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How to Create a Wholesale Order Form in WordPress (3 Ways)

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How to Create a Wholesale Order Form in WordPress (3 Ways)

Want to learn how to create a wholesale order form in WordPress?

The standard WooCommerce shop layout isn’t designed for B2B purchases. That’s because B2B buyers have distinct requirements, which is why you need a wholesale order form to accommodate their needs. A wholesale form lets buyers purchase in bulk and customize the products to fit their brand.

In this article, we’ll discuss how to create a wholesale order form in WordPress so customers can buy your products in bulk faster.

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Why Use a Wholesale Order Form?

If you have an online store and can fulfill orders in large quantities, you may want to set up a bulk order form with whole pricing to allow your customers to purchase in bulk.

Many B2B and dropshipping businesses are looking for wholesale prices so they can profit from selling your products as well.

Wholesale order forms simplify the ordering process for your customers. They can quickly select the products they need, specify quantities, and place orders.

WooCommerce is the most popular eCommerce platform in the market, used by millions of small and large businesses. It’s a great tool for setting up beautiful stores with product pages and managing orders.

But if you want a simple solution to accommodating resellers, then you’ll want to add a wholesale order form to your WordPress site.

You can just click the links below to jump to any method you want to use.

Method 1: How to Create Wholesale Order Forms with Wholesale Suite

In this section, we’ll be sharing our preferred method of creating wholesale order forms online. First off, you’ll need to install Wholesale Suite.

Wholesale Suite is a collection of plugins that easily add wholesale to your WooCommerce store. The beauty of it is that it works with WooCommerce, making it a viable option for online store owners, not just WordPress users.

Wholesale Suite PluginsWholesale Suite Plugins

There are three plugins that make up the suite:

  1. Wholesale Order Form: This plugin lets you create order forms that can be customized to your needs.
  2. Wholesale Prices Premium: You can set custom prices for your WooCommerce products, allowing you to offer multiple levels of wholesale discounts.
  3. Wholesale Lead Capture: With the plugin, you can build wholesale registration forms, logins, and thank you pages to improve the buyer experience.

Note: You can just create a wholesale order form online using only the Wholesale Order Form plugin. However, the Wholesale Suite works best as a package since it comes with many more features, so you can get your store to work just the way that you want it to.

To get started, you’ll need to download the Wholesale Order Form plugin. If you need help with that, follow our tutorial on how to install a WordPress plugin.

From there, you can go to Wholesale Order » Forms in your WordPress admin area. Then, click on the ‘Add Form’ to create a new form.

Add formAdd form

This will automatically redirect you to the Form Editor page. You’ll want to customize the ‘Order Form Table.’

This is where you can design how your products will appear to buyers on the front end.

Order form table Order form table

It should automatically populate the products under the ‘Order Form Table.’ If you don’t have any products in your WooCommerce store, you’ll need to add them to your store first.

If you need help with that, we recommend reading our Ultimate Guide to WooCommerce.

All you have to do is drag and drop modules from the table elements under the ‘Edit Form’ tab, located on the right panel of the editor. Then, drop them into the form.

There are tons of elements you can add, starting with ‘Header/Footer Elements.’ This includes the search input, category filter, add selected products to cart, cart subtotal, and more.

Header and footer elementsHeader and footer elements

These elements are particularly useful if you have a long list of products, which can help users find what they’re looking for or see the total cost at the top or bottom of the order form.

Also, you can customize table elements, everything from product images and names to prices, in-stock amounts, and more.

Of course, don’t forget to include the ‘Add to Cart Button’ for each item so shoppers can add your products to their carts.

Table elements Table elements

If you want to rearrange the positioning of the form columns, all you have to do is click the ‘Re-order Element icon’ at the top of each column.

This will allow you to drag the column right and left. The trash icon will allow you to delete columns as well.

Reorder element Reorder element

If you want to change the text or adjust the styles of any input field, just hit the ‘Element Settings’ icon, and a sidebar will appear.

For example, you can choose a different button color or change the ‘Button Text’ to ‘Buy Now.’

Element settingsElement settings

In the ‘Settings’ tab of the right side panel, you can choose to customize how you want the products to be sorted in the form, how many products are loaded per page, and whether all variations are shown individually.

The ‘Lazy Loading’ option is where more products will load as the user scrolls so that they don’t have to click on the next page to see more items.

Settings of wholesale order form Settings of wholesale order form

Once you’re done customizing your order form, don’t forget to give it a name.

And you can hit the ‘Publish’ button when you’re ready for it to go live.

Publish order form Publish order form

Now, all that is left to do is to embed the order form to any post or page in your WooCommerce store. We recommend placing it on a landing page or user registration page.

First, you’ll need to copy the shortcode at the top of the order form.

Copy shortcode Copy shortcode

Then, head over to the page you’d like to add the form to on your site.

Hit the ‘+’ icon on the top left corner of the editor.

+ icon+ icon

From there, add the ‘Shortcode’ widget.

And then, you can paste the shortcode for your wholesale order form.

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Feel free to add any other important information to the page that could help boost conversions or give buyers more information. For example, adding shipping and delivery information or security and trust badges could help.

Go ahead and hit ‘Publish’ or ‘Update’ at the top right corner to make it live.

Hit publish Hit publish

From there, you can check to ensure everything looks and runs smoothly.

Here’s what it should look like. Unlike the other methods, this one gives users a better experience, since they can search products or filter them by category.

