The truth of the matter is that WooCommerce is just a WordPress plugin. WordPress initially was built as a blogging platform. So its design was to support the uploading of posts. Now, product management with the same infrastructure has its limitations that become evident in a store with say 2k products. You need a high-performance server, a different set of software programming, and looking for cheap solutions will no more work. The site will begin to slow down or crash. It is to address such issues that Liquid Web/Nexcess Managed WooCommerce formulated.
Managed WooCommerce Plan Highlights
- Starting Price – $19/month
- Multi-store Options
- 10 PHP Workers Per site
- Unlimited Email
- Automatic Plugin Updates
- No Overage Fees
- Free Staging Environment
- Free SSL
For coming out with an online store, there are a number of options that include WooCommerce (built on top of WordPress CMS), Magento, and website builders like the one by GoDaddy.
Each option has its own pros and cons. Magento consumes a lot of memory/hardware resources thereby raising hosting cost (Managed WooCommerce hosting starts @19$ versus Magento @49$ per month at Nexcess). Website builders are proprietary software and so you do not have the liberty to customize beyond a point. WooCommerce, which is the focus of this article, is lightweight and open source. WooCommerce is a WordPress plugin. So, you get the best of CMS (Content Management System) and online store in one place.
In September 2019, Liquid Web partnered with Nexcess to bring their Managed Apps plans to the next level. As per the Liquid Web team, Nexcess had some amazing features that they wanted to utilize with their current hosting platforms, so they combined them as part of their Managed WordPress & WooCommerce Plans.
Since WooCommerce is a WordPress plugin, Managed WooCommerce Plan is Managed WordPress plus extra with WooCommerce needed to run an e-store on WordPress efficiently.
If you are starting with one website, you may need to decide if Managed WordPress or Managed WooCommerce. We recommend Managed WooCommerce as even if you do not intend to sell products, WooCommerce can be just used to categorize and display say affiliate products (despite no need for payment gateway as users taken to advertiser’s website) that blend nicely with your blog/website. In other words by opting for Managed WooCommerce, you get all the features of Managed WordPress plus added features of Managed WooCommerce at the same pricing (19$ per month) for one website. This changes with the second tier (priced 79$ per month, 5 sites for Managed WordPress versus 3 stores for Managed WooCommerce).
A whole host of pro and free plugins in order to avail your e-commerce store of the best performance on WordPress. Free plugins are there such that you need not do research for what may be beneficial or miss the utility. Amazing support wherein the Nexcess team tries to make you avail pro licenses on request while paying the same monthly fee.
Free premium plugins for all managed plans (Managed WordPress as well Managed WooCommerce):
(1) Astra Pro: Premium WordPress theme that loads fast and fine-tuned for WooCommerce.
(2) WPMerge: When site cloned and being worked upon by developers, there are changes being made on the live site by clients, such as the addition of new products. Once the cloned site approved to go live, there is a difference between a cloned copy and a live copy. WPMerge addresses the gap.
(3) iThemes Security Pro: Keeping site secure from malicious codes, hacking attempts.
(4) iThemes Sync Pro: Meant for managing a number of websites under one dashboard, not relevant for one WooCommerce store.
(5) Qubely Pro Blocks: WordPress Gutenberg block plugin. Starter pack for launching your website quickly in any niche.
(6) AffiliateWP: With this, you can have your own in-house affiliate program wherein you reward those who refer your products through affiliate links.
(7). All Import Pro for WooCommerce: Import products from any XML or CSV.
Some of the free plugins included by default based on utility for WooCommerce store users:
(1) WP101 WooCommerce Tutorials: 35-part WooCommerce video tutorial for beginners that will walk you through available settings and options in WooCommerce.
(2) Jetpack Image Compression & Jetpack Image Lazy Loading: Nexcess team has come out with an entire battery of image optimization tools that include Jetpack.
(3) PDF Invoices & Packing Slips: Professional looking invoices are part of branding and so Nexcess team finds it compelling to include this with their package.
(4) Stripe Payment Gateway
Also, these free performance plugins for managed plans
These free plugins are handpicked by experts at Nexcess. The same means they sync well for Managed WooCommerce plans, and you need not do your own research or miss the utility.
- Classic Editor
- Pretty Links
- WP Disable (Optimisation.io)
- WP Redis
- Disable Cart Fragments (only Managed WooCommerce)
- WP Forms Lite
- Ninja Form
Premium Plans (means other than one site Creator Plan priced 19$ monthly or 150$ yearly) include the following plugins:
(2) Beaver Builder
(3) Dokan Pro
(5) Social Web Suite
(6) WP Lister Pro
(7) Abandoned Cart by Jilt
(8) Glew.io Reporting
(9) Jetpack Pro
Click here to see the current pricing and features available for each plan.
Our advice is to make use of a 14-day trial (one site Creator Plan) while starting. Also, make sure of activating all the free and premium plugins relevant to your store during the period. In case of any difficulty or to clarify, get in touch with support.