The struggle is real when it comes to choosing the right WooCommerce hosting. As a developer, you hunt for a solution that boosts performance & uptime and saves on development cost & time. But an unreliable WooCommerce hosting provider could result in the opposite outcomes. And you don’t want that.
Developers are keen to go through all the crucial metrics while choosing the best WooCommerce hosting, and that’s why they trust Cloudways as the optimum hosting solution. This blog lists the main reasons why developers choose WooCommerce hosting, so keep reading to find out more.
Why Do WooCommerce Developers Choose Cloudways?
WooCommerce developers prefer the hosting provider that offers ultra-fast performance and robust security. Cloudways offers exactly that and more to fully meet those requirements.
Also, an ecommerce store’s success is unpredictable, and you never know when you might need to expand your hosting limits. With Cloudways, users just have to pay for the resources they use, and they can scale up any time to save additional costs.
Cloudways’ instant 1-click solutions save loads of time for WooCommerce developers, so they can focus on other tasks instead of worrying about hosting. I’ve covered some of the most useful features in the following section:
The Cloudways Platform simplifies all WooCommerce hosting complexities and offers quick solutions that developers recommend. No, you don’t have to deal with the command lines or cPanel, but rather enjoy working on the user-friendly interface to perform all actions instantly.
Here’s what Mario Peshav – CEO of DevriX (WordPress development company) has to say about the Cloudways platform:
– Source: Twitter/@no_fear_inc
“Cloudways provides an intuitive and flexible interface for setting up new instances with a one-click install for WordPress and other popular platforms. Its administrative interface is much more powerful and easy to use when compared to DigitalOcean or the AWS admin panel. Adding new applications is trivial. Interacting with different services is awesome – being able to restart Nginx, purge Varnish, or integrate New Relic from the admin panel.”
The platform is easily navigable and offers users the freedom to customize their server and application settings as per their requirements. The pre-installed server & application settings free you from time-consuming manual installations and degradation.
Free WooCommerce Migration
Website migration can be a daunting and costly process. But with Cloudways, you have the experts ready to migrate your WooCommerce site, and that too for FREE. Yes, Cloudways gets generous here as it provides one FREE white-glove migration to all Cloudways users. You can request your free migration anytime on Cloudways.
– Source: LinkedIn/George Kounas
George Kounas, the lead web developer at Network Dynamics believes that Cloudways has a super-easy migration process. He says:
“We have been working with Cloudways for over a year now and we are looking forward to many more years to come.
At the highest level (without delving into technical stuff) Cloudways helped us in two major ways.
1) Improve productivity, from handling all the technical stuff regarding the infrastructure to the easy migration process, so we can focus on what we do best, writing code. Since we switched to Cloudways we have seen a positive increase in our productivity. The numbers speak for themselves. When we first started with Cloudways we migrated our existing active projects from our old server, which were around 20 – 25 websites, and a year later we have almost doubled that number.
2) Improve the service quality provided to the end client. In our line of work, it is easy to convert new leads to customers but it is difficult to keep them coming back because it is a highly competitive market, customers jump from agency to agency without a second thought. So, providing an overall good service plays a major role if you want your customers to come back for their next project.”
Besides, WooCommerce and WordPress users can also use the Cloudways WordPress Migrator Plugin to migrate their websites for unlimited free migrations. What more would a WooCommerce developer want?
1-Click Backup & Restore
Backups are essential for every website; you never know when your site may break down, or you end up deleting files or doing anything that ruins your site. You may revert to the older versions if you have a timely backup to your sites.
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Our team asked Diego Zanella how Cloudways improved Aelia.co (an independent software developer), and here’s what he had to say on the improvements after they switched to Cloudways:
“We run a multi-currency WooCommerce store, through which we sell our WooCommerce plugins. Our site performs operations such as geolocation, currency conversions, software license management, and more 24/7. Thanks to the powerful servers, flexible caching options, and easy scalability, all these features run faster without any downtime.
In terms of cost, even factoring in the additional fees for frequent, off-site backups (a must when one runs an ecommerce), we are now spending less than half of what we were spending earlier. That’s an excellent deal!”
Cloudways offers automatic offsite backups that free you from the worry of losing your data and settings in case of any inconveniences, and stores the backups on Amazon S3 servers.
You get two types of backups with Cloudways, that are:
- Automated offsite server-level backup
- On-demand application-level backup
Also, while restoring your site’s older versions, you can either carry the Full Restore (restoring both application web files and the database) or a Partial Restore (restore either the application web files or the database).
Here’s another Cloudways feature that WooCommerce developers love. You can create your own solutions by developing, integrating, and managing your servers and applications using the RESTful API.
WordPress Developer and the founder of WP Page Builder Framework, David Vongries, believes that Cloudways eases the task of managing servers.
– Source: Twitter/@davidvongries
“Cloud hosting brings unparalleled performance and I’ve been using it for a long time. The great thing is, it doesn’t require a lot of technical knowledge to get started with a service like Cloudways that comes with a great user interface and takes care of the server management for you.”
Developer Alessandro Simion recommends Cloudways for its flexibility in managing and configuring servers.
“Cloudways helped me solve the server configuration problem without having to buy a physical server and spend a lot of money.
If you need flexibility, manual configuration, unlimited server scalability, and advanced and rapid technical support in solving problems, Cloudways is the right choice.”
