WooCommerce HPOS – High Performance Order Storage


In the dynamic world of e-commerce, the efficient storage and management of order data play a pivotal role in shaping the success of online businesses. To address this essential need, WooCommerce has introduced High-Performance Order Storage (HPOS), formerly known as “Custom Order Tables.” HPOS is a groundbreaking solution that revolutionizes the way order data is structured and handled within the WooCommerce ecosystem.

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What is WooCommerce HPOS

At its core, HPOS offers an intuitive and robust database structure meticulously tailored to the unique demands of e-commerce operations. By harnessing the WooCommerce CRUD (Create, Read, Update, Delete) design principles, this innovative system reimagines how order data is stored, optimizing it for WooCommerce queries while keeping a minimal footprint on the overall store’s performance.

In simpler terms, High-Performance Order Storage represents a significant performance enhancement feature seamlessly integrated into the heart of the WooCommerce platform. This advancement promises to elevate the efficiency and scalability of e-commerce businesses, ultimately enhancing the user experience and delivering a competitive edge in the ever-evolving digital marketplace. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore WooCommerce HPOS, its features, and its benefits, showcasing how it stands as a game-changer for businesses seeking to thrive in online retail.

Benefits of Implementing HPOS

High-Performance Order Storage (HPOS) is a robust feature integrated into the WooCommerce platform, designed to optimize the underlying data structure, resulting in a significant enhancement of platform performance and efficiency. Below, we delve into the advantages of utilizing HPOS, demonstrating its value to businesses of all sizes:

  • Enhanced Checkout Experience:

HPOS greatly improves the shopping experience for customers by streamlining the checkout process, leading to faster transactions. This means reduced cart abandonment rates and increased customer satisfaction.

  • Scalability Boost

For eCommerce businesses aiming to expand their operations, HPOS offers improved scalability. This feature empowers online stores to handle increased traffic and a growing number of products without compromising performance.

  • Operational Efficiency

Store management becomes more efficient with HPOS in place. This results in smoother backend operations, including order processing, inventory management, and customer interactions.

  • Compatibility with Woo Express

HPOS seamlessly integrates with Woo Express, ensuring that users can leverage the full spectrum of functionalities & enjoy the performance benefits. Nevertheless, it’s important to note that not all extensions are currently compatible with HPOS. Users will receive an alert in their wp-admin dashboard if an extension is incompatible.

How to enable WooCommerce HPOS

To enable HPOS, navigate to the WooCommerce settings > Advanced section, then activate the Features option, as shown below:


It’s worth mentioning that if you have pending orders, enabling HPOS may require you to synchronize them with WooCommerce tables. You can do this by ticking the Enable Compatibility Mode option to synchronize the orders automatically.


Once the sync is completed, select the High-Performance Order Storage option and save the settings.


Adopting HPOS may present a slight learning curve, but the wealth of resources and a growing community of experienced developers familiar with the system can provide substantial support.

The long-term advantages of implementing HPOS far outweigh any initial challenges. Before transitioning to HPOS, it’s crucial to ensure that your installed extensions are compatible with this feature to prevent potential issues. In case you encounter difficulties, you have the flexibility to disable HPOS or seek assistance from the WooCommerce support team.

Our WooCommerce HPOS Compatible Plugins

PluginHive is making all its plugins work smoothly with WooCommerce High-Performance Order Storage (HPOS). The following plugins are already compatible with HPOS:


WooCommerce UPS Shipping plugin with Print Label

This shipping plugin works with HPOS, helping you automatically display UPS shipping rates and print UPS shipping labels from within the WooCommerce dashboard.

WooCommerce UPS Shipping plugin with Print Label is compatible with WooCommerce HPOS functionality. The plugin works with a dedicated storage system designed to store shipping-related data for new WooCommerce orders. It also covers backward compatibility by automatically syncing previous orders up to the last year in the background which takes some time to complete.

  • For WooCommerce business owners looking to automate their shipping process can utilize this plugin with WooCommerce HPOS functionality without any issues. Since, there is no shipping-related data that the plugin requires, in this case, the plugin will not sync past orders.
  • For WooCommerce business owners already using this plugin, order syncing is mandatory before enabling WooCommerce HPOS within the store.


We strongly recommend enabling WooCommerce HPOS once the plugin has completed the order sync.

* We do not recommend deactivating this plugin to enable WooCommerce HPOS on your store.
* This can cause interference in the shipping-related data for old orders and syncing failure upon plugin re-activation.

For more information contact PluginHive shipping experts.


WooCommerce Estimated Delivery Date plugin

The plugin now works well with HPOS, so your customers can still get accurate delivery date estimates, and your online store runs faster and better.


WooCommerce Table Rate Shipping Pro plugin

This shipping plugin also works with HPOS, helping you manage shipping rates and methods efficiently, and enjoying the benefits of the high-performance order storage system.

By doing this, our plugins continue to work well with the latest WooCommerce improvements, making your online store more efficient and your customers happier.


In summary, HPOS is a game-changer for WooCommerce, promising a more efficient and responsive platform for online businesses. Its advantages include faster checkouts, scalability, and improved operational performance. While implementation may require some effort, the potential benefits and resources available make it a worthwhile investment for businesses aiming to optimize their online stores.