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Cloud Ways Platform Reviews

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Cloud Ways Platform Reviews

Introduction

CloudWays is one of the most significant web hosting provider in the industry. With the number of hosting provider piling up, it is always essential to choose the one which is affordable and provides useful features. When it comes to host a WordPress site, no one does it better than the Cloudways.

CloudWays is managed cloud hosting platform that allows you to deploy multiple apps including WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, Magento and more in one click. You can also choose from multiple cloud providers including Amazon, Google, Digital Ocean, Vultr, and Kyup.

ColudWays Plans and Pricing

A really awesome thing I liked about CloudWays, is that you can try their services and get a website up and running without paying a dime up front. You can try their basic hosting plan for two weeks, get your website up and running and then decide whether you want to use their services or not. That is a truly fair way to start off ideally with a potential customer.

They even offer some wallet-friendly pay-as-you-go plans. This is great because you basically only pay for what you use. If you decide to cancel your service while being 10 days into the month, you’ll only be charged for said 10 days of service. Very few other hosting providers have this pricing structure and CloudWays is definitely worthy of praise for it. But the shine is dulled due to the lack of domain registration, included email addresses and a not always reliable phone support.

Every user has its own dedicated server hardware and its own IP address. You can pick yourself a server from one of these locations. All of them have SSDs for storage, so they’ll definitely perform at high speed. While this is good and all, CloudWays manages to make it even better. It doesn’t tie you down to their services alone and lets you add services from other providers such as DigitalOcean, Google, Amazon or Vultr.

Performance and Uptime

CloudWays has an incredibly solid cloud based system, which is mainly thanks to the fact that they have partnered with some of the best cloud providers within the industry. Similarly to other cloud hosting services, CloudWays boasts a 99.99% uptime and loading speeds around 400 – 600 milliseconds. Their loading times are 40%-50% better than what you would get from a regular hosting service, which proves that cloud systems are the way to the future.

  • Dedicated Environment
    All servers launched on Cloudways have dedicated resources. Contrary to the limitations of shared hosting, our dedicated environment allows you to maximize server and app performance.
  • SSD-Based Hosting
    SSD drives are 3x faster, facilitating breathtaking performance and reduced page load times for your dynamic websites.
  • Built-in Advanced Caches
    We provide an optimized stack with ready to use caches including Memcached, Varnish, Nginx, and Redis to deliver expedited responses.
  • PHP 7 Ready Servers
    All our server are PHP 7.x ready. PHP 7 is known to be significantly faster than its predecessor.
  • CloudwaysCDN
    CloudwaysCDN is a powerful yet simple service that delivers superior performance and top-of-the-chart global response times. It can be integrated in a few clicks without any technicalities.
  • Auto-Healing Managed Cloud Servers
    You don’t have to worry about your website crashing. Most of the issues within the server are resolved with auto-healing restarts.
  • Free WordPress Cache Plugin
    Breeze is engineered in-house to offer better WordPress performance than any other plugin in the industry. With simplicity at zero cost, Breeze comes pre-installed on Cloudways.
  • Redis Support
    Enabling Redis improves the performance of databases. Combined with Apache, Nginx, and Varnish get you unbeatable performance.
  • Free Magento Full Page Cache
    Built-in Full Page Cache gives you one of the fastest hosting stacks. It significantly improves the performance of Magento 1.x stores.
  • Pre-configured PHP-FPM
    PHP-FPM dramatically speeds up your website and improves the loading times of your PHP environment with much faster processes.
  • HTTP/2 Supported Servers
    Cloudways servers are HTTP/2 enabled which significantly increases the speed of communication between the web servers and clients.

CloudWays Security

Dedicated Firewalls
All Cloudways hosted servers are protected by OS-level firewalls that filter out malicious traffic and keep out the intruders.

1-Click Free SSL Installation
Our built-in Let’s Encrypt SSL improves website security with a trusted certificate that fulfills all your HTTPS requirements for free.

IP Whitelisting
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
We perform regular OS patches and firmware upgrades on your server. This ensures a secure managed cloud server and avoids vulnerabilities.

Two-Factor Authentication
TFA is an easy and effective extra layer of safety for your Cloudways account, keeping your server safe from any intruder.

CloudWays Features

Server Monitoring
One of the most useful features of CloudWays is server monitoring. You can view variables like idle CPU, incoming traffic and reads per second through a drop down menu. You can also view a graph that shows your load on the cloud server.

