Cloudways is a managed cloud hosting platform that I recommend to all of my clients for their website hosting needs.
Cloudways provides an easy to use platform which makes the incredible performance of internet powerhouses Google Cloud & Amazon Web Services accessible to even first time website owners.
As Cloudways is a managed hosting platform, you’ll never have to deal with any of the usual headaches of server administration. Cloudways do it all for you so you can focus on your website and business.
Getting started with Cloudways
The following simple guide will take you through the Cloudways registration process.
Enter your details and use the promo code PLANET for 20% off your first month!
Click Start Free to create your trial account.
Launch your first server & deploy a managed application
IMPORTANT: If you’re reading this after already hiring me to design your website, you don’t need to follow this step. There is no need to launch a new server / application in your account as I will be transferring one to your account which contains your website once it is designed. So if we’ve already discussed this, skip to the next step.
When launching a server through Cloudways, you can choose from 5 cloud providers.
DigitalOcean is a popular budget choice for first time website owners with plans through Cloudways starting from just $10 per month.
If however your budget allows for it, I recommend Google Cloud & Amazon Web Services, both of which provide the kind of performance and reliability that you’d expect of their respective brand names.
Don’t forget that your website speed is an important factor in SEO, so if your position on Google is important to you then you should always invest in your hosting accordingly.
Regardless of the cloud provider you choose, I generally recommend starting out with a server size of at least 2GB.
Activate your Cloudways account
Your account is currently in trial mode. In order for it to become fully operational, you’ll need to activate it by adding your billing details.
You can activate your account by going to your Account (click on the profile picture in the top right) followed by Credit Card.
Manage your Cloudways team
If you’ve hired me to design your website, you’ll need to add me as a team member in your Cloudways account.
You can do this by clicking on Teams in the main Cloudways menu, followed by Add Team Member.
Add me as a team member in your Cloudways account by entering the email address email@example.com and granting ‘full console access’. Billing access is not necessary.
That's it! All done
Jim @ Planet53