An eCommerce store’s success is unpredictable at times, so WooCommerce developers prefer a scalable hosting solution like Cloudways. Users get complete freedom & flexibility to increase their server’s resources instantly with Cloudways.
– Source: Twitter/@kylevandeusen
Website developer Kyle Van Deusen remains carefree about scaling with Cloudways. He says:
“I can scale my server at any time. Oh, what I would have paid for that back when my site crashed!”
The Vertical Scaling feature allows you to add more computing power to your existing server to handle the high traffic numbers.
– Source: Twitter/@schutzsmith
Daniel Schutzsmith – Web Developer & Design Manager applauds the Elasticsearch service on Cloudways:
“A hidden gem on Cloudways is the Elasticsearch service. Cloudways servers come with Elasticsearch built-in, so you can run very powerful searches on your WordPress site by turning it on and installing the ElasticPress plugin from 10Up. I made a video on how I use this powerful search on websites to search millions of records in WordPress.”
Daniel Schutzsmith hosts his official website on Cloudways, and he says that Cloudways improves the wp-admin editing experience:
“Let’s face it, the wp-admin editing experience can take forever to load, but I’ve found that a site that loads slowly in the admin side on other hosts tends to actually load much faster on Cloudways. This also goes for updating plugins and themes, there seems to be a general rapid loading time on Cloudways vs. other hosts.”
Breeze Caching Plugin
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Nat Miletic – WordPress Developer & SEO (Owner of Clio Websites) believes that Cloudways boosts performance, and the Breeze plugin coupled with the Object Cache Pro (free for Cloudways users) offers the ideal performance that all WooCommerce developers deserve.
“One of the main reasons WooCommerce developers should choose Cloudways is performance. Most WordPress and WooCommerce websites are slow to load, leading to visitors leaving the site and not making a purchase. In fact, over 70% of website visitors say that a slow website would impact their willingness to buy from an online retailer (Unbounce).
Improving WooCommerce performance starts with a great hosting provider. Cloudways offers some of the fastest servers on the market and has free tools to help website developers improve their website speeds effortlessly.
We recommend selecting a plan with excellent server-side caching with Object Cache Pro and enabling and configuring the Breeze plugin for websites that need more horsepower. We have seen this combo improve our client website load times by as much as 86% (from 7 to 1 second fully loaded).
Cloudways eliminates the need for expensive hosting, which is usually required for more resource-intensive websites that run WooCommerce. This is why we are starting to use Cloudways exclusively for all of our new WooCommerce development projects.”
Web developer Daniel Schutzsmith says:
“A game-changer for me has been embracing the Breeze caching plugin from Cloudways. By default, it is a part of all new Application installs of WordPress with the ideal configurations already in place, which makes it very easy to use. No need for external third-party caching plugins or services that would cost more money. I’ve also seen the Breeze plugin load the site much faster than other caching plugins I used before.”
Server and Application Cloning
Cloudways makes application and server cloning a breeze with its 1-click cloning solution. Users can simplify their workflows and conduct quick database & application compatibility tests via cloning sites and servers.
With Cloudways, you get the freedom to either clone the website on the same server or launch a new server with pre-cloned applications. Get started by setting up your website server and clicking the submit button; you will have your cloned website ready in a few minutes.
MySQL and MariaDB Support
WooCommerce developers require Database Management Systems that let them store, modify, and retrieve their data without any hassles, and Cloudways provides just the right tools for that.
Cloudways supports the latest MySQL and MariaDB versions on all of its servers. Users may switch between the databases as per their needs.
MariaDB is an advanced replacement for MySQL, is an open-source RDBMS, and is available for free. All servers deployed on Cloudways after January 12th, 2022, have MariaDB 10.4 set as their default database.
Multiple PHP Versions
WooCommerce developers prefer a hosting platform that supports all PHP-based applications. Cloudways lets its users select their preferred PHP version and provides dedicated servers for complete freedom. With Cloudways, users can upgrade or downgrade their PHP with a single click.
You can opt from the following PHP versions on Cloudways:
- PHP 5.6
- PHP 7.0
- PHP 7.1
- PHP 7.2
- PHP 7.3
- PHP 7.4
- PHP 8.0
WooCommerce developers prefer a hosting plan that gives them the absolute freedom to scale and monitor their services while maintaining excellent speeds, performance, and uptime. Cloudways offers all of that and more; hence it is preferred by WooCommerce developers worldwide.
Although Cloudways offers tons of features, I have only mentioned the developer-preferred features in this blog. Have any suggestions in mind? Feel free to comment below.
Does WooCommerce offer web hosting?
Yes, WooCommerce offers WordPress self-hosting for growing stores and enterprises starting from $45 per month. But, if you want a managed hosting solution, then you can check out Cloudways WooCommerce hosting plans starting from $10 per month, with a 3-day free trial (no credit card details required).
Which is the best hosting for WooCommerce?
It depends upon your requirements, but you can opt for Cloudways WooCommerce Hosting if you’re seeking an overall solution that combines performance, uptime, reliability, security, and affordability.
How much does a WooCommerce developer cost?
A WooCommerce developer may cost from $30 to $150 an hour. Charges may differ depending upon the nature of the problem and expertise.
How much does a WooCommerce store cost?
WooCommerce is a free plugin available in the WordPress repository. So you can get started for $0, but you’ll have to pay for the domain, hosting, and development costs.
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