Do you want to make your website load five times faster? Are you still using old-school shared hosting to host your money website? Are you fed up of slow loading backend of WordPress dashboard?
If you’re nodding your head in a YES, this Cloudways review is for you.
Yes, many report that their WordPress site loads too slow. This is something affecting their business adversely. But what to do?
I also have heard that cloud hosting is the best option to make your website faster. Eventually, I tried digitalocean and AWS both. But, I didn’t have time to mess up with the SSH command line and install putty to manage my server. Even installing WordPress on a cloud server using SSH is not that easy.
I would rather focus on creating more content on my website, decide on different marketing plans. Right?
The Solution (Cloudways)
What if you can use the power of your favorite cloud infrastructure and manage your websites like a pro at the same time?
What if you can install WordPress or any other CMS with just one click? and make your website load faster enough to beat the competition?
I made this possible with Cloudways. I am explaining the same in my honest and tested cloudways review.
I was thrilled to start using the Cloudways platform because it simulated the curiosity to know what else is there inside the platform to discover and manage my site even more professionally.
The best part of Cloudways platform is, “This has no cPanel.” The Cloudways platform is designed in the best way that you understand quickly.
Talking about the price, it is double the price of the server. If you want to run your website with Cloudways + DigitalOcean, the plans start from 10 bucks. While you can buy the same droplet directly from DigitalOcean at just $5. That extra money is for the platform which managed that droplet further and gives you a seamless cloud hosting experience.
The price of the cloud server depends on the infrastructure you choose. I have one server deployed on Vultr (New York) and one on Google Cloud Platform.
Advantages of Cloudways
Easy to use
Everything in the panel is well-understood. The concept is evident. You can deploy servers and install applications inside the servers. Categorizing the apps and servers using project is also possible.
Everything is there inside the control platform of Cloudways. It is sturdy, beautiful, easy to use and impressive.
In a single server having just 1GB ram and 25GB SSD storage, you can add as many applications (WordPress) as you need.
I currently have 7 in a single server where one of them is a WP multisite network.
You already know that managed hosting platforms where plans are based on the number of WordPress installs you want. The more you pay, the more WordPress copies you can install.
Cloudways is also managed web hosting company but it just offers you a platform and purchases the server for you on your favorite cloud infrastructure. You can install unlimited application on a server. The only thing that matters is “resources”.
More than just WordPress
I believe in WordPress but for people who want to host Magento(resources intensive app), Joomla, Prestashop or any other CMS, cloudways doesn’t stay behind. You can easily install the CMS of your choice with a single click.
DigitalOcean, GCP, AWS or Vultr
There are 5 cloud infrastructure providers you can choose from. You can start with the one you believe in.
I recommend DigitalOcean.
It comes with the best advantage of cloud which is scalability. When your website is going out of storage or bandwidth, your site won’t be down. You can still pay for overage or scale up your server to provide more resources to your applications. Perfect?
Free Domains for Staging Apps
With the help of Cloudways Platform, you can install unlimited WordPress or any other web app on a server. Furthermore, you do not need a new domain for each application you’re installing there.
You can start with the free subdomain on cloudwaysapps.com. This helps you in testing your website before you point your domain on the server and make your website live for users.
You also get your websites and even the server backed up automatically and on-demand too. In case you lose the data on your server by any chance, you still have a backup file that you can rollback any time. This backup is stored on the cloud (of course).
Only Secure Access (SSH and sFTP only)
They never let me access my control panel unless I chose you use a secure protocol. I either have to use SSH or sFTP to access the file system of my server. Well, the fact that you can create unlimited sFTP users makes Cloudways more special.
You can create sFTP users for specific apps which is too good actually to experience and use.
I can use this feature to let the client upload files to their website only even while there are tons of websites hosted on the same server but he won’t be able to access the files in other app folders.
Install even WP multisite
If you’re planning to hit the grounds with a WordPress multisite network for any specific purpose such as template demo website or a web 2.0 kind of thing, Cloudways has a place for you. I am running a demo site network very easily on the Cloudways platform.
Yes, the setup was a bit confusing because I had to work on .htaccess and ftp. But it finally worked and the support team also helped me a lot in setting up the same.
Unlimited one-click Staging
You can create unlimited clones of an application as far as there is unused resources in your server. This feature is more useful than it sounds. You can create 4 instances of your current website and prepare 4 different designs with your content and decide which one to go live with. How awesome is that?
Clone servers too
You can not only clone applications but also clone servers. Isn’t is cool? Of course, it is.
Any additional server will cost you money but application won’t.
So, cloning applications is not subjected to charge money but a server is because cloudways charge you on the number of servers and its usage.
Still, you can relax because you would be charged for any additional server as far as it exists on an hourly rate. When you delete the server, you won’t be getting charged for the same.
Cloudways platform offers the quickest and the easiest CDN integration with their in-house plugin breeze. You just need to enable CDN for the application you want to enable it for and put the values in the plugin configuration.
This not only helps you load your images and media from a different location nearer to the visitor but also helps you cool down your server. As a result, you will see less load on the server in spite of having multiple applications.
Quick SSL Installation in the Platform
Yeah. When we talk about SSL, it has been the necessity nowadays. You need it to show the secure badge in the address bar of your website. Otherwise, it will show unsecured and sometimes chrome will not open your website due to security issues.
Furthermore, without an SSL certificate (encryption) the data transferred between the server and your visitor is not secure. It can be leaked.
In Cloudways, it is easier to install a free SSL certificate just by typing your domain name and email address there. It is as simple as 1 2 3.
Free Cache Plugin
The free cache plugin will help you forget the rest of the caching things that used to bug you again and again with website’s functions. It is easy to configure and has fewer options so that you’re not confused.
Of course, it is already very much optimized to host a WordPress application with the minimum resources.
The support team at Cloudways is very experienced. They always solve my issues in minutes. I never thought of submitting a support ticket and wait for action on the same. I Just opened the chat box inside the cloudways platform and asked for help whenever I encountered a serious issue.
Cons of Cloudways
Now comes the drawbacks of Cloudways platform. It is always that nothing is perfect. Everything has some cons behind tons of advantages. I thought you must be well aware of all of them before you buy hosting from them.
No Free CDN
The Content delivery network is integrated inside the platform and you can subscribe to a monthly subscription on pay as you go plan. 1 USD per month is charged as the base cost and then you’re charged for what you use.
However, it is cheaper than other managed web hosting packages. They offer you a free CDN up to a limit. While cloudways charges you from the starting byte of usage.
* You will be charged $1 for 25 GB per application. Additional consumption will cost $0.04 per GB.
Backups are charged @ $0.05/GB
Of course, the backups are stored on the cloud and that too on safe location. Even if you forget to take a backup of your WordPress site, Cloudways will automatically backup your server as a whole so that you never lose your data from your hands. It is charged at USD 0.05 per GB. This fee is totally reasonable. Additionally you can buy an off-site backup plan from a trusted brand.
No “Push Staging to Live Site” feature
One more thing is that you can create multiple clones of a WordPress instance. But, you’ll have to move it to live site with your own wit.
The support will help you out in this just like they helped me but there is not a one-click feature to push a staging site to the live site.
My Honest Cloudways Review 2018
CloudWays is a top-notch quality managed cloud hosting platform. It lets me host as many sites I want on a single server. It charges me for what I actually consume. I can choose from different cloud infrastructure providers such as AWS and Google Cloud Platform. It is cheaper than any other managed WordPress hosting. My concerns are solved by the support team in real time. What else shall I be looking for?