We maintain the list below as a best effort guide. WordPress is a popular platform and a great many hosts support it to one degree or another. Also, a host may be able to run Memberium on one hosting plan, but not another. Hosting technology is subject to change and as we learn about new compatibilities or incompatibilities we’ll update this page. If you have new information about a host that you’d like to share or recommend please contact us at Support
We cannot provide system admin support for servers running Microsoft Windows.
My Web Host isn’t listed below? How Can I find out if it supports Memberium?
We provide an installation wizard that will inspect your web hosting to make sure it has the features the PHP versions needed to run Memberium.
To run the wizard, download the plugin from this link and install it on your WordPress site.
If you do have a web host that supports Memberium, please let us know at Support, so we can add your web host to our list.
A Word about Subdomains
Memberium is developer friendly. We realize that you may want to run multiple sites on your subdomain, including testing and development sites. Each Memberium license covers one domain, and all of it’s subdomains, not just WWW. You can also run your Memberium sites in subdirectories too of course.
We strongly recommend to avoid using shared hosting. If your hosting costs $15.00 USD per month or less, you’re probably looking at shared hosting. Shared hosting is where your site shares the same server resources as a thousand other sites on a badly overloaded server.
Sites running on shared hosting are often slow and erratic in performance due to being on a server shared with thousands of other sites. It will run, but slowly and erratically and provide a poor experience and reliability issues for your clients.
Which webhost is fastest?
In November 2014, ReviewSignal did a performance shoot-out
Here’s the 2015 ReviewSignal web hosting performance review:
WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks (2015)
My Host isn’t Listed
Don’t see your host here? We probably will work with them. You can download our open source i2SDK plugin for WordPress which includes web host compatibility checks.
Kinsta is a managed WordPress host exclusively powered by Google Cloud Platform and the container technology. Kinsta
provides managed WordPress hosting services for high traffic sites, enterprise and community websites. Kinsta’s container technology gives better performance and scalability over VPS’s. Kinsta uses the latest version of Nginx, MariaDB, and PHP. Developer tools like SSH, one-click staging, & WP-CLI are standard on all plans. Low level plans require you to open a ticket for IonCube prior to installing Memberium. More information is here.
Yes! You can review Siteground hosting here. MMMastery and Memberium use SiteGround for several of our sites.
Yes! Memberium runs on WP Engine. There are some additional steps you will need to have WP Engine support assist you with. We’ve included a pre-written template through the above link that you can copy+paste into your WP Engine support request. Once they change two minor settings in your account, Memberium will run on WP Engine hosting. A significant limitation of WPEngine is that you cannot install WordPress in a subdirectory; they only support one install per (sub)domain.
Yes!. FlyWheel has caching enabled to speed up your site. However caching can accidentally deliver your premium content to the wrong members or to non-members. We recommend contacting FlyWheel support to have them disable caching for your membership site URL’s. You can also use FlyWheel’s “Development Mode” to disable caching site wide, but we recommend doing it properly through their support channels.
A Small Orange LLC
Yes!. You can review A Small Orange hosting here.
Yes! Digital Marketer runs all of their websites on Rackspace, and has completely converted over to Memberium. You can review Rackspace hosting here.
Yes! You can review Synthesis Managed WordPress hosting here.
One note of concern with WebSynthesis is that they have intentionally misconfigured their servers to emit warnings and errors to your users which is clearly recommended against by PHP. This may create security issues for you. Due to this misconfiguration we have downgraded WebSynthesis from Recommended to Compatible.
Yes! Pressidium by default does not include IonCube, but has outstanding and responsive customer service. You will need to contact their support and request for it to be installed.
Yes!. IonCube is installed on all LunarPages servers, however you will need to activate it on your server by updating your php.ini file. If you wish to do this yourself, you can find instructions to activate IonCube on your hosting account, or we can do this for you as part of your installation.
Yes! IonCube comes preinstalled on BlueHost’s servers. You may need to update your PHP.INI file to activate IonCube. We can help you with this if you provide us FTP access. If you wish to do this yourself you can read this document on how to Activate IonCube on BlueHost.
Some Support, not recommended. GoDaddy is fine for domain registration, but their hosting services are problematic.
Memberium can be run on GoDaddy Cpanel Hosting. Some GoDaddy hosting plans do not include IonCube. If your account does not include IonCube, GoDaddy support will not install it for you. If you do not wish to install IonCube yourself, we can assist, however we will need to coordinate with you for FTP access to your site and access to your web hosting control panel.
GoDaddy Managed WordPress Hosting has a caching system which interferes with Infusionsoft’s HTTP POSTs, and is not supported. Also it lacks support for cron jobs which is yet another limitation of GoDaddy Managed WordPress hosting. GoDaddy just recently announced that they won’t be supporting Ioncube on Managed WordPress Hosting, which makes GoDaddy Managed WordPress Hosting incompatible with Memberium.
Yes! Some MediaTemple hosting plans do not include IonCube. If your account does not include IonCube, MediaTemple will not install it for you. If you do not wish to install IonCube yourself, we can assist, however we will need to coordinate with you for access to your root SSH login. If you wish to do this yourself, here is a helpful article: How Can I Install IonCube Loader Libraries on MediaTemple.
Great Hosts for Techies
Yes! We use Digital Ocean internally to host our development systems using NginX, PHP-FPM, and MariaDB. Digital Ocean is a non-managed VPS environment featuring high performance SSD storage on all systems. Because it’s a non-managed environment, your IT admin person will need to install IonCube as appropriate for your chosen operating system and runtimes. Follow this link to learn more about installing IonCube for your Digital Ocean environment.
Amazon Web Services EC2
Yes! Memberium works great on EC2 with ELB, Route 53, S3 and Cloudfront.
Yes! Azure by default does not include IonCube. You will need to manually install IonCube yourself. A discussions with simple steps to do this are available here: Installing PHP and Zend Extensions on Windows Azure Websites.
Hosts to Avoid
Yes, Memberium runs on DreamHost. HOWEVER we do not recommend hosting any business site on Dreamhost. We also strongly caution against using their low cost shared hosting plans as their servers are very heavily used, and running a membership site is more resource intensive than your average WordPress website. DreamHost has been plagued over the years with downtime and capacity issues, and will take no responsibility for breaking your site during upgrades. We do not recommend using them for your business. DreamHost provides instructions for installing IonCube on DreamHost. You may also need to disable the PHP Xcache extension.
Yes!. HostGator Cpanel accounts support IonCube, however HostGator Managed WordPress hosting does not, and cannot run Memberium. Thanks to ICC Mike Connolly from StrategiCopy for the update.
No. Pantheon is not designed for more intensive plugins such as membership sites. We recommend WP Engine instead.
No. 🙁 Unfortunately at this time, ThemeCo does not have the basic capabilities required to host Memberium.
No. 🙁 Unfortunately, WordPress.com does not have any of the basic capabilities required to host Memberium.
GoDaddy Managed WordPress Hosting
No. 🙁 Unfortunately, GoDaddy just recently announced that they won’t be supporting Ioncube on their Managed WordPress Hosting, which makes GoDaddy Managed WordPress Hosting incompatible with Memberium, as IonCube loader is required in order for Memberium to work.