Cloudways – Reviews, the Fastest Managed Cloud Hosting


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Cloudways Review

Pronay Sarkar

Cloudways Review
Performance
Ease of Use
Pricing
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Summary

If you want a managed cloud web hosting, that gives your website an amazing performance, then Cloudways web hosting is for you.

4.5

I recently decided to take look at Cloudways web hosting as per my friend’s recommendations, previously I was using Google Cloud Hosting for one of my websites. Frankly speaking, Google was robbing us, so we again made an intention that we will shift from Google Cloud to Cloudways. And today I am writing this article after a week of testing.

So, friends if you are looking for good cloud web hosting, then you must read this article once before taking any cloud hosting.

In this article I am going to cover up Cloudways web hosting initial impression, what are the features in it, what is its pricing and initial Website setup, etc., so stay tuned.

Initial Impression of Cloudways

Cloudways web hosting’s platform is very easy to access (user friendly) and likely everyone can use without having any technical background.

If you know that Cloudways doesn’t have their own server, they use other popular company’s platforms and provides you an optimized, faster experience.

Cloudways uses Digital Ocean, Linode, Vultr, AWS, and Google Cloud web hosting platforms.

So, if you have ever used Google Cloud or Amazon Web Services (AWS) then you have been seen the complicated user interfaces and these two platforms need some technical skills.

But, in the case of Cloudways makes everything very simple, after all, you can access Google Cloud and Amazon Web Services without any complications, two-three clicks, and everything set-up on the Cloudways platform using Google Cloud or AWS resources.

But you not just use GCP or AWS you can choose any cloud platform those already I have mentioned earlier, like Digital Ocean, Linode, or Vultr.

Cloudways is the one, who took all popular cloud providers in one platform and those are already giving the fastest web experiences. All these providers (GCP, AWS, Vultr, and Digital Ocean) have various pricing, So, it’s also beneficial to users, users can compare side-by-side and takes the plans according to budget.

So, before we talk about pricing, I am going to tell you, what things I had liked and disliked about Cloudways.

PROs and CONs of Cloudways

Every web hosting not perfect, they have some minor or major flows and even some web hosting has better features than others, So, Cloudways also have some better features than others and have some features missing.

PROs

CONs

👍 Ease of Access

👎 Server Installation Time Could be better

👍 Popular Cloud Provider in the same place

👎 Built-in SSH Access is Garbage

👍 Free SSL Certificates

👎 Lack of File Manager (Need SFTP Client)

👍 One-Click Managed WordPress

👎 Pricing high, compared to individual cloud

👍 24×7 Chat Support

👎 Email Services excluded

👍 Faster Server Performance

👎 3 Days Trial

👍 Instant Server Cloning

 

Cloudways Features

Cloudways Features

Cloudways have many features and here I am going to mentions all these features that are very useful or going to be useful.

Privilege to choose any Cloud Platform

Cloudways give users to privilege to choose any cloud platform from five of them (Digital Ocean, Vultr, Linode, GCP, and AWS) or even you can create your multiple servers in these all platforms at a time. You can compare the prices between them and then decide which cloud to choose.

High-Speed Performance

You know cloud hosting meant for the dedicated servers, not for the shared hosting, so Cloudways also provides you to your own environment at your specifications. All storage would be SSD based to you can get three times faster performance compared to the traditional HDD.

Cloudways optimized servers are PHP 7 ready so your websites stay away from the vulnerabilities and security flaws. Cloudways cashes server-side using Memcached, Varnish, Nginx, and Redis for delivering seamless response and performance.

Free Migration

Cloudways give the option to migrate websites from an old server to Cloudway’s new server. The process is very easy just you need to install Cloudways WP Migrator plugin and take a backup and download then upload it in your new server using the same plugin. This feature is only for their paid members so if you are in a trial period then you can’t migrate your WordPress website.

Sever Cloning

Server Cloning on Cloudways

This feature is very useful, and you will find this feature in most every cloud platform and this feature is known as a snapshot, but in Cloudways you will find as “Clone Server”.

