Cloudways for WordPress Review

Cloudways is a managed cloud hosting platform.

Many of you tend to be confused between Cloudways and Kinsta in terms of the services they offer.

Well, you should know that Kinsta is a managed WordPress hosting platform and Cloudways is a managed WordPress hosting platform too. But, Cloudways is not tied to serving WordPress users alone. Cloudways also offers other applications such as Magento, Drupal, PrestaShop, and Joomla.

In other words, Cloudways is a managed WordPress hosting platform, Cloudways is a managed Magento hosting platform, Cloudways is a managed Drupal hosting platform and etc. You get the deal. They are the all-in-one sort of hosting company. Which is why they are known as a managed cloud hosting platform.

However, I’m a WordPress expert and I only review WordPress related products and services. So, I got to carry on my duty by purposely ignoring the rest of the applications.

To get started, I would like to point out the simplicity of setting up a server with Cloudways. It’s just like filling up any other forms you come across in your life.

In my case, I needed to select the WordPress application, name the application, name the server, name the project, select a cloud computing platform, scale the server size based on my website needs, and select a server location.

Now, this is where Cloudways standout like a meerkat on guard. The fact that Cloudways offer five different cloud computing platforms for you to choose from is not common.

You might not see this as something unique, but I do.

For instance, if you host your WordPress website with Kinsta, the files will be stored in Google Cloud Platform. And there is nothing wrong with it. Google Cloud Platform is dope!

With Cloudways, you are given five options to choose regarding where you want the files of your WordPress website to be stored. And Google Cloud Platform is one of them. The others include DigitalOcean, Linode, Vultr, and AWS.

The best part is that all of the cloud computing platforms offered belongs in the highest range.

This not only puts Cloudways in the spot, but it also makes it easier to create a WordPress website with said cloud computing platforms. This is because in reality, to create a WordPress website with any of the cloud computing platforms mentioned above, you will need to DIY by deploying a server, create a database, connecting a domain name and so on. Cloudways has somehow erased the DIY part of creating a WordPress website and made it simple for you by requiring you to just fill in the blanks.

In other words, you are being served on a silver platter.

On top of that, you also get to enjoy the vast variety of data center locations from the five different platforms. And you get to be as indecisive as you want. If combined, there are more than 60 data center locations.

For instance, if the data center location that you want isn’t available in Google Cloud Platform, you get to choose a platform that offers the particular data center location as an option.

Because no matter what you choose, you are in safe hands.

In my case, for the sake of this review, I chose DigitalOcean. This is because I was really interested in getting to know it’s performance.

But don’t worry, later in this review, I will also share with you the performance figures of a WordPress website when it’s hosted with the other platforms.

Once I have launched the WordPress server with DigitalOcean, I was notified that the server is being prepared and it will take some time.

In my case, it took about two minutes.

After that, it was all ready and my WordPress website was also ready to use.

How easy can it get? How fast can it get? I was truly amazed.

As you can see from the screenshot above, on the WordPress website there were some useful links presented for me if I ever needed help with migrating an existing WordPress website to Cloudways.

In fact, migrating a WordPress website to Cloudways is also easy due to their in-house developed migrating plugin called Cloudways Migrator.

After that, I decided to check it’s server performance.

The data center location I chose was London. So, I used Pingdom’s speed test tool and measure the performance in London. The following is the outcome:

As you can see the performance grade is A and the website loads in 509 milliseconds.

I did the same thing for Linode, Vultr, AWS and GCP. The following is the test results:

  • Linode loads the website in 518 milliseconds.
  • Vultr loads the website in 480 milliseconds.
  • AWS loads the website in 517 milliseconds.
  • GCP loads the website in 487 milliseconds.

They are all pretty good. Except that Vultr loads the website the fastest among all of them.

Other than that, there’s also a proper WordPress application management section which allows you to view WordPress access details, view disk usage, manage the domain name, manage SSL, and more.

I also like the overall look of Cloudways control panel. It has this intuitiveness to it.

And if you are the kind of person who always wants your WordPress website to reside in a posh place like GCP and AWS, but too afraid of the complications of deploying a server and whatnot, the control panel lifts that afraidness off your chest.

Here you can manage the server and application all at your fingertips.

There’s also a dedicated section in the control panel which allows you to add a new team member(s) to the control panel.

For example, if you want to hire someone to manage the billing of the servers, you can do it from this section. This is because you can only grant the billing access to that someone. That someone will only be able to view billing info, download the billing info, pay invoices, manage funds and add/update payment details.

There’s even a support level access and server level access which you can grant.

Speaking of support level access, Cloudways has some highly trained folks handling the support inquiries in the background. Their support can be reached via live chat or ticket submission 24/7 of the time. And they are quick to respond too!

If that’s not good enough for you, there is an in-depth knowledge base section to get your answers.

Pricing wise, I’m going to say it’s affordable. Considering the easiness of deploying a server, the easiness of installing WordPress, the highly trained support staff at your disposal and most importantly, the performance it delivers.

Another thing I like about the pricing is that you get to pay for what you use. For example, while deploying an application and a server, you will get to see how much you will be charged.

This charges are defined based on the platform and the server size which you have selected.

The cheapest platform is DigitalOcean. The most expensive platform is AWS.

You might be confused with the hourly and monthly pricing. That’s because the pricing is actually in real-time. If they display the pricing by the seconds, the number will be too small.

The good thing about this real-time pricing is that you won’t be charged if the server is not being used. So for example, if there are no visitors on your website, you will not be charged.

The monthly pricing, on the other hand, is the price that you will pay if you manage to use all the server resources. If you exceed, you pay for how much you exceed based on the hourly pricing.

In short, it’s affordable and flexible at the same time.

Here’s a sneak peak on how their real-time billing looks like:

I launched a few servers which explain the estimated invoice amount. But, I won’t be charged nearly close to that amount because there is no one except for me using the WordPress websites I created.

Other than that, Cloudways provides everything else that you need in order for you to run your WordPress website smoothly such as:

  • Automated backups
  • 1-Click staging environment

Summary

The art of a good business is being a good middleman.

The above is something that is said by Eddie Temple in the movie Layer Cake. And I couldn’t agree with him more especially in relation to Cloudways.

Cloudways is the middleman in this case. They are in the middle of five giant cloud computing service providers. And the fact that they are able to connect the dots and offer all five cloud computing service providers at your fingertips in a single platform is what makes it an art of a good business. And the fact that they offer an intuitive platform for you to host a WordPress website with any of the giant cloud computing service providers is what makes them a good middleman.

To sum it up, Cloudways is the one-stop place to be for your managed WordPress hosting fix.