Load WooCommerce Stores in 249ms, Thanks to the Best Hosting for WooCommerce

by Saud Razzak  August 28, 2017

Only the best hosting for WooCommerce stores could guarantee success for your ecommerce venture. Now why WooCommerce? The answer is simple! WooCommerce has a 40% share of the global ecommerce platform market. Its array of incredible features makes it a highly preferred platform for setting up a customized and user-friendly online store.

In this article, I will create a dummy WooCommerce store to let you know how it performs on the best hosting for WooCommerce like Cloudways. For this purpose, first, I am going to launch WordPress with WooCommerce on Cloudways server, then check the performance of WooCommerce.

Let’s start the process!

Launch WordPress with WooCommerce on Cloudways Server

I have already launched WordPress with WooCommerce on Cloudways server with the following server & application Details. (If you have not launched yet, then follow the steps on how to launch WooCommerce store on Cloudways).

  • Select Application: WordPress with WooCommerce
  • Server Infrastructure: DigitalOcean
  • Server Size: 1GB
  • Location: San Francisco

After the successful server launch, go to Applications > WooCommerce > Application Management > Admin Dashboard.

Admin Dashboard

I am using the default theme, Storefront. However, if you want to use any other theme, you can install it from Appearance > Themes in the dashboard.


By default, the Storefront provides a set of 12 dummy products, but this is not adequate for evaluating WooCommerce store performance. Therefore, I will import more dummy products so that I could proper stress-test the store.

WC Store Products

In the following image, you can see that I have added 1,000 dummy products for my WooCommerce store.

WooCommerce store products

Testing Without Any Optimization

I am going to test my website without any optimization using the Pingdom Website Speed Test and WebPageTest.

Note: Varnish is enabled on the Cloudways servers.

Results of Pingdom Website Speed Test


Test Result

Results of WebPageTest

Results of WebPageTest

Test Result

Let’s Optimize the WooCommerce Store

Next, I am going to optimize my WooCommerce store with cache and image optimization plugin.

Add Cache Plugin

At the moment, you could find a number of paid and free cache plugins in the WordPress repository.

For this performance test, I have installed Cloudways’ free WordPress cache plugin called Breeze. Its performance is at par with the most popular WordPress cache plugins.

Breeze Configuration Settings

Breeze offers database cleanup, minification, support for Varnish cache, and file level cache system. To install and configure Breeze setting you just need to follow this excellent KB entry.

In this case, I will use the following settings:

  • Minification Enabled
  • Add CDN (KeyCDN)
  • Optimize Database
  • Grouping HTML and CSS files Enabled

Image Optimization

Image optimization is very important for speeding up WooCommerce stores. I suggest using the very popular WP Smush Image Compression and Optimization that allows easy resizing, optimization and compression of the images.  I have already installed the plugin on my WooCommerce store.

Testing With Optimization

Now you can see the (pretty good) results that show the power of the best WooCommerce hosting along with an efficient caching plugin.

Results of Pingdom Website Speed Test

Performance result

Result of WebPageTest

Performance result

Why Should You Consider Cloudways Managed Hosting for WooCommerce Store?

Cloudways is the ideal solution for a WooCommerce store because of its Varnish compatible WooCommerce hosting that is further optimized with Breeze, the free cache plugin. In addition, you could avail industry standard features such as free SSL certificates, PHP7, Elasticsearch, free website migration and much more. Security for your stores is built into the Cloudways platform and the backups are handled by an automated process that takes regular backups of your store.

Final Words

As you can see, I have successfully created my WooCommerce store on Cloudways without any hassle. I would like to invite you to migrate your WooCommerce store on Cloudways and check out the performance of your store. Do let me know how you found the Cloudways Platform for your business. If you have any query regarding this article, feel free to ask me in the comment section below. 🙂

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About Saud Razzak

Saud is the WordPress Community Manager at Cloudways – A Managed WooCommerce Hosting Platform. Saud is responsible for creating buzz, spread knowledge, and educate the people about WordPress in the Community around the globe. In his free time, he likes to play cricket and learn new things on the Internet. You can email him at m.saud@cloudways.com

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