Founder: Aaqib Gadit
Cloudways was created to empower small businesses to be able to offer the same level of digital services and experiences as big-tech giants. Founded in 2012 and acquired by DigitalOcean in 2022, Cloudways is an intuitive, one-click managed cloud hosting platform for all online assets.
For Cloudways, our main priority is to support the hosting needs of SMBs despite the macro events that have reshaped the business landscape. The rapid advancements in technologies ranging from cloud computing, cybersecurity monitoring to AI, have fundamentally altered the way businesses (especially SMBs) function. Adopting these technologies has transitioned from being optional to a must have.
In response to these challenges, Cloudways provides a cost-effective and user-friendly solution that combines application, infrastructure and cloud management. With our offerings, we can better address the evolving needs and demands of SMBs, especially with the rise in security concerns that have consequently exposed SMBs to elevated cybersecurity risks.
To help do this, the platform features a web app management function that easily launches cloud servers for the deployment of WordPress, Magento, and PHP. These features help SMBs save time and money whilst enabling them to focus on their other passions within the businesses.
As SMBs enter the busy Christmas and January sales season, providing extra value to customers will become more difficult. To help SMBs manage this, Cloudways provides the ‘Cloudflare CDN’ feature that offers a wide range of services:
- DNS management
- Exceptional speed
- Advanced security features
- Optimisations and more
With its free plan, users can benefit from a free SSL certificate to secure their websites and a CDN (Content Delivery Network) for accelerated content delivery to various locations during peak seasons.
This solution guarantees that customers such as Jan & Jul, a children’s outdoor clothing store redefining how families experience the great outdoors, can automatically improve their website’s speed and bot detection. The Cloudflare CDN feature has proved highly effective in taking the load off the company’s CPU as they can now handle about twice the amount of traffic compared to before. This not only eliminates website outages but also provides customers with a great online user experience.
Also with Cloudways, Jan & Jul have managed to drastically reduce their server costs by up to 20% and if we are talking scalability, they have reduced up to 50% of their costs. For example, in the run-up to sale events, Jan & Jul pay only the extra cost for the sale event instead of the entire month! And it just takes 10 minutes and a few clicks.
For Cloudways, our goal is to support the hosting needs of SMBs whatever the challenge. In the future, you can expect to see us build additional security measures to help SMBs and start-ups optimise their webpages to remain safe and competitive.