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[Guest Post] Cloudways – A Managed Magento Hosting Platform for Everyone

[Guest Post] Cloudways – A Managed Magento Hosting Platform for Everyone

Stable and reliable hosting is the key to success for any Magento store. Keeping this principle in view, we always keep our eyes open for the best Magento hosting providers. This time, it’s Cloudways’ turn. Offering several key features, Cloudways, a managed cloud hosting platform for Magento stores, is an important player in the cloud hosting industry.

First Impressions

At first glance, Cloudways hosting price options may look a little steep for many store owners. However, these prices include the cost of infrastructure by industry giants including Amazon Web Services (AWS), DigitalOcean (DO), Google Compute Engine (GCE), Vultr, and Kyup.

So, instead of purchasing an account with one of these cloud infrastructure providers and then paying someone to manage the account and the Magento installation, you could just sign up for a managed Magento hosting account on Cloudways to free yourself from the hassles of server management and performance optimization.

When it comes to hosting Magento stores, managed hosting is an underappreciated idea. It’s a hosting solution where cloud server management is handled by experts from the hosting provider.

Magento is a complex e-commerce solution that requires best server performance in order to be a success. From experience, we could attest that running a Magento based business is a hectic process. No store owner would like to deal with the added burden of dealing with the intricacies server management.

Everything’s on a Click

The general perception about cloud hosting is that it is not user-friendly and that you need to hire a team of experts to keep things ticking. However, Cloudways provides everyone the opportunity of launching a Magento store through the excellent 1-Click installation platform. From launching a server to pointing a URL, from installing a SSL certificate to cloning your store, everything can be done in simple clicks.

You can access SSH directly from the browser itself. These days, developers and store owners love Git. On Cloudways, you can create workflows using Git tools. You also get building services for setting Varnish rules and powering up search with Elasticsearch.

Speed That Thrills

A fast store is essential for a smooth user experience. To make sure that all visitors to Cloudways hosted Magento stores have a great experience, Cloudways has developed a unique hosting solution named ThunderStack that employs state-of-the-art caching technologies in the form of Varnish and Memcached which are coupled with Nginx and Apache for blazing fast results.

To further improve the speed of a Magento store, the ThunderStack has optional services, like PHP-FPM and Redis. Tests from Cloudways has shown stores hosted on their Magento hosting platform outperform the ones hosted on other mediums by 100%.

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Furthermore, Cloudways supports the latest PHP versions, especially PHP 7. All customers could now leverage the performance and security enhancements, improvements, scalability and improvements offered by the latest releases of PHP. In particular, Magento 2 support PHP 7 right out of the box. This means that the Cloudways Magento Hosting Platform is always up to par with the latest industry standards.

Hardware Resources For Your Magento Store

The bigger your Magento store is, the more hardware resources it requires for continued operation. With Cloudways, meeting the hardware requirements of the store is very easy. Simply select a server size that matches your daily requirements and deploy it on Cloudways. If you are confused, talk with the sales team on live chat. They will check your case and come up with the right combination of hardware resources and hosting package plan for your store.

Apart from traditional cloud servers from Amazon, Google, Vultr, and DigitalOcean, Cloudways offers dynamically scalable container hosting through Kyup. Container-hosted Magento stores could deal with spike in traffic and demands for resources without crashing. As the demands increase, the container is dynamically scaled up in real time by the auto-scaling overwatch mechanism.

Moreover, you can quickly scale your servers on Cloudways using their Vertical Scaling tool inside the Platform.

Security Before All

Security is the watchword in Magento community. Secure Socket Layer (SSL) has become the de-facto standard of security on the internet. Thus, in order to appear credible and secure, Magento stores must have SSL certificates.

Cloudways offers a pleasant surprise of FREE SSL certificates by Let’s Encrypt for all Magento hosting solutions. For many first timers, the ease of installing SSL certificates in just a few clicks is something that every Magento store owner would appreciate. Plus, you can install your third-party

Cloudways takes the security and protection of personal data very seriously. The cloud platform confirms that all personal information of all clients are fully protected using prevalent industry standards.

When it comes to the security of your server, Cloudways protects it by applying patches to the firmware and operating system (OS) regularly. As Magento store are made up of complex structures, updating the core app can be problematic for hosting providers. Here Cloudways comes with a unique feature named CloudwaysBot. The bot informs the store owners if their Magento version is vulnerable or requires an update.

Deploy Your Free Server Now

We tested Magento store hosting solution offered by Cloudways and found the experience to be mainly positive. The setup was quick and the store was up-and-running in no time. The platform takes care of much of the server-side hassles of hosting a Magento store. However, performance statistics could vary significantly based on the choice of the PaaS provider, server parameters, and the location of the server.

Now comes the good part!

Exclusively for our readers, Cloudways has provided a USD 15 worth discount coupon code. This coupon is applicable to all Magento hosting plans. Just go to the Cloudways signup page and enter the coupon code MAGESTORE to avail this exciting offer. This can give you up to 4 weeks of managed Magento hosting.


Fayyaz KhattakAbout Author: Fayyaz Khattak is a Magento Community Manager at Cloudways – A Managed Magento Hosting Platform. His objective is to learn & share about PHP & Magento Development in Community. Fayyaz is a food lover and enjoys driving. You can email him at m.fayyaz@cloudways.com

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