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A few words from Cloudways

To provide the fastest and most engaging experience for its customers, Cloudways offers Debian 8 based servers designed to optimize linux based hosting. Servers already equipped with Thunderstack help with taking on immense amounts of load without any downtime, using minimum resources and eliminating server crashes. This, coupled with SSD based technology, helps give the best L...Read Moreinux experience every time.
Cloudways also offers the following features;
-Free Cloud CDN and HTTPS support
-Vertical scaling of servers
-Staging area for testing websites
-Git integration for instant deployment
-One-click stop for applications and servers
-Folder-like structure for managing multiple projects
-Support for Multiple PHP versions
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Money Back: 30 Days

Pricing Range

VPS NZ$0.00 - NZ$15.92
Dedicated Server NZ$19.10
Cloud Hosting NZ$0.00 - NZ$1,647.45

Availability

99.9% Uptime

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Alberto Mera,
4.4
Is amazing the speed, is super easy set up a server, install apps the price is ok, for sure I will recommend it to anyone, my installation is wordpress and works very, very fast that helps me a lot when Im creating webs

Expert Review

Bruno Mirchevski
Bruno Mirchevski
Hosting Expert

As a website owner and hosting expert, I have been reviewing web hosting providers for a long while and it’s not all the time you see a host without its own data centers. Cloudways is an excellent provider for small to mid-sized businesses, thanks to their super-innovative solutions. In the rest of this review, I’ll share my thoughts on the host’s plans and pricing, support, performance, and other important metrics… and who knows, they might be just the perfect match for you!

 

Cloudways Review

Cloudways is a dedicated cloud hosting provider/affiliate that helps small to mid-sized businesses with tailored cloud hosting solutions sourced from five other popular cloud giants – DigitalOcean, VULTR, Linode, AWS and GoogleCloud. They are also partnered with CloudFlare, malcare, and Object cache Pro.

Founded in 2012, the company now serves over 570,000 websites and continues to help them with the right cloud solutions for their needs. Cloudways also offers managed WordPress and reseller hosting packages.

As a Malta-headquartered company Cloudways does not have a BBB rating. However, on Trustpilot, and compiled from over 1,500 reviews, Cloudways has an overall rating of 4.6.

 

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Exceptionally versatile hosting plans
  • Only pay for what you use
  • Incredible server footprint
  • Unlimited website hosting
  • Free hourly backups
  • Affordable cloud services
  • 3-day free trial

Cons

  • Less support on WordPress packages
  • Money back guarantee is cloudy

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Rating Breakdown

Hosting providers come in all shapes and sizes… with different plans and pricings… and even more features. How do you compare the vast number of hosting providers based on the goodies they offer?

Our experts at HostAdvice have developed a detailed rating methodology with different factors to consider and specific scores to give each host, based on how they perform in the said factors.

ParameterScoreWhy we gave this score
PRICES9.0Cloudways offers different pricing tiers depending on the cloud provider you choose and whether you want ‘Standard’ or ‘Premium’ plans. I give them a 9.0 because compared to other cloud providers, they are affordable.
FEATURES9.0Vast cloud packages, CloudFlare-compatibility, SSD servers, free SSL, free migration, and other features make Cloudways feature-heavy. However, I’d give them an 8.5 because they only offer cloud hosting.
PERFORMANCE 9.5254 ms response time, 99.9% uptime, SSD servers and storage, and incredible load times make the host among the high performers. I’d give them a 9.5 because they’re fast.
USER FRIENDLINESS9.0Cloudways intuitive control panel, incredibly organized UI, and 1-click installs make the host very user-friendly. However, cPanel die-hards may frown. I’d give them a 9.0 because the control panel may be a little technical to understand at first.
SUPPORT8.5Live chat, ticketing, phone support, private Slack channel, and a vast knowledgebase. However, I’d give them an 8.5 as Cloudways does not offer video guides and most of its support is reserved for paid customers.

 

Cloudways Prices & Plans – 2023

Cloudways can be a little technical to understand as they don’t offer their own hosting plans. The best way to understand their services is that they act as a reseller – optimizing the packages from five other cloud providers and then reselling a much more tailored plan to you.