Block Storage

Block Storage also a great feature, in-case if you are running out of your server storage then in just a few clicks you can expand your storage without changing any parameters on your server.

Free SSL Certificates

Cloudways has a built-in Free SSL certificates installation system, click on SSL certificate and enter your domain name, and installation is done. If you have a paid SSL certificate like EVOWild Card or any SSL certificate you can install on Cloudways.

Bot Protection

I have used almost every popular cloud platform AWS to IBM etc., no one provides free bot or brute force attacks protection but Cloudways has the feature and it’s great. This feature provided by Malcare for the Cloudways users, it’s also protected from Denial-of-Service (DoS) attacks.

Real-time Monitoring

Cloudways provides 24×7 Real-time monitoring so you can analyze what happens with your server. They have 16 different metrics types.

Cloudways CDN

Cloudways also provide CDN (Content Delivery Network) services in-partnership with Stackpath. If you know about CDN services, then also you know CDN increases your site performance by delivering your content to the visitors by using their nearby server.

Cloudways Pricing

Cloudways pricing is great in terms of performance but they have various pricing according to the server size and the providers and the server’s locations. Cloudways base plan starts from $10 per month, and in this pricing, you got 1 GB of RAM, 25 GB of SSD storage, and 1TB of Bandwidth those all are based on 1 virtual CPU. They also provide various Add-ons with various pricing.

Server Pricing

Cloudways server pricing varies according to the server’s sizes and providers. The lowest pricing is available from Digital Ocean which is $10 per month for the lower end server and the highest price of the lower end server is from AWS which cost is about $36 per month.

Digital Ocean Pricing:

Digital ocean’s pricing on Cloudways is the lowest price for the lower end server which gives you 1 GB of RAM, 1vCPU, 25 GB of storage, and 1 TB of Bandwidth, and the high-end server pricing is $80 per month which gives you 8 GB of RAM, 4vCPU, 160 GB of Storage and 5 TB of Bandwidth.

Digital Ocean Pricing on Cloudways

Linode Pricing:

Linode pricing on the Cloudways platform starts at $12 per month which is the same as Digital Ocean which gives you 1 GB of RAM, 1vCPU, 25 GB of storage, and 1 TB of Bandwidth and when you choose the higher number of CPU the pricing also increases.

Linode Pricing on Cloudways

Vultr Pricing:

Vultr Cloud has two types of servers on Cloudways, one is standard which is the same as the other two providers Digital Ocean and Linode, and the second type of server is High frequency, and this type of server comes with more resources and little bit higher prices.

Vultr Pricing on Cloudways

Vultr standard servers pricing on the Cloudways platform starts from $11 per month and goes to $84 per month is the higher end sever, and these server configurations are the same as Digital Ocean and the Linode.

But there are some changes in pricing and the server resources, when you select the High-frequency version of Vultr Cloud then you will get the lower end server at $13 per month which is compared to the other two but you will get 32 GB of storage and if you choose the higher end server you will get at $100 per month and the server configuration will be 8 GB of RAM, 4vCPU, 256 GB of Storage and 4 TB of Bandwidth.

Vultr High Frequency Pricing on Cloudways

AWS Pricing:

In the Cloudways platform, Amazon Web service’s pricing is higher than any other providers, and the base plan starts from $36.51 per month and this is the lowest price for AWS and if you change the server location then pricing will be changed accordingly.

In the base plan, you will get 1.75GB RAM, 1vCPU, 20 GB of storage, and 2GB of Bandwidth and that it, there are more prices according to the sever sizes but I am not going to talk about this, and personally, I am not recommended any of AWS plan to purchase.

AWS Pricing on Cloudways

Google Cloud Pricing:

The last cloud server provider on Cloudways is Google Cloud Hosting, this one also very expensive, but in-compared to AWS is low price. GCP’s pricing starts from $33.63 per month and this pricing also varies when you change the sever locations.

