If you’re interested in building an ecommerce store powered by WordPress and WooCommerce one of the crucial decisions you must make before getting started is web hosting. Why? Because when it comes to WooCommerce hosting your server has to be PCI compliant. In this article I’ll explain what PCI is, why you need to be compliant, and what web hosting company I used.
What is PCI?
PCI stands for Payment Card Industry. Any merchant accepting debit or credit cards must follow the standards created by the industry. Why these standards aren’t laws so if you don’t follow them you won’t get jail time. However, if your website has a breach and the investigation discovers you weren’t PCI compliant, you are liable. That includes fines, the cost of the fraud, and even paying to reissue debit and credit cards.
WooCommerce Hosting: How To Find A PCI-Compliant Plan
When it comes to choosing a PCI-compliant web hosting plan all you have to do is read the details.
Most, if not all, web hosting companies provides a comparison chart between their different plans. And in that comparison chart should be a section dedicated to PCI. See the images below:
If the web hosting company doesn’t explicitly state the server is PCI-compliant in the comparison chart (and that is normal), then look through the fine print. Finally, if you can’t find the info there, ask via Live Chat or through a contact form.
During my research I see that many web hosting companies do not explicitly say their server is PCI-complaint but instead offer an ecommerce hosting plan. GoDaddy does state this plan is required if you want to accept payments. I guess they are trying to make getting web hosting easier for non-tech people.
What Plan Did I Choose For My WooCommerce Hosting?
I chose the Stellar Business hosting plan from Namecheap. It is the only PCI-compliant server plan outside of purchasing a VPS or Dedicated Server.
This package also comes with twice a week backup and autobackup. Finally it has Cloud Storage which guarantees zero downtime (if you choose the US data center option.)
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