Cloudways Hosting Review: Is It The Right Choice for Magento Stores?
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Magento is one of the most comprehensive and scalable eCommerce platforms in the market. Every eCommerce store owner that’s serious about business and looking for long-term success of their store would choose Magento because of the proven track record that includes popular brands such as Nike, Coca-Cola, and Nestle using Magento as their eCommerce platform.
But, because of its complex and resource-heavy architecture, Magento requires a capable host that can minimize downtime and keeps the store’s performance at its best. This implies that the shared hosting solutions are not a good fit for managing Magento powered ecommerce projects. In the high-traffic scenarios, these hosting solutions can collapse, resulting in operational downtime and other technical concerns. Thus, it is important to choose a cloud hosting solution that can manage and scale Magento seamlessly.
In this article, we will be reviewing Cloudways – a managed hosting solution that offers the choice of five popular cloud infrastructure providers including DigitalOcean, Linode, Google Cloud, AWS, and Vultr. All these providers offer top of the line hosting services and combined with the Cloudways management layer of Cloudways, Magento users experience an unbeatable advantage over the competition.
How Cloudways Enhances Your Magento Store Experience?
Cloudways is not just a management solution for hosting websites. It is a platform built to facilitate Magento stores and ecommerce business in general. It saves store owners both time and money – two things on which store owners place great value.
Without Cloudways, store owners have to go through a tedious process just to install Magento on the cloud. The issue doesn’t end here. The next challenge is updating Magento (and all the extensions) manually. Moreover, adding an SSL certificate, CDN, and security processes to the store are all separate cans of worms.
A Few Facts About Cloudways
- Cloudways offers blazing fast speed. Can you believe that a Cloudways hosted Magento store can load in just 300ms?
- It seamlessly connects with GitHub and allows you to pull code directly from GitHub repositories without leaving the Cloudways platform.
- Whether you are managing the store with a partner, or you are an agency working with multiple ecommerce clients, with Cloudways, you can add team accounts (with custom access privileges) for your server.
- Cloudways offers a native CDN solution (Conveniently known as CloudwaysCDN) at very reasonable costs.
- Whether you run a single or several Magento stores, Cloudways simplifies security with domain-level SSL certificates that apply across your server.
The Choice of Cloud Infrastructure Providers
Cloudways allows its customers to choose from the following five cloud providers.
- DigitalOcean (3-day free trial)
- Vultr (3-day free trial)
- Linode (3-day free trial)
- Amazon Web Service AWS
- Google Compute Engine GCE
The best way to pick a hosting infrastructure provider is to find the best fit for your budget and requirements. For starters, DigitalOcean is the best choice, as it is affordable and offers a high level of performance. However, if you are a Magento pro and have stores with thousands of SKU, AWS is a better choice.
Setting Up the Account Is Easy
Cloudways has a simple and very streamlined signup process that gets your server and Magento store up and running within minutes.
- Fill the signup form to start creating the account on Cloudways
- Select the Magento flavor of your choice. For the purpose of this review, I selected Magento 2
- Next, choose a cloud provider of your choice. I opted for AWS.
- Select server size. At this point, remember that the more disk space and RAM, the better. If you are confused about selecting server specifications, the customer support specialist is always there to help you out.
- Now, choose a server location that’s nearest to your target audience
- Due to the easy pay-as-you-go model, you only have to pay for the resources you use. Once you are done with the changes, select the LAUNCH NOW button.
That’s it. Isn’t it easy?
Why Cloudways is Ideal for Magento?
Magento is a high-maintenance platform that demands resources for sustained performance. In addition, many Magento users are not interested in dedicating time for server maintenance. They ask for a smooth functioning platform that allows them to focus on running their business.
With this in view, here’s why Cloudways is a great solution for hosting your Magento stores.
While most hosting service providers charge fixed monthly fees, Cloudways bills on a pay-as-you-go model. This means Cloudways will never over-charge you. Rather than wasting money on resources that go to waste, on Cloudways, you only pay for the server that your Magento store consumes and nothing more!.
On average, installing Magento from scratch could take you around three to four hours. What if this time gets reduced to just 10 minutes? That;’s right!
Simply launch the server, select your Magento flavor, and your server will be ready in around 10 minutes.
Security is a priority at Cloudways. At Cloudways, dedicated security processes that draw an iron curtain around your store and protect it from eavesdroppers and hackers. Cloudways offers numerous features such as IP whitelisting, database isolation, segmenting management roles, and making SSL certificates free for all.
Achieving ‘lightning-fast’ speed is not just a marketing tactic, but a reality thanks to the optimized Cloudways infrastructure. Users on Cloudways have achieved a page load speed of 300ms for their Magento store. As a result, these users see a significant improvement in SERP and website traffic.
During high-traffic periods such as Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and similar events, most server infrastructures collapse. Cloud infrastructure providers resolved this problem with the auto-scaling of server resources. Magento stores hosted on Cloudways managed AWS servers can easily auto-scale server resources based on the number of hits on the server. If the resource utilization crosses a preset threshold, the server will automatically scale the server resources to ensure continued server and store operations. This feature is also available on DO, Linode, and Vultr but the scaling process is manual.
What happens when your store suffers an accident?
Hackers around the world are always actively trying to compromise successful ecommerce stores. And, you never know when they will target your store. So, the best option is to have an auto-backup option enabled. Thanks to Cloudways, you have routine backups so that in case things go wrong, you always have a backup that you can restore to get your store back online within minutes.
Is Cloudways Worth It?
Finally, it is time for the verdict. But first, a simple question: What other cloud hosting provider offers this many features? There are rarely any managed Magento hosts that have this many features and at such an affordable price. So, is Cloudways worth it? A better answer would be something like this:
If you are making more than $1000 per month from your eCommerce store and you are paying less than $50 for a scalable hosting solution, Cloudways is worth it.
Did you know you can migrate your Magento store to Cloudways for free! Sign up now for a 3-day trial.