Dreamhost vs Siteground vs .. for Ecommerce site (Woocommerce)

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(plz don't delete this. I changed my questions short)

Hi,
My E-commerce site is kind of slow. (Woocommerce)
So I hired a freelancer at Upwork.com
After few days, He told me that he fixed the issue, however still it takes more than 4 seconds to load the first pages, and the result form google pages insights and GTmetrix is not good either.

He told me it is because of the slow server. For now we use Dreamhost Advanced plan(shared).
He told me that I need to use Nginx VPS servers.

And he told me like this:
"better server will cut 1-3 seconds I guess.
my company has a free installation script for Nginx/WordPress if you have a cloud hosting account (e.g. DigitalOcean cloud, Vultr cloud, Amazon cloud)
the script is called SlickStack and helps you setup a very fast WordPress server
but this requires some knowledge about SSH
for Upwork clients usually I setup a SlickStack server for them or they join my hosting service 00000 instead if they don't have "IT guys" on their team
the hosting service costs more since its fully managed and includes a free CodeGuard.com backups account"


So I contacted Dreamhost, and the tech told me it is not server side issue.

I think the freelancer is trying to sell his hosting service to me, and Dreamhost is trying to convince me that their service is good.
I want to get a 3rd opinion.
Can you please let me know if it is better to change hosting server?
Or do I have to hire another freelancer just optimize my site?

By the way, we also use Siteground Growbig service too to host other domains.
If Siteground Growbig services is better than Dreamhost server, we can change to Siteground because we don't need to pay extra.

So my questions is which option do I have take?
1. Stick with Dreamhost, and hire other freelancer to optimize the site 2. Change to the freelancer's hosting service, 3. Change to Siteground Grow big 4. Or change to faster service of Dreamhost or Siteground


Please let me have what you think.

Thank you for advance.
#dreamhost #ecommerce #site #siteground #woocommerce
  • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
    I would never build an eCommerce site on WooCommerce to begin with. Pay a few dollars per month more and get a real eCommerce shopping cart - Shopify, BigCommerce, 3Dcart.

    If your business can't afford the extra $10-20 per month, it isn't a business worth wasting any time on.
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    • Profile picture of the author kevin1236
      I also wanted to move to Shopify before. However My site has good SEO. It shows on first page of google. So I worry to change to other service, like Shopify because there might be chance to lost good SEO.

      For now we don't sell many on the site. So the monthly cost different will be not too much between Woocommerceand Shopify for now. However because Shopify take transition fee, I thought the difference will be too much as sales grow.
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      • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
        Originally Posted by kevin1236 View Post

        I also wanted to move to Shopify before. However My site has good SEO. It shows on first page of google. So I worry to change to other service, like Shopify because there might be chance to lost good SEO.

        For now we don't sell many on the site. So the monthly cost different will be not too much between Woocommerce and Shopify for now. However because Shopify take transition fee, I thought the difference will be too much as sales grow.
        I can certainly understand the reluctance to move to Shopify - especially since Shopify has it's own weird URL conventions that you cannot change,

        I guess it depends on what your URLs actually are. With BigCommerce and 3DCart, you can make them whatever you want them to be, so you could make them identical to what they are right now and there definitely would not be any sort of SEO loss.

        On the other hand, we've moved plenty of ranking sites to Shopify and 301'd their URLs and, although they might have taken a temporary rankings hit, they came back stronger than ever when Google finally re-indexed everything with the new URLs.
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  • Hey. What seems to be the biggest problems when you test your site on GTMetrix?
    Maybe there are some quick fixes that could be applied to your site by just installing and configuring a few small plugins.
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