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High-performance order storage: A game-changer for WooCommerce stores


Article Summary

The introduction of High-Performance Order Storage (HPOS) in WooCommerce significantly enhances the platform's scalability, reliability, and simplicity in managing order data, marking a pivotal advancement towards optimizing eCommerce operations. This update enables WooCommerce stores of all sizes to efficiently handle increased customer orders and data management with minimal performance impact.

At BANKS, we’re always on the lookout for updates that can significantly enhance the performance and efficiency of WooCommerce stores. That’s why we’re excited to share with you a transformative update that’s set to revolutionise the way WooCommerce handles orders: the introduction of High-Performance Order Storage (HPOS).

What is High-Performance Order Storage (HPOS)?

HPOS, previously known as Custom Order Tables, is a robust solution designed to optimise the database structure for eCommerce needs. It leverages WooCommerce’s CRUD (Create, Read, Update, Delete) design to store order data in custom tables. These tables are fine-tuned for WooCommerce queries, ensuring minimal impact on store performance. This update marks a significant shift from the traditional use of _post and _postmeta table structures for storing order information.

Key Benefits of HPOS

  • Scalability: HPOS addresses the challenge of managing an increasing load on your store’s database due to rising customer numbers and orders. It achieves this by providing dedicated tables for orders, order addresses, and indexes, which reduces read/write operations and database congestion. This enhancement allows eCommerce stores of all sizes to scale efficiently without the need for expert intervention.
  • Reliability: The new structure simplifies data backup and restoration processes, ensuring that orders, inventory numbers, and client information are securely backed up. This reliability is crucial for maintaining business continuity and customer trust.
  • Simplicity: HPOS simplifies data management by segregating WooCommerce data into separate, easy-to-manage tables. This separation not only makes data retrieval more straightforward but also offers more flexibility in developing new extensions and customising WooCommerce functionalities.

Implementing HPOS in Your Store

With the release of WooCommerce 8.2 in October 2023, HPOS has been officially flagged as stable and is now enabled by default for new installations. Existing stores looking to switch to HPOS can do so by ensuring their posts and orders tables are synchronized, a process facilitated through WooCommerce settings. This move towards HPOS is highly recommended to leverage its full benefits, including improved scalability, reliability, and simplicity in managing order data.

Compatibility and Transition

While HPOS is designed to be compatible with most WooCommerce extensions, there may be instances where certain extensions do not support this new storage method. In such cases, WooCommerce provides options to manage and review incompatible extensions, ensuring a smooth transition for store owners.


The introduction of High-Performance Order Storage is a significant milestone for WooCommerce, offering a more efficient, reliable, and scalable solution for managing order data. At BANKS, we believe this update is crucial for our clients looking to enhance their WooCommerce store’s performance. We encourage all store owners to consider transitioning to HPOS to enjoy the benefits of a faster, more efficient checkout experience for their customers.

For those interested in making the switch or seeking more technical insights, WooCommerce offers comprehensive documentation and support to facilitate the transition. Embrace the future of eCommerce with HPOS and take your WooCommerce store to the next level.

For more information on WooCommerce, check out our service page on e-commerce. Alternatively, if you want to upgrade your WooCommerce store then please contact us.

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