Wow, so it’s time to get online with your business, blog, online store or any type of website.
Aside your prospective website address or domain name, there is one service you cannot avoid: web hosting.
Choosing a web hosting for your website is really essential to the the success of your website to a very large extent.
This is obviously due to the fact that your website is hosted or kept on the servers and other infrastructure of the web hosting provider. Hence, your website is as good as the hosting provider that powers it.
Some people only look at the price of hosting and overlook all the critical areas that affect the performance of the website. Remember that the wrong choice in this regard can cause slow website speed, security-related issues, loss of data and server crashes. Hence, pricing is not necessarily the most important factor to consider when looking for a web hosting provider.
However, a hosting provider that offers reliable optimal performance with affordable pricing relative to their good performance is definitely the number one choice of all website owners.
This is where
What is Cloud Hosting?
Unlike traditional shared hosting where multiple websites share the same resources on a single server, cloud hosting however is a little different.
Instead of having all of your data on a single machine, cloud hosting spreads the data across a number of different machines, multiple different servers in different places that are all connected together.
For shared hosting, the speed of your website depends on the performance of other websites on the same server you are sharing. This and a ton of reasons make cloud servers perform better than shared servers.
OVERVIEW OF CLOUDWAYS
Cloudways is a not just a cloud hosting provider but a managed cloud hosting provider providing their customers with dedicated cloud servers from cloud providers such as DigitalOcean, Linode, Vultr, Amazon Web Services (AWS), or Google Cloud Platform (GCP) at relatively affordable prices.
Managed cloud hosting allows you to tap into the power of cloud computing without the pain of becoming an expert in everything.
This means, your cloud computing, storage, networks, operating systems, complex tools and application stacks that run on top of that infrastructure are fully managed to give you excellent performance while you focus on building your website.
Managed WordPress Hosting
Cloudways offers managed cloud-hosting services for WordPress sites on a cloud server where multiple copies of your content will be replicated throughout your chosen data center.
The switching of data is handled by a complex algorithm and if your main server goes down, a copy of your website is served from the next available server.
Guaranteed Optimal Performance
24/7 Human Support
Host Unlimited Websites
You can host several website applications on your server. A cloud server costing $10 per month can enable you host as many as 12 to 15 websites! All website applications such as WordPress, Drupal, Joomla and other CMS can be launched with a single click. The best part is that, you pay as you go, month-to-month, there is no large upfront payment for this reliable service.
Working with WordPress on Cloudways (FAQs)
1. How Can I Install WordPress on Cloudways?
2. How Can I Connect My Domain Name to My Website on Cloudways?
This post will feature two major steps to follow:
- Buy a domain name from Namecheap
- Manage DNS of domain name
Buy a Domain Name at NameCheap
A domain name is basically your website address. It enables your website to be found on the internet.
One popular domain registrar is Namecheap. Namecheap offers you domain name prices which you would literally pay twice as much if you bought elsewhere. For instance, Namecheap is currently offering free domain privacy protection, a premium addon service.
Enter your desired domain name in the search box below and click on the search icon on the right.
If your prospective domain name has bee taken, you can try a different one. Click on Add to Cart.
Look at the right bottom corner and checkout.
Choose the duration of the registration, at least 1 year and confirm order.
Create a account and follow subsequent steps to continue.
Choose a payment method, either Card or Paypal and click on “Continue.”
Review your order and continue with payment if everything is OK.
After payment, check your inbox for an email from Namecheap to verify your email address.
Access your Namecheap account with the link on the success page, as seen in the screenshot above.
Manage DNS of Domain Name
Click on “Domain List,” identify your domain name and click on the corresponding “manage” button at the right.
Go to Advanced DNS and then “Add a New Record.”
Login to your Cloudways Control Panel. Go to your “Applications” and select the website which you want to point the domain name to. Click on the IP address to copy it.
Switch to your Namecheap domain control panel. Paste IP address in the text box below “Value.”
Choose “A record” as the “Type” of record. At the text box below “Host,” enter “@”
Leave “TTL” as “automatic” or select the the minimum value, then save changes.
Go back to your cloudways application (website). Click on “Domain Management.”
Enter your registered domain name in the text box below “PRIMARY DOMAIN” and save changes.
Congratulations. You have successfully added your domain name to your website on cloudways.
But there is one more thing to do: addition of www alias to the domain name.
To add www to the domain name, go to your Namecheap domain control panel. Here, we are adding a new record, known as CNAME.
Choose “CAME Record” as the “Type” of record. At the text box below “Host,” enter “www” and type your domain name as the value. Save all changes.
Now, type your domain name in the address bar and take a look at your website. Your website is fully live!
3. How Can I Install SSL Certificate on Cloudways?
Login to Cloudways Control Panel. Go to Applications and select the website on which you want to perform this action.
You will be taken to the application management area. Click on SSL Certificate.
Choose “Let’s Encrypt” free SSL if it is not the default one. Provide an email address and the domain name of the website on which you are installing the certificate.
Then click on “Install Certificate.”
You should now enable HTTPS redirection. This ensures that your website always loads the secured version (“https”//” and not “http://”).
Visit your website now and take a look. It should now have a valid SSL certificate installed on, and fully load over https.
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