Server configuration is about to same as AWS but in my opinion, these two Cloud providers AWS and GCP are not beginner-friendly on the Cloudways platform. So, if you are a beginner then definitely you should avoid their plans.

Google Cloud Pricing on Cloudways

CloudwaysCDN Pricing

CDN services are always helpful for webservers, CDN reduces the server load and provides faster performance anywhere in the World and if you take services from Cloudways then you can take their CDN service which is provided by Stackpatch. The pricing is very low in comparison to other market leads but this CDN service is only for the Cloudways server user, if you take the CDN service then it will cost you an extra $1 for 25GB bandwidth per application. For additional usages, the cost will be $0.04 per 1GB of bandwidth.

CloudwaysCDN Pricing

Add-ons Pricing

Cloudways provides some add-on products, you can purchase them if you want. Support Add-on there you can extend your support plans and getting high priority support and the plans start from $100 per month. Cloudways doesn’t include email hosting like other web-hosting providers, so Cloudways providing an add-on of email hosting and you can take it just for $1 per month. They also provide some other interesting add-ons checkout on the Cloudways website.

Add-ons Pricing  on Cloudways

24×7 Support

Cloudways provides various type of support facility like Chat support, Online Ticketing, and even Phone Call support (Premium Support Add-on).

Cloudways give 24/7/365 Live chat support but I have told you they have also a premium add-on for Phone call support and they solve your all issue just you need to call them but that is not for everyone, who pays $500 extra, for them.

24x7 Support  on Cloudways

My opinion on Cloudways support, it could be more technical but you need to pay more for getting technical support. When you start the chat service then their chatbot starts to talk and giving you documentation guides.

Getting Started on Cloudways

Start for Free on Cloudways get 3 days free trial

Cloudways gives you three days free trial without filling any payment details and so you can create a server and test out. If you are satisfied with their services, then you can stay by adding your payment details or just enjoy the three days of a free trial.

Sign up on Cloudways

When you click on “START A FREE TRIAL” then need to fill out your personal details like Name, and Email address.

Now tick on “I agree to the Cloudways” TOS & Privacy-Policy then click on “START FREE” then you good to go.

Sometime Cloudways ask you to verify your personal details by sending your Government-issued ID card or something. Their fraudulent detector encounters you some time, so you need to verify your details. So, your account activation process will take less than 24 hrs.

Sign up on Cloudways

Server Installation on Cloudways

You can install any application you want Cloudways have 11 most popular applications including WordPress, they also give you the choice to install Cloudways optimized WordPress.

So, for the server installation, you need to select an Application and then fill out the all details like Application Name, Project Name, and the server name, then you need to choose one server provider from five of them. Then choose your server size and the location.

When you choose the various server from various providers Cloudways shows you the live pricing preview. If you are satisfied with pricing then you can good to go for “LAUNCH,” so click on “LAUNCH NOW.”

Server Installation on Cloudways

The launching process will take about 5 to 13 minutes it depends on your server configuration, by-the-way let us see the next steps.

Installed server on Cloudways

Post Server Configuration on Cloudways

In this step, you can manage your server’s services and applications. You can disable or enable applications or services according to your necessity.

Manage Services:

In this section you can manage your running services on the server as you can see in the image below you can enable or disable the services as your requirements.

Manage Services on Cloudways

Manage Settings and Packages:

In this section, you can manage your server’s upload limit, memory limit, etc. This is very useful for your project, you just need to modify these settings and then upload big files on your website.

Manage Settings and Packages on Cloudways

Install Optional Packages:

You can install the required package for your server in the section of Settings & Packages. I have installed the Redis package for my server, and it is very useful for the performance.

Install Optional Packages Like the Redis on Cloudways

Vertical Scaling or Server Expansion:

This is another very useful function and mostly you will find in every Cloud hosting services, Vertical Scaling means you can expand your server size or resources without stopping, deleting, or migrating your server, you just need to scale as per your requirement and good to go.

Vertical Scaling on Cloudways

Auto Server Backup:

Cloudways gives you various options to back up your resources, you can clone your server or even you can schedule your backup as per your requirement and Cloudways take your backup automatically. That is awesome.