Live apparel wholesale order form Live apparel wholesale order form

Method 2: How to Create Wholesale Order Forms With WPForms

WPForms is the most powerful drag-and-drop WordPress form plugin out there. It allows you to easily create all types of forms, including contact forms, payment forms, and wholesale order forms, all without any coding.

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To get started, you’ll need to install the WPForms plugin. For detailed instructions, you may want to follow our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Note: While there is a WPForms free version, you’ll need the WPForms Pro version to use the wholesale order form template.

Upon activation, you need to visit the WPForms » Settings page from the WordPress admin sidebar to enter your license key.

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Once you’ve done that, head over to the WPForms » Add New screen from the WordPress dashboard.

This will take you to the WPForms drag and drop builder.

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Customize your wholesale order form.

This will take you to the ‘Select a Template’ page.

Here you can begin by typing a name for your form.

Name your formName your form

After that, you can choose the ‘Wholesale Order Form’ template that you want.

Hover over the form and click the ‘Use Template’ button.

Use template for wholesale order form Use template for wholesale order form

Next, the template will be generated for you, and you can start editing the fields.

Start by scrolling down on your form to the ‘Your Order’ section.

Then, you’ll want to click on one of the dropdown item fields to open its setting in the left-hand panel.

Here, you’ll be able to rename the Label to whatever your product name is and adjust the quantities and prices accordingly.

You can add more buying options by clicking the ‘+’ button to add another choice to your ‘Dropdown Items’ field.

Your orderYour order

If you want to add more products, drag and drop the ‘Dropdown Items’ field to the form preview.

Then, you can edit the name, quantities, and prices the same way.

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Repeat these steps for each of the dropdown item fields for all the items that you want to sell at wholesale prices.

You can add or remove fields to your order form by dragging them from the left panel to the right panel.

Beyond that, you can update the ‘Form Name’ and ‘Form Description’ to tell visitors what this form is and provide any important information.

To make these changes, just go to the ‘General’ tab under the Settings panel.

Form name and form descriptionForm name and form description

Configure your form notifications.

Once you’ve finished customizing the wholesale order form, you’ll want to receive notifications every time someone has completed the form. That way, you can notify your suppliers or in-house inventory team and process the orders quickly.

Emails are an easy way to send a notification whenever someone submits the online wholesale form on your site.

In the left side panel, click on ‘Notifications.’ From there, you’ll need to toggle the ‘Enable Notifications’ to the right.

Enable notifications Enable notifications

After that, you can customize the ‘Send to Email Address,’ ‘Email Subject Line,’ ‘From Name,’ ‘From Email,’ and ‘Email Message.’

WPForm automatically uses your site’s admin email by default.

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In the email message, you can let them know that you’ve received their order form and that someone will start working on it shortly.

By default, the Email Message field contacts the ‘{all_fields}’ Smart Tag, which shows all the user-entered fields and their labels from the form itself.

Email message notifications Email message notifications

Once you’re done, scroll up to the top of the WPForms editor.

Then, hit the ‘Add New Notifications’ button.

Add new notifications buttonAdd new notifications button

Customize your form confirmations.

Form confirmations are shown to site visitors once they have submitted the wholesale order form on your site. They let people know that the request has gone through and provide them with any information about the next steps.

It is similar to the form notifications message, except this will appear on-screen for your user.

Under ‘Settings,’ you’ll need to select ‘Confirmations.’

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From here, you can choose the ‘Confirmation Type.’ There are three types to choose from.

  1. Message: A pop-up confirmation appears, letting them know the order was processed.
  2. Show Page: This confirmation type takes site visitors to a specific web page on your site to thank them for your order. If you want more details, read our tutorial on how to create a thank you page in WordPress.
  3. Go to URL (Redirect): This option lets you send visitors to a different website once they’ve submitted your form.

From there, you can update the ‘Confirmation Message’ to your liking.

Once you’re satisfied with the message, click the ‘Add New Confirmation’ button up top.

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Set up payment settings.

If you want to make bulk order checkouts fast and easy, you’ll have to enable a payment gateway on your site.

WPForms works with Stripe, PaPal, Authorize.Net, and Square. Since you’re working with potentially huge orders, you may want to offer multiple payment methods.

For this tutorial, we’ll use Stripe. Once you have set up the Stripe addon, drag the ‘Stripe Credit Card’ field under the ‘Payment Fields’ onto the form editor.

Stripe credit card Stripe credit card

To learn more about connecting your payment method to WPForms, follow our tutorial on how to create a WordPress form with payment options.

On the left panel, go to the ‘Payments’ section of the form builder. Then, you’ll need to select your payment gateway. In this case, we’re using Stripe.

Toggle the ‘Enable one-time payments’ to the right to accept payments from your form. Then, you’ll need to fill out the ‘Payment Description’ so customers know why their card was charged.

Stripe one time payments Stripe one time payments

Scroll down, and you’ll also be able to ‘Enable recurring subscription payments.’ You can change the ‘Plan Name’ and set the ‘Recurring Period’ to any time period you wish.

If you have multiple subscription offerings or tiered plans, you can just hit the ‘Add New Plan.’

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If you want to protect your form from spam, refer to our guide on how to block contact form spam in WordPress. That way, you won’t have to worry about fraudulent submissions.

Add the wholesale order form to your website.

