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Cloudways vs Flywheel

Cloudways is the Flywheel alternative that lets you take back control of your websites

Flywheel limits what you can do with your sites. Cloudways lets you take the training wheels off to build websites that work faster and smoother for you and your visitors.

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Cloudways users appreciate being in control

“It is really easy for you to set up a test environment and then merge your changes to production while keeping full control over what you are doing and paying for.”

John Heatz

General Manager

Entry-level features don’t give you room to grow

Flywheel is built to help beginner-level users launch their sites but can leave you hanging when it’s time to grow.

Flywheel users say they don’t have enough control over their sites

“I could use more control over the technical aspects of my hosting.”

Trust Pilot
Verified Flywheel review on G2

“I don’t like the fact that they don’t host straight HTML because I offer e-learning.”

Trust Pilot
Verified Flywheel review on G2

“A lot of the times we have to edit our website requires talking to Flywheel support instead of us changing from within.”

Trust Pilot
Verified Flywheel review on G2

“The staging environments they provide are slow and often needs its memory boosted to not run into memory errors.”

Trust Pilot
Verified Flywheel review on G2

“User-friendly for designers, but not developers. There is no phpMyAdmin and no access to wp-config.php”

Trust Pilot
Verified Flywheel review on Trustpilot

“They lack a few features that I think would be nice to have. Example: SSH, SSL on their staging sites, and some more technical things.”

WPKube
Verified Flywheel review on WPKube
Businesses that want control and flexibility choose Cloudways

Cloudways gives you the freedom to build the site you want

Flywheel is built to help beginner-level users launch their sites but can leave you hanging when it’s time to grow.

All PHP apps supported

Build your sites on any PHP app you want — don’t limit yourself to WordPress.

Google Cloud and more

Cloudways offers 5 different providers: DigitalOcean, Linode, Vultr, AWS, and Google Cloud.

Easy vertical scaling

Scale-up as your sites grow. Only pay for new features and limits as you need them.

Businesses who want control and flexibility choose Cloudways

Cloudways lets you manage every detail that affects your sites’ performance

1-Click Backup & Restore

Protect your sites with hourly backups. Rest assured you can easily restore your sites to any point back in time if anything breaks.

“Speed is so much faster and all the website purging, backup and security are taken care of.”
Zainab Sorathia

User-friendly interface to make any changes you need

Manage your server and optimize your sites’ performance from a visual panel. Control the details you need to without messing up the ones you don’t.

“Cloudways provides me access to the server without me having to manage every detail.”
Craig Booker

SSL on your staging sites

Fully pre-installed SSL certificates apply as standard on all staging applications. Cloudways is secure across the board.

“Impressed by the easy to use dashboard and the speed and many cool add-ons like free SSL, staging, and cloning.”
Amin Ouhan

Even more control for your sites

Schedule Cron jobs with a built-in Cron Job Manager

Use WP-CLI to control WordPress websites via commands

Control Varnish cache rules

“Even the smallest and cheapest of servers perform great with Cloudways for WordPress sites. Setting up Varnish cache, Redis or Memcached is a breeze.”

Arda Burak Sepici – General Manager
Cloudways vs Flywheel

At Cloudways, there’s always someone ready to help

Cloudways customer support performance
Q3 2020 – Q1 2021

  • 2.1 minutes

    Initial response time

  • 30 minutes

    Average time to solve and close a support inquiry

  • 90%

    Percentage of support inquiries closed with a happy and satisfied customer

Dedicated Account Manager
Private Slack channel
Phone Support
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Cloudways means performance — even on our lowest plans

  cloudways performance test
Cloud servers
Google Cloud only
Choose from DigitalOcean, Linode, Vultr, AWS, and Google Cloud
Cache
Uses single FlyCache system
Advanced cache stack pre-installed on all sites
Vertical scaling
Flexibility to grow as your business does
Supported PHP apps
WordPress only
Drupal, Magento, Laravel, Joomla and WordPress
Data Centers
Undisclosed
65+ Data Centers
Provide a faster user experience for your visitors
Cloudways vs Flywheel

Cloudways’ cheapest plan gives you higher bandwidth and storage limits

  • Lowest available plan
  • Visit/month
  • Storage
  • Bandwidth
  • Sites Included
  • $15
  • 5,000
  • 5GB
  • 20GB
  • 1 site
  • $10
  • Unlimited
  • 25GB
  • 1TB
  • Unlimited
Cloudways Partner Program vs Flywheel Affiliate Program

Cloudways shines a spotlight on your agency and boosts your marketing

  Flywheel Agency Partners (Silver) Cloudways Agency Partner Program
Entry Level $0-99 per/month As low as $100
Sites Included Undisclosed Unlimited sites on any plan (not just WordPress)
Monthly visits Undisclosed Unlimited visits on any plan
Dedicated Partnership Manager For Gold members only For Gold and Platinum partners
Agency Perks Undisclosed Get 10% OFF for 6-12 months
Co-marketing Growth resource hub
  • Partner listing
  • Agency Spotlight article in Cloudways blog
  • Customer case study
  • Cloudways blog guest post
  • Cloudways partner badge
  • Co-branded video ad
  • Agency founder interview
  • Free event tickets
  • Social media ad campaigns
Swag Box For Gold members only For Gold and Platinum partners
Learn more about our Agency Partnership Program here.

Migrating from Flywheel to Cloudways is free and easy

Our experts handle your 1st site migration absolutely free, from Flywheel or any other provider. Move your site over to your new server quickly and with zero downtime.

We guarantee absolutely no bugs, errors, or lost data. Our migration pros will work with you to ensure that everything gets done smoothly and efficiently.

“Amazing feature of scaling server as per requirements, and support is awesome.”
Ahmad Alghouti – Web Developer
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Frequently Asked Questions

Security is a top priority at Cloudways. We take a proactive approach to keeping your servers safe and secure from malicious traffic, malware and attacks.

These measures are available on any plan you choose:

  • Dedicated Firewalls
  • 1-Click Free SSL Certificate
  • IP Whitelisting
  • Regular Security Patching
  • Two-Factor Authentication
  • Bot Protection

Yes — it’s included on any plan you choose. You can easily set up CDN from your dashboard, even if you’ve never done this kind of integration before. CloudwaysCDN delivers extremely fast experiences for your user, starting as low as $1 per 25GB.

At Cloudways, we believe no one should stress about their website being down or not working. We put a lot of effort and resources into making that a reality, with the help of our support team.

Standard Support: It’s free and includes 24/7/365 access to Live Chat assistance with trained Support Team members.

Advanced Support add-on: Speeds up Live Chat response times and includes deeper application troubleshooting, customization support, and proactive monitoring.

Premium Support add-on: For businesses running mission-critical sites where every minute matters. Advanced service with even quicker response times, a dedicated Account Manager, a private Slack channel, and direct phone support.

Managed WordPress hosting is a form of web-hosting that makes installing and managing your WordPress site easier, where most technical and server-side issues are managed by the company you hire. Managed hosting means freeing up your time from having to handle security risks, backups, monitoring your sites’ uptime, and scaling your infrastructure when your site grows.


Cloudways provides managed WordPress services, but doesn’t stop at WordPress. You can also host other applications, such as Joomla, Magento, Drupal, and other PHP-based apps