Why to host your WordPress website on Cloudways?
Searching for Cloud Hosting Services can be a tedious job. There are heaps of hosting options all over the internet that cater to a variety of hosting needs. There is shared hosting, dedicated hosting, VPS, cloud and Managed Cloud Hosting.
WordPress is one of the most powerful CMS in the world that is powering more than a quarter of the internet. From designers to web developers to small agencies, everyone is using WordPress in one way or another.
WordPress is also popular among online store owners because of its popular eCommerce plugin, WooCommerce. The plugin turns your WordPress site into a fully functioning online store and lets you manage it directly from your WordPress dashboard. This means you can add products, discounts, checkout buttons, and create product pages without using a single piece of code.
The reason behind WooCommerce’s popularity is simple: it’s easy to deploy, use and configure, provided you don’t have to tackle the server-side issues and have ample time to focus on your online store.
A reliable WooCommerce hosting is one of the most important issues for online store owners. Most of the time, if not all, a faulty web hosting server can lead to a number of problems that will eventually cause the failure of your WooCommerce store. Moreover, if you are not accustomed to installing WooCommerce manually, then you need to have a managed cloud-based hosting by your side.
There are many managed cloud hosting providers in the industry and choosing the one that suits your needs is a tough job. Have a look at this guide on how to decide upon a managed cloud hosting provider.
I had the opportunity to experience a managed WordPress hosting service provider, Cloudways - for free - owing to their 3 days free trial for DigitalOcean provider. Here is a transcript of my experience.
Yes, as shown in the image above, the only thing that stands between you and your optimized WooCommerce store is your email address. You just have to use your email address to signup to Cloudways’ managed WooCommerce hosting and enjoy an optimized environment where your online store not only performs at an optimum level but is also secure.
Cloudways has been serving the eCommerce industry efficiently throughout the years, giving users the freedom to scale their resources and add team members for better management. Store owners can choose between five best in class cloud server providers Amazon Web Services, DigitalOcean, Vultr, Google Cloud Platform, and Linode.
That is not it!
There are other benefits to using Cloudways. These advantages include:
- 24x7 Live Chat Support,
- CloudwaysBot - a real-time insight provider,
- Cloudways API,
- SSD Based Hosting,
- 1-Click Backup & Restore,
- Free SSL From Let’s Encrypt
- Git Deployment
- Unlimited WooCommerce Migrations (easy as 1-2-3)
- User-friendly Platform
- 1-click Push & Pull Staging Environment
- And much, much more.
Let's just dive into the features that are offered by Cloudways.
No matter what, no review is complete without the feature of 1click scaling. We will discuss this later in the piece, but first, I am going to describe the platform, because that is important.
Multiple Cloud Infrastructures
When I say, Cloudways gives you complete control over your hosting; I mean it. You can choose your cloud provider from Amazon, Google, DigitalOcean, Vultr, and Linode. These providers have more than 60 data centers where you can deploy your WooCommerce application so it doesn’t matter if your customers are coming from the United States, Asia, Europe, Africa or Australia, they will experience optimum performance.
Security is one of the most important factors in your online store’s success and Cloudways ensures that all your store and customers’ data is safe and sound. The team of engineers at Cloudways is constantly on the lookout for any security threats and on top of that, regular OS patches and firmware upgrades make Cloudways safer (and better) than its competitors.
Cloudways offers a range of PHP-based frameworks, content management systems, and e-commerce builders. Deployment is easy and swift and you can launch your WooCommerce store in a matter of minutes.
You can choose the size of your CPU, the appropriate RAM to go with, and storage. Give the server some minutes and Presto! You're done.
In this time and age, speed is what determines if a visitor on your online store converts or not. Cloudways guarantees an improvement in web page load times and just like you, I was curious to find out how they did that.
The answer lies in their Cloudways Stack.
The Stack is the result of their in house caching formula that is specifically designed to improve website load times by 100%. It is a powerful combination of cache technologies and web servers that ensures that your online store gets optimum speed all the time.
Let’s dig deeper into the Cloudways stack to find out more.