After you’ve created the form, you’ll need to add it to your WordPress site. WPForms lets you quickly add your forms to any location on your website, including your pages, blog posts, and even the sidebar menu.

Don’t forget to hit the ‘Save’ button at the top right corner so you don’t lose any changes you’ve made. From there, also hit the ‘Embed’ button.

Embed and save button Embed and save button

A pop-up window will appear asking whether you’d like to ‘Select Existing Page’ or ‘Create New Page.’ Either option will work fine, but for this tutorial, let’s click on ‘Create a New Page.’

Next, you will be asked to name your page.

Pick a name and hit the ‘Let’s Go!’ button.

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The form should automatically be embedded onto your page. Review the form and make any changes to the page.

If you click on the form, you’ll be able to edit the ‘Block’ on the right-side panel. From here, you can toggle the ‘Show Title’ and ‘Show Description’ buttons.

Show title and descriptionShow title and description

This tells your visitors what your form is all about.

Once you’ve made the necessary changes to the site, you can hit the ‘Publish’ button.

Publish wholesale order form Publish wholesale order form

Now, you’ve successfully created a wholesale hat order form from WPForms!

Here’s what it should look like.

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Method 3: How to Create Wholesale Order Forms With WP Simple Pay

If you’re looking for a plugin that accepts more than the standard options like Stripe or PayPal, you may want to consider a dedicated payment plugin app to create your wholesale order forms.

WP Simple Pay is the best Stripes payment plugin for WordPress that lets you quickly collect one-time and recurring payments directly from your site.

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While it’s advertised as a Stripe payment plugin, it’s so much more. You can accept 10+ payment methods, including most major credit cards, Google Pay, Apple Pay, Afterpay, Alipay, Klarner, ACH Direct Debit, and more.

This is especially important for wholesale buyers since many of them will pay via ACH direct debit. But others may want ‘Buy Now Pay Later‘ options like Klarna or Afterpay.

Allowing resellers to pay in installments will make your wholesale products accessible to more businesses.

To get started, you’ll need to download the WP Simple Pay plugin. If you need help, then please see our guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Note: There’s also a free version of WP Simple Pay, which allows you to only accept Stripe payments. However, if you want to take other forms of payment methods or have access to premium features, we recommend the paid version.

Connect Stripe to Your Site.

Upon activation, you’ll be directed to the setup wizard. This lets you set up your Stripe account and connect it to your website.

In the setup wizard, hit the ‘Let’s Get Started’ button.

WP Simple Pay setup wizard WP Simple Pay setup wizard

Just click on the ‘Connect with Stripe’ button, which will allow you to accept online payments from your wholesale order form.

Connect with Stripe Connect with Stripe

Next up, enter the email address you’ll be using for your Stripe account and then hit ‘Continue.’

If you don’t have a Stripe account, you can easily create one.

Get started with StripeGet started with Stripe

Once you’ve completed this process, you’ll be sent to a success page that says ‘Setup Complete.’

After that, you’ll need to build an order form. Go ahead and click on the ‘Create a Payment Form’ button.

Create a payment form Create a payment form

Customize Your Wholesale Order Form

Now that you’ve connected your website to Stripe, you can start creating an order form.

For this tutorial, you’ll want to find and select the ‘Variable Product Form’ template. This template has all the form elements you need to sell products.

Use variable product form templateUse variable product form template

After choosing the template, you’ll be shown a payment form page where you can add a title and description.

Below that, you can also add CAPTCHA and email verification to protect against fraud or fake orders.

Title and description of payment form Title and description of payment form

Once you’ve chosen where to send your customers, click on the ‘Payment’ option from the left panel.

From here, you’ll be able to change the currency, amount, and even pick between on-time and subscription payments.

Set pricesSet prices

Also, scroll down to ‘Payment Methods’ and check all of the boxes of the payment options you are willing to accept.

By accepting more payment methods, you appeal to a wider audience.

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In the ‘Form Field’ tab, you can add, remove, or customize any form fields you want.

The ‘Variable Product Form’ template we’ve selected has many of the important form fields you would need in an order form. This includes fields such as:

  • Quantity
  • Size
  • Color
  • Amount
  • Full Name
  • Email Address
  • Phone Number
  • Address
  • Payment Methods
  • Checkout Button
Form fields Form fields

Go ahead and customize each of the fields by hitting the dropdown area until you’re satisfied.

In the ‘Quantity’ field, you can specify the maximum and minimum quantity customers can buy.

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In the ‘Size’ field, you can decide all the different variants or options you want. Then, separate them with a comma.

The same goes for the ‘Color’ field as well.

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Keep in mind you can change any ‘Label’ name to any option you want, based on the type of product you’re selling.

When you’re done customizing your form, don’t save hit ‘Publish’ on the right side of the page.

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Add the Payment Form to a Page

Now that your wholesale order form is ready, it’s time to embed it on your site. To embed the form, simply go to the post or page where you want to publish it.

Then click the ‘+’ icon at the top left corner of the page editor.

+ block insert icon + block insert icon

Find and select the WP Simple Pay block to add it to the page.

It should appear in the editor.

WP Simple Pay blockWP Simple Pay block

From here, you can choose the wholesale order form you’ve just created. Finally, just click the ‘Publish’ or ‘Update’ button.

That’s all there is to it!

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Bonus: How to Add Wholesale Pricing in WooCommerce

Now you know how to successfully create a wholesale order form! That being said, you still may want to give distributors the option to purchase in bulk without needing to complete the form.

