Server Sharing on Cloudways Is Now Just 1-Click Away

by Immad Uddin Khan  November 10, 2016

From one feature to another, the Cloudways journey so far has been instrumental this year. Just a few weeks ago, we embraced the bot revolution with our CloudwaysBot and made our Cloudways API public. Why? Because our users wanted these features to be a part of our Platform and we love it when our users give us feedback, and we implement the features.

This year alone, we have been successful in implementing 100+ features within our Platform based on the feedback from our users. And the year is far from being over at Cloudways!

Based on popular demand, our engineers at Cloudways have integrated one of the most sought after feature by our users – SERVER SHARING.

Yes, you can now share your servers to any other account on Cloudways using just an email address. All you have to do is invite a user you want to share the server with, and as soon as that user accepts your invitation, a clone of your server will be created for them. A fresh backup of your server will be created, and your server will be shared with the chosen user. And just like the tons of operations that you can perform in a few click inside the Platform, server sharing can also be taken care of in just a few clicks.

Now the question arises, how can you, as a user utilize the Server Share feature? Here are a few use-cases for you to consider.

Developers & Development Agency

You run an agency that develops websites for a multitude of clients. Clients come to you with requirements, you work on the projects, and give them back to your clients. This whole process takes longer to execute. A lot of options and settings are involved and you have to make tweaks in order to complete the project. With Server Sharing, the delivery of your project is only an email away.

When you are done with the development work, just share the server to your client using their registered email with Cloudways. It is that simple.

Designer Agency

Your client wants a website that performs best and looks great. Earlier, the client would have to give you access to his/her server to get done with the design tasks. But now, with Server Share feature, you can share the server with your designer to work on the website. It is that simple now. All you need is a registered e-mail.

These are only some of the possibilities that can be availed using the newly introduced Server Share feature by Cloudways. Do let me know in the comments sections below about how you plan on using this feature.

Sharing the server is easy and can be done within minutes. Just follow this simple knowledge base to start sharing your servers.

This integration is a result of the feedback we got from our users. This goes to show how much we value your voice. Keep providing us feedback, and we promise to keep providing you with more reasons to host with Cloudways Managed Cloud Hosting.

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About Immad Uddin Khan

Immad is a Digital Content Producer for Cloudways - A Managed Cloud Hosting Platform. He is mostly busy in creating all sorts of informative and innovative content types. As a hobby, he loves to travel with his camera to picturesque destinations.

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  • Is this a transfer or a clone? The title appears to say it’s a transfer, but in the description it says you clone the server.

    Does the IP address change, does everything remain the same? Or do you perform a Clone which changes the IP, resets the SSL and only transfers files in the public_html directory?

    • Immad Uddin Khan

      Basically, it is a Server share feature which allows you to share servers between two accounts. Your IP address changes, but your application data remains the same. Thus, you have to do settings for your DNS because of a change in the IP address. You can learn more about the feature from this knowledge base: https://support.cloudways.com/how-to-share-server-to-another-account/

      • So if a change is made on the new server, it’s matched on the original server too?

        Can you share some technical details – do you just re-symlink the `applications` folder?

        • Immad Uddin Khan

          Unfortunately, that is not possible.

          The server changes will not carry forward and neither will the servers have any synchronization between them. All further details are there in the knowledge base: https://support.cloudways.com/how-to-share-server-to-another-account/ or you can contact our Live Chat for further assistance.

  • This doesn’t sound like “sharing” – it’s just cloning from one account to another. I don’t see how that’s going to be all that useful, unfortunately.

    What WOULD be a really awesome feature is if you could allow servers to be actually shared across multiple Platform accounts! As a developer, it would be awesome if my clients could authorize my Cloudways account to manage their servers — while not actually removing the server from their account. I’d love it if I could log in and see all of my clients’ servers listed in my own Platform account…

    • Immad Uddin Khan

      Hello @eatingrules:disqus
      I think what you are looking for is more related to an enhancement in the Team Feature on Cloudways. Why don’t you drop this suggestion at http://feedback.cloudways.com/ and we’ll take it from there. 🙂

      • Will do! In the meantime, for this new feature, perhaps you should call it “cloning” from one account to another instead of “sharing.” Sharing implies it’s bi-directional, and as far as I can tell, this new feature isn’t… calling it “sharing” is very confusing/misleading.

      • Actually, the request for a Team Member account to be able to be used on multiple main accounts was posted in May, 2016 (and I voted and commented on it then). It has 264 votes currently, and in September was marked as “Under Review.” Hopefully you guys will implement it soon! Thanks.

        http://feedback.cloudways.com/forums/203824-service-improvement/suggestions/13748841-allow-a-single-person-and-their-email-to-be-a-te

      • Paul Kopalek

        With all due respect, I want to just note that although you call it ‘Sharing’ — no one will think of ‘Sharing’ as what this feature is.

        You really need to change the title of this article and change the name of the feature. Sharing implies one thing shared by two accounts. What this does is COPY that thing, into a new second thing into a second account. That means two things and two accounts, not ONE thing and two accounts. This is definitely cloning, and NOT Sharing.

        You guys are great — but you really should consider renaming your ‘Share’ feature. It’s definitely not sharing in the way that any native U.S. English speakers use it!