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A2 Hosting Review: Blazing Speeds and Web Hosting at Affordable Prices

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No matter what kind of online business you want to run — whether it’s an e-commerce store, a blog, an online forum, a company website, or just about anything else — you need to have a quality web host. You want to score a good deal and you want to extract maximum value, to be sure, but you want to make sure you get a web hosting solution that you can count on.

Striving to tick all the boxes for what it means to be a great web hosting provider, A2 Hosting says that it is “loved by customers” and “envied by the competition.” Let’s see how their service offering breaks down.

Better than A-Grade Web Hosting

In this age of short attention spans and infinite possibilities, being “good” just isn’t good enough. You need to be great. You need to be better. And perhaps that is how the A2 Hosting name was derived in the first place. A simple grade of “A” isn’t good enough. They’re rocking A2.

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What you’ll find with some other web hosting providers is that they want to cater to one end or the other end of the market. You have the very budget-oriented providers with really cheap plans, but they might lack in the support, features and reliability that you desire. You might have more premium providers, who end up being decidedly more expensive.

With A2 Hosting, you can expect solutions to run the full gamut. In their own words, they have solutions “whether you’ve never run a website before or are a professional developer.” The goal here is, regardless of what hosting plan you choose, you can count on speed, ease of use, security and reliability.

Need help? Support is available via telephone, live chat or email. And that’s 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including free account migration, 99.9% uptime guarantee, and an anytime money back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied with their service.

The Instant WordPress Solution

For many bloggers, both amateur and professional, the preferred platform of choice is WordPress. The content management system can also easily be used in tandem with other packages for a myriad of other purposes. A2 Hosting is right there to help you if you want to use bbPress to power a forum, WooCommerce to power an online store or BuddyPress to power your social network, for example.

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The WordPress hosting plans consist of three main tiers. With all of these, WordPress comes pre-installed and with the free account migration, it really doesn’t get any easier to get started. For more advanced users, it’s good to know that these hosting plans are also very developer friendly. You get access to multiple versions of PHP, plus MySQL, Python, PERL, Apache, Node.js, FTP/SFTP, and SSH access, plus more.

At the cheapest level, you can get the Lite plan for as little as $3.92 a month. You get unlimited storage and transfer, with free SSD for extra speed, but you are limited to a single website with no more than 5 databases. For this reason, I’d recommend upgrading at least to the Swift plan, which starts at $4.90 a month. That unlocks unlimited websites and databases, making it perfect for bloggers who want to run multiple websites. That’s very competitively priced against other providers, especially since you get practically unlimited everything.

Where things really get interested is when you upgrade to the Turbo plan, which starts at $9.31 a month. It gives you the same unlimited everything as the Swift plan, but now you have access to far faster Turbo servers and service. But what does that actually mean?

Turbo Charge Your Site for 20X Faster Speeds

Easily one of the more unique features that you’ll find with A2 Hosting is the Turbo Server, which promises to deliver up to 20x faster page loads.

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Page load times are increasingly important, not only for improving the site visitor experience but also in the context of search engine optimization. Google provides preferential treatment to sites that load more quickly. To help you achieve these goals, A2 Hosting offers faster page loads compared to standard hosting by putting fewer users per server and the servers are A2 optimized.

What this means is that each user gets more resources, the optimization results in using less CPU and memory than Apache, and the connections are faster, more efficient and more stable. The technicalities are more complex than that, of course, but the net result is a website that loads faster, utilizes fewer resources, and is more stable. That’s a pretty huge value for only an extra five bucks a month.

Scaling to Fit Your Needs

I’ve focused primarily on the WordPress hosting service offered by A2 Hosting, but they also support a number of other options. In fact, the servers are also optimized for Drupal and Joomla, two of most popular platforms for site creation and content management outside of WordPress. You can get the core shared hosting too, if you want to set everything up yourself.

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It’s also very important to note that A2 Hosting isn’t just about shared hosting either. That’s the level that most beginning and novice site owners are going to use, understandably, but when your online business starts growing and your needs evolve, so must your web hosting solution. It really depends on your budget and your needs. Need to support an ad server, an auction site, a classifieds site or a CRM portal? A2 Hosting can do that.

Perhaps you want to offer a white label solution yourself? A2 Hosting offers reseller hosting starting as low as $13.19 a month so you can host your own customers. Need more power, security, and speed than what you can get with shared hosting? Upgrade to VPS hosting starting as low as $5.00 a month. For the ultimate in control, especially for businesses, dedicated hosting starts at $99.59 a month, allowing you to customize everything about your server and management level.

