I have gone through several managed WooCommerce hosting providers as I have to launch my online store. Anyone suggest which one should I go for?
Friday, June 28, 2019 at 2:53 AM EST
I've been building and hosting WordPress sites for about 10 years now. I've used 3 of the 4 options on your list.
1. Siteground - I've never used Siteground, so I can't really comment on them beyond the fact that I've never heard anything really bad about the company as a whole.
2. WPengine - I built 2 WP sites for a huge company, both hosted on WPengine. One of those sites gets about 2 million unique visits a month. WPengine is a really solid operation. They only handle WordPress sites and they take it very seriously and they do it very well and they charge accordingly. The only problem I had with them is that they are very hands-on with your site. They really cater to people who want to do as little as possible with site maintenance. As an experienced dev, this is a little hard to deal with sometimes. I had to submit a ticket for things that would take me 30 seconds to do. Their support and staff is top notch though. If you're willing to relinquish some control over your site (and pay a lot), they are a very good choice. Oh, one more thing to consider is that they only host WP sites, so if you have an HTML landing page or a PHP app, you'll have to host it elsewhere.
3. Bluehost - I used Bluehost Managed WP at the request of a client. It seemed to be kind of low-end hosting, but still not as bad as GoDaddy. I had some performance issues with the site (load times, TTFB, etc.). Their support was responsive and assured me that their system was running perfectly well, which made me think that for $20/mo that was just as good as it was gonna get. They seemed ok for being so cheap, just not impressive.
4. Cloudways - Cloudways is my platform of choice. I host all of my personal sites on CW and I recommend CW to clients looking for high performance hosting at a great price. They have really tuned their system to work with WordPress and it is BLAZING fast! I moved a client's WooCommerce site from a good shared hosting plan to Cloudways and without doing anything else it chopped the page load times in half or more. Seriously! Their support is very good, although I'll admit I've only had to contact them maybe 2 times in the last 3 years. The only problem I have with CW is that they don't do any mail hosting, so email will have to be handled by a third party (pretty common nowadays anyway) and also a little bit of config is necessary to get email to send from WP sites. It's really not a big deal and it's well documented and support will help you if you need it. Another advantage that Cloudways offers over managed WP hosting is that you can host anything you want, WP, HTML, PHP, Vue.js SPAs, whatever you want.
So in conclusion, I would say this: If you want managed WP where you don't have to do core updates and anything you need is as simple as submitting a support ticket, definitely go with WPEngine. If on the other hand you want the same or probably better performance and a lot more flexibility and control over your files/apps, at a lower monthly cost, definitely go with Cloudways.
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