Auto Server Backup on Cloudways

SMTP Configuration:

In Cloudways you don’t need to set up external SMTP service, Cloudways gives you the option to setup SMTP service built-in, so just go to the server management then select SMTP and setup your SMTP account.

SMTP Configuration on Cloudways

Post Configuration of Application (WordPress)

Now I going to configure the application in my case I have installed WordPress when I have installed the server. So, now I am going to configure some credentials and settings that would be very useful for our WordPress website performance.

WordPress Installation on Cloudways

Access Details or Admin Credentials:

So first, you need to set up your application credentials, you can save the information a safe place so you can access easily.

Access Details or Admin Credentials on Cloudways

DNS Configuration of Domain Name:

After the access information, you need to manage your DNS on your Domain registrar dashboard, as you can see below in the image, you need to add the server IP address to your DNS management.

How to configure DNS? Check out the article.

DNS Configuration of Domain Name on Cloudflare

Adding Domain Name on Cloudways Control Panel:

Next, need to add the domain name on the Cloudways server so, in the application management, you need to find domain management as you can see the image. Then add your primary domain name and click on “SAVE CHANGES”.

Adding Domain Name on Cloudways Control Panel

SSL Certificates:

The next step is SSL certificate installations, go to Application Manager then click on “SSL Certificate”, now as you can see in the image fill out your Email address and Root Domain name, then click on “INSTALL CERTIFICATE”.

Installation of SSL Certificates on Cloudways

HTTPS Redirection:

The next important setup is HTTPS redirection, if you do not enable this feature then your website will not redirect HTTP to HTTPS and that can affect your website’s SEO. So, this setup is useful in terms of SEO.

HTTPS Redirection of websites

Application Level Backup:

Backup services in CLoudways, I have already told you, they have various levels of Backup and restore the system. If you want just backup up your Application then click on Application management then “Backup and Restore”, after that you can schedule the timing of backup, and whenever you want you can restore them.

Application Level Backup on Cloudways

Cloudways CDN:

CloudwaysCDN is optional if you want then you can take the service. CDN service will cost you $1 extra per application up to 25GB of Bandwidth for a month. If your bandwidth uses is over then you will pay $0.04 per 1GB of Bandwidth.

Cloudways CDN

That was the all main application configuration details, after that, you can log in to your application (WordPress) dashboard using your Domain URL.

Login Application (WordPress) Dashboard

So, after all, the configuration you need to log in your website dashboard when you login then your application will prompt you to fill your credentials details which we have already seen in the “Access Details” section.

So, you need to go there and copy your credential data and paste the Application login page, in the username section you need to enter your Cloudways email address.

Login Application (WordPress) Dashboard

Optimization of WordPress:

After Server and the WordPress installation, then you need to optimize your WordPress website in the front-end to get amazing performance. For, this process you need to install two premium plugins and themes, one is WP-Rocket, and the second is GeneratePress Premium Theme or Neve Pro.

Check out the full tutorial of WordPress optimization and improve the 2x Speed of the website.

Performance

I have tested the website on all popular speed testing tools like Google PageSpeed Insight Tool, GTMetrix Page Speed tool, and the Pingdom Speed test tool. So, I will share the results with you but before that, I am gonna say, it can be varied according to the Cloud Provider on Cloudways.

I had created two different servers, one was from Digital Ocean and the second was from Vultr Cloud, and the results were very similar, but one server was my pocket saver and the other was a pocket eater. So, let’s find out who the pocket eater is and who is a pocket saver?

GTMetrix Speed Test

Digital OceanVultr (HF)
 

Page Speed Score

YSlow Score

Load Time

Request

Page Speed Score

YSlow Score

Load Time

Request

Initial Speed

96%

91%

3.8s

13

96%

94%

4.9s

13

After Installing Neve Pro Theme and Data

99%

98%

2.4s

17

99%

96%

3.4s

19

After Optimizing With WP-Rocket

93%

98%

0.9s

18

99%

97%

1.1s

23

GTMetrix Speed Test for Digital Ocean and Vultr Cloud

As you can see the results of both severs which was hosted on the Cloudways platform, between of them one is expensive than the other and if you have already checked the pricing above then I think you know, but if you don’t then I going to tell you Vultr Cloud (High Frequency) is expensive than Digital ocean.

