In this post I’m going to be discussing a move that I made to Cloudways from shared hosting. it’s gonna be sort of a Cloudways hosting review- I’m gonna go over why I migrated and if Cloudways is the right host for you.
Why did I move from shared hosting to a cloud service (VPS)?
To be honest I’ve been thinking about migrating all my sides into a cloud service for a while now, and when I’m talking about migrating from shared hosting service it could be any one of the bigger ones or the smaller ones, it doesn’t matter, like GoDaddy, Bluehost, Siteground, Greengeeks and many more.
Initially shared hosting was the right choice for me. It offers a lot of functionality for a very small fee, but it got to a point where I had too many websites and some of them required some more computing resources than my current plan could offer. The first thing I did was just upgrade my plan into a more expensive one that offers a bit more performance. Then, the monthly cost stopped making any sense.
One thing that has always turned me off about cloud hosting was that it wasn’t a managed server like the traditional shared hosting solutions, you need to be fairly tech-savvy in server management in order to run your website on AWS, Digital Ocean or Heroku, And that’s where Cloudways shines- it is a managed VPS (Virtual private server), meaning that you don’t have to do all the work yourself and it’s very easy to manage your applications, whether it’s a custom application, WordPress or any other service you want to run.
What do you get on Cloudways for $10/month?
I got a 1 gigabyte ram server with 25 gigs of SSD storage and a 1 core CPU, so it’s a VPS but it’s a managed to VPS.
In addition many awesome services are bundled in on all servers, like: Free SSL, free backups, server location (geo) selection, Content Delivery Network (CDN) service, Redis support, free caching WordPress plugin, and auto-Healing servers
This single server can run multiple applications, of course, currently I’m running 12- 3 PHP applications and 5 WordPress blogs plus 5 staging environments.
The first thing I did was to see if the server perform better, and it certainly did – When bypassing Cloudflare there is around 700 milliseconds improvement over my traditional shared hosting account, which is very nice.
True, it takes some time to get used to working with a different dashboard when you are so used to cPanel, but Cloudways’ interface is super simple and it took me about an hour to feel comfortable with it.
How Cloudways hosting works?
The principle is simple- Cloudways runs on top of a cloud infrastructure layer of your choice.
This gives flexibility in server selection, as you can build a site atop one of several infrastructure-as-a-service solutions, including Amazon Web Services, DigitalOcean, Google Cloud Platform, Linode, Stackpath, and Vultr. You also pick one of several server locations scattered around the world.
Important note – You don’t need to open an account or pay for the infrastructure service, it’s all covered by Cloudways.
Building a WordPress website
Building a site is a straightforward affair. I chose WordPress for testing testing, and the service created a server in just seven minutes. I logged in with my Cloudways credentials, selected a theme, tweaked how pages and posts appeared, and added images. It was a breeze.
Signup for a Free Cloudways Hosting Account
To get started go to the Cloudways homepage click on the link to get started for free. You’ll be taken to the main Cloudways signup page. You can choose to login with your LinkedIn or Github account but we prefer to sign in the old fashioned way with email.
You’ll have to activate your account before you can actually do anything.
Setup Your Cloudways Hosting Server
There are many tutorials on the web for step by step WordPress installation on Cloudways, but honestly, you don’t need them.
Once your account is activated it guides you how to spin up your server and at the end of this guide you have a working WordPress installation ready to go.
It’s that easy.
Final words and disclaimers
I am very impressed with how easy to use was the server console and quick WordPress setup. With tons of great built-in features for server scaling, SSL, teams and more Cloudways has positioned themselves as a great option for brand new users or small businesses, as well as for experienced design agencies that might be managing hundreds of client sites.
Mostly, Cloudways helped me step into the cloud without worrying about all the nitty gritty of actual server management but still enjoy the performance and flexibility, for less money that I was already paying.
- Very easy to set up.
- Excellent uptime and performance
- Supports numerous apps.
- Flexible account tiers
- Easy upscaling
- Can try service for free before signing up.
- Site cloning.
- SSL included
- CDN included
- No new domain registration option.
- No email management