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How to Host WordPress on Google Cloud

Updated on  31st January

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Since the launch of Cloudways, we came up with a lot of activities. Our DevOps team has been hard at work to provide choices across many levels. We first introduced WooCommerce and now we have added Google Compute Engine (GCE) to the list of cloud infrastructures providers we have on our platform.

If you have experience of system administration, then you will 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 or no experience of server administration, then you will have a hard time launching the servers, let alone managing them.

The integration of GCE on Cloudways Cloud Platform basically opens up a new world for WordPress cloud hosting on top-of-the-line cloud servers that come with reliability, speed, and outstanding uptime. It will provide you with peace of mind as your WordPress website will be hosted on Google Cloud and all servers will be managed by our cloud experts.

Advantages of WordPress Hosting on Google Cloud

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


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


It won’t be wrong if I say Google runs the Internet. You have to be on top of your game if you want to rank on the top at Google. Speed, for ranking purposes, is one of the major aspects. Therefore, it always tries to keep things speedy and you can experience that on its infrastructure too. Additionally, add this cloud infrastructure to the ThunderStack-powered Cloudways Platform, you get the blazing speed that is unmatched within the managed cloud hosting industry.

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

Source: ServerDensity


GCE uses the same infrastructure as Gmail and YouTube use and we rarely see these services go down. This means by hosting on Google’s own cloud infrastructure, you are hosting on the most well-maintained hardware and data centers.


GCE servers are highly-scalable and able to handle unexpected traffic spikes with ease. Using the scaling feature on Cloud Console, you can easily change the size of your service without changing the IP address. When on Cloudways, you can monitor your server performance and scale up your server according to the traffic income.

But, Why Use Cloudways To Host On GCE?

Well, you will be sailing in darkness if you choose Google Cloud Engine directly. For any normal WordPress user, GCE is not easy. There is a lot to do before installing WordPress. You have to purchase an instance on GCE, then you have to create an SSH connection… Yeah! I know you lost me there.

Well, to put it shortly, the entire process is lengthy and it can go wrong. If it goes wrong, you might have to do it 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 installed on it. Plus, there are numerous other benefits too. Check out the list below:

  1. 24×7 tech support and server management along with CloudwaysBot
  2. Optimized servers with Cloudways’ ThunderStack formula
  3. Dedicated IPs
  4. 1-click installers (for, e.g. WordPress, Multisite, WooCommerce with advanced caching)
  5. Optimized UI to control Servers and Applications
  6. Real-time server performance monitoring
  7. Unlimited staging URLs and unlimited websites on a single server
  8. WP-CLI installed by default for command-line WordPress users
  9. Automated backups and offshore backups
  10. Multi-SSL installation on the same IP and Let’s Encrypt Free SSL availability
  11. Integrated Git client
  12. Ability to clone servers and applications
  13. Ability to Managing Teams and Projects from within the Platform
  14. One FREE Migration

In some cases, only hosting your website on Cloudways has given website’s a boost on their Google PageSpeed Insights scores.

Andrew Testimonial

Disclaimer: The said user is of Cloudways Cloud Platform, but he is not using GCE.

How to Launch Your WordPress Website on Google Compute Engine?

Launching a GCE server from Cloudways platform is a piece of cake. Everything works on single clicks. There is no command line work and confusion of calculation prices and selecting instances.

Don’t have an account yet? Not to worry! All you need to do is follow these few simple steps to become a part of Cloudways.

1. Sign up for FREE account
2. Select Your Application
3. Select Google Cloud from the list of Cloud Providers
4. Select Server Size
5. Select Bandwidth and Storage
6. Select Location

1. Sign up for FREE account

You can sign up for free and take a GCE server for a test drive for 3 full days. This provides you a chance to get acquainted with the UI of our platform and the power and flexibility it provides. No credit card and no commitment are required.

2. Select Your Application

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

3. Select Google Cloud from the list of Cloud Providers

4. Select Server Size

Select Server Size

You are not restricted to the above-selected server size. Cloudways offers scalable WordPress hosting, you can always scale your server by visiting the vertical scaling label in server management tab.

5. Select Bandwidth and Storage

Select Bandwidth and Storage
Bandwidth is the amount of data that occurs between your website(s) and its user(s) over the Internet. 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.

6. Select Location

Select Server Location

When you are about to host a website on WordPress, choose that data center which is nearest to your audience. For GCE, you have the option to host in 3 regions: USA, Europe, and Asia.

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

That’s it! Wait for a few minutes as a GCE server with a staging URL and default WordPress instance is being assigned to your Cloudways account.

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. Developers love it as they can build apps on it easily. Designers like it because they can test their work with our unlimited staging environments and URLs.

Agencies adore us because they get to do what they like. Instead of handling hosting infrastructure, they can focus on their business operations. So, start a free trial with us and host your WordPress website on Google Cloud. We 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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