Cloudways

A managed cloud hosting platform for developers & designers

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  • Sharjeel Bin AshrafLearn, Build, Scale
    Pros: 

    It is good if you are launching multiple sites

    Cons: 

    Not viable for a small website

    Well, cloudways provides managed cloud hosting. And cloudhosting is mostly used for scaling websites. So, those who have bigger sites e.g. getting 10,000+ visitors per day, they should go for it.

    Sharjeel Bin Ashraf has used this product for one year.

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Hiten ShahHunterPro@hnshah · Crazy Egg, Quick Sprout & Draftsend
Cloudways is a popular hosting platform for people who are technical or semi-technical. They've updated the platform and made it more modern. These kinds of options for developers and designers help them service their clients better and make more money. Why not?
Aaqib Gadit@aaqib_gadit · Co-Founder Disrupt.com, Entrepreneur
@hnshah Thanks alot for hunting Cloudways :) Cloudways offers super SIMPLE, High PERFORMANCE Managed Cloud hosting platform of Open Source apps (Wordpress, Magento, Drupal, PHP Stack) for developers, agencies and SMBs on top of Multiple well known Public Cloud providers (AWS, DigitalOcean, GCE etc) without need of having account with these providers. Generally with 'Managed Cloud hosting PaaS' you are either near to Control and Flexibility OR to Convenience and Simplicity. Cloudways meet the both ends. Completely bootstrapped, we have been getting lot of traction since the birth(2 years back). Customer loves the way we have used technology to consumerize managed Cloud hosting. Today we are launching our New console (in BETA) and Website (with new Logo and Blog) to give user much better experience, even more simplicity and open new horizon for many exciting features ahead. Change made us forward compatible when it comes to Experience, Speed, Connectivity, Security, Integrations and the pace at which we Innovate and deploy new features. We are THRILLED that Platform will be Open! enabling integrations with different 3rd partly tools and services. We are launching our API so our Customers, Agencies and partners can automate their work-flows, create their own solutions or do strategic integration on top of CW platform. They can tap into API economy to increase their efficiency and profitability. Though our old console (On Backbone.js) was easy and it offered customers very simple way to deploy apps, but as things grows very fast, we started thinking of better UI/UX to accommodate more features, and makes it even easier for users to find and use them. We have completely revamped both the Console front-end and its backend. Front-end, the Single-Page Application (SPA) using AngularJS, is developed using Google Material-design guidelines, and is responsive. We redo the backend in a way that it can be exposed as an API to Agencies and Partners in coming sprints. New console already brings better ways to Collaborate, Team feature is now much more granular and it allows fine grain controls for your team members. We introduced couple of other new features as well (Projects etc) We trust that this is not only the UI/UX change, but a huge jump forwards towards better Customer Success! We really hope that our family (customers) will like it, and this will further help them to have better focus on their core business leaving the rest to Cloudways. Thank you!!
Pere HospitalMaker@phospital · Founder @ Cloudways
@hnshah thx for the hunt! Just wanted to highlight one of the points that Aaqib discussed, SIMPLICITY. You mention that our platform is for technical or semi-technical people. Really we aim for a platform that my mom could use. Our new site and platform, deepen into this and try to hide all unneeded complexities from customers. While flexible enough for complex needs, bringing a Wordpress site to Cloudways with our own Migrator plugin is just a few clicks away. We are doing for cloud application deployment&management the same Digital Ocean has done for cloud infrastructure provisioning: simplify it to the bare bones.
Antonio BustamanteHiring@antonio_bustamante · Designer, Engineer. Cofounder at Silo
Hey team, Congratulations on the re-design; this seems like an interesting way to abstract some of the complexity of deploying web apps. I just wanted to give some small feedback after visiting your homepage, creating account, and playing with it for a bit. > Signup Flow I think you could benefit from allowing potential users to fiddle with the different parameters before they sign up, and it could possibly increase your conversion ratio. You could imagine that clicking "Get started" on the homepage would lead to a similar screen than the one where you "Select cloud", application, and server size, and after choosing the right parameters and deciding to buy, i get prompted for sign up. This allows users to play with the pricing for a while. Currently, I have to go through 4 screens before I can actually explore and play with parameters. > Market target I see you also market the platform for designers. I assume the final outcome after signing up is that, in the case of AWS > Wordpress, you get an AWS instance with a LAMP stack (or similar) and Wordpress installed. That seems pretty straightforward, although there's a small gap you can bridge, which is that of designers that are not as tech savvy. You can bridge that gap by simplifying the pricing tiers (instead of focusing on server specs, on visitors/pageviews and other metrics), which you already do in the "Select Server size" panel with the "Recommend me" tab. In general, I would be mindful of those who can't relate to specs, because bridging that gap is an interesting opportunity to get users currently in other services like Squarespace, but that want more customization power over their site. Best of luck! Antonio
Pere HospitalMaker@phospital · Founder @ Cloudways
@antonio_bustamante thanks for your feedback! > Signup Flow - So you mean inverting order, moving sign-up to last step right?. Interesting. Technically don't think trivial given how things are organized but will give it a thought. > Market Target - Here I assume we are talking pricing page. We have done a redesign, simplifying it a lot already but agree that we continue to talk "server resources" there. Web/design agencies, eCommerce SMBs, freelance devs, bloggers, these are our main personas. For some, current way of exposing resources will make sense for others not so much. Not something that we see a lot in customer contact channels as creating confusion, but then maybe confused people don't even bother to ask. Noted!
Aaqib Gadit@aaqib_gadit · Co-Founder Disrupt.com, Entrepreneur
@antonio_bustamante thx for the feedback! As new Console is still in Beta, we will further improve onboarding and activation over next few days. We tried tutorialize.me for walk-through but tool was not behaving well, so have to redo with some other tool (Appcues may be). > Signup flow : Interesting idea!
Greg Gerber@gerbz · Making my dent
Moved to cloudways months ago and loving it. Great platform for developers who don't know how / don't want to deal with configuring servers. Simple gui for all the primary configurations without the hassle. And LetsEncrypt free ssl integration FTW!
Aaqib Gadit@aaqib_gadit · Co-Founder Disrupt.com, Entrepreneur
@gerbz Great! Hope you will like the new console too. Thx!
Scott Miller@scottmillerio · I build things
Looks good! I spotted a typo on your homepage though- under "Choose your Cloud" Digital Ocean has a typo.
Aaqib Gadit@aaqib_gadit · Co-Founder Disrupt.com, Entrepreneur
@scottmillerio thx. We are correcting it.
Vladislav Arbatov@vladzima · Founder http://arb.digital
I see that you support only PHP stack at the time. Any plans on others like Django, Rails?
Aaqib Gadit@aaqib_gadit · Co-Founder Disrupt.com, Entrepreneur
@vladzima MEAN stack (or atleast Node.js) is in our 3-months roadmap. Python or Rails next depending on user feedback :)