In the course of supporting thousands of our users with their WooCommerce stores, and integrating those stores with QuickBooks, we've had the opportunity to see a pretty large number of hosting companies in action. While some are certainly better than others (and some have made our favorites list - see below) - no web host comes close to presenting the as many issues for our users than GoDaddy has.
Some would think it should be difficult to single out a specific provider as such a problematic host to WooCommerce stores, but the amount of issues/conflicts we've seen on our user's stores hosted on GoDaddy is comparable to no other host. These include:
- On a "Managed Wordpress" hosting plan with GoDaddy? No scheduled activity on your WooCommerce store will work, which includes our automatic sync. GoDaddy publicly states these hosting plans don't support wp-cron, which is built into Wordpress for all scheduling activities - essentially breaking any scheduled activity on your site.
- Failures to have the wp-cron system properly set, or consistently running
- Very poor admin and front-end load times/performance (regardless of our sync being installed)
- Poor resource allocation (low memory limits and available CPU resources) - a result of cramming many hosting accounts on one server, regardless of the
- Timing out database connections (critical when dealing with/syncing larger amounts of data)
- Poor support times and quality of support
- And the list goes on....
In order to maintain a performing and professional WooCommerce site - regardless of whether you use our sync or not, we recommend you use any other host than GoDaddy.
Below is a list of outstanding WooCommerce-optimized hosts with whom we've seen many of our users have great success:
Inversely, below is a list of web hosts we have seen repeated issues with multiple users - usually in areas of resource availability or server settings that result in poor QuickBooks connections. We would not recommend these web hosts to our users:
- Media Temple