Updated for 2023
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 Woocommerce hosting companies we've found after trying 100s of different hosts all across the web.
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 is a relatively new hosting provider and a bit different to most other providers in the market. In a nutshell you get dedicated server hosting without the complexity associated with running your own VPS or dedicated server.
They offer over 60 different locations with 5 different providers - Linode, Vultr, Digitalocean, Amazon and Google. (most providers only use one provider, eg Wpengine & Kinsta both use Google as their core provider).
Because it's highly configurable, scalable AND you get dedicated server resources, Cloudways is the fastest WP hosting provider on the web right now.
Why they might be the best WordPress hosting choice for you:
More details at www.cloudways.com
Best All Rounder & Fastest Cpanel Host, Not Recommended For High Traffic Sites
More details at www.siteground.com
Best Value Managed WP Host, Good For Small to Mid Size Sites
More details at www.wpxhosting.com
Best & World's Leading Fully Managed WP Host ,Fantastic For Complex Sites & Woocommerce Although A Little More Expensive
More details at www.wpengine.com
Highly Scalable, Managed WP Host, Great For Mid Size Sites
More details at www.kinsta.com
Managed WP Hosting, Great For Small Sites
More details at www.pressable.com
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.
Hosting location, HTTP2 protocol support, HTTPS support and free SSL certificate support, a backup system, storage capability, support provided by the host and PHP version support are some of the important factors when deciding which web hosting to choose.
We elaborate more on the page below.
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.
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.
YES! The physical location of where you are hosting your site is REALLY important.
Generally the site will be 0.5-1 second slower for any traffic that has to go over an ocean. You want to host the site in the country you’re targeting or if you’re targeting a worldwide audience, the country where the bulk of your visitors are. '
We're based in Australia and talk with Woocommerce business owners every day of the week and at least half of them have their hosting located overseas when it should actually be in Australia as they’re targeting an Australian audience.
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.
There's lots of different ways to test site speed and lots of tools on the market - try SiteSpeedBot.com - it'll give you detailed recommendations on where your site speed is right now and how to improve it.
We also strongly recommend you use uptime monitoring on your site so you’re alerted to any issues with your website. Especially in ecommerce, every minute of downtime will cost you money so really important you’re notified when something goes wrong with the site so you can take action.
We recommend UptimeRobot.com, they have a free plan that monitors every 5 minutes alongside a paid plan that monitors on 1 minute intervals.
Price is only one factor of many and shouldn't never be the sole consideration when looking a hosting. Arguably hosting location is probably the most important as you want your site hosted closest to where most of your visitors are located.
For Woocommerce hosting, the raw processing power available as well as host optimized the server stack is are really important for both backend and frontend speed.
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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