Knowledge Base

How To Configure, Optimize & Extend WordPress

Read these articles to learn how to customize and optimize your WordPress installation.

Changing the website URL in WordPress

There are certain scenarios where you may want to change the URL for a WordPress site. This article shows you how.

Log in to WordPress

A2 Hosting offers lots of ways to log in to the WordPress Dashboard. Learn about your WordPressLogin in this article.

Resetting the WordPress administrator password

If you are locked out of your WordPress administrator account and cannot use the e-mail password recovery feature, you can still change the password using other methods. This article shows you how.

Broken image links in WordPress

Learn how to fix a problem that may occur when you try to add images to a WordPress post.

Optimizing WordPress with W3 Total Cache and GTmetrix

This article shows you how to optimize your WordPress installation by enabling caching and performance metrics.

Adding CAPTCHA protection to a WordPress site

CAPTCHA protection helps secure your WordPress site, and reduces the amount of spamming by bots and other malicious actors. Learn how to add CAPTCHAs to your site here.

WordPress plugins

There is a huge number of plugins available that you can use to extend WordPress' functionality. Learn how to use some of these plugins in these articles.

Administering WordPress from the command line

The WP-CLI tool enables you to do many WordPress administrative tasks from the command line, and you can also use it in cron jobs to automate tasks. Learn how here.

Updating WordPress database configuration settings

When you try to view a WordPress site, you may receive an "Error establishing a database connection" message. Learn how to resolve this problem in this article.

Adding external RSS feeds to your WordPress site

You can quickly and easily add an external RSS feed to your WordPress site. Learn how here.

Determining the WordPress version

Learn in this article how to determine the current WordPress version a site is running.

How to enable and disable pingbacks and trackbacks in WordPress

Pingbacks and trackbacks are convenient ways to enable communication between blogs, but they can also lead to spam links on your site. Learn how to enable and disable these features in this article.

Installing WordPress themes

WordPress includes thousands of free themes that you can use to customize your web site's appearance. Learn how to install themes in this article.

Updating WordPress

Keeping a WordPress site updated is important for stability and security reasons. Learn how to update WordPress in this article.

Backing Up WordPress

It is crucial that WordPress is backed up frequently. This article covers why, how, and when to backup WordPress.

Troubleshooting blank pages in WordPress

Learn what to do when WordPress displays a blank page, also sometimes known as the "white screen of death."

Changing a WordPress account username

Learn how to change the username for a WordPress account.

Managing WordPress comments

Learn how to manage WordPress comments using the WordPress administration interface, and how to delete bulk amounts of comments using phpMyAdmin.

Optimizing WordPress trash settings

Learn how to optimize the trash settings in WordPress in this article.

Changing the WordPress auto-save interval

You can change the auto-save interval that WordPress uses to automatically save post edits. Learn how in this article.

Configuring WordPress date and time settings

You can easily change the settings that WordPress uses to display dates and times on your site, and this article shows you how.

‘Scheduled maintenance’ message in WordPress

You may receive a "Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance" message in your web browser when you try to view your WordPress site. Learn about this message and why it occurs in this article.

Debugging WordPress

WordPress provides several settings that you can use to help debug themes, databases, and more. Learn about these settings in this article.

Enabling and customizing maintenance mode in WordPress

Learn how to enable maintenance mode in WordPress, and how to customize the page WordPress displays when it is in maintenance mode.

Configuring a cron job for WordPress

Learn how to configure a cron job for WordPress and ensure scheduled tasks and other features work in a timely manner.

Scheduling post publishing in WordPress

You can schedule a WordPress post to be published automatically in the future, and this article shows you how.

Using Google Analytics with WordPress

Learn how to use Google Analytics with your WordPress site to obtain statistics about visitor traffic.

Using Piwik with WordPress

Learn how to use Piwik with your WordPress site to obtain statistics about visitor traffic.

Password-protected pages in WordPress

You can easily protect a WordPress post page with a password to prevent casual visitors from accessing content.

Configuring the WordPress permalink structure

Learn how configuring the permalink structure can make your WordPress site easier to use, and friendlier to search engines.

Optimizing WordPress with the A2 Optimized for WordPress plugin

This article shows how you can quickly and easily optimize your WordPress installation using the A2 Optimized for WordPress plugin.

Migrating an existing WordPress site to A2 Hosting

Learn how to migrate an existing WordPress site to your A2 Hosting account.

Changing the WordPress language

WordPress supports many different languages. Learn how to change the WordPress language in this article.

Changing comment notification settings in WordPress

Learn how to change the WordPress e-mail notification settings for comments and comment moderation.

Installing WordPress on a subdomain

You can quickly and easily install WordPress on one of your account's subdomains, and this article shows you how.

Configuring a WordPress testing sandbox

Learn how to set up a dedicated testing environment (or "sandbox") that you can use to safely test and experiment with WordPress.

Configuring the WordPress heartbeat

The WordPress heartbeat may cause performance issues. This article describes what the heartbeat is, and how you can configure it.

Configuring WordPress to always use SSL

You have purchased and installed an SSL certificate, and now you want to use it with WordPress. This article shows you how.

Using APC or OPcache with WordPress

This article discusses using APC or OPcache with WordPress.

Clearing the cache in WordPress

If you use a caching plugin for WordPress, you may have to clear the cache occasionally, and this article shows you how.

Disabling Gutenberg in WordPress 5

How to disable the Gutenberg plugin in WordPress 5.0 by installing the Classic Editor plugin.

Sending e-mail in WordPress

Learn how to update WordPress email settings to send messages from your A2 Hosting account.

Using widgets in WordPress

Learn how to use widgets in WordPress to quickly and easily add functionality to your site's sidebar.

Adding MailChimp subscribers from WordPress

Learn how you can add subscribers directly to your MailChimp mailing lists from WordPress.

Troubleshooting WordPress

If you are experiencing problems with WordPress, it can be hard to know where to start looking for solutions. This article is here to help.

Optimizing WordPress with WP Rocket

Learn how to accelerate your WordPress site with the WP Rocket plugin.

Importing WordPress with Softaculous

You can use Softaculous to import a WordPress installation from another server, and this article shows you how.

Installing WP-CLI manually

Learn how to manually install the WP-CLI (WordPress Command Line Interface) tool on your account. Please note that this article only applies to certain types of hosting accounts.

Adding a custom logo to WordPress

You can easily enhance your WordPress site with a custom logo.

Enabling HTTPS and SSL for WordPress sites

Learn how to help secure your WordPress site with an SSL certificate and HTTPS connections.

Redirecting the primary domain to an existing WordPress installation

You may have already installed WordPress in a subdirectory on your account. If so, you can configure your account so the primary domain automatically redirects to the WordPress site. Read this article for more information.

Optimizing the WordPress Home Page when Using WooCommerce

Reduce load times for your home page when using WordPress with WooCommerce. This article shows you how.

Changing the WordPress theme manually

Learn how to change the WordPress theme manually. You may need to do this if the administration dashboard is inaccessible, for example.