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Top 5 affordable Magento hosting

What is the best and most affordable magento hosting provider, is there a deep Magento hosting research about this? I know this is a big question that many magento store owners are searching for an answer to!

When it comes to Magento, we all know that it’s become the most powerful online eCommerce platform lately. It is an open-source platform using Zend PHP and MySQL databases. All these features, however, make Magento very resource-demanding platform and overloads the servers of many hosts.

With the list of shared Cheap Magento hosting listed below, we make it easier for you to choose the host provider that best suitable for your needs and start building your own Magento store immediately. The servers of these Magento hosts meet all Magento system requirements and their technical/support teams will be able to help you out with web hosting problems and most if not all Magento related issues you might encounter. (rating is given according to price/performance of each Magento hosting)

Best magento hosting

Web Host Magento Installation Theme Installation Magento Support Specials Rating Price
SiteGround  1-Click Instal FREE Professional Installation(*) FREE & Magento Optimized 24/24 Live chat Hosting & Application Issues FREE SuperCaching FREE CDN for More Speed 10 $3.95/momore details siteground magento hosting
A2hosting yes cheap magento hosting 1 click installation1-Click Installation FREE Professional Installation Magento Optimized 24/24 Live chat Hosting & Application Issues FREE CDN + Life-time free domain 9.9 $4/momore details a2hosting magento hosting
Nexcess 1-Click Install Free & Magento Optimized Hosting & Some Application Issues FREE SuperCaching FREE CDN for More Speed 9.8 $7.95/momore details Nexcess magento hosting
Blue Host yes affordable magento hosting 1 click installation1-Click Install No Hosting Issues Only FREE CDN 9.7 $4.95/momore details bluehost magento hosting
HostGator yes best magento hosting 1 click installation1-Click Install No 24/24 Live chat Hosting & Application Issues FREE SuperCaching FREE CDN for More Speed 9.6 $3.96/momore details hostgator magento hosting

*Refer: How to Properly install Magento in 5 minutes

Why we have that Magento hosting rating table? Let’s go in detail with Performance Testing Experiment

We use Loadimpact to measure hosting performance of each provider, here’s what I found from each host. (The green line represents the increase in traffic, and the blue line represents the response time of the site as traffic increases)

1. Siteground.

SiteGround Magento Hosting

    • UNLIMITED Disk space, Bandwidth, Domains.
    • US, EU, ASIA Server location available.
    • Price: $3.95/MONTH (60% OFF NOW the regular $9.95/mo).
    • 30 DAY Money Back Guarantee.
    • ONE-CLICK TO INSTALL MAGENTO.
    • Free MAGENTO THEME.
    • Home page: www.siteground.com.

We’re hosting Tutorialmagento.com on SiteGround and they are one of our top performers, and price is especially impressive considering the $3.95/mo for their StartUp hosting tier. It does have a limitation of one website at that price, but considering the average response time was ~70ms all the way to 50 concurrent users with no real hiccups, SiteGround offers a great value.

siteground speed test result

Testing Server Location: Dallas, TX
SiteGround Server Location: Chicago, IL
Max Response Time: 125 milliseconds
Minimum Response Time: 64.98 milliseconds

Click here for Full report

2. A2hosting.

A2 Magento Hosting

  • UNLIMITED Disk space, Bandwidth, Domains.
  • Price: $4/MONTH. Use coupon MAGENTO25OFF to get 25% OFF for first order
  • 60 DAY Money Back Guarantee.
  • FREE DOMAIN for LIFE.
  • Home page: www.a2hosting.com.

A2hosting is also a good Magento hosting provider at affordable price, with $4/mo for their Personal package. A2hosting doesn’t limit the number of domains, even on their Personal package, however, as per my experience you should not run more than 2 Magento sites on Personal package due to hardware limitation. The average response time was ~115ms, which is good enough for a Magento site running on cheap shared hosting plan.

A2hosting speed test result

Testing Server Location: Ashburn, US (Amazon)
A2hosting Server Location: Dallas, TX
Max Response Time: 125 milliseconds
Minimum Response Time: 105 milliseconds

3. Nexcess.

Nexcess Magento Hosting

  • UNLIMITED Disk space, Bandwidth, Domains.
  • Price: $6/month
  • Server location: US, UK, Australia
  • 30 DAY Money Back Guarantee.
  • FREE DOMAIN for LIFE.
  • ONE-CLICK TO INSTALL MAGENTO.
  • Home page: www.nexcess.net/magento-hosting.

