With so many hosting options in the market today, it is easy to lose a hang of all the technical details that each brings alongside itself. Amidst them are cloud-based web hosting giants that, unlike the traditional hosting provide a platform to create virtual machines that are capable of hosting sites, apps, and more. That is exactly what Cloudways does; it acts as a hub of services where users are able to manage cloud services powered by Amazon, Google Cloud Platform, Linode, VULTR, and DigitalOcean. In other words, it provides a layer of abstraction for users looking to set up and run a scalable server with quick and simple deployment.
Cloudways was conceptualized in 2009 by its first founders Pere Hospital, Aaqib Gadit, and Uzair Gadit who were enthusiastic on cloud-based hosting that was novel at the time. They set their headquarters on Malta Island in Europe from where they expanded to Spain and then later to UAE. Today, Cloudways powers approximately 12,000 servers and over 25,000 web apps in 43 different countries. The company works with five major cloud providers, supports PHP apps, and provides an innovative control panel to manage services with ease. With it, you can use several content management systems including WordPress, Drupal, Moodle, Magento, and Joomla. For PHP-based CMSs, customers are required to configure everything from scratch with ability to obtain any number of servers while at it. Actually, it is the only do-it-yourself service offered by the company.
Since Cloudways only focuses on managed hosting, customers rarely handle web maintenance functionalities. These are instead done by the company which compares to web host providers that offer Virtual Private Servers alone.
To get started, Cloudways allows for creation of free-trial account that expires in 3 days. You can choose to sign up using GitHub, LinkedIn, or a valid email address and password.
On successful login into your account, the interface tasks you with the choice of several content management systems (CMS) ranging from Magento, Laravel, SugarCRM, Media Wiki, PHP Stack, WordPress, to PrestaShop. The choices are in plenty and mostly from popular, well-respected sources. Moving on, Cloudways allows you to build the site atop accredited infrastructures such as Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, and VULTR. From there, you can pick any of multiple choice of server locations available which suit well your business needs. If within the 3-day trial period the services and experience are appealing, you can go ahead and choose the paid Cloudways Cloud Hosting Plans which weâ€™ll review shortly. But firstâ€¦
|Plan Name||Disk Space||Bandwidth||Admin panel||Cores||RAM||Core Speed||CPU||OS||Backups||SSH||Managed||Location||Price|
|DO192GB||3840GB||12000GB||Admin panel||32||192GB||1.00GHz||32 Cores||$ 1035.00|
|DO128GB||2560GB||110000GB||Admin panel||24||128GB||1.00GHz||24 Cores||$ 715.00|
|DO96GB||1920GB||10000GB||Admin panel||20||96GB||1.00GHz||20 cores||$ 555.00|
|DO64GB||1280GB||9000GB||Admin panel||16||64GB||1.0GHz||16 Cores||$ 395.00|
|DO48GB||960GB||8000GB||Admin panel||12||48GB||1.00GHz||12 Cores||$ 315.00|
|DO32GB||640GB||7000GB||Admin panel||8||32GB||1.00GHz||8 Cores||$ 230.00|
|DO16GB||320GB||6000GB||Admin panel||6||16GB||1.00GHz||6 Cores||$ 135.00|
|DO8GB||160GB||5000GB||Admin panel||4||8GB||1.00GHz||4 Cores||$ 80.00|
|DO4GB||80GB||4000GB||Admin panel||2||4GB||1.00GHz||2 Cores||$ 42.00|
|DO2GB||50GB||2000GB||Admin panel||1||2GB||1.00GHz||1 Core||$ 22.00|
|DO1GB||25GB||1000GB||Admin panel||1||1GB||1.00GHz||1 Cores||$ 10.00|
Cloudways offers 8 hosting packages whose pricing plans are determined by the choice you make regarding either of the five infrastructures namely Digital Ocean, Linode, VULTR, Google Cloud Platform, and Amazon Web Services.
In summary, Cloudways hosting packages include:
Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced WordPress user, Cloudways builds a decent experience by focusing resources on performance, security, customer support, freedom, and workflows.
