Today’s article on Cloudways Review: An Intuitive Platform for WooCommerce Hosting is brought to you by Saud Razzak – WordPress Community Manager at Cloudways.
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WooCommerce is, for sure, the most used e-commerce platform in the world. If you want to design a website on a solid and scalable technical basis, it becomes necessary to choose the right CMS. Here, you will understand why you have to choose WooCommerce.
- Many professional opportunities
- WooCommerce is a free and open source platform
- A strong community, regular events, and meetings
- World’s #1 Content Management System
- Intuitive, ergonomic easy to learn, and master
- Thousands of themes to personalize your store
- Thousands of plugins to add features
- Enhanced security and regular updates
Despite all the strengths, WooCommerce has an Achilles heel, i.e., its hosting and security. Majority of the WooCommerce websites get hacked due to the vulnerabilities of the hosting provider or from the plugins and themes users use.
However, it is a long task, especially when you are a beginner, to find out the vulnerabilities in plugins and themes as compared to finding a reliable WooCommerce hosting provider. Many providers claim that they are the best, which is sometimes true and sometimes not. But do you really think you could go in between? Probably not!
Therefore, I decided to bring out one of the best WooCommerce hosting provider, i.e. Cloudways, which not only strengthens the security of your WooCommerce website but also provides an easy-to-use platform with 24/7 live human support that takes care of all hosting-related issues.
Why Host WooCommerce Store on Cloudways?
Cloudways is one of the best-managed cloud hosting platforms that specialize in WooCommerce and other PHP-based applications for freelancers, bloggers, designers, developers, e-commerce stores, and digital agencies.
It allows users to deploy, monitor and manage high-performance WooCommerce websites. Since Cloudways Platform is optimized for performance, the speed of hosted WooCommerce websites is second to none! Hence, it reduces page load times that determine the position of the website in SERPs.
Below are the few highlights that make Cloudways stands from the competition:
Multiple Cloud Infrastructures
Cloudways provides top-notch cloud infrastructure and allows you to host your WooCommerce store on DigitalOcean, Linode, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, and Vultr. Furthermore, you can also increase the server resources (RAM, processor, and storage) whenever you need them.
With more than 60 data centers across the world, Cloudways ensures that you do not have to worry about downtime or latency. In addition, you could host the WooCommerce store closest to the target audience, minimizing page load time which in result improves the user experience.
It is a Cloudways homemade recipe of advanced-caching technologies comprises of Varnish, Redis, Memcached, Nginx and web
Free SSL Certificates
Since the majority of the stores make effort to get higher rank in Google SERPs but their efforts could go in vain if they don’t pay for and install SSL certificates on WooCommerce stores. It is where Cloudways comes in handy by providing free SSL certificates to its users.
Free WordPress Cache Plugin
By contributing to the WordPress Community, Cloudways introduced a free WordPress cache plugin, called as Breeze. It is a simple and lightweight cache plugin that minifies HTML, CSS, and JS files and groups CSS and JS files that help reduce server load times.
CDN is a must-have for WooCommerce stores that serve the audience globally. Therefore, Cloudways integrates (optional) CDN in its platform so that the users don’t need to wander for this service anymore.
Every server on Cloudways comes with dedicated resources, including RAM, CPU, bandwidth, and SSD-based storage.
Live Chat Support
Cloudways Customer Support Team is available 24x7x365 to answer all your queries, including technical and server/application related issues.
The smart assistant helps you in optimizing hosted servers and provides real-time performance insights. These insights are delivered through pre-selected communication channels.
Let’s get the benefits of Cloudways Platform!
Sign up for Cloudways Platform
Now verify your email address to complete the signup process.
After a successful signup, click Launch button to initiate the server launch process.
1. Enter Your Server & Application Details
Cloudways offers 4 different types of WordPress applications, i.e:
- WordPress with optimization
- WordPress with WooCommerce
- WordPress with Multisite
- Default WordPress (without any optimization)
You have the option to choose from the above options. However, I choose the latest version of WordPress with WooCommerce, name my Managed App and Server and select My Project.
Note: For the purpose of this article, I name my Managed App as My WooCommerce Store, Server as My WooCommerce Server and the project as My Project. However, you are free to choose any other names for your Application and Server Details.
2. Select Your Cloud Infrastructure
Since Cloudways is a PaaS (Platform as a Service) provider, it has integrated top-of-the-line cloud infrastructures for its users. I choose DigitalOcean, which is one of them.
3. Select Your Server Size
With DigitalOcean server, you have the option to host WooCommerce store on 1GB to 192GB server. I choose 2GB server, which has 2GB RAM, 50GB SSD, 2TB Transfer, and 1 Core Processor.
4. Select Your Server Location
Choosing Server Location is of the utmost importance in this tutorial since it has a direct impact on your web load times and latency. Therefore, you should choose the location, which is nearest to your target audience.
5. Launch Your Server
After entering the server and application details, click LAUNCH NOW button.
Now, wait for a few minutes until the server is getting ready!
Once the server is ready, go to Cloudways Platform and click Applications in the top-left menu.
Click on your WooCommerce application.
Congratulations, you have successfully installed WooCommerce on DigitalOcean at Cloudways Platform.
Log in to WooCommerce Admin Panel
Go to Access Details → Admin Panel. From there, you can find your login credentials and the URL for the WooCommerce store. Click the URL and use the credentials to log in to the WooCommerce Dashboard.
Copy and paste Username and Password from the Admin Panel and click Log In button.
After getting into the WooCommerce Dashboard, a message appears that reads:
“Thanks for installing Breeze. It is always recommended not to use more than one caching plugin at the same time. We recommend you to purge cache if necessary.”
I get this message because I launched WooCommerce with the default settings of Cloudways Platform. Remember?
If you have a WooCommerce project coming up, do try out Cloudways WooCommerce managed hosting services as it offers services and features a user could expect from the best. If you have already hosting with Cloudways, feel free to share your experience!
We feel honoured to have Saud Razzak’s insights featured in our blog, and we are incredibly thankful for the knowledge he/ she has shared with us.
Author bio here
Saud Razzak is the WordPress Community Manager at Cloudways – A Managed WooCommerce Hosting Platform. Saud is responsible for creating buzz, spread knowledge, and educate the people about WordPress in the Community around the globe. In his free time, he likes to play cricket and learn new things on the Internet. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.