Searching for the best WooCommerce hosting?
If you want to make your WooCommerce store successful, it’s essential that you choose the right hosting. Good WooCommerce hosting will ensure your store is always available to shoppers, its data is safe, and your store always loads quickly (which has a huge effect on your shoppers’ experiences).
While you can host WooCommerce on any WordPress hosting provider, choosing dedicated WooCommerce hosting can make a better option because the host implements WooCommerce-specific optimizations and sometimes even offers bundled WooCommerce extensions at no extra cost.
In this post, I’ll explain a little bit more about what WooCommerce hosting is and then share the four best WooCommerce hosts for all budgets.
What Is WooCommerce Hosting?
As the name suggests, WooCommerce hosting is just WordPress hosting that’s optimized for WooCommerce.
How “optimized” it is depends on the host.
There are usually two types of optimizations you’ll find.
First, there are optimizations to the tech/infrastructure. For example, if your host offers built-in caching, they’ll automatically configure it to work with WooCommerce (because you need to exclude certain WooCommerce pages from being cached). Some hosts also go further and implement tweaks like adding custom database tables for your WooCommerce data, which can improve performance on large stores.
Or, you might get an Elasticsearch add-on to improve eCommerce search performance – there are a lot of little tech tweaks you can implement to better optimize WordPress for WooCommerce.
Of course, you’ll also get all the important “standard” features such as:
- SSL certificates
- Staging sites
The second type of optimization is getting access to new features or WooCommerce extensions as part of the price. For example, some hosts offer official premium WooCommerce plugins such as WooCommerce Subscriptions at no extra cost.
Or, you might get third-party premium plugins/themes/tools, such as IconicWP’s plugins, the Astra Pro theme, or Jilt for eCommerce email marketing.
Because WooCommerce extensions can be expensive, this can actually save you a lot of money. For example, WooCommerce Subscriptions alone costs $199 per year, so getting this plugin for free is a big savings.
Pros and Cons of WooCommerce Hosting
Again, you can just use any WordPress hosting provider for WooCommerce, so what are some of the specific advantages of choosing WooCommerce hosting over regular WordPress hosting?
- Performance – WooCommerce hosting is specifically optimized for WooCommerce, which requires some unique tweaks vs regular WordPress optimization.
This article was written by Harsh Agrawal and originally published on ShoutMeLoud.