Clients often ask for our recommendation when buying web hosting for WordPress and particularly WooCommerce websites. Here, WooExpert Robin Scott gives guidance on choosing the right home for your WP site.
The below will be updated in future as recommendations are updated.
Best Hosts for WooCommerce
Here’s a list in order of my personal preference for hosting WooCommerce.
Best of All Worlds, Go Cloudways
In my view, Cloudways provides the best mix of price, value and service. They have a variety of settings, but depending upon your requirement, I recommend to take a WordPress plan, with Vultr, as the cloud hosting provider.
Cloudways are an interesting new breed of provider in that they essentially offer both a panel, and an optimized preconfigured setup, for the cloud hosting providers – AWS, GCP, Vultr, DigitalOcean, Linode and Kyup – and therefore along for the ride come things like 1 click scaling, the ability to resize your files and database sizes based upon requirements, and also to pay only for bandwidth you use.
Supports all the good stuff, like PHP 7.0, 7.1, and 7.2 as well as MySQL 5.6+ and even the really cool stuff like Varnish and Elastisearch, too, as well as Redis for those who really like to cache all the things.
Want Support? Go Kinsta
If you think you’d need support and a panel, I would invert Cloudways and Kinsta and go with Kinsta. Its a bit more expensive though. I would say, though, you get what you pay for with Kinsta.
Like Cloudways, Kinsta is hosted on a cloud provider, however unlike Cloudways they make the decision for you, and use Google’s Cloud Platform as the service on which to base a few configurations that they manage almost completely (infrastructure wise) – so they are a little more hands on than Cloudways, and for the non-technical, this may be a good thing indeed.
Pantheon – the Developer’s Friend
No complaints at all with Pantheon. I’d use them a lot more and recommend them more if the alternatives drop their levels at all. I would fully recommend your developer has a look at Pantheon: the Test -> Staging -> Production development environment is right up there.
Pantheon probably has historically had the most developer friendly environment and, like Kinsta, they have a real focus on providing a good fully managed hosting experience.
If your dev likes your environment, he or she will like working on your site. This is more important than you might think!
Careful with WP Engine
We love WP Engine as a hoster of cache-able WordPress websites. Really, they kick most hosts into touch for non-WooCommerce WordPress sites.
If you have a slow host, or a host delivering you nothing in terms of support, and your site is basic WordPress, I’d recommend WP Engine in a heartbeat.
But its not so simple for WooCommerce sites. At present (and I know the responsive guys at WP Engine will be working on this), I don’t recommend WP Engine for more complex WooCommerce sites, unless you are on one of their larger plans. In such cases, I tend to prefer Cloudways or Kinsta.
This is largely down to some resource limitations which you will need to get a technical support staff member to lift for you, and this only will raise if something breaks. WooCommerce is a powerful software, particularly with things like Subscriptions and Bookings turned on. When its working right though, WP Engine is a solid host, and their support is excellent. Really excellent.
Want to Spend Fewer $$$? Go Siteground
If you have a lower budget, and want to get proof of concept, Siteground is one of the better “entry level” hosts. Get the Go Geek plan and you get probably the best cpanel hosting around. Streets ahead of the other “shared” hosting providers, and priced competitively.
Bear in Mind – WooCommerce is Different
WooCommerce hosting is a little different, as its about speed & reliability but also, not caching everything so our checkouts don’t work [yes, this can happen].
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Do your own research… or leave a comment
At the end of the day, do your own research, and ask advice from experts… leave a comment below if you’re undecided.
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