How to host PHP Websites on Google Cloud Platform

by Salman Mehdi  April 15, 2015

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 giving you the opportunity to experience blazing fast speed coupled with scintillating performance.

Most of the website owners find it quite difficult to host their site on GCE, owing to the fact that 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.

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 there are three advantages that 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 the network performance.

google networking performance speed

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.

Host your PHP website on GCE using Cloudways

Hosting your PHP website on GCE infrastructure using Cloudways is really easy. In fact, it takes only eight steps and eight minutes to start building your PHP web. In order 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 ‘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 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 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 developement.

Cloudways is the Easiest Cloud Hosting Platform for PHP apps

Too tall a claim? Well, we invite you to test our PHP Cloud Hosting Platform. 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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About Salman Mehdi

Salman Mehdi worked 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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