Web hosting is the backbone to your online business, regardless of its size. Choose a provider that you can trust and rely on. And those 20x speed boosts with Turbo certainly don’t hurt either.

If you need any help with the process of setting up your web hosting or blog, be sure to check out our step-by-step tutorial here.

A professional freelance writer based out of Vancouver, Michael Kwan focuses mostly on the worlds of technology, gadgets, and the Internet. You can find him blogging at Beyond the Rhetoric, among several other websites around the web.

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How to Ride out Traffic Swings

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Traffic swings occur for every single blogger who ever blogged.

Literally, nobody is immune from seeing traffic stats swing high, low, back, medium and all over, in between. How do you ride out these swings? Blog for the love of blogging and see traffic as an extra, a bonus, or some add on to your blogging campaign. Make the blogging work, the reward. See all else as extra, or a bonus, and you become totally chill in response to inevitable traffic swings. Way too many bloggers become obsessed with traffic stats. Even more make the foolish mistake of obsessing over traffic stats on a daily basis. Guys; this is nuts. How can you focus on daily traffic swings when you know all good, lasting things take time, energy and a willingness to have a vision? Relax. Slow down. Calm down. Trust in yourself. Trust in the blogging process. Good things take time and generous service.

Imagine if Jeff Bezos panicked over day to day traffic and sales numbers on founding Amazon over 2 decades ago? Imagine how doing so would have crippled his campaign? Everybody experiences swings – usually, wild swings – as a newbie entrepreneur and blogger because no growth is perfectly linear. Over time, with generous effort and a blanket trusting in the blogging process, you traffic increases month over month. But day to day analysis is a silly way to assess how you are doing. How in the heck can you honestly make a blanket assessment of your blog over a 24 hour period? It’s only 24 hours! We measure success in thousands and tens of thousands of hours…..not 24 hours. Come back down to earth. Get your head out of the clouds. Nothing of meaning, of lasting value, unfolds in 24 hours. Please be gentle with yourself and be even more gentle with your silly mind because the mind wants fast results but your heart knows; successful blogging is a long term gig.

Check Stats Infrequently

Do you have an absolute blast checking stats? If so, check stats monthly. Allow momentum to gain by generously helping people daily, over a monthly period. Observe your traffic stats to iron out any kinks and to not be swayed by the day to day fluctuations leveling most bloggers, creating a roller coaster wave of emotions in mind. I barely check metrics because if I love what I do, trust in the process and trust myself, the more generous service I put into blogging, the more blogging generously serves me. Simple equation here. Why in the heck would I assess my success based on 24 hour increments? Blogging success hinges on thousands of hours of generous service, not 24 hour blogs of work, right?

Pump your breaks guys. Get uber busy helping your readers by creating as much quality content as humanly possible. Be generous. Focus heavily on giving, not getting, to allow your daily stat checking obsession to dissolve just a wee bit. Blogging become uncomfortable here and there but does get easier and easier the more often you give freely of your time and talents. The challenge is not to panic when you resist checking stats for a few weeks as most folks go bonkers mad, ready to explode, once they try to detach from frequent stat checking.

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How Much Traffic Do You Need to Make Money Blogging?

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Nobody knows.

But I do know this; if you ask this question you think like employees. Bad mindset for a blogger. Employees think putting in set amounts of work or reaching some specific goal results in receiving income. 100% of the time, this is NOT true as a professional or amateur blogger. Nobody has any idea how your traffic behaves. Is it targeted, or general? How did you attract your readers? Drilling deeper, it is impossible to surmise that a specific amount of traffic leads to some set amount of income.

Traffic and blogging income are only related in that, if you drive titanic amounts of targeted traffic to your blog, you will make some coin. But other than driving monstrous amounts of traffic – and any blogger asking this question is 10,000 to 20,000 hours away from this type of traffic – you need to understand that making money blogging is about generously helping people, building bonds, creating value, trusting in the process and developing your money mindset diligently, vibing abundance.

