WordPress is the world’s most popular website builder. It’s the top content management system (CMS), powering over a third of all websites worldwide! Additionally, WooCommerce is the #1 eCommerce solution for WordPress. It’s free, easy to use, and powers millions of online stores worldwide. Using both of those solutions together is the easiest way to launch an online store. In fact, 1CRM now offers the Customer-Connection WordPress Portal plugin to connect with your customers through an online portal, and it integrates with WooCommerce too!
In the current business environment, even if you have a bricks and mortar location, you may be feeling the need to provide some offerings online as well to reach out to your customers both near and far. Not everyone is very tech-savvy though, so we’re here to try make it a little easier for you! In this post you will find some of the top hosting providers that strive to make it as easy as possible for you to get your website/online store up and running.
GoDaddy serves millions every year, and have formally partnered with WooCommerce to make it easy to get up and running.
In their own words “Our new WordPress Ecommerce Hosting plan comes with a pre-installed online store powered by WooCommerce, plus a variety of premium extensions including Advanced Notifications, Subscriptions, WooCommerce Brands and more.”
Basically, instead of having to choose a hosting plan, install WordPress, install WooCommerce, along with any extensions you may want, you can just choose the plan, and you’re on your way!
Don’t need all the bells and whistles of added free extensions? While Bluehost is lesser known than GoDaddy, it also offers a reliable service for a low price. The Basic plan for GoDaddy is on sale for $4.99 for 30GB storage, but renews by default at C$12.99/mo. Bluehost on the other hand is on sale for $9.54/mo for 100 GB SSD Storage, with no default to their previous higher price of $19.21 upon renewal.
WooCommerce also comes pre-installed with Bluehost!
Caching is huge for websites because it can make them faster, and Cloudways pre-installs their in-house engineered cache plugin Breeze on all their WordPress sites. They also have built-in caches for a speedy WooCommerce experience, including Memcached, Varnish and Redis, and a built-in CDN.
Cloudways also has one of the most up-front and affordable pricing options, starting at $10/month for 25GB storage and 1TB of bandwidth! Many others are listing sale prices, meaning down the road you may be paying more than you thought when you have to renew.
They also offer 24/7 support on all plans, because let’s face it folks, websites can go down unexpectedly, something goes wrong, stuff happens, and we need help time to time. It’s nice to know that’s there if you’re new to the online store biz.
Why choose WPEngine? They’ve got a need for speed. With their proprietary caching technology EverCache and a global CDN, users see “27% average increase in speed when switching to WP Engine.” Speed is a huge factor in whether or not someone will purchase a product from your website. A fast website says you’ve got your act together, don’t expect them to wait around, and it also gives them less time to second-guess their purchase! WPEngine also manages WordPress patches and updates so you don’t need to handle that busywork yourself. The cost of WPEngine is more than the other options at $33/month, or $400/yr, and from what I can tell, they have no special partnership with WooCommerce, but that might be the price you pay for lightning-fast speed!
Which host did you choose for your WordPress + WooCommerce website? Was it one from this list or another you think should be on this list? Let us know in the comments below!