The BEST Woocommerce Web Hosting - (Updated for 2019!)

I probably don’t need to tell you, when a website is slow to load you quickly lose patience and click away. Your own site is no different.

Woocommerce is much heavier than a standard WordPress website so a high quality, high performance host is even MORE important!

We've tried 100s of different hosting providers over the years. In this post I’ll share the best (AND fastest) Woocommerce hosts we’ve found and why we use them.

Since 2008 have worked with over 2000 businesses and used a huge number of different hosting companies over the years. These are the few we use ourselves, trust and recommend to clients on a daily basis to our ecommerce SEO agency clients.

The Best & Fastest Woocommerce Web Hosting Providers

Most people choose a hosting provider based on price but when you care about performance that’s a bad idea - it's an even worse idea if you're running Woocommerce because your website effectively is the business.

If you’re on this page you’re probably not looking for the cheapest you’re looking for the best right? Unfortunately most articles you'll find around the web recommend garbage web hosts like Bluehost and Hostgator who are notorious for poor performance, downtime and outages as well as hacked sites. All totally unacceptable when you're entire business runs on that hosting.

Through our agency we've worked with 100s of ecommerce sites and online stores so have a great deal of experience in which hosting providers are good and which are horrible. The hosts we use and recommend most often are in the list below along with other hosts we recommend in the comparison table below.

Cloudways - this is a new-ish provider and is by far the fastest for Woocommerce because their speed optimized server stack is designed for the high demand Woocommerce puts on the server database. This is NOT a cPanel host so their might be a bit of a learning curve BUT if you want the fastest choose this one.

**They have a 3 day free trial BUT if you use the coupon code FASTHOSTING they'll give you $25 off your first invoice so effectively 3 days + 1 month free on the lower level plans**

Siteground - the fastest Cpanel host (only marginally more expensive that the rubbish $3-5/month hosts!). Siteground beats other cheap shared hosts because they have a more advanced caching system which again helps with the high demands Woocommerce puts on the WordPress database. Best if have a tight budget and also need email hosting.

WPX Hosting - amazingly priced Managed WordPress Host BUT doesn't include advanced memory caching so this one is not suited to large Woocommerce sites. They provide a great balance of price and performance with excellent support, email hosting too!

WPEngine - by far the best Managed WordPress Woocommerce host. Go with WPE if you a complex site that needs high quality backups and a staging environment and you're not super tech savvy. Not the cheapest BUT you’ll save money on web developers and support.

Web Hosting CompanyCoupon CodePrice Per MonthWhy Recommended?Website Link
Cloudways HostingFASTHOSTING ($25 OFF Month 1)From $10/monthCheapest, Fastest & Best Performance, A Little More Complex Than A Standard Host, HUGE Number Of LocationsVisit Site
siteground2Get $10 Off Month 1 using our linkFrom $14.95/monthBest All Rounder & Fastest Cpanel Host, Not Recommended For High Traffic SitesVisit Site
WPSPEEDFIX(50% OFF Month 1)From $24.99/monthBest Value Managed WP Host, Good For Small to Mid Size SitesVisit Site
WPE20OFF(20% OFF Month 1)From $35/monthBest & World's Leading Fully Managed WP Host ,Fantastic For Complex Sites & Woocommerce Although A Little More ExpensiveVisit Site
From $30/monthHighly Scalable, Managed WP Host, Great For Mid Size SitesVisit Site
From $25/monthManaged WP Hosting, Great For Small SitesVisit Site
From $42/monthEnterprise Grade Managed Wordpress!Visit Site

Choosing a Woocommerce Host

Unfortunately most people choose a Woo hosting provider based on price which is not really the best way to do it.

With hosting you get what you pay for and while the price is definitely on of the things to consider when choosing a provider it shouldn't be the sole criteria you judge a company on.

Below we've included some thinking points and important features to consider when choosing a provider.

Backups

Woocommerce Hosting and Backups

Lets talk about backups. This is important for any website but with a Woocommerce site it's even more important as the business effectively is the website.

Your website is a piece of "digital capital", it's a business asset and as your business grows and your Woocommerce site contains more and more customer data it becomes increasingly valuable and a solid backup strategy is CRITICAL!

What is your backup strategy? Most businesses we work with don't ever think about their backups. There's an assumption that it's in the cloud so it must be backed up - unfortunately that's more often than not an incorrect assumption and not really something you want to take a risk with.

For our agency clients we ALWAYS we use two backups as in almost every case a backup system will have quirks, weird exclusions or some reason why it's not backup up all data.

Generally we'll use the backup the web host provides and Blogvault - we love Blogvault (blogvault.net) for Woocommerce sites because it has a realtime backup feature which means it backs up on every single change to the site as it happens, e.g. new orders, whereas most other backup systems and hosts backup daily.

Cloudways has an option to backup hourly which is one of the reasons why we're huge fans.

Speed & Reliability, Especially Under Load

You know it yourself, if a website is too slow to load you quickly lose patience and click away. Your website visitors and customers are exactly the same.

Website speed is a critical component of a successful Woocommerce site and online store.

Your hosting needs to be well suited to the number visitors you're getting on a daily basis, the number of simultaneous visitors on the site and the number of orders per day - the higher these three numbers the bigger your hosting plan will need to be.

For a fast loading Woocommerce site the host really needs to have advanced caching and many cheap hosts don't - all the hosts we've recommended on this page are up to the task of hosting a Woocommerce site.

Important note - website uptime is at least as important as website speed. We use uptimerobot.com to monitor site uptime. There's a free plan available that can check your site every 5 minutes and the paid plan can check it every 60 seconds.

Physical Server Location

The physical location of the web host is important. We're based in Australia so for the Australian clients we work with ideally their site should be hosted in Australia.

Likewise if you're based in Europe or Asia you ideally want to be hosted there too. Generally the site will be 0.5-1 second slower for any traffic that has to go over an ocean.

Make sure your site is hosted in the country where the majority of your visitors or customers are. If you're serving a worldwide audience you'll probably want to host in North America as that'll generally give your international visitors the fastest user experience.

Support Expectation?

What do you need in terms of support?

At some point you’re going to need support. If you’re a larger site doing millions in $$$ you'll ideally need your own developer(s) who manage the site on top of what your hosting provider does and offers in terms of support.

Website Patches & Security

Your Woocommerce software is no different to the software on your smartphone or laptop. It needs regular patches and updates to ensure bugs are taken care of and security holes are patched.

Some hosting providers offer basic patching as part of their service, others expect you to take care of it. Bottom line, patching needs to be done by someone!

Woocommerce patching can be quite technical as typically you'll have anywhere from 10-40 additional plugins to expand the Woocommerce feature set.


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