For example, the order form can be used for buyers looking to add branding or specify their unique requirements, while bulk purchases can be bought directly from your WooCommerce store.

In that case, you’ll be using the Wholesale Suite plugin. Head over to WooCommerce » All Products. You can edit any product of your choice. Under the ‘Product data’ section, you can set the ‘Regular price.’

WooCommerce regular pricingWooCommerce regular pricing

From that, you can scroll down to the ‘Wholesale Prices’ section and open the ‘Discount Type’ dropdown.

After that, you can now select the ‘Discount Type,’ ‘Discount (%),’ and the ‘Wholesale Price ($)’ to offer.

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On the same page, you’ll even be able to set the minimum quantity needed to receive wholesale pricing.

For more details, you can see our in-depth tutorial on how to add wholesale pricing in WooCommerce.

We hope this article helped you learn how to create a wholesale order form. You may want to read our post on the best WooCommerce plugins for your store or check out the best WooCommerce dropshipping plugins.

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Best Web Hosting for E-Commerce in 2024

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What is the best web hosting for e-commerce right now?

The best web hosting for e-commerce right now is Hostinger. Hostinger offers both a website builder and WooCommerce hosting plans at affordable prices — starting at less than $5 a month.

Hostinger’s e-commerce plans include a free domain for one year, secure socket layer certification, firewall protection and email hosting for up to 100 email addresses. You’ll also get a good amount of storage — 500 products for the store builder and at least 200GB for the WooCommerce plans — and access to 24/7 customer service.

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Hostinger is a rapidly growing web hosting company that offers two types of e-commerce hosting: an AI-powered e-commerce website builder and managed WooCommerce hosting. WooCommerce support is also included in Hostinger’s managed WordPress plans.

Both types of e-commerce hosting from Hostinger include a free domain for one year, SSL certification, firewall protection and email hosting for up to 100 email addresses.

Plans

Hostinger’s e-commerce website builder offers both an AI-powered site generation process — building a site for you based on simple information you enter about your business — and a self-created website option that is based on 150 templates.

The e-commerce site builder also features SEO tools, marketing integrations, inventory management tools for up to 500 products, appointment scheduling and 20-plus different payment methods.

For managed WooCommerce, Hostinger offers four plans with one-click WooCommerce setup, LiteSpeed caching, auto-updates and automated daily backups. More advanced plans include benefits like built-in WooCommerce integrations and AI content generation tools.

Pricing

Hostinger’s e-commerce store builder plan starts at $4 a month (plus three months free) and renews for $9 a month if you choose a four-year plan. The $4-a-month introductory rate applies to all plans of one year or more, but renewal costs vary based on contract length.

Hostinger’s managed WooCommerce hosting starts at $4 a month, with renewal pricing as low as $9 a month for the most affordable plan. The $4-a-month introductory rate applies to all plans of one year or more, but renewal costs vary based on contract length.

Ionos’s main e-commerce offerings are an online store builder and WooCommerce hosting. Both include a free domain for at least one year, an SSL certification, firewall protection and access to 24/7 customer service via live chat or phone. 

Plans

Ionos’s online store builder includes manual and AI-driven site-building tools, including a customizable checkout with options to add upsells to encourage people to upgrade their products and cross-sells to encourage people to buy related products. A variety of payment processors, shipping rate calculation tools and promo/coupon creators are also included.

All online store builder plans from Ionos include free email hosting for at least one email address and the ability to list at least 500 physical products in your store.

Ionos’s WooCommerce plan includes preinstalled WordPress and WooCommerce, plus an AI-powered setup wizard that builds a site for you based on basic information about your store. 

Ionos’s WooCommerce plan also includes a caching plugin, Jetpack backup, automated WordPress updates, unlimited product creation and email hosting for 10 accounts.

Ionos also offers managed hosting plans for Magento and PrestaShop, two moderately popular e-commerce platforms.

Pricing

Pricing for Ionos’s e-commerce site builder is complicated. The Plus plan starts at $1 a month for six months but rises to $30 a month after those months, and you must sign up for a year to get the discount — so you’ll pay $30 a month for the second half of your term. The Starter plan, on the other hand, starts at $6 a month for six months but only rises to $24 a month afterward.

As for WooCommerce hosting, there’s only one plan, and it costs $10 a month for the first year and $20 a month after.

Magento plans use cloud hosting and have hourly billing rates with monthly maximums, the lowest being $7 a month.

You can also save money by purchasing one of Ionos’s highly affordable shared hosting plans, with the lowest tier starting at $4 a month and rising to $6 a month on renewal. If you choose this option, you’ll have to configure and maintain your e-commerce store on your own. 

PrestaShop plans are similar to regular shared hosting plans, with the most affordable one starting at $4 a month and rising to $6 a month.

SiteGround is known for its excellent WordPress hosting and award-winning customer service. SiteGround offers a variety of WordPress plans, including three WooCommerce plans.

Plans

All of SiteGround’s WooCommerce plans include unmetered bandwidth, a free domain for the first year, permanent SSL certification, WordPress auto-updates and daily backups.

SiteGround also offers top-notch security features, including a constantly updated firewall, AI anti-bot tools and a custom security plugin. Combined with a content delivery network and highly optimized servers, these features ensure excellent site and server performance.

