Below is a basic overview the minimum hosting requirements to support a membership site with ecommerce functionality.
Please refer to our complete guide on hosting recommendations to support Paid Memberships Pro for more details on hosting compatibility.
Paid Memberships Pro should work on any host that supports WordPress 5.2 or higher.
We recommend a Linux-based server at the equivalent of a “Virtual Dedicated Server” or higher when choosing a hosting plan. Shared hosting plans that rely heavily on caching are not a good fit because membership sites cannot be cached as aggressively as standard sites.
We strongly recommend a hosting environment that uses PHP version 7 or greater.
The version of MySQL on your server should be version 5.6 or greater.
To enable SSL, you will need a dedicated IP address and an SSL certificate [docs].
This command line tool is needed for several of our gateway integrations. In most cases you can ask your host to enable CURL for you if it is not enabled by default.
Note that Windows-based hosting platforms should be able to run PMPro, but we do not do extensive testing on that setup. If you have issues, please contact us to work them out.
WordPress Hosting Company Compatibility
Below is a list of hosting companies we have worked with through our customers. Each host has specific recommendations and guides to set up a successful membership site.
|Hosting Company||Recommended Plan to Choose||Special Setup Docs|
|Pressable||The Starter plan is the best option for a growing membership site.||No special setup steps needed|
|Nexcess||The Maker plan is the best option for a growing membership site. The “Spark” plan (currently $19/mo) will work for smaller sites.||No special setup steps needed|
|SiteGround||The GoGeek plan offers strong performance with caching disabled.||SiteGround + PMPro Set Up Guide|
|Bluehost||The Plus or Choice Plus plans are our recommended options for Bluehost.||Bluehost + PMPro Set Up Guide|
|WP Engine||The Professional package or higher is needed to run Paid Memberships Pro properly.||WP Engine + PMPro Set Up Guide|
|WordPress.com||Business or Commerce plan.||—|