I’ve moved my website Bluetailcoupon.net to Cloudways for a couple of months before. I see a look of things about Cloudways VPS hosting wants to share with you guys, newbies, WP beginners who didn’t know anything about VPS hosting but want to use VPS hosting as an expert in this field.
You know! I’m also a newbie for a couple of years ago. So, I can feel exactly how difficult to use a VPS hosting without basic knowledge if you’ve not learned at school, training academy or online courses. In this article I’ll make it clear how to do this – hosted a website with VPS hosting without any necessary skill.
My website had hosted on BlueHost shared hosting for over five months before I moved to Cloudways! Before that, I heard a lot of things about VPS hosting with low-end users, good performance, fast responsive, handle a lot of traffic, pay as you go and a lot kind of things like that! My curious was pushing me to take a big challenge to using the VPS hosting without VPS basic knowledge. I’ve hosted my websites on self-managed VPS hosting like Vultr, DigitalOcean and fully managed VPS hosting on Cloudways to see what is going to happen. That’s the reason why I’ve moved a lot of my sites to VPS hosting to step on it, to learn more and more about it, to did what I didn’t know before!
Cloudways is a third party VPS hosting services partner with a lot of VPS hosting companies trusted on the internet like DigitalOcean, Vultr, Amazon cloud drive storage and Google Cloud platform. Cloudways is a solution for all of the customers who is prefer to use the VPS hosting services from most famous VPS hosting Digital Ocean, Vultr, Amazon cloud drive and Google cloud platform with small knowledge in hands. They give us an interface very simple inside just a click, and everything will go to the right place.
The billing plans at Cloudways is also Pay-as-you-Go as same as DigitalOcean or Vultr VPS. It means you don’t need to paying for a rest of year like VPS hosting. How far you VPS go and how much you’ll charge for it. You can look at pricing plans for each of VPS hosting to start your VPS. Cloudways will make an invoice at the last day of each month. They’ll send you an email to notify your invoice before they were billing for it. The billing process would go auto if you’re funding still has enough to pay or you can pay for it via PayPal/Credit Cards. Cloudways accept all types of credit cards. So, You don’t need to worry about if your credit card is a prepaid card.
The Cloudways’ cPanel is very simple to put your hands on it. It just buttons already for click anytime. You don’t need to touch any codes to use the VPS.
Nghinx – Memcached – Varnish Cache – Apache – MySQL will be auto-installed when you setting up the new VPS came along with the applications. The tools will skyrocket your website load time, keep balancing every time the visitors visiting your blog. The varnish cache doesn’t affect to your site when new posts are released. If you didn’t like varnish cache, ok! just turn it off. You can turn ON/OFF the varnish caching easily at any time on Cloudways’s dashboard. Cloudways also auto-install W3 total cache WordPress plugin for you when you installing your WordPress sites. To flush varnish cache, you have 2 ways: on the cloudways server dashboard and inside WordPress dashboard by W3 Total cache WP plugin.
How to start?
To orders a VPS package at Cloudways, the first step you must do that is open your new account on Cloudways like this:
Once! You’ve finished do the live chat with Cloudways supports team to activate your account. This step just took a few minutes to complete! When your account already done the sign up step. Now we colud start to install a VPS hosting.
Deploy a VPS hosting:
Did you know any one of these VPS hosting: DigitalOcean, Vultr, Amazon Cloud Drive or Google cloud platform? If so! Everything would be nice if you’ve been trusted one of these services. Now! Let’s do it!
Login to your cloudways dashboard clicking on Application console to open a new VPS hosting. Select on of these VPS hosting providers which you prefer to host your websites on it.
Cloudways has 3 types of WordPress hosting already for installing such as WordPress Woo-commerce, WordPress Multi-site, WordPress normal. Choose what kind of WordPress that right to you!
*Point domain to Cloudways
Your Cloudways applications have links look like this: https://wordpress-1119-4916-107308101-app.cloudways.com/. You just need to create a CNAME record a point it to your Cloudways links look like the link I was showed up. Just it! If you’re open more than one application on same VPS server, you must create the CNAME record like the first one you did.
