August the 5th, 2021
I've been a Cloudways customer since July, 2021 until present and I am hosting over 5 different websites on 2 different Vultr High Performance servers with Cloudways at the time of writing this review.- Aleksander, the reviewer
Cloudways is a web hosting company that utilizes the servers of some of the most popular cloud hosting companies like DigitalOcean, Vultr, AWS, and Google Cloud and makes it accessible for anyone.
Hosting directly with either of these cloud hosting companies requires a lot of technical knowledge of servers. If you on the other hand uses Cloudways, you will be able to setup your server easily yourself. And, you will be able to utilize their free live chat support for assistance should a problem arise.
Overall Best Web Hosting Experience
After being a hosting customer at lots of web hosts since 2007, my current favorite is Cloudways. I believe this is the best option for a lot of use cases. I believe they are the best both because of the ease of use and the flexibility their solution offers.
Ease of Use
After being hosted with cPanel/WHM hosting companies for years, I find it really refreshing to use the much more simpler server management interface offered by Cloudways. It gets the job done and is quick and easy to learn the basics of.
It just feels so much more accessible for a non-techie for me. And at the same time it just looks like the more modern and better solution overall.
One of the things I love with Cloudways, compared with other WordPress cloud hosting companies like Kinsta, is that they don't put artificial limits on your server.
You'll get access to the full resources of your cloud server and can get as many visitors as the server can handle with your selected amount of resources.
Easy Server Scaling
If you ever outgrow your server, you can smiply go to 'Vertical Scaling' under 'Server Management' and increase the resources on your cloud sever.
Other Neat Things
Other things that makes Cloudways hosting a pleasure to use, is that you can clone your websites, install WordPress, create SFTP users, create SSL certificates, force HTTPS redirects, enable/disable cache, and more with just a few clicks.
Migrating to Cloudways
Another cool feature of Cloudways is their migration plugin for WordPress. Its lets you move your WordPress website onto one of your Cloudways servers with just a few clicks of a button and no headaches.
The prices you have to pay to be hostied in the cloud with Cloudways start at just $10/mo for the cheapest option. This is for the 1 core, 1GB RAM DigitalOcean server. That would a sufficient starting point for people that are just dabbling in the space and need a reasonably priced server with limited resources to get started.
One of the really enticing things about Cloudways is their transparent pricing scheme. Other hosts like Bluehost wants you to pre-pay for up to 3 years to lock you in to their servers. After the initial period many web hosts also jack up the prices, gambling that you won't put in the effort to change to another hosting company.
Cloudways, on the other hand, shows you the monthly price up-front and don't require you to lock into their servers to get the best price at all.
There is also a free trial option I would suggest you to use to see if you like Cloudways or not. The free trial works for several of the entry-level server options with up to 4GB of RAM.
You donæt have to give them your credit cards details to qualify for the free trial. You'll be up and running within minutes.
I really think that this web host is the optimal choice for most people looking for a good, easy to use, and powerful hosting solution. I think it is equally suitable for individuals just starting out and small business looking for a reliable solution to host its websites.
You can't really go wrong with trying out Cloudways for at least the free trial period.