Cloudways: An Honest Review

9.8

Price

9.0/10

Features

10.0/10

Speed

10.0/10

Security

10.0/10

Support

10.0/10

Pros

  • Fast WP Deployment
  • Deploy code via Git
  • Free Wild Card SSL
  • Clone App/Create Staging (beta)
  • Multiple WP Sites
  • Free Migration Tool for WP
  • Free Performance Boosting Plugin
  • Pay As You Go

Cons

  • No root access
  • Manual approval by chat

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New to Cloudways managed cloud web hosting platform? Not sure if it’s the best choice for managing your WordPress site(s)? Read this blog post before investing your time and money on Cloudways.

TLDR; Yes, it is one of the best WordPress hosting platforms. Read the backstory, will you? Then we’ll jump to the review.

Backstory

I’m very picky but straightforward when it comes to recommending stuff to friends and peers. I’ve tested a handful of dedicated Cloud hosting (VPS) services to date. I’ve been a DigitalOcean user for years before switching to BandWagonHOST and NameCheap hosting.

In love with BandWagonHOST

BandWagonHOST is quite cheap, and they provide OpenVZ & KiwiVM based plans. The downside? You need to have intermediate skills in managing virtual private servers. It’s not for the faint-hearted. I loved every bit of managing own server and setting up multiple WordPress sites on BandWagonHOST. It was fun while it lasted.

Leaving BandWagonHOST for NameCheap

I left BandWagonHOST just because the servers were getting slow for the mainland Chinese audience. I hosted a few projects for Chinese clients on BHW, but the performance got worse (even with a Cloudflare CDN). Things were going south, and I needed a quick solution. NameCheap came to the rescue, temporarily. Quite frankly, cPanel isn’t my thing, so I left NameCheap in a few days and got a 100% refund.

Leaving NameCheap for CloudWays

I visited my hometown in India last June for work related reason. Anvar at Mozilor suggested Cloudways and said they’re using Cloudways for years. I never thought of giving it a try since I was quite happy with my highly flexible BandWagonHOST server during that time.

His suggestion came on my mind while researching for a new host. Signed up and tested their service, really liked it, and now I’m with Cloudways.

Cloudways Platform, A Brief Introduction

What is CloudWays?

Unlike the widely used consumer-friendly options like Bluehost, HostGator or Siteground, Cloudways adds the DIY touch to the WordPress hosting scene by bringing together an innovative, scalable, budget-friendly managed hosting platform with rich features and 24x7x365 support. Their newly redesigned website looks sleek and comes with a neat UI.

CloudWays Features

With Cloudways, you can spin up “pay as you go” servers based on DigitalOcean, Vultr, Linode, Amazon AWS or Google Cloud Platform. Apart from that, Cloudways platform comes with handy performance-boosting technologies, including PHP7, Nginx, Redis, Memcached, Varnish, HTTP/2 and add-ons like DNS Made Easy, Rackspace Email, Elastic Email, CloudwaysCDN and more.

Cloudways Pricing

CloudWays Pricing

As you can see, Cloudways is a “Pay As You Go” platform; meaning, you will pay only for the resources you consume. You can either bind a credit card to automate the billing or use PayPal to add funds.

Base Packages

  • DigitalOcean – Starting at $10/month.
  • Linode – Starting at $12/month.
  • Vultr – Starting at $11/month.
  • Google Compute Engine – Starting at $34.17/month.
  • Amazon Web Service – Starting at $36.04/month.

Build A WP Site With Cloudways

3-Day Free Trial

You can Get Started for FREE using a valid email ID or with LinkedIn, GitHub or Google+ accounts. Keep in mind that they’ll ask for a working phone number (not a VoIP or Google Voice number) during registration. Also, note that you have to initiate a chat with customer support to start your 3-day free trial without a credit card.

Cloudways Activation

It took about 15 minutes for Cloudways to review my account. Here’s the screenshot of the conversation I had with Zeeshan at Cloudways.

Cloudways Chat

The customer support team will ask you to provide the email ID and website URL (not mandatory) for initial review. Later, they will send you a confirmation email to activate the account.

CloudWays Activation Email

The whole process was smooth, and you can create a new WordPress application right away for testing. “Need a Hand” button on the right side will open Help Center, which will be a goldmine for beginners to managed hosting.

CloudWays Start New Server

Click LAUNCH NOW after choosing the application and server details.

Why Choose Cloudways for WordPress

The Cloudways platform assures high-speed performance, managed security and expert support.

Above mentioned are the essential factors to look for when you’re purchasing a managed hosting service. Let’s look at the key features.

Server Speed & Performance

I have experience managing servers at a root level. Even though Cloudways doesn’t provide root access, they offer a wide array of performance boosters essential for WordPress applications.

Cloudways High-Speed Performance WordPress

Built-in Advanced Caches

Cloudways provide an optimized stack with ready to use caches including Memcached, Varnish, Nginx, and Redis to deliver expedited responses.

PHP 7 Ready Servers

All Cloudways server are PHP 7.x ready, which is known to be significantly faster than its predecessor.

Cloudways also give you the option to Control Core Services that allow your application(s) to run. You can optimize it now and then if you know what you’re doing.