Nexcess is one of the most well-known Magento-dedicated hosting provider, the company started in 2000 and has been service thousands of Magento website. Unlike other providers in the list, they are dedicated to Magento, you can see Silver-partner badge on their website. Hosting quality is great so price is a little bit higher than other providers in the list, which starts at $19.95/mo, response time remains stable at 70ms all during the test. They offer 3 server location: US, UK and Australia. If you’re looking for a Magento-dedicated hosting with professional support on Magento issues, this is the way to go.

nexcess speed test result

Testing Server Location: Dallas, TX
Nexcess Server Location: Southfield, US
Max Response Time: 100 milliseconds
Minimum Response Time: 70 milliseconds

4. Blue Host.

Blue Magento Hosting

  • UNLIMITED Disk space, Bandwidth, Domains.
  • Price: $4.95/month
  • 30 DAY Money Back Guarantee.
  • FREE DOMAIN for LIFE.
  • ONE-CLICK TO INSTALL MAGENTO.
  • Home page: www.bluehost.com.

Bluehost is a reputed hosting provider founded in 2003 and keep growing at an incredible rate.  According to our test, Bluehost’s performance was good for WordPress but just decent for Magento. As traffic increased so did response time, when Bluehost approached the 40 concurrent users, load times jump to over 200ms. They did come back down, but performance was still highly inconsistent with huge variances from one second to the next. Bluehost is recommended for small Magento site only. One strong point of Bluehost is server-uptime, 99% server-uptime is recorded in my test, there support staff can help with simple Magento-related issues

bluehost-speed-test-result

Testing Server Location: Ashburn, US (Amazon)
Bluehost Server Location: Provo, UT
Max Response Time: 220 milliseconds
Minimum Response Time: 120 milliseconds

5. Host Gator.

Hostgator Magento Hosting

  • UNLIMITED Disk space, Bandwidth, Domains.
  • Price: $3.96/MONTH. (Enter coupon code: Magentotutorial to get 25% more discount)
  • 45 DAY Money Back Guarantee.
  • $100 GOOGLE ADWORDS Credit (US only).
  • ONE-CLICK TO INSTALL MAGENTO.
  • Home page: www.hostgator.com.
This is Another well-know shared hosting provider.HostGator is one of the world’s top 10 largest web hosting companies with more than 8,000,000 hosted domains. While not boasting the fastest load times, Hostgator was rock solid all the way to scale. Variances were 150-170 milliseconds, regardless of the number of users. Hostgator is a good option for those who need a reliable Shard Magento hosting provider.
hostgator speed test result
Testing Server Location: Portland, OR
Hostgator Server Location: Charlotte, NC
Max Response Time: 212 milliseconds
Minimum Response Time: 148.67 milliseconds

To Sum It All Up…

The review is very detailed so it’s quite long, to sum it up, there’re 6 important things we should research before getting a Magento hosting.