Free Site Migrations
Having someone to move your already existing site to a trustworthy cloud service is always great. Not to mention that it goes easy on your wallet and takes weight off your shoulders. BlueHost demands $150 for the same service.

Daily Backups and One Click Recovery
Because your data isn’t only stored on a single hard disk, rather an entire network, recovery is incredibly simple. There’s no backup feature for you to pay for, because it’s done automatically every day and you can recover your website in a single click.

Notifications Through Chat Programs
You can set CloudWays’ to send you a message on Slack, HipChat, email and other services. For example, if your website can’t be reached for more than a minute, you’ll get a message saying so. It also will notify you if there’s an update you have to install, has a recommendation for you and it will also answer many support questions you might have.

Great Developer Features
CloudWays offers a really awesome environment for developers to test and coordinate their work. They are able to set up deployment from their Git repository and can also deploy unlimited applications. Developers can use RESTful API to facilitate their scripting operations. The built-in staging mechanism allows developers to move their new codes to a testing environment as well.

Automatic Backups
You can set up automatic backups of cloud server images and restore your site with a single click. The server will back itself up every day, two days, every week or any other time period you set for it. This is a great freebie to have, since so many other companies charge $2-$20 per month, just to back up your site regularly.

Vertical Scaling
Vertical scaling lets you to add or take away server resources at any time, according to your needs. If it’s a holiday season for example and you’re expecting a higher surge of traffic, you can always upgrade your plan accordingly. The “pay as you go” pricing structure lets you pay only for what you use, so you don’t have to pay extra for resources you won’t use later on.

CloudWays Customer Support

Customer support offers the same possibilities as any other company does. You can reach the support team by submitting report tickets, using live chat, email or phone. If you want a fast response, you can ask the CloudWays Bot for help. But if you’re willing to wait a little if need be, than you can also reach out to their support team 24/7/365. You can immediately reach someone through online chat. CloudWays is consistent in keeping the time you have to wait below 5 minutes. Their team is quite knowledgeable and reliable as well. They have given us accurate information on the difference between basic cloud hosting and their WordPress hosting plan.

CloudWays Pros and Cons

I’m really glad to have come across a company that gets this many things right and offers a number of unique services. CloudWays has given us many reasons to use their services or at least try them for free. So the pros far outweigh the cons in this section.

The Pros – Why Should You Choose CloudWays

A Completely Free Trial Period
The possibility to get your website up and running without even paying a dime and seeing how well the service performs for a few weeks is really awesome. Few companies come forward with such a positive gesture.

Pay As You Go Pricing System
It’s awesome to finally see a company that isn’t just about getting money off you for nothing. While other companies make you pay for fictional services or services that should otherwise be free, you’ll only pay for what you use at CloudWays. It’s a fair and square deal and it also comes with numerous useful features.

Easy to Install Content Management Systems and Apps
Although this has been a standard for many years, it is important to mention. CloudWays makes it easy for you to install any CMS or PHP based system. There are also plenty of app integrations you can use.

Free Automatic Updates
CloudWays offers the wonders of cloud hosting for free. You can set your server to make backups every day, every second day, every week or whenever you want. Once you have your backups in place and something goes horribly wrong, it will only take you a single click to recover your website, which is really awesome.

Free Site Migration
It’s odd to see a company that asks you to pay for a site migration these days, but there are some. CloudWays doesn’t cross that line and they’ll gladly devote one of their experts to you for a few hours and have him migrate your website to their cloud servers.

The Cons – Why to Avoid CloudWays

No cPanel
CloudWays offer their own console to help you manage your applications and everything else you host on their servers. It isn’t too hard to get used to, but cPanel is much more comprehensive.

It Takes Some Knowledge To Use
Using cloud hosting requires a level of expertise to use, because you’ll have yourself an entire virtual server to manage. If you’re not that much into the technical details and neither are you into learning them, you’re much better off choosing a managed WordPress hosting.

No eMail Accounts or Domain Registrations
Unfortunately, CloudWays doesn’t offer one of the most basic services of a hosting company. These are the possibility to register domain names and have numerous email accounts. You’ll have to go to a separate domain registrar like GoDaddy or Namecheap to get a domain name for your site.

Conclusion

Is CloudWays your way to host a website? Do I recommend it? It might be and I can wholeheartedly recommend them. While it does take some expertise to use their cloud hosting service, it comes at an amazing price and offers outstanding performance. Those who would like to skip any tinkering with technology should go to HostGator or InMotion and other reputable companies that offer a great managed WordPress hosting. Other than that, CloudWays is an outstanding option for hosting your website.

 

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