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 optimizations with a few quick clicks.
A2 Optimized has broken it down into the most valuable optimizations and will automatically configure your site for what works best in most shared hosting environments.

Free Optimizations

Disk Based Page Caching:

  • 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 in memory to speed up page rendering.
    Minify HTML Pages:

    • Remove excess white space and comments from html pages to compress their size.
    • This provides for minor improvements in page load time.

Minify Inline CSS and Javascript:

  • Further reduce the size of cached pages by optimizing inline CSS and Javascript.
  • Can provide significant speed improvements for page loads.

Gzip Compression:

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

Scheduled Database Optimizations:
If enabled, will periodically perform the following database operations:

  • Remove expired transients

  • Remove Trashed comments

  • Remove spam comments

  • Optimize all tables

  • Remove post revisions (not enabled by default)

  • Remove trashed posts (not enabled by default)
    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.

Disable XML-RPC Services:

  • XML-RPC is a frequent target for bot attacks and can cause site slow down even when unsuccessful.
  • WordPress related services such as Jetpack are whitelisted and continue to work as expected.

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 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 improved performance.
  • PHP OpCode cache enabled by default
  • Custom php engine that is faster than Fast-CGI and FPM

Memcached Object Cache:

  • 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.