Recently WooCommerce announced its new offering, Woo Express. Woo Express is a brand-new managed hosting service that uses the WordPress.com platform. It provides a practical method of setting up a WooCommerce store without having to be concerned with technical aspects like hosting and maintenance. After conducting a soft launch with a limited audience in early March, the company has decided to move forward and open Woo Express to the public.
In addition to the requirements for selling online which include secure payments, adjustable delivery options, and actionable analytics; Woo Express builds on the strong base of WordPress.com. This platform offers ultra-high-performance hosting to keep your website available round the clock. Streamlined store administrator and navigation that puts crucial functionality at your fingertips. Moreover, a collection of specially chosen WooCommerce extensions and tools to help store owners launch stores quickly and sell more and more goods is a plus point.
In October 2022, the firm revealed at WooSesh that it was developing a hosted WooCommerce solution, just as Bluehost and GoDaddy have launched their own WooCommerce offerings and Managed WooCommerce stores respectively. The push to offer a more individualized, user-friendly onboarding experience than simply having WooCommerce pre-installed is becoming more competitive.
The cost of Woo Express hosting options is slightly higher than GoDaddy’s initial pricing but relatively less than mid-tier and upper-tier plans. It can be challenging to compare plans among managed WooCommerce hosts because each one has unique capabilities for a range of stores at various price points. The extensions included in the plan are the key differentiator.
To help customers determine whether it is the right hosting solution for their needs, Woo Express offers a 14-day free trial. While the platform is designed to be accessible for merchants, developers can still access all aspects of the platform.
WooCommerce is currently in the process of converting all components of store templates into blocks, and Woo Express is prepared to support this standard by offering a block theme as the default option for new customers.
WooCommerce is late to the race in launching a managed hosting solution but Woo Express is launched with compelling commercial extensions. These include Product add-ons, product bundles, gift cards, min/max quantities, back-in-stock notifications, brands, product recommendations, subscriptions, in-person payments, shipment tracking, and more, all come with hosting plans. If store owners were to buy each of these extensions separately, they would end up paying much more than the annual fee for Woo Express hosting.
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