29 Aug Why I switched to CloudWays
I’m not usually the type of person that shills services or products, but I just have to shout from the mountain top about CloudWays. I have used LOTS of hosting companies. VPSes are crazy expensive for a small business, and shared hosting doesn’t cut it when you’re using a multipurpose theme. I’ve been looking for an alternative to my very old shared hosting account for several months. I tried Digital Ocean, I even moved my site there briefly. And then everything went to hell and I realized I have ZERO help if that server has problems. Which it did, almost immediately. I basically ran back to my shared hosting company after spending far too many hours trying to manage my Digital Ocean server issues.
In the meantime I was having some problems with my SSL, which is used in the hidden contracts area of my website. That’s what motivated my decision to start looking elsewhere. I also recently switched from a pretty lightweight theme to a lumbering bull-in-a-china-shop multipurpose theme called Bridge. I like Bridge, you can do a lot with it, but it loads SO SLOWLY on almost any shared hosting, it’s painful. I can’t have a slow site when I’m touting my wares as a site developer, so I started reluctantly looking again for that magic bullet hosting company. Cheap VPSes with good support. Let me tell you, this combo basically doesn’t exist.
So let me tell you all about CloudWays. They have built their company on top of large cloud computing companies like Amazon, Digital Ocean, and Google. The sell hosting through those companies. The difference is they act as a middle man. They do the server management, and they provide you with a super-easy-to-use admin panel with everything you’d need to manage your site/server on a basic level, including easy install SSL, and a MySQL manager. It took me less than an hour to get my website moved over. It was so crazy easy, and I didn’t even use the free migration they offer for new customers. I bought a 1Gb Digital Ocean instance (because actually this site doesn’t get a huge amount of traffic). I could not be happier with the performance so far. The best part is it costs the same as if I was paying for that service directly through Digital Ocean. So same price, but with support and admin panel. I’m SO in.
Some other benefits of CloudWays include Varnish Caching, auto-setup of W3 total Cache and opcache, apc object caching, I mean, the caching alone is brilliant, I’ve never had so much caching!
I’m going to continue to monitor my site and I’ll update this post if anything changes – I do have my misgivings, the company is not run by english speakers and the website is… lacking, but so far I’m really excited by this company.
Update: Nov. 19, 2017 – I’m still very happy with Cloudways. I have some issues with how Varnish interacts with WooCommerce sometimes and I still find the Varnish rule system annoying, but the newer Kyup scaling servers have been fabulous for multiple clients. As you can see in the comments, any slowness you experience here on spunmonkey.com are my own making, not the fault of Cloudways.