A2hosting Speed Test with 5 Amazing Plugin! Result Right Way

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A2Hosting is one of the popular web hosting around the world. Today we are analyzing the A2Hosting speed analysis to check whether it is a fast-hosting provider?

This post analyses website speed test with A2 Cache plugin and other plugins like Wprocket, Super Cache, Total Cache and Autoptimize.

Table Of Contents

For this test, we have installed WordPress with the basic theme and sample contents with images. Here we will tun this test with cache plugins like A2optmized, fastest cache, super cache, total cache, hummingbird and WP rocket.

A2Hosting Plans.

A2Hosting has 4 different plans for WordPress hosting i.e startup, drive, turbo boost and turbo max. All these tests are performed on A2Hositng Turbo plan.

A2hosting Speed Test 2021 Updates

Installing WordPress

A2Hosting has a straightforward method to install on WordPress sites. For this test, we used a domain called fasteasywaystoloseweight.com and theme is Arke Free (Mostly I use Generatepress premium WordPress theme in my sites)

A2Hosting Speed Test with 0 Plugins

The First test what we did is without any plugins. No plugins mean no cache plugin nor any development plugin like Elementor or Askimet.

We didn’t plugin at all we just imported some dummy content from Jnews Theme after that uninstalled Jnews Plugin and installed Arke Theme.

Previously I was using Jnews, which is the ultimate WordPress theme but speed was not good enough so moved to generate press and Astra Themes. Let’s leave that and see our result.

A2hostingGoogle
Desktop
Google
Mobile
GTMetrix
LCP
GTMetrix
Full Load
Webpage
Test LCP
Webpage
Test Full Load
Pingdom
Without Any Plugins93970.7s0.9s0.999s0.999s924ms

A2hsoting Speed Test With Essential Plugins

As I thought without any plugin and small content, A2hosting will do well and the result also same. Because plugin count is 0 here.

Plugins eat more resource in a WordPress theme. So without plugin giving good result is no big deal in my point of view. Now let’s carry our test with the heavy plugin with 15+ count.

Plugins, we going to use are Jetpack, Askimet, Tablepress and so on. I usually don’t install Jetpack, but for testing purpose I installed.

I did Basic configuration settings for each plugin. We Tried with 18 plugins, and the result are not very bad.

A2hsoting Speed Test With Caching Plugins

Now we will do this test with popular cache plugins and speed optimize plugins. 

W3 Total Cache on A2Hosting

First, we will do the test with W3 Total Cache 2.0.1. W3TC is one of famous cache plugin used by more than 1millon wordpress users. W3TC is a complete free WordPress plugin, and you can get premium support for USD99 per annum.

W3TC giving excellent feature called Setup Guide. Previously we have to set up based on recommendation or with anyone guide. Now you can test the option, and you can decide which one to choose.

I clicked the test object cache then the plugin gives the details for which option how much improvement can happen, we can choose based on that.

After installing W3TC cache we able to see some improvement in the desktop score but in mobile score has been reduced. This score reduction happened because of javascript.

By default score A2hosting performance is high, so installing W3TC didn’t improve much.

If you see the score of Gtmetrix, Pingdom and Webpage test loading time, we can see drastic improvement.

W3Total Cache provides a better result with A2hosting. Even A2hosting recommend W3Total cache with its A2optimized plugin.

A2hostingGoogle
Desktop
Google
Mobile
GTMetrix
LCP
GTMetrix
Full Load
Webpage
Test LCP
Webpage
Test Full Load
Pingdom
With Essential Plugins + W3 Total Cache95890.8s0.9s0.981s1.003s306ms

If you see, to get this result, I didn’t take much time on setup its very with its new feature of the setup guide.

WordPress Super Cache on A2Hosting

WordPress Super cache developed by Automattic and they are the developers of WordPress. The super cache also one of the popular cache plugin and recommended lots of companies.

WP Super cache gives Easy and Advanced option to set cache settings. In Easy, you need to enable with default settings.

In advanced settings, you have cache delivery method, Miscellaneous and Advanced. I selected Simple Cache delivery method and recommended options by Super Cache.

I didn’t see the excellent result with this plugin. Here is our result after enabling Super Cache.

We updated a few advanced settings and did your test again after delete ache. Cache had deleted, I opened the same URL to get the page cached.

A2hostingGoogle
Desktop
Google
Mobile
GTMetrix
LCP
GTMetrix
Full Load
Webpage
Test LCP
Webpage
Test Full Load
Pingdom
With Essential Plugins + Super Cache91820.8s1.1s0.964s1.398s814ms
With Essential Plugins + Super Cache (Advanced)92881.1s1.3s1.398s1.860s1.32s

WordPress Autoptimize 

I use WP Rocket or Autoptimize in most of my websites, so Autoptimize is one of my favorite plugins for optimizing.

