The Best Cloudways Alternative
Why WP Bolt is a better choice:
Simply select WordPress as you add the site to your server, and our system will install the latest version of WordPress for you.
24x7 Support Included
Our 24x7 support team of server admin specialists are always available to help you, including with WordPress troubleshooting.
E-Mail Accounts Included
Unlike Cloudways, we don't charge you $1/m per mailbox. You can host them on your WP Bolt server at no extra charge.
DNS Hosting Included
We don't make you pay $2.50/m per domain, or force you to do your own complicated DNS setup. It's free with WP Bolt.
29 Global Data Center Locations
Simple, Easy-to-Understand Pricing
* Disk Space is total amount available to the server, and some of that will be used by the operating system and server software.
All prices listed are in US Dollars and exclude any applicable VAT/GST which will be added during the checkout process.
Larger plans available during the signup process, or you can upgrade at any time.
Prices do not include backups. Learn more about backups.
Email Accounts will use the disk space allocated to your server.
We recommend using our Outbound Relay service if you'll be sending emails from the server. Learn more about email.
Why you should choose WP Bolt if you’re looking for a Cloudways Alternative
Both Cloudways and WP Bolt offer you the ability to have your own Managed WordPress VPS Hosting server.
Cloudways recently sold to DigitalOcean, so they are no longer an independently owned company.
On the other hand, WP Bolt is independently owned and offers customers their own VPS in 30+ locations thanks to our partnership with Vultr.
E-Mail Hosting is Included
Cloudways doesn’t allow you to receive email at the domains that you host on servers that you manage with their software. You’ll need to either pay $1 per mailbox per month for their Rackspace email hosting offering, or arrange your email hosting separately with a third-party service like Google Workspace, Office 365 or Fastmail to get email hosting. This means a second provider to pay separately, and potentially a second billing relationship to manage (Cloudways and your email hosting provider)
WP Bolt, on the other hand, allows you to host your company’s email on your server at no extra charge. Removing yet another cost and headache of managing different relationships for different services.
More Choice of Affordable VPS Providers
Cloudways offers Google Cloud and Amazon services, but they’re more expensive than competitors such as UpCloud, which is not offered through Cloudways.
Support and Diagnosis for WordPress Issues
Cloudways are known for only supporting the core server functions, and won’t help when it comes to things like WordPress issues.
WP Bolt’s support team is here 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, to help you with your WordPress sites hosted on our platform, including diagnosing which WordPress plugin or theme is causing issues for your site and temporarily disabling it to get your site back online.
DNS Hosting is Included
Cloudways doesn’t include DNS hosting as part of their price – it is an addon for $2.50 per domain per month. Otherwise, you have to find a third-party DNS hosting service, or use the DNS hosting service that is offered by your domain registrar and configure it manually.
WP Bolt automatically configures DNS hosting for your domain as you add it to your WordPress VPS server, and allows you to manage your DNS records from inside your WP Bolt account.
Sign Up for WP Bolt Today
If you’re looking for a Cloudways alternative, we hope you can see now that WP Bolt is a great option for you. Check out our plans and sign up today.
What is Cloudways?
Cloudways is a managed cloud hosting platform that simplifies web hosting experiences. With Cloudways, you can launch your website on a Virtual Private Server without needing any technical skills.
It offers a unique balance of simplicity for beginners and flexibility for business power users. Cloudways provides users with the freedom to choose their preferred cloud provider, although they have been limiting the choice of provides since their acquisition by DigitalOcean.
Its features include but are not limited to:
- Free SSL certificates
- Automated backups
- 24/7 customer support
Despite the impressive offerings, Cloudways may not meet everyone’s needs. Some find it lacking in certain areas such as pricing or specific features. Others find that the user interface is very confusing, and leaves out a lot of core web hosting functionality such as email and DNS hosting, leaving users to figure out those highly technical issues on their own.
Whether you’re unsatisfied with Cloudways or just exploring your options, you should be considering WP Bolt if you’re looking for a Cloudways alternative.
Why Look for Alternatives?
There are several reasons why we might start scouting for Cloudways alternatives. While Cloudways is somewhat user-friendly and flexible, it’s not a one-size-fits-all solution.
Different businesses have unique needs, and what works for one might not necessarily work for another. Often, this is because of specific features that they require that are not present in Cloudways.
Even the user experience might not appeal to everyone. There’s also the possibility of needing a hosting platform that offers more customization or a different set of tools.
Additionally, it’s always a good idea to have options. It keeps the market competitive and ensures that we always have a fallback in case something doesn’t work out with our current hosting platform.
So, while Cloudways is a fantastic platform in its own right, exploring alternatives is a smart move. It ensures that we’re not settling for less and are getting the best possible service to suit our specific needs.
Factors to Consider When Choosing a Cloudways Alternative
When you’re on the hunt for the perfect alternative to Cloudways, there are several factors you should consider to ensure that you’re making the right choice. These include:
- Pricing: It’s important to find a web hosting platform that fits your budget. Make sure to compare the pricing plans of different alternatives and assess what they offer in return.
- Features: Evaluate the features offered by each potential alternative. Do they have what you need? Are there extras you don’t need but are paying for?
- Ease of Use: A platform that’s user-friendly can save you a lot of time and frustration. Look for a service that’s easy to navigate and manage.
- Customer Support: Good customer support is crucial. You want a service that can assist you quickly and competently when problems arise.
- Scalability: Your business might grow – and you want your hosting platform to grow with you. Make sure your choice is scalable and can handle increasing traffic and data.
Here at WP Bolt, we deliver great pricing, a wider feature set than Cloudways, a system that is easier to use, great customer support and the ability to scale your WordPress VPS as your traffic grows. We hope you’ll try us out! Check out our plans and sign up today.