Pricing

SiteGround’s least expensive WooCommerce plan starts at $3 a month and rises to $18 a month on renewal. The most expensive WooCommerce plan starts at $8 a month and rises to $45 a month on renewal. You must sign up for one year to get the full introductory discount, and there is no option to keep the discount by signing up for a two or three-year term.

Buying regular shared hosting from SiteGround won’t save you money, either — the prices for both regular shared hosting and regular WordPress hosting are the same as SiteGround’s WooCommerce hosting prices. 

A2 Hosting is an independent web host with a 4.6/5 star rating on TrustPilot with over 2,500 reviews. A2 Hosting also performed well in our hands-on review, with excellent ease of use, a good variety of plans and great server performance — even on a basic plan without added caching tools. Customer support via phone and email was slow, suggesting that it may take a significant amount of time to address complex issues.

Plans

A2 Hosting offers several WordPress hosting plans and one WooCommerce plan. A2 Hosting WordPress plans include optimized WordPress installation with automatic setup for essential pages and plugins, plus server performance tools like LiteSpeed caching. These plans also include daily backups, SSL certification and an advanced firewall with distributed denial of service and brute force protection.

Pricing

The lowest-tier WordPress hosting plan from A2 Hosting starts at $10 a month and rises to $26 a month after renewal. The one plan with preinstalled WooCommerce starts at $40 a month, with a renewal cost of $62 a month. Discounts are only available with a three-year plan.

You can save money with a regular shared hosting plan — starting at $2 a month and rising to $13 a month for the lowest tier. These plans still include excellent security and WordPress features, but some of them don’t include daily backups or performance tools like LiteSpeed.

Nexcess offers top-tier WooCommerce hosting and fully managed Magento hosting. All of Nexcess’s plans feature SSL certification, firewall protection, automated daily backups and an above-average 99.99% uptime guarantee.

Plans

Nexcess’s managed WooCommerce hosting plans come bundled with plugins like Yoast SEO, Astra Pro and Beaver Builder Lite bundled directly into its hosting packages for improved performance.

Nexcess’s managed WooCommerce hosting plans also include automated updates for WordPress and all plugins, plus a plugin performance monitor to track the impact plugins and themes have on site performance. Object caching and image compression are also included to further improve performance.

Nexcess’s fully managed Magento hosting plans include robust developer tools and caching for accelerated site speed.

Pricing

Managed WooCommerce hosting through Nexcess starts at $8.40 a month, with the most expensive plan costing $438 a month. There is no introductory pricing.

Fully managed Magento hosting through Nexcess starts at $37.52 a month for the first three months and rises to $67 a month after those three months. The most expensive plan starts at $539.01 a month for the first three months and rises to $1,017 a month in following months.

Factors to consider when choosing a web host for e-commerce

Website builder vs. content management system

A website builder is a visual design tool for creating sites without using code, installing extensions or managing software updates. Most website builders are front-end editors, so you can see what your site edits will look like to the public in real time. Website builders also tend to be proprietary, making it difficult to switch hosts later on.

A content management system or CMS is a tool for creating, managing and organizing content like blog posts and landing pages without needing code. These tools are typically open-source, so you can use them with most hosting companies and plans. They also tend to have more customization options than website builders, but you may need to install extensions to access these options. WordPress is the most popular CMS, powering 43.4% of all websites.

If you want the simplest site building process possible, choose a website builder plan. If you want maximum flexibility and you’re capable of dealing with more complex software, choose a third-party hosting plan with a CMS like WordPress.

Shop management system

The shop management system is the tool you’ll use to create your online store, product pages and checkout experience. If you’re using a website builder, this will be built into the software. If you’re using WordPress, you’ll probably end up using the popular WooCommerce plugin.

Other shop management platforms include Magento — recently rebranded as Adobe Commerce — and PrestaShop. These are essentially content management systems built specifically for e-commerce. Some hosts, including Ionos and Nexcess, offer specialized hosting plans for these tools.

Hosting types

Most website builder hosting plans from traditional web hosts use shared hosting, which involves splitting a server’s resources between many sites. This lets hosts keep shared hosting prices low. Data storage, which includes how much space and bandwidth you have for things like images and blog posts and how much monthly traffic your site can accommodate, is limited on these plans.

If you choose a CMS, you’ll be able to pick between a few types of web hosting. Shared hosting is the most affordable, though basic shared hosting plans will require you to set up your e-commerce software yourself. Many web hosts also offer specialized shared hosting plans that are optimized for WordPress and/or the popular e-commerce plugin WooCommerce. These specialized plans are often more expensive than regular shared hosting.

As your site grows, you might want to switch to virtual private server hosting for dedicated bandwidth and storage. This lets your site accommodate more monthly visitors — often several hundred thousand — and store thousands of large files like images and videos. You’ll also get some server customization options, like the ability to choose your operating system.

Large e-commerce sites can also choose dedicated hosting. Dedicated hosting gives you an entire physical server, often including enough bandwidth to handle millions of monthly visits and enough storage to upload hundreds of thousands of large files. Dedicated hosting also offers more server customization options.

Both VPS and dedicated hosting have managed and unmanaged hosting options. Managed hosting tends to be more expensive, but includes server software maintenance. Unmanaged plans are typically less expensive, but require you to maintain server software yourself (or hire someone to do it).