  • Server Uptime: this is the most important key factor, Uptime is the amount of time that a server has stayed up and running online, we certainly want our Magento hosting to stay online 24/24 so that we will not miss any order.
  • Load Speed: with a fast load speed hosting, your customers will have better user-experience, they can check more products, read more pages on your sites and of course, they are likely to buy more products.
  • Server specifications: Make sure that the hosting you’re going to choose meets Magento system requirements (see more)
  • Price: Price is always a big concern, assuming that you’ve just started your new Magento store and you need money for many business activities such as: Marketing, advertising, hiring employees… so it’s just really great if you can find an affordable Magento hosting plan to start off (remember we can upgrade hosting plan whenever we want when our business grows big enough)
  • Server Location: This is mostly for SEO purpose, if you target customers in US, then go ahead with a Magento hosting in US. If you are targeting UK customers, then make sure that your Magento server is hosted in UK, this will benefit your site’s ranking in Search engine as your site are running under an IP from targeted country.
  • Support for hosting-related Magento issues: it’s also important that the hosting provide can provide reliable support for all web hosting related problems and for Magento issues as well. Make sure that they can deal with simple hosting-related Magento issues (not all complicated Magento issues)
You always see everything marked as Unlimited (HDD, Bandwidth….) but are they real? NO, there’s nothing unlimited at that price, so just select the provider that best fits your need. When looking to host brand new magento websites, choosing a web hosting service and plan is a simple task: get the smallest shared web hosting plan with the cheapest price / lowest response time / highest uptime (anything less than $10/month would be ideal), and simply upgrade only when your business grows big enough.
Question updated (10/20/2014): When is the right time to upgrade my Magento hosting plan to VPS or dedicated server?
If your current hosting can’t handle your site as traffic/number of products keep growing or you require more power for future business plan, VPS or ultimately dedicated hosting is the way to go. Use your site’s existing server data to help decide on a plan that is financially and technologically feasible for your means, you can check consumed Ram, CPU, HDD of your current Magento hosting, it they are running out => it’s the right time to upgrade to VPS (Should stay at <50%). A VPS brings you a lot of power and flexibility, secure hosting solution compared to shared hosting because you can add more settings to your website, which is limited on a Shared hosting.
My last words, never go for “overkill” in terms of server requirements. Only pay for what’s necessary, and upgrade when you have to.


What is the best and most affordable magento hosting provider, is there a deep Magento hosting research about this? I know this is a big question that many magento store owners are searching for an answer to! When it comes to Magento, we all know that it’s become the most powerful online eCommerce platform lately. It is an …

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114 comments

  1. avatar

    Hi Brian, I’ve been using Siteground shared hosting for Magento for years, now my business has grown steadily and I need to use VPS as shared hosting couldn’t afford the number of increasing daily visitors & total products. Could you please advice which VPs provider should I use? Will there be any troubles when moving from shared hosting to VPS?
    Regards,
    Jess

  2. avatar

    hello i used blue host when magento was still in 1.5, bluehost just didn’t work for magento sites(i don’t know what it is now,but i’m a bit supprised).so i changed to dreamhost,it was better but not optimized for magento. now i’m using siteground,it’s the best in cheap magento hosting.You give it 10 score which i think it’s too high. i can give it 8.5. because the server disk is too small.

  3. avatar

    Thanks for the reviews on Magento hosting, I chose Siteground for my new store and seems like everything is working well. Siteground support is very helpful, I have a phone call right after I purchased the hosting package and the supporter helped me with several basic setting.

  4. avatar

    Thanks for the review. I noticed that SiteGround previously wasn’t allowing Magento on their servers as InnoDB wasn’t supported. But now InooDB has been installed to their servers. Try Siteground to use Magento

  5. avatar

    Web hosting is quite essential if you would like run a stable and quick-loading Magento store.I want to start a magento based marketplace website.suggest plz?

    • avatar

      Hi Daniel, could you estimate traffic to your website? I will be able to give better advice on suitable Magento hosting package with a figure.

  6. avatar

    Hi Brian,
    Is there a tool for checking up-time of the hosting in list?

    • avatar

      Hi Moss, I think this is the tool you are looking for: http://uptimerobot.com/
      By using this tool, you can monitor 24/24 uptime of a Magento webshop and you can also get notification through email. I’m using this tool to keep monitoring of my Magento store

      • avatar

        That’s a good tool for checking hosting uptime. I’ve been using that tool for monitoring hosting of my Magento store for years. If the uptime is less than 95% we should look for another Magento hosting provider

  7. avatar

    Hi everyone, I wish I found this Magento hosting comparison sooner. I’m running my store http://www.refleczo.com/ with ~200+ products and about 2300 pageviews/day on SiteGround GoGeek package, the performance is quite ok, it returns 82 score on Pingdom
    Previously I run my store on Godaddy and it was a terrible experience, Pingdom returns 68 score back then. Godaddy’s hosting is not stable for hosting a Magento site.
    I think SiteGround is a wise choice.
    ~ Reganha ~

  8. avatar

    I want to start a magento based marketplace website with using Unirgy uMarketplace suite. I plan to have around 10k products on my website and my target audience will be from India. What do you suggest?