Let’s now look at each recipe closely to understand the entails of Cloudways WordPress hosting package
Cloudways designs its servers to host WordPress-based sites behind SSD storages. With this, the response time of the site is shorter and content can be accessed much faster than if it was stored on HDD storage. This company further optimizes the stack by making available inbuilt caches ranging from Redis, Varnish, to Memcached. These combined with commendable web servers such as Nginx and Apache, and databases such as MySQL and PHP-FPM, users can expect nothing short of expedited web responses. They use PHP 7 as the default version for their servers which is quite open to optimization and scaling.
Additionally, every WordPress user receives a simple yet powerful inbuilt cache plugin from Breeze at no extra cost. Lastly, they implement Cloudways CDN to enhance server response and access to content from any location.
When it comes to security, Cloudways applies a variety of measures and features to improve it. First, the servers use firewalls which are configured with optimal and protective values by default. Then their operating systems receive regular patches and updates to address WordPress vulnerabilities arising from time to time. Occasionally, the crashing or affected servers will auto-heal by restarting without necessarily affecting the WordPress sites.
For secure relay of data, Cloudways uses Let’s Encrypt SSL whose certificate is issued for free irrespective of the infrastructure you pick. This is backed up by IP whitelisting feature which enables selective access to SSH and SFTP consoles. Did you also know that you can schedule automatic data backups? The intervals range between hourly to weekly. Finally, a two-factor authentication can be activated to act as an extra safety layer for sensitive WP-based sites.
When it comes to freedom, Cloudways gives its WordPress users a plethora of options to facilitate it. To begin with, you can choose any of the five infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) providers including Linode, DigitalOcean, VULTR, and Amazon Web Services (AWS). All of these have pay-as-you-go pricing models which allow payment of only what you’ve used and eliminate the binding contracts.
Other options expanding your freedom that Cloudways gives include a choice of one of the multiple PHP versions, over 10 one-click apps, and ability to run a number of sites on a single server. Most importantly, you can scale resources seamlessly with the one-click process enabling expansion of the storage and other server parameters.
Cloudways staff includes WordPress experts that are active 24 hours daily to assist in resolving technical issues to all levels of users. Also, the company enjoys a strong support of an online community of volunteers who share their expansive knowledge, experience, and skills. If youâ€™re stuck at any area, Cloudways website is rich in resources ranging from articles, FAQs, blogs, guides, etc.
Another amazing feature available to WordPress users is the assisted application migration which upon request is handled almost immediately in one piece. Other significant support systems available for this package include 24/7 ticketing and access to cloud engineers for resolution of server related issues.
This is where the real deal is for developers using Cloudways for WordPress hosting package. The provider supports GitHub Auto Deployment which ensures changes made in the remote repositories are made on live servers almost instantly. Also, you can clone all the servers plus their configurations to use while staging URLs. This is crucial when testing the performance, appearance, and functionality of a website that is underway in development. Once done, Cloudways provides WP Migrator Plugin to easily move the data from the testing phase to the working module.
Servers are accessible via SSH and SFTP whose credentials can be generated separately for individuals and teams. With these tools, team leaders are able to distribute tasks and allow limited or full access to modules and servers of interest.
Magento is a top-of-the-line content management system which highly depends on a fast hosting provider to perform optimally. Cloudways offers core hosting aspects to power this ecommerce store site builder with a generous allocation of resources, security, and support. Below are the breakdowns of specifics included in the package to facilitate the hosting of such sites:
Here, Cloudways employs six measures to optimize performance of a Magento-based website. First, all the servers are based on PHP 7 by default but you can always downgrade the version to your convenience. Then the databases, just like those used in WordPress Hosting, are from MarlaDB and PHP-FPM technologies. The company is keen on access of resources from memory to storage thus stores sites on SSDs and employs cutting-edge cache technologies such as Varnish and Memcached. The package comes with an inbuilt full-page cache for all stores running on Magento 1.x onwards. Combine these features with the free Cloudways CDN and you have a robust site thatâ€™s superior on performance.
There’s really no much difference on security measures used for Magento Hosting and all the other packages offered by Cloudways. Either way, users of this package are behind dedicated firewalls both at the server and the application level. This is driven by the sensitivity of the commercial nature of stores based on the builder.
Other security measures available for this hosting package include optional activation of two-factor authentication, automated backups, IP whitelisting for SSH and SFTP consoles, Let’s Encrypt, and auto-healing servers.