E-commerce tools

A website builder for e-commerce should include:

  • Store design tools, including product page and checkout customization
  • Payment processing capabilities
  • Search engine optimization — SEO — tools
  • Coupon creation

An e-commerce plan from a traditional web host should include:

  • A preinstalled CMS (typically WordPress)
  • Preinstalled plugins or extensions for online store creation, such as WooCommerce

Security

At minimum, your e-commerce site should have the following security measures in place:

  • SSL certification: This protocol encrypts data sent to and from your website, such as customers’ payment information.
  • Firewall: This software attempts to filter out malware attempting to infect your site.
  • DDoS protection: DDoS attacks flood a site with fake, malicious traffic to overwhelm the server. High-quality web servers are equipped with software to protect them from these attacks.

Some hosts may also provide things like two-factor authentication, malware scanning/repair and automated backups to further protect your site.

Performance

The best web hosting services for e-commerce provide at least 99.9% uptime, meaning your site won’t go down for more than 45 minutes a month due to server issues. This is important because every minute your site is down is a minute you could be losing traffic — and if you’re running an e-commerce store, losing traffic equals losing money.

Many web hosts also offer tools to improve site speed and other aspects of performance, such as caching tools that store your data in users’ browsers so they can access your site faster on repeat visits.

Customer service

Customer service should be available 24/7 via live chat, email and phone. You also want customer support to be fast to respond and knowledgeable enough to assist you with any problems you encounter.

Reading third-party reviews is important, as web hosting companies will always play up the quality of their customer support. Looking at reviews from real people helps you understand whether or not the host you’re considering follows through on the promises made on its website.

Pricing

Consider what hosting fits within your budget, as the company and plan you choose will majorly impact your operating budget. Web hosting — especially e-commerce hosting — pricing can be confusing.

Here are four things to look out for:

  • Annual/long-term payments: Most web hosting companies display monthly prices, but you can often only access the lowest price by paying for one to three years at once.
  • Renewal pricing: Many web hosts’ listed prices are introductory rates, meaning you’ll be charged more per month when your service renews.
  • Transaction fees: Some e-commerce-focused web hosting services charge transaction fees on some or all of their plans.
  • Additional fees: Many web hosts provide a domain for the first year but require you to pay for your domain separately in subsequent years.

How CNET tests web hosting

We extensively research every web host we include on lists like this one. We start by reading their websites to evaluate the quality of their plans and pricing. We also read reviews from third-party sites like Trustpilot and check the Better Business Bureau for complaints about the service.

We’re currently conducting full reviews of popular web hosting companies to provide our hands-on, expert assessments. These reviews use our framework for testing web hosting services, including:

  • Uptime monitoring for one week
  • Speed tests over the course of five days
  • Calls and emails to customer support to determine things like waiting time, professionalism and expertise of the customer support teams

Notes from these reviews are included in the listings for the relevant hosts. This page will be updated regularly with new notes as we publish more reviews. 

Other web hosting we’ve tested

HostGator

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HostGator is a popular web host that powers over 707,000 websites. HostGator’s two WordPress-based e-commerce plans include several preinstalled plugins for e-commerce and marketing, automated WordPress updates and automated daily backups.

HostGator delivers decent security features with all plans, including SSL certification and an advanced firewall with DDoS protection.

In my testing, I found HostGator’s site setup and management tools easy to work with. Benchmarking showed that HostGator’s servers offer decent performance. Customer support was inconsistent across channels, so you might want to avoid HostGator if your site is complex and/or you expect to need a lot of support.

Pricing: Online Store plan starts at $10 a month and rises to $25 a month on renewal; Online Store + Marketplace starts at $13 a month and rises to $40 a month on renewal. You can save money by purchasing a shared hosting plan ($3.75 a month to start, $10 a month on renewal). All of these prices are based on the purchase of a three-year term. 

Read our HostGator review.

GoDaddy

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GoDaddy is the biggest player in the web hosting space, powering a full 15.6% of all websites. You can get many types of web hosting from GoDaddy, including shared and WordPress hosting. The company also offers Managed WooCommerce Stores that include hosting, automated WordPress/WooCommerce updates and shipping discounts of up to 84%.

GoDaddy’s Managed WooCommerce Stores also come with SSL certification, an advanced firewall with DDoS protection and malware scanning. This is notable, as many of GoDaddy’s hosting plans don’t include these features.

During my hands-on assessment, I found GoDaddy frustrating to get started with, but this was balanced out by excellent server performance and customer service. There are a lot of open complaints on GoDaddy’s BBB page, so you might want to avoid GoDaddy if your site is complex or you expect to need high-level support.

Pricing: The most affordable WooCommerce Store plan starts at $25 a month, and rises to $30 a month on renewal. The most expensive WooCommerce Store plan starts at $130 a month and retains this price on renewal. All WooCommerce Store plans from GoDaddy come with 2.9% plus 30 cents card transaction fees in the US and 2.7% plus $0 card transaction fees in Canada.

You can save a lot of money by choosing a regular shared hosting plan — starting at $6 a month for the most affordable option, with a renewal price of $10 a month — but you’ll be sacrificing a lot, including basic security features like a firewall.

Read our GoDaddy review.

Which hosting service is best for an e-commerce website?

Hostinger is the best hosting service for an e-commerce website, with both website builder and WooCommerce plans available for affordable prices. Hostinger offers AI site and content creation tools, email hosting and 24/7 customer service.


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GoDaddy is a reasonably good choice for e-commerce hosting, offering managed WooCommerce plans with heavy shipping discounts available for some regions and shipping methods. Starting prices for GoDaddy’s WooCommerce plans are high, and non-WooCommerce plans lack key security features.


