Cloud hosting offers a host of benefits over traditional hosting, the most prominent ones being in terms of performance, security and scalability. There are a huge number of webmasters and app developers who have already started reaping benefits from the "cloud". However, there are still many who would love to move over to cloud but are worried about the technical aspects of deploying an application on a cloud server. And their concern is not totally baseless. Managing a website or application on a cloud server requires a good level of technical expertise which often gets challenging to the extent of driving away potential users from this highly beneficial technology. This is where Cloudways comes in.

We have created the Cloudways Review website to put together the most useful information that you may need before purchasing a new managed hosting package.

CloudWays Review: What is Cloudways?

Cloudways is a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) provider that takes away the headache associated with installing and managing various scripts and applications on a cloud server. It allows you to install most of the popular applications like WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Magento, etc. with just a few clicks. This saves you a lot of time and cuts short the otherwise tedious process of running into problems, contacting customer support, seeking help on forums and communities like StackExchange, etc. And the end result? You are left with lot of time and energy to focus on your core job as a webmaster or developer.

Cloudways allows you to choose the cloud hosting services from any of the 3 industry leaders – DigitalOcean, Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform. The service is quite affordable since you can configure the server as per your requirement and scale up later as and when needed.

CloudWays Review: Cloudways Web Hosting Features

Fully Managed Cloud Hosting

Cloudways offers fully managed cloud hosting services. They take care of everything related to hosting – right from configuring and patching the server to installing and updating your applications.

Highly Secure

Cloudways hosts your applications on a dedicated cloud server in a highly secure environment. All servers are loaded with automatic firmware and OS patches. A secure firewall ensures that the server and the applications it hosts are safe from unauthorized access and malicious attempts.

1-Click Install

Cloudways makes it super easy to deploy your application on a cloud server. All you need to do is select your cloud infrastructure and the application you want to install. In a matter of about 7 minutes, you will not just have your application running on the cloud but it will also be highly charged to give lightening performance, ready with all the tools to give you complete control.

1-Click Install

For example, if you want to install WordPress on Digital Ocean, select Digital Ocean as your cloud infrastructure and WordPress as your application. This will not only save you from the hassle of setting up your server but also from the tedious process of manually installing WordPress. As and when any update is available for WordPress, it will be automatically applied to your installation.

If you are looking to install SSL certificate, you can do that too in a few clicks. Just use the unique tool for this purpose placed right inside your account manager; follow some simple instructions and you are done with adding and configuring your SSL settings.

All Powerful Control Panel

A powerful control panel with easy to use interface is in fact what differentiates Cloudways from traditional cloud hosting providers. There are over 15 metrics related to server and applications that you can monitor from your control panel, without the slightest confusion. This helps you keep a close eye on the performance on your server and application alike.

Be it cloning, taking backups, restoring or scaling, everything is just a click away… And so is the management of your server (stopping, restarting or refreshing critical services, customizing your server settings, etc.). You can manage your MySQL database using the built-in MySQL Manager without having to install any external software.

Unlimited Domains

You can host as many domains as you wish to; there is no restriction whatsoever. When you fall short of the server space or bandwidth allocated under your plan, you can scale up your server without having to move your websites. They also offer staging URLs to build and test a new website before you make it live.

Email Add-on

If you are looking to have email set up on your own domain for higher security or to make it look professional, Cloudways offers email add-on, with both, free as well as paid options. This would be great asset for sending newsletters and transactional emails.

Team Access

If you need more than one person to work on a project hosted on the server, you will want to give more people access to it. Cloudways offers an effective solution through Invite Team feature to take care of such situations. It allows you to add multiple team members with different access options, facilitating team work in developing and enhancing your applications or other projects.

CloudWays Review: Customer Support

Tech support is an indispensible feature you would expect from your hosting company, and Cloudways does not let you down in this aspect either. They offer 24x7 support through live chat and support ticket system. This means you will find their experienced team by your side anytime you need them, even if that means seeking help on holidays or during night hours.

They also have their extensive knowledgebase at your disposal that will answer most of your queries, thus helping you avoid the need to even contact the support team in most of the cases.

CloudWays Review: Server Locations

Since Cloudways offers hosting on third party servers, the location depends upon the actual hosting provider you choose. Since there are 3 services as of now (more are likely to be added in future), you can choose from the following datacenter locations:

DigitalOcean

Digital Ocean: Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, New York, San Francisco and Singapore.

Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services: Frankfurt, Ireland, Northern California, Northern Virginia, Oregon, Sao Paulo, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo.

Google Cloud Platform

Google Cloud Platform or Google Compute Engine (GCE): USA, Europe and Asia Pacific.

You can also choose your server OS from CentOS, Ubuntu, Debian and Windows.

CloudWays Review: Applications Supported

Cloudways continues to add more applications to its list but the ones supported till the time of writing this review include: WordPress, Magento, WooCommerce, Joomla, Drupal, MediaWiki, PrestaShop, WordPress Mu, Moodle, Koken, SugarCRM, Restler, Laravel, PHP Stack.

Applications Supported

If you want to install any application that is not currently in the list, you can do that on the PHP stack, provided it is a PHP based application.

CloudWays Review: Plans and Pricing

There are different hosting plans based upon the hosting platform you choose – DigitalOcean, Amazon and Google.

Hosting on Digital Ocean servers is offered under 6 different plans ranging from 512 MB RAM to 16 GB RAM, priced between $5 to $280 per month. However, they advise you against going with the 512 MB plan unless and until it is for testing environment or for very small site or application. The reason given for this is that the RAM will already be burdened with the various tools and applications that are preinstalled on the server and may not be able to take further load of the application your install, leading to frequent crashes.

Hosting on Amazon is available through 6 different packages – ranging from Small (1.7 GB RAM) plan priced at $36.60 per month and the 4XL (64GB RAM) plan priced at $1,208.70 per month.

Likewise, if you want to host on Google Cloud Platform, you can choose from 5 different plans on offer – g1 small (1.70 GB RAM) to n1 standard 8 (30 GB RAM); these are tagged between $33.28 per month to $459.04 per month.

Irrespective of the plan you subscribe, you can choose either monthly or hourly billing.

CloudWays Review: Migrating Your Website

If you are looking to migrate your website from some other web host to Cloudways, that should not be difficult at all. Cloudways will help you with free migration of 1 website, and with paid migration beyond that. Even otherwise, it makes it easy to move over your site with the WordPress migration tool.

CloudWays Review: Customer Reviews

Cloudways Review by Mark

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After some bad experiences with other cloud hosting companies I found Cloudways one year ago and I could not be happier. Setup was a breeze and everything went smooth since then. This is what a hosting service is supposed to be. Highly recommended. In addition to affordable pricing, great uptime & support, Cloudways also provides a powerful control panel with a giant list of functions making the management of your websites an extremely easy task.

Cloudways Review by Jenna Miller

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Claudways is the most user-friendly managed hosting platform. The customer support is good and the servers and software seems to be very well optimized. It also has tons of features and add-ons. If you are looking for a hassle-free and reliable cloud hosting then go with Cloudways.

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CloudWays Review: FREE TRIAL

All new users are entitled to a free trial period of 30 days to test drive the services without having to enter your credit card details. However, this period may vary depending upon the hosting server you choose (Digital Ocean, Amazon or Google). You will have to verify your email ID and phone number to get started.

CloudWays Review: Conclusion

Cloudways definitely is a solid choice to give your website thundering speed of cloud hosting. Ecommerce websites are guaranteed to run with twice the speed, or 100% faster, and that is good enough to zip past your competitors in search engines and revenues.