They offer cloud hosting plans from five providers – DigitalOcean, VULTR, Linode, AWS, and GoogleCloud… as well as WordPress optimized plans, also from the same providers.

While Cloudways doesn’t say much on a money-back guarantee, they do offer a 3-day (no credit card) free trial and once you commit, you only pay for what you use. And when you do decide to commit to Cloudways, you can pay via credit card and Paypal, plus wire transfer for transactions above $1000.

Digital Ocean

Standard

Plan nameSpaceBandwidthPanelNumber of sitesPrice (per month)
N/A25 GB1 TBCustom panelUnlimited$10
N/A50 GB2 TBCustom panelUnlimited$22
N/A80 GB4 TBCustom panelUnlimited$42
N/A160 GB5 TBCustom panelUnlimited$80

Premium

Plan nameSpaceBandwidthPanelNumber of sitesPrice (per month)
N/A25 GB1 TBCustom panelUnlimited$12
N/A50 GB2 TBCustom panelUnlimited$26
N/A80 GB4 TBCustom panelUnlimited$50
N/A160 GB5 TBCustom panelUnlimited$96

The third plan in both the standard and premium DigitalOcean packages is the recommended. You get 80 GB SSD storage and 4 TB bandwidth for both plans.

Tip: Cloudways-DigitalOcean plans are best suited to businesses just moving to cloud hosting and are also the host’s most affordable plans.

VULTR

Standard

Plan nameSpaceBandwidthPanelNumber of sitesPrice (per month)
N/A25 GB1 TBCustom panelUnlimited$11
N/A50 GB2 TBCustom panelUnlimited$23
N/A80 GB3 TBCustom panelUnlimited$44
N/A160 GB4 TBCustom panelUnlimited$84

High frequency

Plan nameSpaceBandwidthPanelNumber of sitesPrice (per month)
N/A32 GB1 TBCustom panelUnlimited$13
N/A64 GB2 TBCustom panelUnlimited$26
N/A128 GB3 TBCustom panelUnlimited$50
N/A256 GB4 TBCustom panelUnlimited$100

Just like DigitalOcean plans, the third Cloudways-VULTR plans (for both standard and high frequency) are recommended. For standard you get 80 GB storage and 3 TB bandwidth while for high frequency, you get 128 GB storage and also 3TB bandwidth.

Tip: Cloudways-VULTR plans give you the most storage on a bargain. Run a website that’s growing quickly? These plans are awesome for you.

Linode

Plan nameSpaceBandwidthPanelNumber of sitesPrice (per month)
N/A25 GB1 TBCustom panelUnlimited$12
N/A50 GB2 TBCustom panelUnlimited$24
N/A80 GB4 TBCustom panelUnlimited$50
N/A160 GB5 TBCustom panelUnlimited$90

The third hosting package – offering 80 storage and 4 TB – is the recommended from this provider. You also enjoy a subscription for Object Cache Pro.

Tip: Cloudways-Linode plans promise the most bandwidth for your money and especially great if your website’s growing rapidly or has traffic spikes.

AWS

Plan nameSpaceBandwidthPanelNumber of sitesPrice (per month)
N/A20 GB2 GBCustom panelUnlimited$36.51
N/A20 GB2 GBCustom panelUnlimited$86.77
N/A20 GB2 GBCustom panelUnlimited$176.26
N/A20 GB2 GBCustom panelUnlimited$274.33

For AWS packages, Cloudways recommends the second plan with 20 GB and a rather low 2 GB bandwidth.

Tip: Cloudways-AWS plans don’t really include fixed bandwidth (reason for the low 2GB), instead, they charge you for the bandwidth you use.

GoogleCloud

Plan nameSpaceBandwidthPanelNumber of sitesPrice (per month)
N/A20 GB2 TBCustom panelUnlimited$33.18
N/A20 GB2 TBCustom panelUnlimited$73.50
N/A20 GB2 TBCustom panelUnlimited$138.52
N/A20 GB2 TBCustom panelUnlimited$225.93

Just like AWS, Cloudways recommends the second plan on its GoogleCloud plans promising 20 GB storage and 2 GB bandwidth.

