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How to Host WordPress on Google Cloud

Updated on March 21, 2019

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If you have ever worked as a system administrator, you probably know how to host WordPress on Google Cloud and configure it. But if you are a web application developer, a designer, a blogger or an agency with little to no experience of server administration, you may have a hard time launching the servers, let alone managing them.

Configuring and managing a barebone server of Google Compute Engine requires an intermediate level of expertise in running Linux commands and a basic understanding of various stacks. Managing a server involves complex tasks such as patching, OS upgrades, firewall configuration and backups which needs to be executed manually by the system administrator or server owner.

Keeping in mind all the above pain points, Cloudways partnered with GCE and integrated its infrastructure with its own easy-to-use platform. The integration of GCE on Cloudways opens up a new world for WordPress cloud hosting with reliability, speed, and outstanding uptime. You will experience peace of mind as your WordPress website will be hosted on Google Cloud, and all servers will be managed by Cloudways.

Benefits of Hosting WordPress on Google Cloud

Google Cloud is considered as one of the most sophisticated, reliable and fast cloud infrastructure and companies like HSBC, Twitter, PayPal and Bloomberg use GCE for their hosting requirements.

Here are some of the best reasons to host your WordPress website on Google Cloud.


According to a study on the performance of cloud infrastructure providers, the downtime of GCE was just 3.46 hours in 2014. This shows that Google Cloud Engine was available for more than 99.9% of the time. Hosting your WordPress website on GCE means continuous uptime with little (or no) hiccups.

This may not sound very serious but businesses such as big e-commerce stores, trading sites and news sites rely heavily on the uptime of their server and even the slight interruption in the service can cause serious monetary damage.


There is no disputing that Google runs the Internet. You have to be on top of your game if you want to rank at the top in Google SERPs. Speed, for ranking purposes, is one of the most important ranking signals that Google uses for building SERP. So, ensuring consistent high speed is one of the basic things that you can do to achieve higher Google SERP positions.

In terms of speed, cloud hosting experts rate GCE amongst the top-tier cloud infrastructure. Just look at the following network performance stats reported by ServerDensity.

google networking performance speed


GCE uses the same infrastructure as Gmail and YouTube, and when was the last time you experienced downtime with these services. This means by hosting on Google’s own cloud infrastructure, you are hosting on the most well-maintained hardware and data centers.

The team behind Google Cloud works vigorously to improve its services and to ensure even better performance compare to its competitors. They do this by automating configuration changes, use an extra layer of verification to discover any potential problems and monitor closely the impact on the infrastructure due to modifications.


GCE servers are highly-scalable and able to handle unexpected traffic spikes with ease. Using the scaling feature of the Google Cloud Engine, you can easily upgrade and downgrade the size of your server without changing the IP address. When on Cloudways, you can also monitor your server performance and scale up your server accordingly.

Why Cloudways for Hosting WordPress on GCE?

Well, if you have no prior hands-on cloud server management experience and you opt for hosting directly on GCE, you will be sailing in some pretty dark waters.

For a WordPress user, using GCE is not easy. There is a lot to do even before installing WordPress on it. You have to purchase an instance on GCE, then create an SSH connection…Yeah! I know you lost me there.

Well, to put it simply, the entire process is lengthy and a number of things could go wrong. And, once the process breaks, you have to start all over again! Fun? Not really!

With Cloudways, it’s easy! Just sign up and in a few minutes, you will have a Google Cloud server waiting for you with WordPress already installed on it.

Don’t just take my word for granted! Look at the following feedback and scores when a user launched WordPress on Google Cloud with Cloudways.

Andrew Testimonial

Launch WordPress on Google Compute Engine

Launching a GCE server on Cloudways Platform is a piece of cake. The process takes about 7 clicks!

The process is very intuitive and designed to be simple enough for all users. In just a few clicks, you have a fully functional WordPress installation of your choice hosted on a GCE cloud server. You really do not even need to know any server knowledge to launch GCE server on Cloudways.

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Cloudways does not only manages the server for you but it also keeps it optimized and updated with latest packages. In order to provide you with a seamless experience, Cloudways offers 24/7 live chat support where experts can help in troubleshooting any issue you might encounter.

1. Sign up for Cloudways

You can sign up for Cloudways and take your GCE server for a 3-day test drive. You have the chance to get acquainted with the UI of our platform and experience the power and flexibility it provides.

Just enter the required details and click the Start Free button. No credit card and no commitment required!

gce cloudways signup

Now verify your email to complete the signup process. After the successful signup, click the Launch button to initiate the simple server launch process.

gce launch

2. Select Your Application

Select the WordPress variant you wish from the drop-down menu. Give a name to your Application, Server, and Project.

launching wp

Note: You have the choice of launching Cloudways Optimized WordPress, WordPress with WooCommerce, WordPress Multisite, and WordPress without any optimization.

3. Select Your Hosting Server

Select Google’s GCE Hosting Platform as your cloud server.

gce server

4. Select Server Size

Select the server size that best fits your requirements. Cloudways offers scalable WordPress hosting and you can always scale up/down your server from Server Management → Vertical Scaling.

gce server size

5. Select Bandwidth and Storage

Bandwidth is the volume of data that is exchanged between your website(s) and the visitors. On Cloudways, you can select bandwidth based on your needs to keep the costs to a minimum. For storage, you can select separate storage sizes of database and application files.

gce bandwidth and storage

6. Select Location

At this point, choose the data center nearest to your target audience. For GCE, you have the option to host in 3 regions (USA, Europe, and Asia) and 11 different locations.

gce server location

7. Launch the Server

Check the estimated cost of GCE and then press the Launch Now button.

gce server launch

Now, wait for a few minutes while your GCE server is getting ready.

gce adding server

Once the server is ready, go to Applications from the top menu bar.

gce wordpress server

Click your WordPress application.

wordpress on gce

To login to your WordPress website, go to Application Management → Access Details → Admin Panel. You will see the admin credentials (username and password) for your WordPress application. Click the URL, and then copy and paste the credentials to access the WordPress admin panel.

gce server management

That’s it! You have successfully launched WordPress on Google Cloud.

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Migrate WordPress Site to Google Cloud

Website migration is as easy as launching the server on Cloudways. In case you are migrating your existing WordPress site from another provider to Cloudways, simply use our free migrator plugin which takes care of the whole process and migrates your site in just a few clicks.

Simply download the plugin in your existing WordPress site, supply with required information and run the migrator.

Cloudways Platform is rich with features that enable you to easily map your domain, create staging sites for testing out new features, free SSL via Let’s Encrypt and create team members, etc.

Too Good to Be True?

Well, this is no mirrors-and-smoke act!

Cloudways is built to provide conveniences to those who are interested in getting the full benefits of cloud hosting, without the time to waste on dedicated server management. Developers love it as they can build apps on it easily without worrying about server-side incompatibilities. Designers like it because they can test their work with our unlimited WordPress staging environments and URLs.

Agencies adore us because they get to do what they like. Instead of handling hosting infrastructure for their clients (we take care of that!), they can focus on their business operations. So, start with a free trial and host your WordPress website on Google Cloud. I think you’ll love it!

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Saud Razzak

Saud is the WordPress Community Manager at Cloudways - A Managed WooCommerce Hosting Platform. Saud is responsible for creating buzz, spread knowledge, and educate the people about WordPress in the Community around the globe. In his free time, he likes to play cricket and learn new things on the Internet. You can email him at

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