The Cloudways Stack Formula
The Cloudways Stack is an exclusive Cloudways creation that uses Nginx and Apache web servers with Varnish and Memcached caching systems. The intent is to cut web page load time and get optimized performance for your online store. Furthermore, you get the optional components coupled with the stack, Redis Cache, and MariaDB as the database engine.
The Power of a Click
As mentioned earlier in the article, Cloudways lets you deploy your server and launch your WooCommerce application in just a few clicks. This means you have the liberty to be the virtual owner of your server. All this is possible through the Cloudways platform that comes with a host of features like one-click Free SSL, one-click backup, enabling Cloudways CDN and much more.
The beauty of the Cloudways platform is that it lets you perform functions in minutes which otherwise would take hours. Some of these functions would even require the help of a developer if done manually which will obviously add to your cost. So the platform not only saves you time, but it also saves you a lot of money.
Free SSL Certificates
Cloudways takes the security of your online store very seriously. As you would know, WooCommerce and WordPress websites are very vulnerable to security threats, and why shouldn’t they be? After all, they are the most popular website building platforms around.
Keeping this in mind, Cloudways has partnered with Let’s Encrypt to provide the industry-leading, open-source, SSL certificate for free. You can install let’s encrypt on WordPress in just 1click.
Free SSL certificates via Let’s Encrypt means the platform is also equipped with heavy artillery. Plus, the cloud servers launched through Cloudways can handle more than one website with or without SSL protection.
Scale up in a Jiffy
As an online store owner, you must run a lot of campaigns where you anticipate a spike in traffic. In such circumstances, you would want your server to be ready because if it’s not, your store will crash and you will lose a lot of customers.
With Cloudways, scaling your resources is just as simple as a volume slider. The platform allows you to scale your CPU, RAM, and storage whenever you need to while staying on the same hosting plan.
Cloudways also lets you launch unlimited WooCommerce applications on a single server. It also supports WordPress multisite so if you are an agency and managing a number of online stores, Cloudways has the solution for you too.
Work as a Team
If you need your team to join on your project, you can invite them and make them a part of your team. Also, you can designate their roles while keeping control of yourself.
Create automated workflows with Git and code deployment tools, keeping your code managed and monitor it properly. From an eCommerce agency standpoint, the Team feature is quite helpful as it provides a single platform to the whole team for interaction.
Customer Support Has Your Back
Running an eCommerce store is quite hefty and good support can make things a lot easier. Cloudways 24×7 customer support gives you all the help you need in managing your server and your store. You can start a live chat session and talk to the customer support team who are well equipped in solving all your server related queries. You can also launch a support ticket and the support team will ensure that it is resolved quickly and effectively.
Easy on the Pocket
With all these amazing features, you might perceive Cloudways as heavy on the pocket but surprisingly it’s not. In fact, Cloudways is one of the most affordable managed cloud hosting providers around.
You can launch your managed cloud hosting server for as low as $10/month. Cloudways also gives you full control over your billing through its pay as you go feature where you only pay for the resources you use through hourly invoices.
Oh! One more thing, Cloudways bounds you in no contracts, so technically there is no bluff in it.
How to Get Started With Managed WordPress Cloud Hosting From Cloudways?
Launching your WooCommerce application on Cloudways is as easy as it gets. Here is what you have to do: Sign up with your email address and verify your email. Once you are verified, sign in to your account and here is the Server launch screen.
- Select WordPress with WooCommerce
Choose WordPress with WooCommerce from the application drop-down menu. Give your application and server a name. Now choose your project.
- Choose Provider & Server Specs
You now have to Choose the Cloud Infrastructure provider and server size.
- Choose Data-center
Now Choose the location of your server based on where your target audience is located.
And you are all ready to launch your server.
How easy was that? Especially for someone who is not much acquainted with manual installations of WooCommerce on DigitalOcean.
Now, you can sign up with Cloudways to get a FREE trial period. Experience Cloudways - one of the best-managed cloud hosting platforms in the industry. Once convinced, you can upgrade your account to unlock the full potential of Managed Cloud Hosting.