A2 Optimized is a product of our team of WordPress experts who noticed a concerning trend of users loading their WordPress sites down with plugins to try and get the fastest, most secure setup possible. Unfortunately, in most instances, too many plugins can actually make a WordPress install slower and less secure. That's because each installed plugin generally slows down a WordPress site and many times these plugins are not updated often enough. Out of date plugins make WordPress sites particularly vulnerable to exploits.
They have WP specific hosting plans that allow for 100k visitors on their cheapest plan. These packages are completely optimized for WordPress and it does make a difference. One of the positives of HostGator is their variety in support options, they have everything from the usual live chat, phone and support tickets, to video tutorials and a knowledge base.
To determine how each provider fared in this criterion, we went ahead and asked each one a simple question via live chat: How do I install a new plugin on my WordPress site? Once we received their replies, each provider was scored according to their response time and how many responses it took them to guide us through the process. Finally, we gave each host a subjective score out of five. Let’s see how they fared:
There are some specs that you may not find while browsing a web host's site. For instance, many web hosts don't list the amount of RAM offered by their shared hosting plans. In such instances, you can safely assume that the RAM total is less than 1GB. A few web hosting services offer premium shared plans that offer 1GB of RAM or slightly more. If want dependable-under-pressure performance without spending hundreds of dollars per month, look into virtual private server (VPS) hosting. Signing up for a VPS plan will give your future site a significant amount of computer resources.

For most websites, shared hosting offers a sound solution. It’s cheaper and doesn’t require Linux administration skills for anyone that’s keen to avoid dabbling in that. Since it’s super low maintenance, shared hosting is the preferred choice for smaller websites. Most people looking for their first web hosting package opt for a shared hosting plan which makes sense.

There are some specs that you may not find while browsing a web host's site. For instance, many web hosts don't list the amount of RAM offered by their shared hosting plans. In such instances, you can safely assume that the RAM total is less than 1GB. A few web hosting services offer premium shared plans that offer 1GB of RAM or slightly more. If want dependable-under-pressure performance without spending hundreds of dollars per month, look into virtual private server (VPS) hosting. Signing up for a VPS plan will give your future site a significant amount of computer resources.
MangoMatter created a book review site for The Children's Book Council, a not for profit that promotes Australian children's books. Tom was helpful and engaged from the initial idea to the finished product. He gave us some very good suggestions and helped us along the way. He provided excellent training so we could manage the site ourselves and his ongoing tech assistance has been invaluable. We would highly recommend MangoMatter.
Turbo Server Option - If you really want to give your site an advantage of your competitors, you'll definitely want to consider hosting your sites on our Turbo Servers. Why? They feature up to 20X faster page loads compared to competing web hosting services. Now that's really fast! Just a few of the features that make our Turbo Servers perform so well are that they use a speed enhanced, drop-in Apache alternative, have less users on each Turbo server and every Turbo user has more resources allocated to their account. Our Turbo Servers also includes our exclusive A2 Optimized tool that makes caching a breeze. You can read more about this tool below.
There are four basic options when it comes to Web hosting: shared, virtual private server (VPS), dedicated server and the cloud. What you need depends on several factors including the size and complexity of your website, along with the amount of IT muscle at your disposal. Too many companies make the mistake of assuming bigger, faster and more expensive must be better, but in many cases end up paying too much for features and services they don’t need. Put simply? It’s not what you have, but how you use it.
The speed at which your website loads affects both user satisfaction and SEO. Research shows that users are more likely to abandon a slow loading website, costing you potential customers and readers. In addition, page loading speed is a factor in where your website ranks on Google. While there are tweaks you can make to your website to make it faster, if the server it runs on is slow, you will always be fighting a losing battle.
Imagine the same house as in our shared example, except now things get a little Twilight Zone: each tenant lives in their own “dimension” within the home. There’s still a finite pool of resources such as water and power, but every tenant believes they live alone. This means they don’t interact with one another and bottlenecks — all tenants sharing the kitchen each morning, for example — simply don’t happen.