This plugin has lots of features to optimize your sites like optimizing HTML, JS and CSS.

This plugin is not WordPress Cache plugin, and this is just an optimize plugin.

With the Autoptimize plugin, we used LiteSpeed cache plugin cache because A2hosting runs the Litespeed server. You can’t use this plugin with siteground because it’s not a LiteSpeed server.

See Autoptmize with LiteSpeed cache Result, the result is incredible. The fully loaded time in the Gtmterix test is 0.7 S which is a good speed for a simple site.

We didn’t set a few other settings, like removing Google Fonts and Emojis. We ran this setting with a few basic options and got a good result. 

We will do a separate test on Autoptmize with so many features.

A2Hosting With WP Fastest Cache

WP Fastest cache is one of the simple cache plugins available in wordpress. Options in this plugin are easy to understand and self-explanatory.

The fastest cache is available for free and paid. In the free version, we will get basic features only. In the premium version, you will get features like image optimization, cache statistic and furthermore. Result of Fastest cache in A2hosting website. As you can see, the results are good but not great.

A2hostingGoogle
Desktop
Google
Mobile
GTMetrix
LCP
GTMetrix
Full Load
Webpage
Test LCP
Webpage
Test Full Load
Pingdom
With Essential Plugins + Fastest Cache98850.7s0.8s0.714s1.182s278ms
A2Hosting-With-WP-Fastest-Cache

WpRocket with A2Hosting

One of my favorite cache plugins is WpRocket, it’s paid version, and no free version available for this plugin. This plugin has many features in that Heartbeat control, Prefetch DNS Requests, and Host Google Analytics, and FB pixel are unique features.

By hosting GA and FB pixel locally, you can avoid extra server load time from an external resource. With this option no need to download a resource (like JS) from external sites.

WpRocket with A2Hosting Google page speed insight
WpRocket with A2Hosting Gtmetrix

A2Hosting with WPRocket worked very well, and we got an outstanding result, as you can see in the above images. So, the clear winner is the WPRocket plugin.

LCP is 0.6s and Fully load time also 0.6s which is very good. In google page speed insight also got a good score as well as good FCP and LCP.

Performance-wise WPRocket beat all other cache plugins.

A2hostingGoogle
Desktop
Google
Mobile
GTMetrix
LCP
GTMetrix
Full Load
Webpage
Test LCP
Webpage
Test Full Load
Pingdom
With Essential Plugins + WP Rocket99990.6s0.6s0.514s0.743s268ms
Winner – WPRocket

Price of WPRocket Plugin

WpRocket with A2Hosting Price

I will recommend going for plus plan. In future, if you are planning to increase your website to other niches, then this would be very helpful.

I will suggest another idea like, buy the license and share it with your friends (3 joined). In this case, you will get the plugin for 33 USD only. Please don’t share the plugin with strangers in FB or group-buy I don’t recommend it.

What Loading Speed does?

0.1s of speed will improve site conversion by 8%.

Speed or Loading Time is it matters?

Website speed is always crucial for a website. In the name of SEO gurus, few friends say speed is not essential; I ranked my slow site with other off-page SEO.

Just think, you are visiting a site and the site taking more time to load, what will happen you try to move other sites. If this occurs then site bounce rate will increase and your rank also slowly decrease. So always make sure your website has good loading speed.

As per study’s in Desktop if the site load less than 3 seconds is good. In mobile, if the site loads within 2 Seconds is incredible.

Note We didn’t use Tables, Amazon affiliate links, or some other complex display (in the post) for this test.

A2hosting Speed Test Conclusion

A2hostingGoogle
Desktop
Google
Mobile
GTMetrix
LCP
GTMetrix
Full Load
Webpage
Test LCP
Webpage
Test Full Load
Pingdom
Without Any Plugins93970.7s0.9s0.999s0.999s924ms
With Essential Plugins and No Cache Plugin93981.1s1.2s1.414s1.864s1.39 s
With Essential Plugins + Super Cache91820.8s1.1s0.964s1.398s814ms
With Essential Plugins + Super Cache (Advanced)92881.1s1.3s1.398s1.860s1.32s
With Essential Plugins + W3 Total Cache95890.8s0.9s0.981s1.003s306ms
With Essential Plugins + Fastest Cache98850.7s0.8s0.714s1.182s278ms
With Essential Plugins + WP Rocket99990.6s0.6s0.514s0.743s268ms
With Essential Plugins + Autoptimize99950.7s0.7s0.947s1.393s278ms

In Our test, WPRocket is the clear winner in all aspects, and Lite Speed cache with Autoptimize is the free plugin winner. So if you are using A2Hosting, I recommend you go for WpRocket or a combination of Lite Speed cache + Autoptimize to get a better result.

I am using both Siteground and A2Hosting. In my opinion, both hostings are good, but with the price I always recommend A2hosting.

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