that is faster than Fast-CGI and FPM

Memcached Database and Object Cache:

  • Database and Object cache in memory instead of on disk.
  • Secure and Faster Memcached using Unix socket files.
  • Significant improvement in page load times, especially on pages that can not use full page cache such as wp-admin.

Screenshots

  • A2 Optimized Optimizations Page
  • A2 Optimized Warnings Page
  • A2 Optimized Advanced Optimizations Page
  • About A2 Optimized Page

Installation

  1. Upload a2-optimized into the wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Click ‘A2 Optimized’ in the admin menu
  4. Click buttons to enable optimizations
  5. Check out warnings that A2 Optimized has detected that may be slowing down your site
  6. Check out Advanced Optimizations that may help you identify plugins that may be slowing down your site.

FAQ

Installation Instructions
  1. Upload a2-optimized into the wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Click ‘A2 Optimized’ in the admin menu
  4. Click buttons to enable optimizations
  5. Check out warnings that A2 Optimized has detected that may be slowing down your site
  6. Check out Advanced Optimizations that may help you identify plugins that may be slowing down your site.
How does A2 Optimized speed up my site

Caching is the fastest and easiest way to speed up a dynamic website.
A2 Optimized will install and configure W3 Total Cache with the click of a few buttons.

Does A2 Optimized make all sites faster

A2 Optimized will speed up most sites; however, not all plugins are compatible with W3 Total Cache.

If your site is slower after enabling caching in A2 Optimized, talk to a developer about finding better solutions for the plugins that you are using.

Can I use A2 Optimized with WordFence

A2 Optimized is compatible with most of the features in WordFence, however you should disable caching and logging in WordFence.

Why use W3 Total Cache over WP Super Cache

W3 Total Cache is the only plugin that handles all types of caching. It caches frequently used database queries, objects and pages. It also allows the use of Memcached as a storage engine for cache.

Can I use A2 Optimized on any host

Yes. A2 Optimized works on any host that supports WordPress. Yes. A2 Optimized works on any host that supports WordPress; however, A2 Hosting provides a few more tools for speeding up your site when hosted on an A2 Hosting server.

Reviews

Company is the best, plugin the worst!

I have a shared account and a VPS account.
Im very pleased with the support and all services from a2 hosting,
but Im very disappointed in a2 optimization plugin, it slow down my entire website, my admin dashboard its very heavy…not pleased at all.
When I try to disable a2 optimization and a2-we-total cache – my variable products are removed from woocommerce.
Now supports staff are working on fixing this issue.
But I will not to recommend to anyone. Maybe in other cases is working good, but with woo commerce definitely not.

Update Conflicts with Wordfence

Update gives me a warning that it conflicts with Wordfence. Support says ” the issue will probably be solved by disabling Wordfence and installing some other security plugin.” I’m not disabling Wordfence to use this plugin, bye!

Almost Wiped out my site

Was moving along nicely with getting my site ready for publishing. Then I added A2 Opt along with W3 total caching. It almost wiped out my entire site. I had to basically reinstall my theme, and there was still files left on the server from these 2 plugins that I had to manually remove as they were preventing me from accessing the site.
It was just awful to say the least.
I have recovered most of my stuff, but I have lost about 2-3 full days of work I will have to re-do.

Works nicely

Can’t speak for others but this plugin worked nicely on my end. Noticed a measurable improvement when uploading to one of my personal sites.

One thing that isn’t mentioned anywhere that I appreciate is that the plugin interface is quite intuitive. Immediately after installation there were recommendations on items that I could modify, most of which just by clicking a simple ‘Enable’ link.

WP-A2 Hosting page: where do I find my WP dashboard

It’s the second time I try to get hosting at A2 hosting and for the second time They make it so complicated to get rolling in just a minutes like all other web host companies

When registering I chose the option “WP A2 optimised”.
From my Cpanel, I clicked WP A2 optimised and then land to a “Softaculous” page.
And from there impossible to find where to connect to my blog dashboard.
I tried to reinstall WP but it failed. The message says that I already installed WP. BUT WHERE CAN I ACCESS IT????

I’m so pissed off by their non-user-friendly service

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Contributors & Developers

“A2 Optimized WP” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

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Changelog

2.0.9.3

*Clearer information when incompatible plugins are detected
*Fixed issue with gzipping being enabled inadvertantly while changing other settings

2.0.9.2

*Clearer information regarding W3 Total Cache upgrade
*Fixed issue where sites installed in subdirectories may not function as expected

2.0.9

*Updated reCAPTCHA to API v2
*Better support and triage for unsupported versions of W3 Total Cache
*Better support for mobile and tablet screen sizes on our optimizations page

2.0.8.5

*Added plugin update notices to ensure users are aware of any important update details

2.0.8.2

*Additional check for compatible W3TC
*Added check to see if your server is already has compression enabled

2.0.8

*Enable SSL caching by default

2.0.7

*Revert use of PHP short arrays

2.0.6

*Removed Clef and tested against WordPress 4.8

2.0.3

*Added dmatteson as a plugin author

2.0.2

*added namespace class to css to prevent collision with other plugins

2.0.1

*minor bug fixes
*check for PHP version >= 5.3

2.0

*Move from SaaS to Full GPL