Since mid-2018 a part of our company has been working on a new hosting project. This time, we decided to tackle a big problem – WooCommerce hosting.
WooCommerce is an amazing platform for building eCommerce stores but it’s suffering from multiple issues. For one thing, it’s built on WordPress that was never intended for such complex use. For another, the current hosting providers are just not doing enough for their WooCommerce users. They’re put in the same boat as bloggers or corporate sites even though they have completely different needs.
WooCart is the first service built exclusively for hosting and managing WooCommerce stores. WooCart solves multiple issues for WooCommerce management and maintenance but I’ll be focusing on just two in this blog post: performance and maintenance.
Issue 1: WooCommerce performance on shared hosting
Shared hosting is great when you need an inexpensive way to host your site or blog. But it’s bad when you want your money-making store to be fast and easy to maintain.
All managed WordPress hosting offers are only available as shared hosting. This has two significant consequences:
- potentially slow page load,
- hard to troubleshoot that slow page load.
Shared hosting gets often oversold which means a site on your server might get a big boost in traffic, spam, bots, horrible configuration or anything else and your store will suffer the consequences.
Another problem is that you don’t have access to detailed server metrics that would show you what is actually impacting your store resources. Because it’s shared it’s a black box.
Amazing Performance on WooCart’s dedicated Google Cloud servers
We know that stores are a completely different story to regular company websites. Stores need to be fast, and most importantly reliable. This is hard to achieve with shared hosting. That’s why we’ve built WooCart to have dedicated Google Cloud resources for each store.
This means that:
- your cloud server space is dedicated and therefore blazingly fast and can never be oversold,
- if your store is slow you can easily troubleshoot it because the reason is always isolated to your store.
With detailed Server Metrics, you can see exactly how much resources your store requires, and you can troubleshoot it if you see resource hogging by plugins.
Issue 2: WooCommerce maintenance issues due to the complex updating process
WordPress and plugins need to be constantly updated. But it’s one thing to be automatically updating a PBN blog, and completely different when you have a complex online store.
You can’t afford for something to break on the store, leaving you scrambling to fix it so that only a few customers see it. At the same time, not updating leaves you open to easy hacking attempts that exploit the security holes in the old plugin and WP versions.
But there is no simple way to test updates. Sure, there’s staging that some hosts offer. But the moment you publish it, all customer and order data created on the live store since staging was created is vaporized. WordPress hosts don’t know how to merge databases of two stores.
WooCart’s Lossless Staging for 1-click publish staging to live with database sync
Because we’ve built WooCart from the ground-up for WooCommerce, we know the changes that are made when the store receives an order. Our Lossless Staging can merge staging with live without the loss of order or customer data.
That means that you can easily create staging, slowly update everything and troubleshoot it if necessary and only then publish it.
This removes all of the frustration and fear from updating and makes you sleep easier since the potential for hacking goes down massively.
Start your 7-day free trial of WooCart
If you have an existing store, we’ll transfer it within the 7-day trial period so you can test it out without committing to the subscription.
And, as is the standard with our products – we give you a 30-day money-back guarantee. If you are not completely blown away by WooCart, we’ll refund you your money, no questions asked.