More import thing is that I had used the Digital Oceans base variant Server, which is lace with 1GB of RAM and 1 Core of vCPU and opposite Vultr Cloud was 2GB RAM with 1 Core vCPU, but when we see the actual result of both of the server Digital Ocean was every test winner.

Google Page Speed Insight

 

Digital Ocean

Vultr Cloud (High Frequency)

Initial Speed

100

100

After Installing Neve Pro Theme and Data

85

76

After Optimizing With WP-Rocket

99

98

Google PageSpeed Test for Digital Ocean and Vultr Cloud

So, there was also the same you can see the table Digital Ocean is a little bit ahead of Vultr Cloud High Frequency but when we see the specs of the Server then Vultr cloud has more resources than Digital Ocean but pricing has also had a huge difference between them on Cloudways.

The Digital Ocean base plan was about $10 per month and the Vultr Cloud High Frequency with 2 GB of RAM was $26 per month, so that is a huge gap.

Pingdom Final Speed Test (After Optimization)

Digital OceanVultr (HF)
 

Performance grade

Page size

Load time

Requests

Performance grade

Page size

Load time

Requests

After Optimizing With WP-Rocket

96 A

355.9 KB

658 ms

18

82 B

131.3 KB

952 ms

23

Pingdom Speed Test for Digital Ocean and Vultr Cloud

Also, in this Pingdom Speed test, Vultr was far-far away from then Digital Ocean.

Cloudways Offers and Discount

Cloudways always provides discount and promo for their services, and you know that their pricing starts from $10 per month and higher as you choose the server configuration. But for our visitors, you can up to 5% discount on any plans or products of Cloudways. So, check out the deal, and don’t forget to Enter the promo code CLOUD5. We have one more offer if you are looking for an AWS discount then you can get a 10% discount on the Cloudways platform to purchase AWS plans and the coupon code is AWS10. So, forget to enter Cloudways promo code while signup.

By-the-way if you just want to try out their services then you can take trial for 3 days so, check out the free trial, no need for any kind of payment details, sign up and enjoy.

Cloudways Review – Conclusion

Cloudways hosting is not for beginner-friendly, so if you are a beginner then I suggest you avoid this platform or even any cloud platform because 99% of them aren’t beginner-friendly. Because these platforms are expensive if we compare to the average earning of the beginners.

But if you have established a good business and your earning is good then without hesitation you can take Cloudways plan because Cloudways is faster than others, they have the most popular five cloud providers in one place.

They provide inbuilt security and give free SSL certificates and more. Free migration, good support, and huge documentation and mainly easy to access the control panel compared to other Cloud providers.

FAQs about Cloudways

What does Cloudways do?

It is a cloud web hosting provider where you can run your website and cloud application.

How to contact Cloudways?

You can use the chatbot to contact them and you can also contact them through the ticket.

Who owns Cloudways?

Cloudways is a private company and most of the employees are from Pakistan and their headquarters is based in Malta.

How to get Cloudways free?

Cloudways gives you three days of a free trial, so you need to visit Cloudways.com and click on Start for free.

Pronay

Hi!
I am a blogger and a digital marketer based in Delhi, India. I have a passion for blogging and influencing people from my work. I am a student pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Science from Delhi University.

2 thoughts on “Cloudways – Reviews, the Fastest Managed Cloud Hosting”

    • Brother Amit
      Cloudflare is different from Cloudways hosting. But Cloudflare amazing in terms of Free CDN and giving the performance to the websites and Special thing is that you can manage all of your Websites DNS in one dashboard and no need to login different registrar dashboards.
      By the way thanks for the Comment ❤

      Reply

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