If you’re running an eCommerce WordPress site, you probably want the core features of a good host (speed, support, security). And ideally your plan would include eCommerce features like a free SSL.
But eCommerce sites also result in a lot of database queries, external calls (like a tax calculation engine or payment gateway). You need both shopping cart compatibility, speed, and email storage (since eCommerce sites often send a good amount of emails). So, I’ve rounded up the 5 best WordPress hosts for eCommerce sites that can handle these things. Number 1 is the best, number 5 is the worst.
Enjoy the list and feel free to comment if you have any questions.
SiteGround’s eCommerce hosting comes with the best speed technology around (I’m hosted with them and my WordPress site loads in .5 seconds). It comes with SSD drives, NGINX servers, and CloudFlare’s CDN. I do WordPress SEO and speed optimization for a living and recommend SiteGround over all other WordPress hosts.
Their support is the best the industry, and I can reach someone instantly who is more knowledgeable about WordPress than I am.
If you choose SiteGround, you will be likely be choosing between their StartUp, GrowBig, and GoGeek plan. The higher the plan, the more server resources you get (which makes your site load faster). Read my SiteGround eCommerce review to learn about these plans.
- $3.95, $7.95, or $14.95 depending on plan
- Choose between StartUp, GrowBig, or GoGeek
- All SiteGround plans support major shopping carts
- All plans comes with a free SSL certificate for 1 year
- After 1 year you can choose from one of these SSL plans
- Higher plans have more server resources (faster speeds)
- GrowBig plan comes with wildcard SSL (for subdomains)
- GrowBig and GoGeek allow you to host unlimited websites
- GoGeek is semi-dedicated hosting which is faster than shared
- GoGeek plan comes with PCI compliance (for fraud protection)
- All SiteGround plans come with free domain + hosting migration
- Specific plans for WooCommerce, Magento, OsCommerce, etc
From the same group who created StudioPress, Copyblogger, and Rainmaker Digital. They’re one of the most reputable groups when it comes to creating top-notch products for WordPress and beyond.
Pricing for Synthesis dedicated VPS WordPress hosting starts at $49/month for 1 website. Definitely pricier, but it’s absolutely loaded with features for optimal speed, security, and optimization (SEO). For mid to high traffic sites who need the best WordPress hosting for an eCommerce site (or any type of site), Synthesis is the way to go.
- Free SSL certificate
- Malware scans and daily backups
- Free malware removal (just in case)
- Dedicated VPS, NGINX, iWatch support, etc
- Includes Genesis Framework (usually $59.95)
- Includes W3 Total Cache Pro (usually $99/year)
- WordPress, Genesis Framework, CloudFlare support
- Keyword research, on-page SEO, other marketing tools
Bluehost is a ‘hit or miss’ host where they can be great for some, terrible for others. This applies to every host but Bluehost is king of this. I personally switched all my sites from Bluehost to SiteGround.
However if you’ve had a great experience with them already, you may want to look into their WooCommerce hosting. For $11.95/month you get WooCommerce installation, free SSL, and WordPress eCommerce hosting from a company who has been around for years.
- Free SSL certificate
- Includes free domain name
- WooCommerce installation
- 100 MB email storage per account
I have worked on many eCommerce sites hosting by WP Engine. I can say their speed is amazing, but their support is only mediocre.
WP Engine’s personal plan is good IF you only need to host 1 website. Otherwise you will need to upgrade to their business plan which is $99/month, supports 10 WordPress installs, and has 2x the storage.
If you compare plans it’s an extra $49.99/year for the SSL and $19.99/month for the CDN which is a little ridiculous. But you still get super fast managed WordPress hosting with 24/7 chat support. You’re probably better off going with SiteGround’s GoGeek plan which is much cheaper ($14.95/month) and includes more features.
- $29/month + $49.99/year for WPE SSL
- Personal plans does not support 3rd party SSL
- CDN (content delivery network) is extra $19.99/month
- 10GB storage, staging, multisite ready, for 25k visits/month
I’m pretty picky when it comes to my WordPress hosting, and while I would still recommend SiteGround or Synthesis as the top 2 WordPress hosts for eCommerce, HostGator deserves a spot – last.
Their plans are for people who want cheap WordPress hosting and that’s about it. Their speed, support, and security are all mediocre at best and they’re renown for being the cheapest of cheap. But if you like HostGator (which I know some people do for some reason), check out their Magento hosting. Though if I were you, I’d avoid it.
- $5.56 – $11.96/month
- Makes you sign up for 3 years
- Magento compatible
- Free hosting migration
- Unlimited POP3 email accounts with SMTP
- 99.9% uptime should be measured because they don’t have this
I hope you enjoy the listed! There are other choices like Site5’s osCommerce hosting but there are only so many actually decent hosting companies – which is why I kept my list short. I’d really stick with SiteGround or Synthesis. If you do your research, they’re both completely legit for hosting a WordPress eCommerce site. Need help choosing a host? Leave me a comment and I’ll be glad to help out.