Tip: Bandwidth is also charged on-demand and not a fixed value like the other providers.

WordPress Hosting

Cloudways WordPress hosting plans are priced and have the same features as their regular plans for all five providers.

Reseller Hosting

DigitalOcean – standard

Plan nameSpaceBandwidthPanelNumber of sitesPrice (per month)
N/A25 GB1 TBCustom panelUnlimited$10
N/A50 GB2 TBCustom panelUnlimited$22
N/A80 GB4 TBCustom panelUnlimited$42
N/A160 GB5 TBCustom panelUnlimited$80
N/A320 GB6 TBCustom panelUnlimited$135
N/A640 GB7 TBCustom panelUnlimited$230
N/A960 GB8 TBCustom panelUnlimited$315
N/A1.28 TB9 TBCustom panelUnlimited$395
N/A1.92 TB10 TBCustom panelUnlimited$555
N/A2.56 TB11 TBCustom panelUnlimited$715
N/A3.84 TB12 TBCustom panelUnlimited$1035

DigitalOcean – premium

Plan nameSpaceBandwidthPanelNumber of sitesPrice (per month)
N/A25 GB1 TBCustom panelUnlimited$12
N/A50 GB2 TBCustom panelUnlimited$26
N/A80 GB4 TBCustom panelUnlimited$50
N/A160 GB5 TBCustom panelUnlimited$96
N/A320 GB6 TBCustom panelUnlimited$160

The third plan with 80 GB storage and 4 TB is the recommended Cloudways-DigitalOcean standard and premium reseller plans.

VULTR – standard

Plan nameSpaceBandwidthPanelNumber of sitesPrice (per month)
N/A25 GB1 TBCustom panelUnlimited$11
N/A55 GB2 TBCustom panelUnlimited$23
N/A80 GB3 TBCustom panelUnlimited$44
N/A160 GB4 TBCustom panelUnlimited$84
N/A320 GB5 TBCustom panelUnlimited$139
N/A640 GB6 TBCustom panelUnlimited$225
N/A1280 GB10 TBCustom panelUnlimited$385

VULTR – high frequency

Plan nameSpaceBandwidthPanelNumber of sitesPrice (per month)
N/A32 GB1 TBCustom panelUnlimited$13
N/A64 GB2 TBCustom panelUnlimited$26
N/A128 GB3 TBCustom panelUnlimited$50
N/A256 GB4 TBCustom panelUnlimited$100
N/A384 GB5 TBCustom panelUnlimited$160
N/A512 GB6 TBCustom panelUnlimited$260
N/A768 GB8 TBCustom panelUnlimited$321

Like DigitalOcean, the recommended plans on Cloudways-VULTR packages are the third. With the standard giving you 80 GB storage and 3 TB bandwidth, and the high frequency plans giving you 128 GB storage and also 3 TB bandwidth.

 

Linode

Plan nameSpaceBandwidthPanelNumber of sitesPrice (per month)
N/A25 GB1 TBCustom panelUnlimited$12
N/A50 GB2 TBCustom panelUnlimited$24
N/A80 GB4 TBCustom panelUnlimited$50
N/A160 GB5 TBCustom panelUnlimited$90
N/A320 GB8 TBCustom panelUnlimited$150
N/A640 GB16 TBCustom panelUnlimited$250
N/A1280 GB20 TBCustom panelUnlimited$470
N/A1920 GB20 TBCustom panelUnlimited$680
N/A2560 GB20 TBCustom panelUnlimited$860
N/A3840 GB20 TBCustom panelUnlimited$1205

We recommend Linode’s third plan – 80 GB storage and 4 TB bandwidth… as well as all the other goodies.

AWS

Plan nameSpaceBandwidthPanelNumber of sitesPrice (per month)
N/A20 GB2 GBCustom panelUnlimited$36.51
N/A20 GB2 GBCustom panelUnlimited$176.26
N/A20 GB2 GBCustom panelUnlimited$86.77
N/A20 GB2 GBCustom panelUnlimited$274.33
N/A20 GB2 GBCustom panelUnlimited$428.70
N/A20 GB2 GBCustom panelUnlimited$705.18
N/A20 GB2 GBCustom panelUnlimited$1911.10
N/A20 GB2 GBCustom panelUnlimited$3569.98

If you’re just starting out, we recommend the third Cloudways-AWS plan with 20 GB storage and 2 GB base bandwidth.

Tip: Bandwidth is charged on a per-use basis and not given as a fixed value with your package.

GoogleCloud

Plan nameSpaceBandwidthPanelNumber of sitesPrice (per month)
N/A20 GB2 GBCustom panelUnlimited$33.18
N/A20 GB2 GBCustom panelUnlimited$138.52
N/A20 GB2 GBCustom panelUnlimited$73.50
N/A20 GB2 GBCustom panelUnlimited$274.33
N/A20 GB2 GBCustom panelUnlimited$225.93
N/A20 GB2 GBCustom panelUnlimited$412.70
N/A20 GB2 GBCustom panelUnlimited$721.94
N/A20 GB2 GBCustom panelUnlimited$1290.30

Also recommending the third plan, you also get 20 GB storage plus 2 GB bandwidth.

Reseller hosting tip: Every reseller hosting package offered by Cloudways via the 5 providers is best for new hosting companies and agencies looking to resell hosting to their clients.

 

Cloudways Features

  • Cloud hosting via 5 providers
  • Free SSL
  • CloudFlare CDN compatible
  • SSD hosting
  • Auto healing servers
  • Unlimited app installs
  • Auto backups
  • SSH and SFTP Access

Cloudways is special among most other hosting providers thanks to their model. By implementing five other providers, they give you access to over 65 data centers around the world. Incredible!

Asides from the features already provided by each of these providers, you also get Cloudways’ own features that are must-haves for your website’s performance and security.

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Performance

This review won’t be complete without testing Cloudways performance – speed, uptime, and load times. If you’re planning to host your website on their platform, how quickly would your website load when a user visits?

To get values on the host’s performance metrics, I tested https://apps.geo.tv,a website hosted on Cloudways on GTMetrix to see how they scored.

These were the results:

On GTMetrix, the website had an impressive 254 ms response and a fully loaded time of 1.7s. The site also has an impressive overall performance of 96%:

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Do note that the overall performance is not the same as the uptime. Cloudways promises a 99.9% uptime – i.e your website will be online 99.9% of the time (which has now become the industry’s standard).

 

Level Of Support

Cloudways offers support 24/7/365 via:

Live chat

Live chat is a must-have for any hosting provider where you’ll get support directly from a live agent. So I tested Cloudways live chat but couldn’t find it. Even after signing up on the platform, you need to activate a server before you can get the live chat support.

Thanks to their no credit card policy, I was able to chat with an agent and they were very knowledgeable and responded promptly:

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Phone

However, their phone support is only available on their Premium support plans.

Ticketing

If you don’t have an emergency, you can request support via a ticket and you’ll be contacted within 24 hours:

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A vast knowledgebase

And for self help? Their vast knowledgebase with a built-in search engine will give you to answers to most questions quickly:

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A private Slack channel

Cloudways also offers support via a private Slack channel (quite unique) but also only available on their Premium plans.

 

User-Friendliness – Ease of use

Registration

It is very easy and straightforward to register and sign up on Cloudways. Their free trial allows you to create an account and have access to your dashboard without needing to specify the features you want immediately.

From the pricing page, just click ‘Start for free’

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You’ll be asked to put in your name, email, and your account password. Next, you’ll be sent an activation email which once you click, will lead you to Cloudways intuitive control panel.

Cloudways Control Panel

Cloudways offers its own customized control panel – a cPanel alternative.

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It is incredibly intuitive and from here, you can choose the provider and plans you want. Cloudways did an awesome job at making it easy to manage your hosting plans without the nostalgia of cPanel – and is exceptionally great for beginners.

Installing WordPress on Cloudways

Cloudways offers WordPress-optimized hosting that makes it easy to install and launch your WP packages in one click.

Once your account is active, under Application & Server details, Choose ‘WordPress’ and then name the Application & server, and finally click ‘select your project’

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Next select the provider you want from the size and then specify the resources you’ll be needing. Next choose your server location and click ‘Launch now’:

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Once your server is ready, go to ‘Applications’ > ‘WordPress’ > ‘Access details’ then ‘Admin panel’.

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From there, you’ll be able to see your WordPress login details and temporary URL.

Add an email account with Cloudways

Cloudways doesn’t offer their native email hosting but has partnered with Rackspace – and it will cost you an extra $ 1/month.

You can use the Rackspace email add-on to add emails and manage them. Simply click the grid icon on your account homepage and click ‘Add-ons’. Then the edit icon beside ‘Rackspace email’:Final: Cloudways review

Next simply fill in your email address and password and you’ll have it ready. Do note that for first-timers, you’ll need to configure your DNS records and it’s better to contact their support for help if you’re not very technical.

 

Conclusion: Do We Recommend Cloudways?

Despite not providing their own in-house hosting services, Cloudways is a remarkable third-party hosting provider that gives you far more flexibility and resource control than you’d get if you purchased plans from the cloud providers directly.

They have an exceptional server footprint for superb response times, a customized control panel that rebelliously makes website management super easy, and also offer the most versatile plans on the market.

I recommend Cloudways as the go-to cloud provider if you are looking for scalable resources that can serve every kind of business.

Cloudways Prices, Plans & Features - 2023

VPS Hosting Plans

Plan Name Space CPU RAM OS Price Score
DigitalOcean Starter Plan 25 GB 1 core 1 GB NZ$15.92 4.6 Details
Start for free Unlimited - 0 B NZ$0.00 4.6 Details

Dedicated Server Plans

Plan Name Space CPU RAM OS Price Score
DO Premium 25 GB 1 core 1 GB NZ$19.10 4.6 Details

Cloud Hosting Plans

Plan Name Space CPU RAM Bandwidth Price Score
Vultr Starter Plan 25 GB 1 x 1.00GHz 1 GB 1 TB NZ$17.51 4.5 Details
Vultr 2GB Plan 55 GB 1 x 1.00GHz 2 GB 2 TB NZ$36.61 4.5 Details
Vultr 4GB Plan 80 GB 2 x 2.00GHz 4 GB 3 TB NZ$70.04 3.2 Details
Vultr 8GB Plan 160 GB 2 x 2.00GHz 8 GB 4 TB NZ$133.71 4.6 Details
Vultr 16GB Plan 320 GB 6 x 2.00GHz 16 GB 5 TB NZ$221.25 4.6 Details
Vultr 32GB Plan 640 GB 8 x 2.00GHz 32 GB 6 TB NZ$358.14 4.6 Details
Vultr 64GB Plan 1.25 TB 16 x 2.00GHz 64 GB 10 TB NZ$612.82 5.0 Details
DigitalOcean Starter Plan 25 GB 1 x 1.00GHz 1 GB 1 TB NZ$15.92 4.6 Details
DigitalOcean 2GB Plan 50 GB 1 x 1.00GHz 2 GB 2 TB NZ$35.02 4.3 Details
DigitalOcean 4GB Plan 80 GB 2 x 2.00GHz 4 GB 4 TB NZ$66.85 4.9 Details
DigitalOcean 8GB Plan 160 GB 4 x 2.00GHz 8 GB 5 TB NZ$127.34 4.9 Details
DigitalOcean 16GB Plan 320 GB 6 x 2.00GHz 16 GB 6 TB NZ$214.88 4.6 Details
DigitalOcean 32GB Plan 640 GB 8 x 2.00GHz 32 GB 7 TB NZ$366.10 4.6 Details
DigitalOcean 48GB Plan 960 GB 12 x 2.00GHz 48 GB 8 TB NZ$501.40 4.6 Details
DigitalOcean 64GB Plan 1.25 TB 16 x 2.00GHz 64 GB 9 TB NZ$628.74 4.6 Details
DigitalOcean 96GB Plan 1.88 TB 20 x 2.00GHz 96 GB 10 TB NZ$883.42 4.6 Details
DigitalOcean 128GB Plan 2.5 TB 24 x 2.00GHz 128 GB 11 TB NZ$682.86 4.6 Details
DigitalOcean 192GB Plan 3.75 TB 32 x 2.00GHz 192 GB 12 TB NZ$1,647.45 4.6 Details
DigitalOcean 4GB Plan Premium 80 GB 2 x 2.00GHz 4 GB 4 TB NZ$79.59 4.8 Details
DigitalOcean 8GB Plan Premium 160 GB 4 x 2.00GHz 8 GB 5 TB NZ$152.81 4.6 Details
DigitalOcean 16GB Plan Premium 320 GB 8 x 2.00GHz 16.01 GB 6 TB NZ$254.68 5.0 Details
Vultr High Frequency 1GB 32 GB 1 x 2.00GHz 1 GB 1 TB NZ$20.69 4.9 Details
Vultr High Frequency 2GB 64 GB 1 x 2.00GHz 2 GB 2 TB NZ$41.39 4.8 Details
Vultr High Frequency 4GB 128 GB 2 x 2.00GHz 4 GB 3 TB NZ$79.59 5.0 Details
Free trial Unlimited - 0 B Unlimited NZ$0.00 4.6 Details
Linode 1GB 25 GB 1 core 1 GB 1 TB NZ$19.10 4.6 Details
Linode 2GB 50 GB 1 core 2 GB 2 TB NZ$38.20 4.6 Details
Linode 4GB 80 GB 2 cores 4 GB 4 TB NZ$79.59 4.6 Details
Linode 16GB 320 GB 6 cores 16 GB 8 TB NZ$238.76 4.6 Details
Linode 128GB 2.5 TB 24 cores 128 GB 20 TB NZ$1,368.90 4.6 Details
AWS 2GB 20 GB 1 core 2 GB 2 TB NZ$58.11 4.6 Details
AWS 8GB 20 GB 2 cores 2 MB Unlimited NZ$280.56 4.6 Details
AWS 16GB Unlimited - 16 GB Unlimited NZ$436.66 4.6 Details
AWS 64GB 20 GB 8 cores 64 GB 2 TB NZ$682.38 4.6 Details
Google Cloud 1.7GB 20 GB 1 core 1.7 GB 2 TB NZ$52.81 4.6 Details
Google Cloud 7.5GB 20 GB 2 cores 7.5 GB 2 TB NZ$220.49 4.6 Details
Google Cloud 15GB 20 GB 4 cores 15 GB 2 TB NZ$359.62 4.6 Details
Google Cloud 30GB 20 GB 8 cores 30.04 GB 2 TB NZ$656.91 4.6 Details
Alan Smiles
Alan Smiles from Spain,

Best Hosting I Have Ever Had

4.8
At a personal level this is the best hosting I have had in the 20 years I have been building websites. The servers are fast (I have cloud hosting with another provider and even with all the extra CPU's and Ram that I can buy it do...Read Moreesn't come close to Cloudways). Tech support is responsive (no 20 minute waits). I like the chat feature as you can send screen shots etc. It may be a little different to other hosting plans that people might be used to as I have more experience in dealing with servers, ftp, .htacess A records etc. But support is excellent and the documentation is easy to follow if you have not done some of this before. If you are looking for a godaddy or bluehost kind of hosting experience then this is neither (so stick to them). But if you are looking for speed, security, free SSL, and first rate tech support then this is the way to go. I was apprehensive to make the move but my page speed loads, web updates, and so many other things tell me I was right! I laugh at the current 6.5 rating for Pricing! If you want to pay $3.99 for a shared server where other people can take your site down then feel free... $15 per month is really not expensive for the server you get, the speed and the support. You can pay $5 less per month with DigitalOcean/ServerPilot but I really didn't find their support very helpful. It's worth the extra $5 to have support there with CW. I would really ask people to consider the reviews here as there may be such a breadth of experience on the Cloudways review. Everything from people starting off (might give a less than perfect rating due to experience) while others may be server techs looking for more. If you are like me and been in the game for some time and know your way around, and getting tired of the same-old, same-old then Cloudways provide a great opportunity to move away from that. 10/10 from my point of view.Less
Butch Ewing
Butch Ewing from United States,

Excellent Resource for Agencies and Hobbyists

5.0
I have used many cloud-based hosting platforms. I have grown to really love DigitalOcean cloud computing, but I didn't like spending so much time in the setup and I was never certain that I did it correctly. I'm a Developer not a ...Read MoreDevOps guy. Even though DigitalOcean says that it is built for developers, I found that it was more than I wanted to deal with. I started using Cloudways to remove the complexity of setup and maintaining a DigitalOcean server. I was impressed right away with the ease of use. It just got better from there. The reliability has been 100%. The pricing is very reasonable. In fact if your use DO on the smallest plan, it is exactly the same price! This is, i'm sure, Cloudways allowing us to try the service. As you scale vertically, there is only a minimal upcharge from what DO charges. Although, I feel like the pricing on the other cloud platforms (Vultr, AWS, Google Cloud Platform) may have a little more margin. The support has been phenomenal. I couldn't be more pleased. I have not had any "real" problems, just questions and feature requests. The support team has always been very responsive and helpful. The features that Cloudways offers on top of each of the cloud platforms is spot on. I really like the new admin console that they recently rolled out. The free SSL's with Let's Encrypt is very easily baked into the console. Enter your email address and domain name and in literally a second or two you have an SSL! I recently experimented with the Team portion of the console. It is very cool. I will be allowing my clients limited access to this. All in all, Cloudways is a great platform built on top of the industry leading Cloud server providers. They make it quick and easy to get up and running for a very low price. Hands down, this is the way to go. I have been transitioning all of my client sites to this and couldn't be more pleased.Less
Jack Rogers
Jack Rogers from United States,

Worst Managed Hosting Possible

1.2
This company will hold you hostage if you choose to host with them and do everything they can to restrict permissions to your own servers. Do not work with them because they will cost you thousands of dollars to not provide any se...Read Morervice and then they will waste as much of your time as possible when you try to move hosting companies.Less

FAQ

Is Cloudways suitable for eCommerce plans?

Yes, it does. Cloudways comes with a modern combination of Nginx and Apache servers that promise better performance and provide outstanding eCommerce plans.

What is a ‘pay-as-you-go’ system?

The ‘pay-as-you-go- system allows you to only pay for the time when you use their services and not for the entire month/year. This is an excellent feature that allows a smooth experience.

What paying methods does Cloudways hosting support?

Cloudways hosting comes with a variety of paying methods. This web host provider supports payments through Credit and Debit Cards, such as Visa, MasterCard, and Amex, and it also supports PayPal. But that’s not all. This highly ranked web host also supports the Wire Transfer service, which is only accessible on a minimum purchase of $1000.

Where is Cloudways located?

Cloudways is located in Malta, Europe, but nowadays, it has servers in many countries around the world.

Does Cloudways provide a free migration?

What I absolutely loved about this web host is that it comes with an option for free migration of one website, and things get even better if you want to transfer your WordPress website. This cloud hosting platform also has a WordPress migration plugin.

Does Cloudways come with email hosting?

Yes, you can use email hosting, but keep in mind that it requires extra fees. You can freely subscribe to their Rackspace Email add-on that costs $1/month for one email account.

When not to use Cloudways hosting?

If you are a complete beginner in the world of web hosting, you can consider beginning with shared hosting providers that offer an easy-to-use interface. However, if you are ready for some greater challenges, you can definitely purchase one of Cloudways’ plans.

Can I get help with moving my website to Cloudways?

Their support team is available 24/7 for everything you need. However, after signing in, you can watch a tutorial that shows how to migrate your WordPress account to Cloudways.

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