    • avatar

      Hi Raj,
      Could you let me know the estimated traffic of your site? I will have a better recommendation base on both traffic and number of products

  9. avatar

    Hi Brian, thank you for the review. I’m gonna open a new Magento site, through keyword research, I found out that main keywords search volume is about ~10.000/month. Could you give a recommendation on which Magento hosting I can use for my website?
    Thanks

    • avatar

      Hi Henderson,
      With the provided keyword volume, I think your store will have around 6000 visits from non-paid sources (Google Organic, forum, blog…) if it stays on page 1 of Google SERP. You may use SiteGround GoGeek package for your Magento site. GoGeek package can handle up to 25000 visits/month, so you can be assured that your store will perform well without bandwidth limitation.
      Hope this help

  10. avatar

    Hey Brian,
    I m building a ecommerce website which will have around half million simple products …. Not shown independently …. Al shown in combination of another 50 k group products …. I m frM india …. What do you suggest ….

    • avatar

      Hi Shalin, you should estimate your site’s traffic before choosing an appropriate hosting package. You may use tools like Google Keyword Planners to forecast traffic from Organic Search and Paid Search, plus your estimated Referral Traffic.
      Also, with the provided number of products, I can see that your business is quite big, I recommend using at least a VPS to start your Magento site (SiteGround Cloud VPS hosting is recommended) . If your site is growing fast and the VPS cannot handle site, upgrade to Dedicated hosting as soon as possible

    • avatar

      Hi Shalin,I recommend AWS for such heavy website.We have experienced almost all top level hosting for magento.But none of theme withstand.I know it’s AWS for magento is little bit tedious but in terms of performance,you will have best experience.

      By Tech Hunters

  11. avatar

    Hi Brian, thanks for the review. I have a question, I have purchased Siteground GoGeek package and successfully installed Magento, how can I install a better theme for my Magento site? (Also, my store is selling watches, could you recommend some good themes?)

  12. avatar

    I just signed for siteground.com and I was surprised to see that servers went down for half an hour. I asked them about the situation, and told me that they were doing a regular maintenance and to compensate me they can just extend my contract 30 minutes. I am not looking for a new host…

  13. avatar

    Hi Brian, how do I know if a hosting supports Magento or not? how much traffic can a shared hosting handle?
    My store is new and it will have around 2-3k products, could you give advice which type of hosting should I use for my business?
    Thanks
    Bernardo

    • avatar

      Hi Bernado,
      It depends on hosting providers, with the providers I listed in the review:
      SiteGround: Startup Plan ~ 400 visitors/day, GrowBig ~ 1000/day, GoGeek ~ 3500/day
      Nexcess: Sip 100 ~ 800/day, Sip 200 ~ 2500/day, Sip 300 ~ 6000/day
      For big-sized business (more than 5000 visitors/day), I suggest using VPS and dedicated server rather than shared hosting
      Hope this helps

  14. avatar

    We are currently use Host Gator, but thinking about switching to some other hosting provider, so your post is very timely :)

  15. avatar

    Hi, I’m using SiteGround to host my Magento sites http://nailbox.co/. They offer all the premium features of the top-end managed sites, but at a fraction of the cost. In the Geek package, you get Varnish caching, Memcache (both of which can be controlled by their own custom plugin) AND Clouflare Railgun support. This combination makes your site blazingly fast.

    But what’s best is their support. They boast about a 10 minute response time to their tickets, and that’s no idle boast. The last four tickets I raised were responded to in an average of 8 minutes, and all of them resolved immediately.

    You’ll get the most out of SiteGround with a bit of technical knowledge (it’s not fully managed, after all), but you don’t have to be a genius, and the support is truly second to none.

    I’ve had several web hosts over the years, and I’ve been satisfied with all of them, and delighted with most – but so far, SiteGround surpasses them all.

    • avatar

      Thank you for sharing your experience, one of the most prominent features of SiteGround is Supercacher, that function enable caching which helps visitors load your website more quickly at their next visit. It increases the number of hits a site can handle and boosts the website loading speed

  16. avatar

    Thanks for the magento hosting review. Could you let me know which of these hosting are good for SEO? I plan to run an online store in United State and my customers will mainly come from SEO, so I really need one that is optimized for SEO

    • avatar

      Hi Luiz, rest assured that all the hosting listed above are optimized for SEO, also, please choose a hosting that have server location in your market. For example, if you target USA visitors, make sure you choose a hosting that has server placed in USA, this will help improve load speed of your site and of course, SEO.