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It’s not very often that you can buy a potential $1 trillion business at a 90% discount.

Shares of Shopify (SHOP -7.04%), the most popular e-commerce software platform in the U.S., have risen by more than 2,000% since going public in 2015. The S&P 500, for comparison, rose by just 195% over the same period.

The best news is that Shopify stock could rise another 2,000% in the years to come. If you’re looking for stocks with massive upside, this one’s for you.

Shopify has a massive lead on the competition and it’s not even close

There are two critical factors to pay attention to when it comes to Shopify. The first is the competitive landscape. In this regard, Shopify is undoubtedly king.

When most people think of e-commerce, they think of companies like Amazon, which sell products and services online. But there’s another type of e-commerce business, and that’s platforms that allow others to set up digital storefronts of their own. Shopify, for instance, doesn’t run any of its own stores. Instead, millions of merchants run their stores using Shopify’s platform. Small home businesses use Shopify-powered stores, but so do major brands, including Nike, Allbirds, and Red Bull.

Let’s say you want to start selling online. You could list your products on Amazon, but you’ll have to give the company anywhere from 8% to 45% of your sales. Shopify, meanwhile, takes only a small percentage of your sales as a fee, and in return gives you all the things you need to establish a successful e-commerce business. That includes web design templates, marketing and analytics tools, inventory management dashboards, payment processing, and more. You won’t have the immediate reach of a platform like Amazon, but you’ll have more tools, customization options, and functionality, plus you’ll retain a much greater portion of your sales.

According to data compiled by Statista, Shopify has a 28% market share for e-commerce platforms in the U.S. WooCommerce commands an 18% market share, while Wix comes in third with 17%. Total e-commerce spending, meanwhile, is on the rise. In 2019, e-commerce spending in the U.S. totaled $540 million. Last year, it surpassed $1 billion. By 2029, it’s expected to approach $1.9 billion. E-commerce platforms like Shopify, then, are swimming in a bigger and bigger pool of potential customers. As you’ll see, there’s a good chance Shopify will not only maintain its current industry lead but expand on it in the years to come.

Artificial intelligence could put this stock on steroids

The second reason to love Shopify stock right now is that it’s perfectly positioned to benefit from the rise of artificial intelligence (AI). E-commerce platforms like Shopify, WooCommerce, and Wix all compete a bit on price. But what they compete on most is functionality and user experience. Whichever platform makes its platform more powerful and easier to use wins.

With the largest market share, Shopify has an early lead. AI should accelerate this lead even further in the years to come. That’s because Shopify has the resources to attract the most AI developers to its platform. Right now, any developer can add more functionality to Shopify’s platform, earning money whenever users decide to incorporate the new tool or service. Developers know that Shopify offers them the largest potential user base to monetize their creations. Already, the company has dozens of AI apps and features that users can implement in a few clicks — everything from chatbots to automated content creation. As AI takes off, expect Shopify to benefit, gaining more market share in an already large and growing market.

How big could Shopify get? After a recent pullback, the company is valued at just $75 billion. Amazon, for comparison, is worth around $1.9 trillion. Shopify would have more than 2,000% in upside if it reached Amazon’s size. To be clear, Amazon is a far more diverse and far larger business than Shopify. It will take years or even decades for Shopify to attain a $1 trillion market cap, let alone a $2 trillion market cap. But it is businesses like this that can sustain growth for long enough to reach this enormous size.

The global e-commerce market is clearly large enough to accommodate a Shopify 10 or 20 times its current size. Keep in mind, this underlying market is still growing by around 10% annually. Much of that growth will be directed to large, consolidated e-commerce sites like Amazon. But independent stores, such as those powered by Shopify, will also take an increasing amount of this new market growth. After a 25% decline in share price over the last 90 days — a drop fueled by short-term concerns over quarterly guidance — this is a great time to back up the truck for a high-quality business with a massive long-term growth runway.

John Mackey, former CEO of Whole Foods Market, an Amazon subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. Ryan Vanzo has positions in Shopify. The Motley Fool has positions in and recommends Amazon, Nike, Shopify, and Wix.com. The Motley Fool recommends the following options: long January 2025 $47.50 calls on Nike. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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Since the world has become more digital, it is crucial for eCommerce software vendors to guarantee that their solutions can interoperate with the different eCommerce platforms and marketplaces. These integrations help ensure the flow of continuity of the user experience, data exchange and synchronization, and good business management. The application programming interface (API) is very useful for achieving these integrations. The article is devoted to the specifics of how software vendors can connect to API of eCommerce platforms and marketplaces and how this process can be made easier.


Understanding APIs


APIs enable two or more software applications to exchange data and information. For eCommerce software vendors, APIs are the way to get and manage data from eCommerce platforms and marketplaces. The eCommerce API gives users access to various store information. It often enables GET, ADD, UPDATE, and DELETE data from stores, such as orders, products, customers, categories, etc.


eCommerce API integration refers to the process that enables an app or software to connect to API of an eCommerce platform. Therefore, software providers can provide various valuable features for online store owners. Some are order management, inventory synchronization, product management, and others.


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API of eCommerce Platforms


Every eCommerce API is unique and has its own features and way of functioning. Here are some examples of popular eCommerce APIs:


Magento API


This API allows the developers to get and modify the store data on the Magento platform including customers, orders, products, etc. It supports both REST and SOAP communication protocols.