If in some cases, you didn’t know how to point your domain names to cloudways or you don’t know what it does! It’s simple! Do a live chat supports on the comer right-hand side of Cloudways’s website and asking for them to migrate your site from old hosting to Cloudways! The migration process is 100% free! There was a WordPress plugin tool to move your entire site to Cloudways! My website is also using this tool one time before to move my site from BlueHost to Cloudways. You can get the Cloudways WordPress Plugin here to move your website.
Login to your Cloudways account and copy your WordPress information you were installed paste it into the Cloudways plugin to start the migration process. It would look like this:
Get all information to prepaid for migration process!
– Email: your email address.
– Destination Site URL look like this: https://wordpress-1119-4916-107308101-app.cloudways.com/
– Application folder like this: yeuxtfgrshhjfgd.
– SFTP Server Address (of the destination server): 123.456.789.001. This is IP address of your server.
– SFTP pass: 123456. Copy in Master Credential password.
The migration process just takes a couple of minutes, and you don’t need to take a long time to wait. Don’t forget to keep your browser doesn’t refresh during the time moving your website!
Ok! Maybe it’s done right now! If something went wrong, do live chat with support team right away! They’re rolling all the days in 24/7. I’ve contacted them so many times before. So! You don’t need to worry at this point!
Here is the chart monitoring my server inside application console.
Here is the place to control whole server: Nghinx, Memcached, Varnish Cache, MySQL, Apache, New Relic, Redis
Auto Backup Hourly / Restore
Cloudways will auto backup entirely your WordPress applications and available to restore at any time. The system will create a backup for your apps in hourly isn’t daily like shared hosting. If you lose your data for some of the reason you can do recovery it to get your website back on.
I can set up your frequency of backups: 1 hour, 3 hours, 6 hours, 12 hours or more. My blog here has been backed up at every 3 hours. You don’t need to buy another VPS backup plans like self-managed VPS to backup your server. This thing at Cloudways will save you a lot of money and time or backup and recovery.
Someday before I was made a mistake via SFPT login all entire Wp-admin folder had deleted. So, I log into Cloudways to recover my website to get it back on the rail. My site is going live again like nothing happened before. At this point, I like it! I don’t need to take a lot of time to backup my site like before! Everything just auto! Your site is safe at all the time!
The cronjob is also available on Cloudays; You can add custom cronjob very easy with just a click! You don’t need to do hard like in self-managed VPS hosting!
Cloudays addons / SMTP email
To sending email, you must add an addon SMTP inside Cloudways dashboard. After that, you must open an account for SMTP email server to config email sending. My blog is using Sendgrid for SMTP mail server. They also support email marketing and transaction emails in both ways. If you don’t like SendGrid you can try these SMTP services: Mandrill, Gmail(free), Google mail business, Namecheap email business, Postmarkapp, Mailgun, SendinBlue, ElasticEmail, SparkPost, MailJet, Pepihost, SendPulse, Maildocker, Amazon SES.
Config your server like in this image!
Free SSL Certificate / Let’s Encrypt
Now Let’s Encrypt on Cloudways is available in use for all of the customers. The Let’s Encrypt project will support all people around the globe has a chance to touch SSL certificate to make the internet safer for all clients. You know! The certificate will expire in 3 months and after that, you must do manual renew. But this is not going to happen at Cloudways. The server will do that thing for you: auto-renewed SSL certificate.
That’s what I want to share with you guys who have small or middle knowledge on VPS hosting with command lines. If you do some of the small website projects, self-managed VPS hosting would be okay. But something went bigger, and you cannot handle it. So, we need to move to fully managed VPS hosting! That’s all my thoughts!
Cloudways accept PayPal, Visa, Master Card, American Express, Prepaid credit cards, PayPal Master Card, PO Master Card. As you know, Digital Ocean only accepts PayPal, credit cards but not available for prepaid credit card, virtual credit card or even PO Master card. PO is a kind of prepaid credit card, so DigitalOcean does not accept it. You know! PO brings to all of the customers around the world have a chance to own a US Bank account to receive income by ACH direct deposit from US companies and SEPA direct deposit from Europe. At Cloudways, It’s 100% accepted as the normal credit card, and you can create a VPS on DigitalOcean easily at any time.
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