CloudwaysCDN (New)

Cloudways Add-ons

Cloudways platform now comes with CloudwaysCDN, a new powerful and straightforward service that delivers superior performance and excellent global response times.

It can be integrated quickly and will significantly improve the speed of your WordPress website.

Auto-Healing Managed Cloud Servers

Auto-healing lessens your worries about website crashing or downtime. Cloudways is equipped with auto-healing and comes to site’s rescue.

Free WordPress Cache Plugin

Breeze by Cloudflare

Breeze; the WordPress plugin engineered by Cloudways team offers better WordPress performance boosting comparing to other cache and performance plugins.

Breeze WordPress plugin comes pre-installed on Cloudways.

Redis Support

Enabling Redis improves the performance of databases. Combined with Apache, Nginx, and Varnish; you’re looking at unbeatable performance.

Pre-configured PHP-FPM

PHP-FPM speeds up your website and improves the loading times of your PHP environment.

HTTP/2 Supported Servers (New)

Cloudways servers are HTTP/2 enabled which significantly increases the speed of communication between the web servers and clients.

Managed Security

Security is essential even if you are running a personal website or a professional blog that attracts a fair amount of traffic.

Cloudways platform is equipped with security practices to keep your servers safe.

Dedicated Firewalls

According to the Cloudways, all servers hosted by Cloudways are protected by OS-level firewalls that filter out malicious traffic and keep out the intruders.

1-Click Free SSL Installation

Cloudways platform comes with built-in Let’s Encrypt SSL. It also lets you add your SSL certificates easily with few clicks.

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IP Whitelisting

The Cloudways platform lets you create a whitelist of IPs, making it easy to collaborate with networks or regions with unrestricted access to SSH and SFTP.

Regular Security Patching

Cloudflare claims they perform regular OS patches and firmware upgrades on servers. Security patches ensure a robust managed cloud server experience by avoiding vulnerabilities.

Two-Factor Authentication

Two-Factor Authentication (TFA)  adds an extra layer of safety to your Cloudways account.

Adding A WordPress Application

Adding a WordPress application is pretty straightforward on Cloudways.

Visit https://platform.cloudways.com/apps and click on + Add Application button to add a new app to the server.

Cloudways Console

You can set a primary domain, install Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate (including wildcard SSL) and optimize the site afterward. This console is pretty intuitive.

Read this before migrating a Cloudflare-enabled site to Cloudways

Backup, Clone/Staging and Migration

Backup

Cloudways Backup

You can perform an on-demand backup of your server via the console. Cloudways console also has an option to enable Local Backups; this will additionally create a downloadable copy of all the applications present on your server.

Clone App/Create Staging

Cloudways Staging Feature

Cloning/staging is a great beta feature Cloudways providing for its community. Cloudways lets you create staging apps and move data between staging and live applications.

Migration

Cloudways provides a decent migration tool to move the site from your old host to Cloudways platform. I’ve already written an article on this topic. You can read it here if you’re planning to migrate a website with SSL enabled.

Cloudways WordPress Migrator

Download CloudWays WordPress Migrator

Server and App Monitoring

Cloudways Server Monitoring

Cloudways provides performance graphs on various aspects of your server. They have partnered with Newrelic to offer built-in App Monitoring as well.

You can enable New Relic agent in the Services section of the console.

Customer Support

Yes, support should be a priority while choosing a cloud platform for WordPress. You don’t want to end up in the hands of a service provider that doesn’t respond to your queries and concerns promptly.

Cloudways customer support team are the best, period. You can talk to the Customer Success Team via live chat, or submit a ticket through the ticketing system. They’ve recently launched a community website as well.

You can access it here: https://community.cloudways.com/

Their Knowlege Base is well-documented also. Most articles are beginner friendly and reminded me that of NameCheap’s KB articles.

Frequently Asked Questions

How good is Cloudways support?

Their Live Chat Support Team is available 24/7/365 for everyone. You can also create a Support Ticket. If you are an enterprise customer, you may contact [email protected]

Do I need a credit card to sign up for a free trial?

No. A credit card is not required. However, you’d only have three days to test the platform.

Can I have servers on separate pricing plans and different cloud providers?

Yes, you can launch multiple servers of the same or different cloud hosting plans and providers. It is entirely up to you.

How many applications can I launch on a single server

There is no restriction on the number of apps you can start on a single server.  However, plan well according to your server specifications.

What if I exceed my bandwidth?

Bandwidth is calculated based on the provider you select.

  • On Amazon and Google servers, bandwidth billing is on demand at all times.
  • Vultr charges $0.02 to $0.05 per GB for additional bandwidth usage (varies with data center region).
  • DigitalOcean charges $0.02 per GB for additional bandwidth usage.

How to cancel Cloudways account?

Cloudways is a “Pay as you go” platform. You can cancel the account by deleting your servers anytime, and you only need to pay for what you’ve used.

Verdict

I am familiar with DigitalOcean, and I love using Cloudways as a platform because it’s flexible and transparent. I can add my clients for billing and even add team members for collaboration.

The platform is quite intuitive so that I can teach my clients’ very basic stuff without taking 100% responsibility for the project.

Cloudways is ideal for professional bloggers and small to medium-sized companies as well. If you are skeptical, go ahead and test the platform for three days.

Goodluck!

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