Last updated: 03/08/2016
DAP works off-the-shelf on almost all web hosts.
But as in any industry, some hosts are just outdated, some run old and outdated software, or do not offer a choice to upgrade to the latest server software (like a recent version of PHP or MySQL). Some are just not helpful at all. And some just don’t have a clue!
So, if you had the choice of picking a new web host, then here are the web hosts we use ourselves, and highly recommend, and they have everything readily available that DAP needs to run smoothly.
Recommended Web Hosts
If keeping your site(s) running almost all the time, and having insanely great support from your web host, are both important to you, then you should go with a VPS server from SiteGround or LiquidWeb. For about $50 a month, you can get yourself a great server, with terrific up-time and support. And did we say support is crazy good?
If you can’t afford the $50 a month for a VPS server, or don’t (yet) see the value of high site availability and great support, then the next best option is shared hosting, where you share a server with other business owners. Not all shared hosts are made equal. And that’s why we still recommend Liquidweb and Hostgator as our #1 and #2 choices for shared hosting as well.
No Managed WordPress Hosting
DAP will not work on “Managed WordPress Hosting” accounts like WP Engine, ZippyKid or other such hosts. Hi ,
That is because such hosting accounts are heavily locked down and are not suitable for running a full-blown e-Commerce and marketing plugin like DAP, due to various restrictions like lack of sessions, no control panel, no cron jobs, etc. And no, wp-cron is not a good replacement for standard Cron. And DAP needs standard cron.
In many cases, you may be able to talk to your web host and have them switch your hosting account to a regular Linux, Control Panel-based hosting account, and in that case, you can use DAP.
Hosts Not Recommended
DAP works fine on all of the following web hosts – unless we specifically mention that it won’t.
But just because DAP works fine on these hosts, doesn’t mean their service or support is good enough for the long term.
So if you are already hosting with one of these hosts below, then you already know how well they work (or don’t), but if you’re happy with them, then there’s no further issue.
But if you do have the choice of choosing a great web host, or switching over your existing site to a better one for the sake of long term peace and high availability, then we do not recommend the ones below.
We’ve had so many issues with Dreamhost, many of them on our own various web sites, most of them not even running DAP, and are just simple WordPress blogs. And some are actually plain HTML web sites. And the web sites go down all the time, emails go missing, get delivered late (if at all), and just problem after problem with their service. A majority of our sites had been hosted with DreamHost for about 5-6 years, and we eventually moved most of them over to LiquidWeb.
The funniest thing with Dreamhost is that when any of your web sites hosted with them go down, and you go to open a support ticket, you’ll almost always find that even their own web site – dreamhost.com – will be down too! And they always use a different domain – dreamhoststatus.com – maybe hosted at Hostgator? LOL! – to notify customers that various servers or services are down. Would you trust a web host that can’t even keep their own site up and running? We certainly don’t. Plus on top of that, there’s no phone support if you have a shared hosting account, and you have to pay $10 per month (only 3 calls allowed) just to get a a “call back” several hours later, and the newbie tech guy at best will usually tell you that their “senior technicians are looking into it”. Just plain pathetic. So a big 2 thumbs down for DreamHost.
GoDaddy is great for registering your domain names. For hosting? Not so much.
We do have a large number of DAP users hosted on Godaddy, and they all either totally love it, or hate it. More hate it than love it. No middle ground.
We’ve ourselves have witnessed many issues with some GoDaddy-hosted sites. Their email systems don’t always work consistently on all servers. It works great for some, while some of our other users have reported that even simple admin notification emails from DAP don’t get sent correctly. To compound the issue, Godaddy queues up even real-time emails on their end, and only send them out as batches. Which means even instant “Thank You” emails sent to your buyers with their membership login info, may not get sent for a couple of hours, even though DAP has actually sent them out, but are being intercepted and put on a queue by Godaddy to be sent out “later” in a “batch”.
And then there are the random blank pages and “internal server errors” (500 error). If you search Google for “Godaddy internal server error”, you will see enough folks to form a small nation, complaining about it. And most them aren’t even using DAP (we wish!). And the biggest issue by far that we’ve encountered with GoDaddy Hosting is that they don’t allow the use of an elementary PHP library called “imap”, which is a very important library for doing email-based order processing. So this means, if you’re using 1SiteAutomation.com (or any other private label of 1ShoppingCart) and wish to do automated cancellations using DAP’s email order processing, this will not be possible if you’re using Godaddy.
So the bottom-line is, do not use Godaddy if you have a choice. And if you’re planning to use 1SiteAutomation (or any other private label of 1ShoppingCart) with DAP, then you most certainly can’t use Godaddy.
These guys are still stuck in the 90’s, and provide you with some really primitive admin tools.
For instance, the process for setting up a cron job on 99.99% of the other hosts takes about 2 minutes, because it’s point-and-click-and-type. On 1and1, if you see the tutorial they’ve provided ( http://faq.1and1.com/scripting_languages_supported/cron_jobs/3.html ), they’ve made it very complicated, that it would take us too much time just to setup a simple cron job!
And spending 20 minutes for something that normally takes 2 minutes on other hosts, is simply not worth our time. So if you’re on 1and1, we won’t be able to set up cron jobs for you for free. We would have to charge you to set it up for you, so just be aware of that.
And for some reason, their servers always seem to give us a lot of grief with installation & support. So we do not recommend them.
Make sure your server is running some for of Unix (Linux/BSD/etc). DAP and WickedCoolPlugins.com plugins do not work well on Windows-hosted servers. Please see this post for more details.
What Does It Mean If Your Host Is Not Listed Here?
If your host is not shown here, then don’t worry – it doesn’t necessarily mean that DAP won’t work on your host.
These just happen to be the ones we have used, have done countless installations on, for our DAP users, and highly recommend (or recommend against, in some cases) if you have the option of picking a new web host.
This is exactly why we offer a 30-day money-back guarantee when you purchase DAP – so that you can make sure DAP can run on your current web site, and also help you decide if DAP will work for you.
So there’s no risk to you, regardless of who you are hosting with.