To build an online store, one would need a platform to kickstart. There are certainly plenty of options on the market, and more often than not, Woocommerce is the first choice for most of us. According to BuiltWith, 2.2 million f websites are using WooCommerce, that is 0.6% of all websites!! Impressed? There are more. A whopping 42% of online stores are built on WooCommerce in 2018, which is 6 times more than other popular E-commerce platforms, such as Shopify and Magento.
Why is WooCommerce so popular?
- First of all, although it’s completely free-of-charge, it provides all essential features you need for your online store, such as currency and built-in geolocation support, setup coupons, product reviews, checkout secure with security certificates and more.
- There is zero limitation on WooCommerce. You can sell anything, or even customize your shipping options and payment options.
- With WooCommerce, you can customize your storefront and user interface with more than thousands of themes, templates and extensions.
- And most importantly, WooCommerce is recognized as one of the best platforms for SEO practices in the industry.
To install WooCommerce, you will need a WordPress hosting. Depending on your usage and budget, you may choose among shared hosting, VPS hosting or dedicated hosting.
As a startup, go for the most economical hosting solution, shared hosting. Of course, before getting started, it’s important to study whether the specifications are suitable and enough to support your capacity needs and traffic. More often than not, shared hosting is the best solution for those who are not that familiar with IT as your hosting provider will take care of the hosting system for you. Of course, if you have the expertise to perform specific settings on your hosting, then VPS or dedicated hosting can be your preferred choice.
In this article, we will only focus on the discussion on shared hosting, and provide you with the guidelines to choose the hosting plan that best fits your business.
Keep in mind that you’ll have to look into the following aspects when comparing different hosting providers.
Make sure it is a managed WordPress hosting instead of a regular web hosting. WordPress hosting has a better compatibility with WooCommerce as it is specifically designed for WordPress.
You might need a big storage for your online store as you’ll have tons of media files to display your products. There are 2 types of storage drive available on the market, namely SSD drive and HDD. Go for SSD as the loading speed is a lot faster!
Recommended monthly visits
The number might be difficult to estimate as most of the hosting providers offer “Unlimited Bandwidth”. This is quite tricky, and it is recommended to talk to your hosting provider instead of getting 100% impressed by “unlimited bandwidth”.
Content Delivery Network (CDN)
CDN helps to store and deliver your media files from external servers, enabling your site to load faster and become more reliable in the process. This is extremely useful and important for online stores because you might have tons of media files that may cause your server to load slowly, which in turn slow down your site.
Using an email address with @yourbusiness.com is much better than using free email service, such as @gmail.com. Remember, an email address with your business identity shows professionalism and enhances company image, which in turn increase customer trust and loyalty.
Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. This link ensures that all data passed between the web server and browsers remain private and integral, and helps to protect online transactions and your customers’ private information.
Automated backup and easy restore
Another layer of protection for your files and data is necessary — in case something goes wrong, you will not have to upload and redo everything for your website.
Jetpack is a powerful and ultimate toolkit for WordPress as it offers its users hassle-free design, marketing, and security. It was developed and recommended by WordPress; you should really consider it if you got the money. Alternatively, look for a WordPress hosting plan that includes Jetpack, we assure you it’s totally worth the value.
So here you go, the things that you have to look into when getting a WordPress Hosting for your WooCommerce store.