Speaking as a 20 year full-time freelance developer I have to say, by far — and when I say by far, I mean BY FAR, GoDaddy’s hosting has been the biggest nightmare for my clients. I can count a dozen good sites that I’ve had to move from GoDaddy for issues ranging from outdated equipment to lack of redundancy, lost data, and simply the most incompetent customer service I’ve encountered. GoDaddy should have just stuck to the Registrar game, because their hosting program is abysmal.
When it comes time to migrate a website, you’ll want to be able to do it at no additional charge plus be able to ask for and receive technical help if you run into problems. Some hosts (like SiteGround, our preferred web host) are glad to help with the process; others are inclined to charge extra for the service. Obviously, we think the former is better.
In order to qualify for one free domain registration credit, you must sign up for an annual Unlimited Shared plan or annual DreamPress plan (monthly Shared or monthly DreamPress plans do not apply). This free credit is NOT available under any other hosting plan. You must also use the free registration within the first month of your annual Shared/DreamPress plan. If you do not use the free registration within the first month, then it's no longer available to use.
As a new start-up company we were first drawn to Mango Matter through their website. With limited understanding of web design, Tom navigated us through the entire development of setting up the website to final completion with ease. The process was always transparent and seemless and Tom’s approach was always positive to change and new ideas. We are extremely proud our website and have no hesitation in recommending or referring Mango Matter as a web designer.

Imagine the cloud as having access to multiple houses around the world, each of which contains a portion of your clothing, furniture and other possessions. It’s possible to move these possessions around at will, and use all resources of every house simultaneously. If you reach the upper limit of the available resources, a new house is made available — for an additional cost.


When I first started searching the internet for a reliable host, I came across several hundred hosts. The search was quite over whelming, I wanted a host that was affordable, but reliable and had good support, in case something went wrong. I found a good team of people with Hawk Host. I monitor my sites downtime and have seen it go off line when the guys are updating software, and that only takes minutes. Most companies claim the world and deliver an island. I have been with them over a year and will continue to use them.
All of our servers are located behind finely tuned, and actively monitored firewalls. Our firewall logs are monitored 24/7 for any suspicious activity, and server software is upgraded nightly to ensure any potential exploits are closed immediately. We also provide our clients with a web application firewall (WAF), based on regularly updated OWASP rules. This prevents against hack attempts to software like Wordpress, Joomla, and even custom software - even when not properly patched. Just another added benefit that CanSpace makes available to its clients that most web hosting providers do not. All of our email servers are also accessible securely through SSL. This includes both our IMAP and POP servers, as well as all our included webmail clients.

The speed at which your website loads is important for two reasons. The first is that speed dramatically affects user experience. If a website is slow to load, users are more likely to abandon it, costing you a potential customer or reader. Secondly, speed is used by Google as a ranking factor. A website that loads quickly will be more likely to rank higher in search engine results than a slow loading site, all else being equal. At CanSpace we are vigilant about server performance and have the fastest performing websites in Canada!
Allows clients to become web hosts themselves. Resellers could function, for individual domains, under any combination of these listed types of hosting, depending on who they are affiliated with as a reseller. Resellers' accounts may vary tremendously in size: they may have their own virtual dedicated server to a colocated server. Many resellers provide a nearly identical service to their provider's shared hosting plan and provide the technical support themselves.

Another alternative is BlogDroid. Like WP Engine, they offer managed hosting but they are a little cheaper – and like Dreamhost they have an installer that makes it really easy for new WordPress users to get started. They also have automatic WordPress upgrades, the ability to create staging sites via a button and secure file permissions that work right out of the box.
Are you an experienced developer? You'll be happy to hear that we actually made a name for ourselves for being the "developer-friendly" host. In fact, we were one of the very first hosts to offer both PHP 5. Of course, technology (and PHP versions) have changed a lot since we started back in 2003, our commitment to loading your account with all the web development tools you could want has not! You get everything from support for the best versions of PHP, MySQL, Apache, Python and more to resources like free SSH access, version control software like Git and so much more.
24/7 Premier Support is available to all hosting plans and is done through phone, email, and live chat. Online tutorials and a community-based Q&A is available as well. Reviews are mostly positive when it comes to their customer support system. Their customers stated that they have quick response times and their representatives are knowledgeable when it comes to solving both easy and complex problems.

DreamHost has been around for 18 years, and is known for making web hosting easy. You get custom dashboard, 1-click WordPress install, automatic WordPress updates, unlimited space, unlimited bandwidth and free SSDs which makes your site 200% faster. DreamHost powers over 600,000 WordPress blogs and websites. There are no setup fees, and you also get a free domain.
Shared hosting is a type of web hosting where a single physical server hosts multiple sites. Many users utilize the resources on a single server, which keeps the costs low. Users each get a section of a server in which they can host their website files. Shared servers can hosts hundreds of users. Each customer using the shared hosting platform’s server has access to features like databases, monthly traffic, disk space, email accounts, FTP accounts and other add-ons offered by the host. System resources are shared on-demand by customers on the server, and each gets a percentage of everything from RAM and CPU, and other elements such as the single MySQL server, Apache server, and mail server.
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