With online selling continuing to grow in popularity, the demand for eCommerce websites remains high. And while Shopify and Wix are two eCommerce website options that many people are aware of, WooCommerce is actually the most popular platform for online selling today—no doubt due to it being built on top of WordPress (the most popular website platform on the web).
If you’re a WordPress user or are even remotely familiar with WordPress, then WooCommerce should be your number one choice for your eCommerce website.
Advantages of WooCommerce
- Built on WordPress
- Simplifies the eCommerce Website Creation Process
- Easy Installation
- Easy to Find Additional Assistance
Not only is WooCommerce easy to install and use, but because it’s built on top of WordPress, you also get the advantages of the most popular platform on the web. And because of the popularity of WordPress and WooCommerce, it’s much easier to find help from developers or agencies if you need it.
One of the best things about WooCommerce is that you can start up your online store with no additional costs (besides your web hosting). While there are some premium extensions and themes you can purchase to enhance your site even more, you can start your basic online store for free (plus your hosting).
- Performance Can Vary Greatly Depending on Host
- Native WooCommerce Can Be Slow
- Native WooCommerce Reporting May be Lacking in Data or Slow Down Your Website
While WooCommerce provides many benefits to eCommerce website owners, it isn’t perfect out of the box. In fact, native WooCommerce can be slow, causing your site to take excessive time to load. Also, the native reporting in WooCommerce doesn’t contain a lot of data, and it can cause your site to run even more slowly.
What are the Benefits of Liquid Web’s Managed WooCommerce Hosting?
- Totally Focused on Building the Best Managed WooCommerce Hosting Platform
- Optimized for Better Speed (50% or More Faster)
- Includes glew.io for Better Reporting and Auto-Segmentation
- Includes Jilt to Resolve Abandoned Cart Situations
- Free Demo and 15 Day Performance Challenge Available
Although you can find many managed WordPress hosting plans these days, Liquid Web is the first web host to deliver a premium Managed WooCommerce Hosting solution. Just as with their managed WordPress platform, Liquid Web has set out to provide the best WooCommerce hosting experience for their customers with the best features and website performance.
Chris Lema on Liquid Web’s WooCommerce Hosting Product
Recently, I spoke with Chris Lema, VP of Products at Liquid Web. Chris was responsible for putting together the team and developing the managed WooCommerce hosting product. Here is the link to my interview here.
Chris talked about the challenges and the goals they had creating this new exciting platform. “It’s a focus on how do we build the best and the new definition of what managed WooCommerce hosting looks like,” he explained. And he also pointed out the advantages Liquid Web’s WooCommerce hosting provides by solving the biggest issues that come with using WooCommerce out of the box. “…speed and reporting were the first two big ones we tackled. And then we layered on abandoned cart, so we did a partnership with Jilt…”
As you can see from the benefits listed above, with Liquid Web, your WooCommerce site is optimized for better speed, provides better reporting, and is better able to resolve abandoned cart customer situations.
Liquid Web WooCommerce Hosting Plans
For Stores under $100,000 yr.
For Stores $100,000 to $500,000 yr.
For Stores $500,000 to $1.5M yr.
Liquid Web offers three levels of WooCommerce hosting plans, each geared toward your online store’s revenue (see above for specific numbers). There are also custom solutions available for enterprise level online stores.
While the prices are on the higher side, keep in mind that you’re getting not only top of the line performance and support, but every WooCommerce hosting plan includes premium features such as Glew.io reporting and Jilt abandoned cart processing—which would cost you much more money if you had to add them separately. Also, Liquid Web includes site staging and performance testing of your website.
Liquid Web’s Managed WooCommerce Features
Here’s a more detailed listing of everything you get with Liquid Web’s Managed WooCommerce Hosting plans.
- Over 1000 eCommerce Themes Available
- Beaver Builder WordPress Page Builder
- You Can Include Unlimited Amount of Products and Pages
- Custom Product Tabs for Additional Information
- Ability to Protect and Limit Digital Downloads
- Sell Variable Products such as Clothing
- Ability to Sell Physical, Virtual, and External Products
- Schedule Special Pricing and Sales Promotions
- Create Unlimited Amount of Photo Galleries
- Automatic Generation of Product Thumbnail Images
- Automatic Compression of Images
- Ability to Zoom In on Product Photos
- Automatic Resizing of Resources to Dynamically Add More CPU, RAM, and Disk Space When Needed
- Stores Monitored 24 Hours a Day
Free Demo and 15 Day Performance Challenge
If you currently already have a WooCommerce site, here’s the best news. You can actually see Liquid Web’s Managed WooCommerce Hosting in action by scheduling a free demo online. Or, even better, you can actually see the improvement to your website that Liquid Web can provide by signing up for their 15 Day Performance Challenge.
With the 15 Day Performance Challenge, Liquid Web will make a copy of your WooCommerce website and put it on their platform. Don’t worry–it’s not a functioning store and will not deter traffic away from your live site. Their team will then go and do a series of optimizations, tracking the performance difference at each step. Within 15 days, they will schedule a meeting to show you the results. According to Liquid Web’s VP of Products, Chris Lema, they have done hundreds of performance challenges, and in every case site speed has improved by a minimum of 50%!
Liquid Web has definitely created a highly impressive Managed WooCommerce Hosting platform. Just as they have taken Managed WordPress Hosting to a new level, their WooCommerce hosting plans now set the standard for premium eCommerce hosting for WooCommerce sites.
The only real downside is the cost. With prices in the $249 mo. to $1499 mo. range, some WooCommerce website owners (particularly beginners) may not be able to afford to purchase one of these managed plans. That’s why for newbies, I would recommend initially going with a less expensive WordPress host and creating your WooCommerce site there first. Then, once you get established and start making more sales, you can move over to Liquid Web to take advantage of their premium WooCommerce features.
If you’re already established with a WooCommerce site, but you’re looking to improve your website performance, then I would strongly recommend you check out Liquid Web by arranging for a demo online and signing up for their 15 Day Performance Challenge to see just how much they can improve your WooCommerce website experience.