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.
WordPress & Woocommerce Hosts We ACTUALLY Use & Have First Hand Experience With
No Poor Quality Shared Hosts That Have Constant Downtime
High Performance Hosts That Can Scale As Your Business Grows
Providers To Suit A Range Of Budgets
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- Cloudways is by far the fastest for Woocommerce (unless you build your own custom stack) because their speed optimized server stack is designed for the high demand Woocommerce puts on the server database.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 credit so nearly 3 months free on the base plan**
Siteground- Siteground is 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 - WPX is 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! Their WPX cloud CDN makes up for what you'll lose without the memory caching BUT we wouldn't recommend this for large Woo sites.
WPEngine - WPEngine is one of the leading Managed WordPress Woocommerce hosts. 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.
Kinsta - Kinsta and WPEngine offer similar levels of performance but somewhat different feature sets and locations. Some businesses will be best suited to one, some the other. Review the feature sets of both to see which suits you.
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.
Coupon Code: FASTHOSTING - gets you $25 credit (roughly 3 months free on the base plan!)
Priced from: $10 USD per month
Disk Space Starts at: 25 GB
Backup System: From 1 hour to every 7 days + manual backup
Traffic Quota Starts at: 1 TB (1000 GB)
Admin Console: Custom
Data Centers: 60+ Locations! Including US, UK, Singapore, Japan, Korea, Australia, Canada, Ireland, Netherlands, Germany, France & many more!
Why they might be the best WordPress hosting choice for you:
High performance, dedicated server power without the complexity
MASSIVE number of locations across several different core providers
Supports more than just WordPress
VERY flexible in configuration capability
Slight learning curve if you're used to cPanel (they use their own panel)
Fast growing company so support quality can vary at times
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.
What Features Should I Be Looking For In Woocommerce Hosting?
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.
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 Woocommerc