The 3 WooCommerce Hosting Providers We Most Often Recommend
We’ve optimized 4000+ WordPress sites now and have deep experience optimizing WooCommerce sites. The three hosts below are the providers we recommend the most when asked by customers. Which is best for you really depends on your budget, how big your site is and the specifically features you’re chasing and that are important to your business.
The best Woocommerce hosting is:
- Cloudways – best price vs performance
- Kinsta – fastest of the big managed WordPress hosts
- SiteGround – fast and best suited to beginner and small sites
Object Caching is a MUST!
To get the most performance out of Woocommerce you really need to have Object Caching (a type of database caching) to speed up the backend of the site and the database heavy things users do like adding to cart and processing their checkout – these three hosts all have Redis and/or Memcached to support object caching.
Use Cloudflare with APO
We also STRONGLY recommend you use Cloudflare’s APO Edge Caching service for WooCommerce to squeeze maximum performance for your site. This service is only $5/month and will significantly reduce the load on your hosting and speed up the site for visitors. As a sidenote, we’d recommend adding the Cloudflare firewall rules detailed in this post to help reduce the load on your site too.
There’s more hosts listed below these three that’d we’d either recommend for a non-Woocommerce site or we’re asked regularly about – we’ve included some notes as to why we would or wouldn’t recommend those hosts.
CloudWays is a fantastic choice for WooCommerce. You get a dedicated VPS built on a speed optimized stack with 5 different cloud providers & 50+ locations to choose from.
From a raw server power perspective, this is the fastest mainstream host you'll find for WooCommerce
- Dirt cheap! Cheap Price vs Performance
- Redis Object Caching for FAST Backend & Checkout
- Scales well from tiny sites to huge sites!
- Huge number of locations to choose from
- Support not as good as more expensive hosts
- Can be more technical to configure
1. Use in conjunction with Cloudflare APO ($5/month) for maximum speed
2. Recommend installing Wordfence (free version is fine) for better security
3. Ensure backups are configured correctly, we STRONGLY recommend using Blogvault in addition to inbuilt backups
- A fully managed WordPress host (generally translates to better support)
- 28 Locations to choose from
- Backend is a lot simpler than Cloudways or Cpanel (could be good or bad!)
- Less technical control and some platform constraints
- Fairly poor price vs performance
1. Kinsta can provide Redis Caching at $100/month which we recommend for mid-large sites (this is free on CloudWays)
2. Use WPRocket to squeeze even more juice from the inbuilt Kinsta caching
3. Be mindful of the weird "monthly visits" traffic model, using Cloudflare will reduce the "visits" quite substantially.
4. Again Cloudflare APO will juice up the speed quite a bit more
Below are some of the hosts we’re frequently asked about and our thoughts on each. Below the table we’ve also included a short audio on some of the criteria worth considering when shopping for a Woocommerce host.
Web Hosting Company
Price Per Month
WPSPEEDFIX ($25 FREE Credit)
Fantastic choice for WooCoomerce with a speed optimized stack, Redis Object Cache & plenty of server horsepower
Excellent managed Woocommerce host and price tag reflects that. Bigger sites should look at the Redis caching upgrade
Get $10 Off Month 1 using our link
Great for small Woo sites because it includes Memcached Object Caching. Ideally use in conjunction with Cloudflare’s APO service at TTFB can vary
A solid provider with dedicated Woocommerce plans.
FASTHOSTING (50% off month 1)
WPX is ok for smaller Woo sites, bigger sites will struggle because lack or Redis/Memcached and less CPU power
**Since the start of 2021 we actively recommend avoiding WPEngine for Woocommerce. They’ve changed their caching configuration which means a large proportion of your visitors will get a slow experience.
How to choose the best Woocommerce Hosting for your business
Choosing a Woocommerce host is a little different to regular WordPress hosting. The performance of the web host has a huge impact on customer experience, conversion rate and also you and your staff productivity.
With a Woo site both the frontend and the backend speed are important as a slow Woocommerce backend can really slow cost you lot in terms of lost productivity as often you or your staff will be working in the backend for hours each day.
In this section we’ll talk through some of the key features you need to consider when choosing the best Woocommerce hosting provider for your site and circumstances.
As is the case with a lot of our technical articles, we’ve included an audio walk through, click play below to listen.
Some of the key considerations when choosing Woocommerce hosting include:
Cloudways is one of the fastest hosts we’ve ever worked with. They’re different to most hosting platforms in that they combined the power of a dedicated server with an easy to use management console that effectively makes them a Managed WordPress Host.
They’re the fastest because of what they call their “Thunderstack”. A highly optimized server configuration that is built for speed.
Typically for a Woocommerce site you want to be looking at their 2 core servers and larger, a single core server is probably not going to cut it and speed will yoyo around somewhat.
**Use the coupon code WPSPEEDFIX to get $25 off your first invoice.
Be Mindful Of:
WPX is a solid value Managed WordPress Host but probably not ideal for Woocommerce as they lack any object caching and the CPU juice is choked.
If you have a tiny Woocommerce site and not likely to grow then they could be a good option.
Their support will migrate sites for you and help you fix basic technical problems too.
This is the host to go with if you have a handful of sites, aren’t super tech savvy, want a managed hosting solution but want to keep a cap on costs.
**Use the coupon code FASTHOSTING to get 50% OFF month 1
Be Mindful Of:
Siteground is a great entry level host and is a fantastic option if you have multiple low traffic sites and want a fast host that won’t break the bank.
One thing that sets them apart versus other similar cheap shared hosts is that they have a more advanced caching capability powered by Memcached.
Typically we’ll get site with a high quality theme and relatively low traffic (300 or less visits per day) loading in around 1 second on Siteground.
Be Mindful Of:
Kinsta is a high end Managed WordPress Hosting provider and a great choice if you have a high traffic site. They’ll scale up to larger sites but annoying Redis object caching is only available at an extra $99/month
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WP Engine is one of the original Managed WordPress Hosts and still one of the best on the market today.
**Since the start of 2021 we recommend completely avoiding WPEngine for Woocommerce because they have a weird caching setup that turns caching off completing for several Woocommerce cookies. This means anyone with something in their shopping cart will have a very slow experience browsing the site which is not ideal.
Be Mindful Of: