Cloudways - 5 Minutes To High End Premier Website Hosting
The conversation on managed cloud hosting is an ongoing place of interest, hence our focus today on this cloudways review. Cloudways is like the little guy in the sea of giants definitely making a splash in it’s cloud hosting services and while there are several cloud hosting providers, Cloudways has made a name for themselves since their start back in 2009.
With that said, cloud hosting if you’re not aware is still a fairly new concept. Most of us when we think about hosting, we think about a VPS.. basically a virtual server, dedicated hosts and shared hosts. It can, however be difficult to wrap your head around this notion of hosting your website in the cloud. If I’ve still lost you, then I’ll explain what I just went over in a moment, but with that said, the fascinating realities about using cloud management services include the following:
- Very strong security.. to reiterate the point, understand that cloud based systems are highly secure
- Very good redundancy (we’re talking data and backup here) which means more server reliability for your data to ensure that your website never goes down.. very important feature within Cloudways… The servers are available around the clock so forget about downtime
- Won’t break your wallet.. it's more affordable than you realize
- Cloud hosting is faster than any other type of hosting available
Now let’s briefly talk about the different types of hosting before getting into Cloudways.
Shared Hosting: The most economical of all choices and where new most new websites start. Every website has to have a place where to store their files and that is the server, but in a shared hosting environment you are sharing a server with several other websites in order to share the resources.
Dedicated Hosting: This is very different from shared hosting in that, when you opt for this type of hosting, you are the only website on the server and the resources are not shared with anyone else. If you are a larger website with a lot of traffic, you typically don’t want to share resources with another website and it’s not common for websites that have a large amount of traffic using this option.
VPS Hosting: This option is certainly not for the inexperienced. VPS is reserved for the more advanced website owner. This option allows you to install software that may not come with your shared hosting. You are still on a server with other websites though but typically you’re not sharing the resources with quite as many websites that you’d find on a traditional shared hosting option.
There's also additional information on hosting that can be found in this post here: Blogging at 500% Success Rate - Lets Talk About Hosting.
With that said, lets move on to talking about Cloudways. From the curious point of view, it makes sense to start with their free trial as you’ll find on their homepage as seen here in this image: Just click the image to get started if you'd rather not read the rest of this post.
Upon entering your email address or using your social account to start with Cloudways, you’ll also be given directions to activate your account. Once that’s been completed you’ll be welcomed with the setup screen.
Among the first things that you’ll have to do is create a new server and you have the following to choose from:
Digital Ocean: currently offering a 14 day free trial. The information bubble will tell you that it’s the fastest growing provider and one of the cheapest clouds that also offers high performance SSD based storage with 7 datacenters in 3 countries. This is your best option if you need an inexpensive host with nearly unlimited bandwidth and smaller servers.
Vultr: currently offering a 3 day free trial. The information bubble will tell you that it’s the most economical cloud with the most locations and that it offers SSD storage and almost unlimited bandwidth across 14 locations.
Amazon Web Services: currently offering a 3 day free trial. The information bubble will tell you that’s it offers the reliability of Amazon with flexible and configurable disk size and bandwidth with 8 datacenters in 6 countries.
Google Compute Engine: currently offering a 3 day free trial. The information bubble will tell you that it is extremely powerful and reliable with efficient performance backed by the Google brand name. There are 3 locations in 3 continents and is made for hosting large business and resource intensive websites at an affordable rate with 99.9% uptime.
Regardless of which cloud you choose, there are 10 applications that you must also choose from as well. You will select only one of them. The applications that you have to choose from are among the following:
- PHP Stack
- Media Wiki
Wordpress is likely to be the most popular application, but for other users that are knowledgeable and do prefer other applications those are available as depicted in the images to the left too.
Once your application has been chosen, you’ll move on to the next step which will require that you choose your server size. This is dependent upon the number of pageviews that you are seeing per month. If you are a new website then your pageviews are most likely to be in the 0-30k range, but if you’re a more established website with traffic coming to your website, accessing your Google Analytics should help you gauge what your monthly pageview numbers look like.
There are two tabs:
- Recommend Me
- I know my server size
Once you’ve chosen your pageviews, click on recommend me and the system will recommend the size of the server for you. Alternatively, you can simply go to the other tab and select your server size without the recommendation.
The next step is to select your servers location. NOTE: this is not selecting your physical location. This is where your server is located. There are currently 7 server locations:
- San Francisco
- New York
After you’ve chosen your server location, you will select whether you’d prefer to pay hourly or monthly. The current default settings are 2 cents per hour or $15 per month which would go into effect after your free trial has ended.
That would conclude my post and brief insights into Cloudways managed cloud hosting. Now with that said, typically when I review a product, it is based on personal usage, but in this case, it is the exception and a change that is coming this year from me to you as there are many other products that you can benefit from that I have not personally used. Nevertheless, I follow a number of other bloggers and Harsh Agrawal of Shoutmeloud is one of them. He had positive things to say about this cloud hosting management company and recommended it to his readership. As you know I will never place a product on this blog that I feel doesn’t benefit my readers, but I highly respect Shoutmeloud and what Harsh says to his 400k readers which is why I’m recommending Cloudways here on my blog to you as well.
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