Do you want to make money blogging? Stop looking at traffic stats. Nobody pays you like an employer if you register 100 visitors daily to your blog. Stop thinking like an employee. Begin thinking like an entrepreneur. Help people generously. Make friends. Trust in the blogging process. Trust yourself. Think abundantly. Keep helping people. Develop your money mindset. Open multiple streams of income. Money will flow your way if you focus less on traffic stats and things, and more on generously helping human beings. Help people generously, patiently and persistently. Make money. This is the secret to successful blogging. But most bloggers fall lost in a world of stats and employee-level thinking, falsely believing generating a specific number of daily blog visitors results in some blogging employer paying them a set salary, a paycheck, for a goal achieved.

Do not fall prey to this common blogging mindset error in error. Money flows to you based on your generous service and based on your trust in the blogging process. Money can and will arrive but only after you relax, detach, help folks and give little or no thought to money, traffic and other blogging outcomes. The less you think about making money through your blog, the more you help people. The more you help people, the more money you eventually make. Successful blogging and making money is simply about helping tons of people for free to increase your blogging skills and exposure. Open multiple streams of income through which to prosper. Eventually, money flows to you.

Do not get distracted by ideas consistent with the blog post title question. Do not get caught up in blogging money and traffic outcomes. Stop looking for your blogging pay day and get busy helping people freely to learn the secret of effective blog monetizing. Money finds generous servants and money sprints away from bloggers routinely obsessed with making money. Sure you want to promote yourself at every turn. Goodness knows, I am always promoting my 100 plus eBooks and 2 blogging courses in all I do. Plus I promote my audio books and paperbacks, too. But my intent is mostly about helping as many bloggers as possible through guest posting, posting to my blog and via podcasting and broadcasting live. Prospering grows easier the more I help folks freely.

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How to Develop Super Human Confidence in Your Blog

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Baby steps, my Young Blogging Padawans.

New bloggers, baby step your way to being super human confident in your blog. Being wracked by doubt, with a little wild excitement mixed in, you cannot gain unreal confidence in your blog today. But slowly and steadily gaining clarity gives you the foundation upon which to become a highly successful blogger who feels bold, knowing your blog rocks.

I am about super human confident in my blog. I am developing the same level of confidence in my eBooks and courses, too. Why? Believing in my blog and premium offerings helps me to help more people and I also make more money too, which is neat, considering I live a worldly life.

Follow these tips.

1: Feel and Release Fears-Doubts Aligned with Your Blog

Before you become confident, you need to purge any lack of confidence. I know this feels bad but tis a necessary step to become super duper confident in your blog and in your premium offerings, too. Sit with doubts, those nasty traitors. Be with your fears about self, your writing ability and your blog presentation. Feel these unpleasant energies. Clear the energies. Proceed from a clearer, more confident, space. Confidence is borne of clearing a lack of confidence. Do messy energy work to become uber confident in your blog and in your blogging abilities.

2: Surround Yourself with Loving Bloggers

Loving, caring, compassionate bloggers see brilliance in you when you cannot seem to see it in yourself. Although all confidence issues flow inside-out, you need a network of supportive people around you who believe in you, versus being around haters or negative nellies. Never, ever, ever surround yourself with poverty conscious, failure conscious bloggers. Are you running a cyber charity? Are you a therapist? No! Negative people stuck in fear and failure throw negative cross currents into your being, shaking your already fragile confidence in your blog.

Hang with folks who believe in you and who believe in your blog. Pros share where and how you can improve but they always believe in someone who follows their dreams, and will instill that faith in you, and in your blog, too.

3: Write Your Butt Off and Publish Content Like the Dickens

Writing and publishing content is like breathing to me. I do not lose confidence in my ability to breathe because this is an automatic, auto-pilot, process. I just breathe without thinking about it. Ditto for writing and blogging. I wrote and blogged for 20,000 to 30,000 hours so now it is an automatic, easy process I have super human confidence in. I do not even think about it because I do it routinely, automatically, on a type of auto-pilot borne of making writing and blogging a habit.

If someone criticizes my blog, it is like someone criticizing my breathing; sounds weird, or funny, but it stirs me not, because I have equal confidence in each.

4: Do Energy Work

I do not play around; 3-4 hours of energy work daily allowed me to face, feel and release blog doubts, to become the clear, confident blogger I am today. Consider meditating, or doing yin yoga, or doing Kriya yoga, and power walking. Or do it all. I spend 3-4 hours doing each – collectively – daily, to expand my awareness so I can feel and clear doubts and so I can blog mainly from an abundant, generous, relaxed, detached vibe.

Be confident guys. Believe in your blog. Follow these 4 tips to succeed and to become super human confident in your blog.

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