The hosting solution that powers a Magento development agency play a significant role in the success and standing of the agency. The ideal hosting partner for these agencies is the one who understands hosting for developers and has the ability to mitigate the risks of server failure and provides round-the-clock support.
But the mother of all problems is that not all hosting providers are cut out to be Magento hosting providers. There is a wide discrepancy between the options provided by the hosting providers and finding specialized Magento hosting can be incredibly daunting.
Working in the Magento development industry means that you have enough on your plate and no time to waste in the face of fierce competition. The last thing you want is your Magento clients complaining about downtime or a severe problem that disrupt the store operations. At the same time, (if you had the option) you wouldn’t want to spend resources on retaining a system administrator for server and application management.
Cloudways has been working with a lot of development agencies, enabling them to deliver projects on-time, with minimum server-related hassles. Cloudways managed Magento hosting manages the risks of downtime and maintains fastest page load time, thanks to ThunderStack optimization recipe. Moreover, with the pay-as-you-go model, you only have to pay for what you use.
If you run a Magento development agency, you will find all the more reasons to choose Cloudways for managed Magento hosting.
Let Cloudways Be Your System Administrator
There is no denying to the fact that managing an online store is a full-time job that involves the setting up of servers, application deployment and the daily monitoring of servers. All Cloudways servers are optimized and monitored by our professional in-house system admins. This means you literally don’t have to invest any time managing the servers and could focus on what you do best – Build excellent Magento stores.
Here are all the benefits of using Cloudways platform:
ThunderStack is the Cloudways’ home-brewed recipe for the fastest Magento hosting performance. This stack includes Apache, Nginx, PHP-FPM, MySQL/MariaDB with cache solutions optimized for best application performance. These cache solutions include Cloudways Full Page Cache for Magento 1 and Varnish for Magento 2, along with Redis and Memcached as optional database caches.
Host Multiple Applications
Cloudways offers super easy server deployment and easy installation of (unlimited) applications. Yes, that’s right. You can install multiple applications on a single server including Magento 1 and Magento 2 applications. Within just a few clicks, you’re good to go. It only takes minutes to deploy your server and get started with store optimization activities.
Easy Server Monitoring
Cloudways understands that you need to keep a constant eye on your clients’ servers. This is why Cloudways lets you manage all server related issues from a single user-friendly (and very transparent) platform. Any server level modification (such as scaling the server, configure cron jobs, upgrade PHP version or deploy SSL) can be done in a few clicks via the platform UI. For more such features, check out the detailed features of Cloudways platform.
Multiple Staging URLs
Just as Cloudways lifts a substantial load from your shoulders, it also makes it easy for you manage multiple applications for multiple clients and share them with your clients.
One of the most substantial incentives for developers to choose Cloudways is the provisioning of unlimited staging sites for free. You can create a clone of a live website and do all the testing on the dev website, and later point your live domain to it. It is as easy as that.
CDN is an integral part of Magento stores because these networks help business websites achieve their goals by enabling a business reach a wider global audience with the consistent user experience. With CloudwaysCDN, development agencies are able to build better performing websites without spending too much on CDN related costs; it merely costs a dollar per month.
The integration of CloudwaysCDN into an online store leads to faster pages load times irrespective of the location of the data center of the server. CloudwaysCDN caches all static content of web pages (images, text, JS, CSS, HTML, etc.) and serves them from the closest geographical server. In addition to performance and speed, the aim is also to protect development agencies from the hassle of going through multiple billing accounts for separate CDN. The users can pay it all as a single invoice.
Running an agency involves a lot of team collaboration. At Cloudways, we understand that development is a team sport in which your dev team and the client are equal stakeholders.
Our Team Collaboration feature lets you create separate login credentials with servers and applications. You don’t have to share the master credentials with the dev team or the client. In addition, you can assign team members individual login credentials, so they can manage only specific applications and access only what you allow them.
To further enhance the Team Collaboration feature, Cloudways extends the Projects feature, which segments applications and servers into different projects. Say, you have several clients, each with live and staging sites. You can use the Projects feature, irrespective of the server they’re launched on. Subsequently, you can add team members and assign them separate projects from the classifications.
Scheduled Automatic Backups
Every developer has to have a backup policy for their data. At Cloudways, we even take care of backing up your data and databases.
Cloudways platform creates automatic backups of your server data. All you have to do is choose the frequency of your server and application backups, and we’ll save your data to an off-site location. In case of a disaster, you can always restore your application within minutes.
Speaking of disaster management and damage control, CloudwaysBot also plays an integral part in reminding you of any updates or unattended business that needs taken care of. All servers are automatically updated and patched as soon as new updates are available. CloudwaysBot reminds you any updates from your end. Think of CloudwaysBot as your personal assistant.
That’s not it. There are several more astonishing features that you get for free with Cloudways managed Magento hosting (and maybe not anywhere else):
- Cron Job Management
- Server Add-ons
- Integration and Deployment Via Git
- Built-in SSH Terminal to Access CLI
- SMTP Configuration
- Domain Management
- Container-based solution
- SSL Security
In essence, you could safely replace your system administrator and let Cloudways be your Magento partner. This partnership will enable you to improve client satisfaction, all the while, allowing you to spend more time on improving stores and applications.