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How to Host PHP Websites on Google Cloud Platform

Updated on December 9, 2021

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One of the most important things you need while hosting your PHP websites is the infrastructure. Google Compute Engine (GCE) has emerged out as one of the most reliable and powerful infrastructures available to host your PHP powered websites.

Powered by Google, the GCE provides 99.99% uptime for all the cloud servers hosting, thus allowing you to experience blazing fast speed coupled with a scintillating performance.

Most of the website owners find it quite difficult to host their site on GCE, because hosting a complex website developed on PHP, can take a toll on them. Therefore, they tend to look out for hosting service providers that can efficiently manage their GCE server resources without any hiccups.

Keeping in view the convenience of the end-users, Cloudways has integrated Google Compute Engine into its cloud hosting platform. So get ready to shun your worries and focus on your business. Let us manage your GCE cloud servers.

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Advantages of Cloud Hosting

Cloud hosting offers unmatched advantages as compared to any traditional hosting service. Many features make cloud hosting stand out including, but are not limited to scalability, ease of management, redundancy, and more.

The PHP Google Cloud hosting ensures top-notch security for the deployed applications, as it offers dedicated firewalls, SSL certificates, and more to protect the access of confidential web data. It also facilitates the application migration process with all assets and data.

Moreover, managing the applications on the cloud is also quite simple. With managed cloud servers, you don’t have to worry about any manual maintenance of apps, as they are managed by the server itself, thereby helping users to focus more on other complex jobs.

How Cloudways Gives Better Cloud Hosting Experience


Cloudways provides a unique stack of tools called Thunderstack, which comes pre-configured on all newly launched servers. The stack comprises all the major web tools that help in optimizing app performance – including Varnish, PHP-FPM, Redis, PHP 7.x, and more.

Using Thunderstack, administrators can easily enable/disable the services of these tools and can manage according to the needs of the application.

Application Management

Cloudways offers several features to help efficiently manage applications and their access levels. Using the SFTP/SSH access on the platform’s PHP Google Cloud hosting, you can easily choose server and application-level access for your team. This allows teams to collaborate on the project precisely, knowing their roles and personas related to the relevant project.

Moreover, using the CRON jobs management module, administrators can easily schedule their daily operations based on priority. Just define the preferred PHP script in the module and automate your desired operation in a few minutes.


Cloudways provides pre-configured tools like Redis, Memcached, Varnish, and others to optimize server performance. Using these tools, you can enhance your application’s web performance and load time efficiently.

The platform also provides you a graphical chart to monitor 15+ important server metrics. This gives you critical insights about your server performance and traffic usage, allowing you to take the required steps to improve the suggested metrics within time.


To protect applications from potential web attacks, Cloudways provides advanced security features for the deployed applications. From free SSL certificates to automated data backups, identity management to dedicated firewalls, and more, there are several features available on the Cloudways hosting platform to safeguard data from malicious hacking attempts.

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Why You Should Host PHP Stack on Cloudways GCE?

Well, there are numerous advantages of hosting your PHP-powered website on Cloudways GCE cloud servers. But three advantages stand out. You can now host your PHP websites on Cloudways GCE in just a few clicks.

First things first! With GCE cloud servers, you get the maximum server-speed for your websites. All the GCE servers are optimized for breath-taking speed during peak times. The statistics reported by ServerDensity highlight network performance.

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Secondly, there is no compromise on the performance of your cloud servers hosted on GCE infrastructure. All you get is a scintillating server performance with 99.99% uptime.

And thirdly, there is what you call scalability. You can easily scale your GCE cloud servers in just one click. In this way, you can handle unprecedented traffic spikes on your PHP website with ease.

Apart from these three outstanding features, there are many more exciting ones available. Some of them worth mentioning here include:

1. 24×7 tech support and server management
2. Optimized servers with our special optimization recipe (Nginx, Varnish, Apache, Memcached)
3. Dedicated IPs
4. Ability to host multiple PHP websites with dedicated SSL protection on the same IP
5. User-friendly control panel for server and application-related tasks
6. Real-time server performance monitoring
7. Limitless staging environments with mapped URLs for testing purposes
8. Clone servers and applications
9. Server scaling
10. Automated offsite backups
11. Git, SSL, SSH, and Cron Job Managers
12. Addons for email, DNS, load testing, etc.

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Host your PHP website on GCE using Cloudways

Hosting your PHP website on GCE infrastructure using Cloudways is easy. It takes only eight steps and eight minutes to start building your PHP web. To host your PHP-powered website on Cloudways GCE, follow these steps:

  1. Sign up on Cloudways
  2. Select PHP Stack
  3. Select GCE
  4. Select Server Size
  5. Select Bandwidth
  6. Select Storages For Your GCE Server
  7. Select your Server Location
  8. Click ‘Launch’

Step #1: Sign up on Cloudways
First of all, you should sign up on Cloudways for a trial account with your user ID and password. Remember, you get a 3-day free trial for GCE on Cloudways.

Step #2: Select PHP Stack
Select PHP Stack from the available options in ‘Select your Application’.

Step #3: Select GCE
After signing up, you will see the server launching screen. Choose GCE from the given options in ‘Select Cloud’.

Step #4: Select Server Size
If you know your server size, click on ‘I know my server size’ tab and select your desired server-size. Otherwise, if you don’t know your server size, just click on the ‘Recommend Me’ tab. The system will ask you about expected user traffic and will recommend a suitable server size for you.

Step #5: Select Bandwidth
You can select the bandwidth requirement for your website on the Cloudways console as per your requirements.

Step #6: Select Storages For Your GCE Server
You can select storage sizes for your database and application files.

Step #7: Select your Server Location
You can select any of the three locations (Asia, Europe, and the USA) to host your GCE cloud server. All three regions offer the same Ivy Bridge powered infrastructure.

Step #8: Click ‘Launch’
Click the ‘Launch’ button. In less than 8 minutes, your fully functional, speedy, and optimized GCE cloud server will be ready for PHP development.

Cloudways is the Easiest Cloud Hosting Platform for PHP apps

Too tall a claim? Well, we invite you to test our PHP Hosting. Start your 3-day free trial and check our managed GCE cloud platform now. We know you are going to be pleasantly surprised.

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Salman Mehdi

Salman Mehdi works as Digital Content Producer for Cloudways. In his spare time, he reads books, blog posts, or anything that catches his fancy.


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