WooCommerce API


When software developers connect to API of WooCommerce, they can get, add, modify, and delete data in WooCommerce stores, such as products, prices, orders, customers, and shipping statuses.


Shopify API


This API allows you to retrieve, create, update, and delete object data in WooCommerce stores: products, prices, orders, customers, and shipping statuses. The API is XML and JSON compliant and uses HTTP requests, including GET, POST, PUT, and DELETE.


BigCommerce API


BigCommerce RESTful API enables you to integrate your eCommerce applications with BigCommerce and use any code language of your choice. It allows the user to view and manipulate store data, which includes orders, products, customers, categories, shipments, etc. All CRUD operations are allowed via HTTP methods, such as GET, POST, PUT, and DELETE.


Squarespace API


Squarespace API has different endpoints, such as the Inventory API, Orders API, Products API, Profiles API, Transactions API, and Webhook Subscriptions API. These allow developers to get stock data, order history, manage products, and much more.


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Key Considerations Before Connecting to an API

  1. API Documentation

  2. API documentation is the starting point for learning how to communicate with a specific platform’s API. It contains information on the endpoints, the formats of requests and responses, authentication, the rate at which requests are allowed, and how errors are handled. It is imperative to go through the documentation of the target eCommerce platform or marketplace carefully before moving on to the integration part.


  3. Authentication

  4. Various platforms employ different forms of authentication, including API keys, OAuth, and basic authentication. Make sure that you are familiar with the expected authentication method and have the credentials needed to make the API calls.


  5. Rate Limits

  6. APIs usually have rate limits to prevent overuse and misuse of the API. These are the limits that you should observe so that you don’t get throttled or blocked. This information is usually available in the API documentation.


  7. Error Handling

  8. Good error handling is vital for a successful integration since errors are bound to occur at some point. It is also important to know the various error codes and their meanings and how to manage them in your integration to address matters like rate limits, timeouts, and authentication.


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Methods to Connect to API of eCommerce Platform


There are two ways of connecting to eCommerce API: in-house integration development or via integration solution like API2Cart.


In-house integration development


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Creating eCommerce API integrations from the ground up takes a lot of time and effort and includes stages such as planning, development, testing, and support. This can slow down the time it takes to market your solutions.


In-house development allows more control, but it requires a team of qualified developers, which may prove expensive. Moreover, the costs of maintenance and updates, which are continuous processes, are also included in the resource requirements.


All the eCommerce platforms are different in terms of API, documentation, and prerequisites that need to be met. Managing all these for several platforms can be rather cumbersome and also comes with some mistakes.


Integration with eCommerce platforms via API2Cart


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API2Cart decreases integration development time. Data can be easily accessed, and developers can connect to eCommerce platform APIs with minimal effort.


The service helps to decrease the need for a large internal development team, which reduces costs. It also includes maintenance and updates, so you don’t need to waste your time and effort on them.


API2Cart has detailed documentation and code samples, which makes it more convenient to connect to the APIs. This support can help minimize the time taken in the integration process.


API2Cart can process large numbers of API calls, which is why it works for any business, regardless of its size. It’s flexible and can accommodate your business’s growth without compromising performance and reliability.


This API integration solution provides its clients with detailed technical support in case of any questions or problems connected with integration. This support can be very helpful when trying to figure out issues and/or fine-tune your integrations.

API2Cart helps you to integrate with the shopping platforms faster, save time on development, allowing you to concentrate more on other business operations.


Depending on various factors such as business requirements, time and money constraints, and other factors, it is possible to choose between the in-house integration development and the use of API2Cart. If you want to have full control and high flexibility and have the capabilities, developing your own may be more suitable. But if you are in search of a cheap, efficient and easily customizable approach, API2Cart is a viable competitor with its API-based integration.


How to Get Started to Connect to eCommerce APIs via API2Cart


API2Cart provides a simple way to connect to API of multiple eCommerce platforms and marketplaces. To start using the service, you need to follow these simple steps:

  1. Sign Up and Get the API Key

  2. The first one is to get an API2Cart account with the help of experts. Once you sign up, you will be given an API key that will be used for the authentication process.


  3. Connect a Store

  4. To add a store to your API2Cart account, you need to enter the basic details of the store such as the store URL, the platform, and the authentication details. API2Cart employs various forms of authentication with regard to the platform used.


  5. Explore API Methods

  6. API2Cart contains many API methods, including products, orders, customers, categories, etc. The documentation explains how to use them appropriately.


  7. Test and Optimize

Check that the integration is functioning correctly. Monitor the API calls and responses and modify your integration.


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Conclusion


Integrating with the API of eCommerce platforms and marketplaces is one of the most important tasks for eCommerce software vendors. By knowing the critical factors, adhering to the integration steps, and using tools like API2Cart, vendors can make the process easier, shorten the development time, and have reliable connections. API2Cart is a unified API approach that offers a reliable and flexible solution to help vendors concentrate on value-added services. With a single API software, vendors can integrate with over 40 eCommerce platforms and marketplaces. The list of supported integrations includes Magento, WooCommerce, Shopify, Squarespace, Amazon, etc. You can get more information about API2Cart by scheduling a call with our manager.


Following the guidelines and best practices mentioned in this article, eCommerce software vendors can easily connect to the APIs, improve their products, and provide the best user experience.



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