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    Oh, I meant to add that we are based in the USA. And even though my website has many products and decent traffic, much of it is small items, postcards & stickers. So we do not make that much through the website, and the bulk of our business is selling wholesale to retailers, who are still best reached offline, by catalog and sales visit.

    Therefore, I want to keep my website costs low where I can, even while I want the site to offer a great presentation and work fast for customers. Right now it seems the presentation is much better on the new site, but perhaps it is kinda slow with my current host, esp. while they have limited me.
    Thanks in advance for your advise.

    • avatar

      I think with that number of visitors, you definitely can exploit your website to gain more sales (even your main clients are wholesales and retailers). With the size of your business, I think spending $15 – $20/month for hosting is worth. Feel free to let me know if you need any advice on optimizing your store’s SEO and conversion rate

  18. avatar

    Hi Brian. I recently had our website rebuilt from OS Commerce to Magento platform. Seems like it gives us way more options, but have so many questions. Your article is very useful.
    My site has about 4,300 products and was getting 300+ visitors per day. When we changed to the new site in January that jumped to 1,400 visitors, but since has settled back to maybe 7 or 800 daily. I was very happy with my host, but now they say I have been using too much CPU resources, so they have limited my site and I should optimize or upgrade. The upgrade would be going from $5.00 per month to $19.95 per month which they say will give me twice the space, but it now occurs to me that they do not really seem to be optimized for Magento sites. Even though they referred me to the team that rebuilt my site. So this makes me think perhaps it is time to consider changing hosts. What do you recommend?
    I am also hungry for contact with others who can give me some good advise, since Magento is new to me.

    • avatar

      Hi Dick,
      Since your site is growing very fast from 300+/day to 1000+/day and it has a big number of products, you’d better upgrade your hosting right away. There are two options that I know best fit for your store’s visit:
      - Nexcess hosting: optimized for Magento + dedicated support
      Recommeded package: Sip100, Demo store at http://sip100-demo.nexcess.net/
      - SiteGround hosting: optimized for Magento + price is affordable, good support
      Recommeded package: Go Geek which can serve up to 100.000+ visit
      Those two hosting have server in US, which is good for SEO and load speed.
      Hope this helps!

  19. avatar

    What is your opinion on Simple Helix for Magento Hosting?

    • avatar

      SimpleHelix is good for medium-sized business, so their price is also a little bit high (that’s why I didn’t include some good hosting in the list). SimpleHelix provides good support on Magento issues and their hosting is also optimized for Magento, server uptime 98.5%, their starter package has 50gb bandwidth and 5gb diskspace which are not very high, you will need to upgrade hosting package very soon or it’ll be out of bandwidth. This starter package is good for store with around 300 visits/day and 1000 products. In short, SimpleHelix is also a trusted provider to start with if you have decent budget on hosting
      I will write a detailed reviews on others Magento hosting very soon, so stay tunned!

  20. avatar

    Over your top 5 magento hosting, I’ve been using 3 hosting: SiteGround, Nexcess, Bluehost
    This is my personal experience:
    SiteGround: best at support and hosting speed, low at bandwidth and hosting space.
    Nexcess: most optimized hosting for magento, professional support, high price.
    Bluehost: best for wordpress blog of your magento hosting, affordable price, support is not as good as others

  21. avatar

    I don’t have much experience with different magento hosting providers but Siteground is ok, their support is quick and they are good at Magento (although seems like they are better at Joomla and WordPress)
    I’ve been running a decent Magento site on SiteGround and I think their hosting quality and support are trusted.

  22. avatar

    I have been using SiteGround for my Magento store http://www.innsbruck-shop.com/ you guys may take a look :) SiteGround have good support

  23. avatar

    I love SiteGround for their professional Magento hosting support, their staff are very good at Magento and they can solve lots of magento issues.

  24. avatar

    Nexcess Hosting is really good, even i have suggested few of my client for hosting there online store.

  25. avatar

    Hi, I’m looking for cheap Magento hosting India, could you please recommend a trusted provider?
    Thanks

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