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A2 Optimized: How to Optimize WordPress at A2 Hosting

Nov 21, 2022
6 min read
A2 Optimized

This tutorial picks up after our A2 Hosting WordPress installation tutorial where we went through the installation process with A2 Optimized pre-installed.

This tutorial requires LiteSpeed. You will need one of the A2 Hosting Turbo plans, such as the Turbo Boost plan, currently $5.99 per month during the Black Friday sale.

If you do not have the Turbo plan, we recommend following our W3 Total Cache with Cloudflare tutorial instead, as this doesn’t require LiteSpeed, and it works great with the cheapest A2 Hosting Plan. You can still use the A2 Optimized plugin, but the LiteSpeed Cache plugin will not implement page caching.

A2 Hosting WordPress Installation Recap

As mentioned, this tutorial presumes you have already installed the A2 Optimized version of WordPress. If you haven’t already done so, please follow this tutorial.

You should now have a version of WordPress installed with the following plugins pre-installed:

  • A2 Optimized WP
  • Akismet Anti-Spam
  • EWWW Image Optimizer
  • Jetpack
  • LiteSpeed Cache
  • WPForms Lite

Your WordPress plugins page should look like the following:

A2 Optimized Plugins

The A2 Optimized and LiteSpeed Cache plugins will be pre-configured with basic optimizations.

This tutorial will review and modify a small selection of the settings.

First, let’s take a quick look at the A2 Optimized Plugin.

What is the A2 Optimized Plugin?

The A2 Optimized plugin helps optimize, secure, and implement best practices for your WordPress site.

The plugin has three sections:

  • Page Load Speed Score
  • Website & Server Performance
  • Optimization

You can see the A2 Optimized Home Screen below.

A2 Optimized PageSpeed Insights

We’ll cover each section in detail in the tutorial, along with LiteSpeed Cache settings.

Let’s get started right now.

How to Configure the A2 Optimized and LiteSpeed Cache Plugins