Cloudways Review

What Is Cloudways?

Cloudways is a host for developers that provides a layer of abstraction to remove the pain of setting up and maintaining a server.

As the name suggests, all their services are based on highly scalable, managed cloud hosting, that can be deployed quickly and simply.

Company and History

Cloudways, based in Malta, has two distinct faces. It’s an integration point for many cloud services, all managed from a single console.

It’s also a site which lets PHP developers deploy their own containerized applications. It offers a rich array of features for PHP app development.

The company was founded in 2011. It completely revamped its site in 2016, calling it “Cloudways 2.0.”

Cloudways has data centers all around the world. Customers and users will always be within reasonable reach of one. It has added more in 2016 and 2017.

Cloudways Services

Services Offered by Cloudways

All customers can add “servers” to their account at any time.

The customer can add services from cloud infrastructure providerssuch as Amazon Web Services, DigitalOcean, Google, and Vultr.

Based on the provider and disk space you choose, Cloudways will set up a cloud-based virtual server. It usually takes under a minute.

Managed Services

Cloudways supports them as managed services. It supports several content management systems, including the following 5 most popular ones:

  1. WordPress
  2. Drupal
  3. Magento
  4. Joomla
  5. Moodle

Customers can use other PHP-based CMSs, though they’re basically a do-it-yourself effort.

A customer can obtain any number of servers and clone an application or cloud server as necessary. As usage grows, the customer can add more servers.

The process of adding a server on Cloudways.
The process of adding a server on Cloudways.

E-commerce Cloud Platform and One-Click Installs

The Cloudways E-commerce Cloud Hosting platform lets customers set up online stores. They get one free migration from their previous site.

Alternatively, they can build an e-commerce site on one of the supported CMSs.

The Cloud Console makes management very convenient, with features such as one-click SSL certificate management and domain mapping. Operations that might otherwise require a support call are easy to carry out.

Backups and CloudwaysBot

Backups run daily by default, and recovery is a one-click operation. The account owner can change the backup schedule using the console.

The CloudwaysBot provides notifications about server status, backups, and upgrades, as well as offering tips and recommendations.

It can answer many support questions. Customers can choose to get its messages by several venues, including Slack, email, and HipChat, and they can select the types of notifications they want to receive. Developers can access the bot with a custom API.

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