WooCommerce hosting – testing various service providers for a web store of 30 000 monthly visitors

We’re migrating a web store from Magento to WooCommerce, and finding the suitable hosting service for a web store of over 10 000 products and 30 000 monthly visitors hasn’t been easy. Ideally we’d like a hosting company that is somewhere between a VPS and managed hosting. Shell access and server infrastructure of scalable components would be ideal.

Hosting companies we’ve tested so far

Pressable.com

While Pressable offers similar features as WP Engine, but is a younger company. Their hosting plans are very good for simple WordPress projects, but we ran into trouble with large database imports, and had to deal with support for way too many times. Support was good, but having to deal with support with DB migration stuff has delayed the project for a week or so. If you started a completely new project, then Pressable would be good, but importing a big chunk of data proved to be a problem. I’ll have to give them credit for offering VaultPress within all of their plans. A very nice bonus, but still not good enough for this migration project.

Fortrabbit

Fortrabbit is a tad more nerdy than Pressable.com, and as for now, seems to be the best solution for the kind of migration we’re after (Magento to WooCommerce with big a big database). Fortrabbit is quite scalable, and they have a rather modern approach to hosting. Their servers are Amazon AWS servers, but with a layer of their own software magic on top of them. Importing the database, using shell access to the Fortrabbit servers, was quick and easy. They also offer a free trial, which is a big bonus. So far Fortrabbit seems to be a good option, but we’ll still have to test other hosting companies as well.

Cloudways

Cloud WooCommerce hosting with lots of manual control. Nginx-based servers with Varnish cache. All the bells and whistles make this a very compelling option, which we will soon try.

SiteGround

SiteGround offers a wide spectrum of server types. Cloud hosting seems to be the best for our needs. So far we’ve only dealt with pre-sales customer support, and they’ve replied quickly to all of our questions. SiteGround also has servers in Europe, which would be our preference. We still need to test this hosting company, but so far they seem to be a very good option.

One.com

Affordable option, but doesn’t offer shell access. We’ve used One.com on various projects, but it doesn’t seem to offer enough tools for a migration project. Smaller web stores could be hosted at One.com easily, but bigger sites with bigger needs will need to look elsewhere.

Searching for the perfect product carousel plugin for WooCommerce

I’m designing the front page for a WooCommerce store, and I need to find a suitable product carousel plugin to display products from certain categories. I already bought WooCommerce Product Carousel Slider Pro, which seemed to do what I wanted, but I found out that there’s some sort of a conflict when using it with SiteOrigin Page Builder. So, it’s not a very good option. I’m going to try some other alternatives next.

WooCommerce Product Carousel Slider Pro