I recently had the opportunity to talk to Brad Litwin, the Marketing Manager for A2 Hosting. We chatted about some of their high speed hosting solutions including the release of their A2 Optimized plugin for WordPress. A2 Optimized provides an excellent alternative to Managed WordPress Hosting for users who want a pre-configured, high performance blog, but can’t afford the $25-$50/mo.
– Hey Brad! Who are you and what do you do?
Thanks for taking the time to speak with me! I am the Marketing Manager for A2 Hosting. I spend much of my day managing our affiliate program and getting the word out about our high speed hosting solutions. I write a lot of the content found on our website as well as manage our PPC campaigns. Another big part of my job is to seek out strategic partnerships where we can collaborate with other companies to provide services for each others customers.
– How did your job come about with A2 Hosting?
I was very lucky finding this job. I was working as an Affiliate Manager for a company before they forced their employees to relocate. I decided I wanted to stay in Michigan so I began searching for jobs. I found an interesting posting for a Marketing position for A2 Hosting so I applied for it. It turned out that the CEO is close friends with a co-worker who also did not take the mandatory transfer. He put in a good word, I met the CEO, he offered me a position and over 7 years later I’m being interviewed by you!
– Tell us about the new A2 Optimized plugin for WordPress users.
When you purchase a WordPress Hosting account from A2 Hosting, your WordPress account comes A2 Optimized. A2 Optimized is a WordPress plugin, exclusive to A2 Hosting customers providing auto-configuration so sites get the fastest page loads. Many times WordPress sites are loaded down with plugins and these more often than not can really bog down a website’s speed. Thanks to months of testing from our team of optimization experts, A2 Optimized takes the guesswork out of how to get the fastest page load speeds. In fact our speed tests have shown sites that use A2 Optimized load 6 times faster than sites not using A2 Optimized.
– What else does A2 Optimized for WordPress do?
A fast website is something that WordPress users obviously care about. Website security is also a key concern. After all, studies have shown over 10 million websites are hacked each year. A2 Optimized also automatically secure sites through a variety of methods including changing the WordPress login page and adding ReCaptcha to the login page and to comments.
– Which package(s) would you recommend for a small-medium sized business?
The nice thing about hosting with A2 Hosting is that our packages are completely scalable. That means you can start with our entry level package and as you grow, so can your hosting package. When a small business who is in our Web Hosting package needs more resources, our team can seamlessly move them into one of our Managed VPS products. Our Managed VPSs offer the same ease of use that our Web Hosting customers experience, but with the power of a VPS.
– Then, for a larger company, which would you recommend?
In addition to Managed VPS hosting, we also offer Managed Dedicated server hosting. It features full HostGuard Management by our 24/7/365 Guru Crew support team meaning we takes care of your hardware, network, server software and security. This is a 100% worry-free solution.
– What’s coming soon with A2 Hosting?
We have a very exciting new hosting product that we will be rolling out in days, possibly even today. I can’t discuss it too in depth until we do launch it. However what I can mention is that our speed tests have shown that pages hosted on this service load up to 20 times faster than standard hosting. Stay tuned!
– Anything else you’d like to share?
I’d just really like to encourage everyone to give our A2 Optimized WordPress Hosting serious consideration. After all, we offer a 30-day money back guarantee so there’s no risk for trying us out.
There you have it! Quality, high speed WordPress Hosting starting for less than $5/month. Why not give A2 Hosting a try and let us know what you think. Feel free to leave a comment below with any questions you have, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.