I wrote previously about the web host I chose for my WooCommerce-powered ecommerce site, but what if you don’t know how to pick the right one? The company has several web hosting companies they recommend on their site. Today I will review WooCommerce hosting partners to see if these are a good deal or a ripoff.
WooCommerce Hosting Partners
The company partners with the following web host companies:
For this article I’m going to focus on the “Getting Started” partners because most new ecommerce sites will fall into this category. The WooCommerce hosting partners included here are Bluehost, SiteGround, and GoDaddy.
Who Are These Hosting Partners Good For?
These web host companies are a great choice for slightly-tech savvy individuals. I say that because you don’t have to do much backend work to install WordPress or install the required WooCommerce plugins. These hosting companies will do that for you with a couple of clicks.
In addition, these companies also help you setup your ecommerce store with a few more clicks. So you can get up and running very quickly. In my opinion, this is WooCommerce answer to Shopify’s “Basic Shopify” plan.
Now these plans also work if you are tech-savvy too. Because these packages offer some great deals. (More on that later.)
Looking at Bluehost’s WooCommerce package you have two options to choose from: Standard and Premium.
The first item you must watch out for is the price. Yes, to get the “low” price WooCommerce advertises on their website you must sign up for a 36-month agreement. And you only get the “low” price for the first 12 months out of the 36 month agreement. After that you pay the regular rate. Finally, you have to pay for the entire hosting package price when you sign up. You will invest at least $790 for the Standard package.
Now looking at what their packages include it’s pretty regular for what these types of hosting companies offer. You get more with the Premium plan, however. Yet, you will get a free SSL certificate and domain name. Bluehost will also list your business online with Google. Finally, you get 24/7 customer support if you have any questions.
My Review: The 36-month agreement is a ripoff. I say choose the 12-month agreement instead. That way you don’t have to invest so much money initially. As for the services Bluehost provides, the Standard package will work for stores that don’t need online bookings or appointment scheduling. If your business does need that then choose the Premium package. Or you can stay with the Standard package and buy the appropriate WooCommerce extension.
With SiteGround’s WooCommerce package you have three options to choose from: StartUp, GrowBig, GoGeek.
Just like with Bluehost, to get the “low” rates from SiteGround you have to sign up for an annual plan paid in advance. At least with SiteGround you aren’t pushed to agree to a 36-month term. They suggest doing 12 months.
Reviewing their package options, I like how the company provides free CDN, free email, a free SSL certificate, and will do daily backups. However, to get better features you have to pay.
The StartUp package offers very little disk space in my opinion. If you have many images and/or videos, you will fill up the 10GB space allotted to you quickly. The GrowBig package is better with 20GB of disk space and you get a Staging area so you can test out changes.
My Review: Overall, I think SiteGround’s packages are a good deal. However, I suggest you spend the money and buy the GrowBig package so you will have enough space to grow. I think this company is a good choice for those new to the ecommerce web hosting. SiteGround offers a happy medium between price and services offered.
WooCommerce needs to update their website because GoDaddy does not have a WooCommerce hosting package for $1 for 3 months. After clicking on their link the special rate right now is $19.99 a month with a free SSL certificate.
What also makes GoDaddy different than the other WooCommerce hosting partners is that they only offer one package. However, that package is stuffed to the gills. You not only get them to do all the heavy-lifting for you (meaning GoDaddy will install WordPress and WooCommerce), but you get a CDN and premium WooCommerce extensions. Oh yes, you get to use non-free WooCommerce plugins like AutomateWoo for free!
Finally, you get a staging environment for testing, unlimited visitors and storage, daily backups, and 24/7 customer service.
My Review: For the price and the services offered, GoDaddy provides an answer package in my opinion. The only hesitation I have is that I’m not excited about the company as a whole. GoDaddy had some questionable customer service in the past and I always avoided them because of that.
Out Of All Of The WooCommerce Hosting Partners Who Would I Choose?
When I look at all the services provided for the price you have to pay, I choose GoDaddy. Those premium WooCommerce extensions is the main reason why. You can save hundreds of dollars by using those instead of having to pay for each one.
If you don’t like GoDaddy then I suggest SiteGrounds mostly because of the price. I think that company is great for those just starting out. As for Bluehost, I heard they have great customer service but I don’t like their pricing model, which is why I place them last in this list.
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