- By Colin Newcomer
- December 11, 2020
Searching for the best Cloudways alternative to host your WordPress site?
Cloudways have grown in popularity thanks to their unique cloud hosting approach. Unlike traditional WordPress hosting, Cloudways let you choose from five different cloud hosting providers for your hosting infrastructure. Then, Cloudways configure everything for you and let you manage your WordPress sites from a simple dashboard.
However, while there’s a lot to like about this approach, Cloudways aren’t for everyone. For some people, they can be too complex, while others might find them expensive for what they’re offering.
In this post, I’ve collected five different alternatives, each of which has an advantage over Cloudways in some way. However, these advantages are different — some are simpler, while others are a little bit more complex but cheaper and faster.
So before I get to the alternatives, I want to talk about some of the disadvantages of Cloudways, as that discussion will let me redirect you to the best alternatives for your specific situation.
Why Look for an Alternative to Cloudways?
I think there are a few reasons you might be searching for an alternative to Cloudways. It’s important to go over these reasons because you’ll want to go in a different direction depending on what your issue is.
1. A Simpler Experience
One of the biggest problems with Cloudways for casual users is their comparative complexity vs “traditional” WordPress hosts.
Because Cloudways really just offer a control panel to manage your own cloud hosting, they’re definitely more complex than many other WordPress providers. Cloudways do a good job of trying to simplify cloud hosting. But if you’re a newbie, you still might feel overwhelmed by trying to configure everything.
If you do feel confused and overwhelmed by trying to figure out Cloudways, you can certainly find alternatives that make it much simpler to host a WordPress site.
If this is your issue, you’ll want to go with the alternatives in the first section.
2. More Comprehensive Support
Tying with simplicity, another issue with Cloudways is support. It’s not that Cloudways’ support is bad per se, it’s more that Cloudways support is inherently more limited than a traditional WordPress host.
By default, Cloudways’ support scope is only for your hosting server itself — it does not include support for WordPress (though they do have a knowledge base with articles). If you do want support for WordPress, you’ll need to upgrade to the Advanced SLA, which starts from $100 per month.
This is a big difference from a managed WordPress host,
This article was written by Colin Newcomer and originally published on WinningWP.