Cloudways Is The Nexcess Alternative That Keeps Hosting Simple

Nexcess offers 25 pricing plans over 4 different hosting options, each with fixed limitations. Cloudways takes the guesswork out of getting your site live, with reliable hosting on any plan.

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Cloudways users love how easy it is to go live

“In 30 minutes I had all my hosting and web pages migrated and working, everything is very easy to setup and now my pages run faster than ever.”

Carlos Amoros

Web Developer

Restrictive Plans
Restrict Your Growth

Deciding on a hosting plan can be tricky — what’s a good bandwidth? how much storage do I need? how do I know how many sites I’ll need 12 months down the line?
It gets even harder when you pick the wrong plan and get locked into it with no room to grow.

Nexcess Users Say Their Plans Are Too Restrictive

“They tried to force me to stay for a second year when the contract was for only one.”

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“I gave it 10 months on a one year plan and was continually getting ‘autoscale notification’ messages.”

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“I dislike running out of space and their only other plan is more expensive to upgrade.”

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“Nexcess organizes their policies around getting more money out of you, not providing a good service.”

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“Claims of blazing fast wordpress installations are not true. I get very smilar results with very cheap shared hostings.”

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“Storage limits on the EEP 100 plan. 10 GB is not much space for web and email.”

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Cloudways Has Everything a Fast and Reliable Site Needs, Straight Out of The Box

With plans that focus on giving you enough storage and bandwidth to serve your visitors, you get full control of your site from day one.

Super-Fast Servers on Every Plan

Choose from 3 cloud hosting providers: DigitalOcean, AWS, and Google Cloud.

Upgrade and Downgrade As You Go

Easily change your plan to suit your site needs as they change. Never pay for more resources than you need.

Unlimited Site Hosting Per Plan

Whether you want to launch 1, 5, or 50 sites, Cloudways got you covered.

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3 More Things You Can Do with Cloudways

Unlimited Concurrent Users

Nexcess limits the number of users on your Magento website clicking links and adding items to their cart. With Cloudways, you can serve unlimited visitors on any plan.

“I get a reasonably priced server that offers great performance. It gets even more important for Magento to have an optimized server, Cloudways offers just that.”
Arda Burak Sepici

Free SSL Certificates

An SSL certificate is a must-have for any trusted site. With Cloudways, easily add this to any site with 1-Click Installation.

“SSL certificates are so easy to setup and all the admin is done by Cloudways.”
Marcel Schmidt

High-Performance, Out of The box

Get a server with an optimized technology stack using Elasticsearch, Redis and Varnish. Everything’s ready to use across all plans, even the lowest ones.

“There are so many tools and features to leverage to get the Core Vitals scores you need to rank your sites. They have CDN, Redis, Varnish and many other features to use.”
Joseph Kahn
“Their pricing is clear and offered as a pay-as-you-go service so you only pay for what you use instead of buying a plan which you may never fill.”

Dayley Senior

WordPress Developer
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At Cloudways, There’s Someone Ready to Help 24/7/365

Cloudways customer support performance Q3 2020 – Q1 2021

2.1 Minutes

Initial Response Time

30 Minutes

Average time to solve & Close a support inquiry


Percentage of Support Inquiries Closed With A Happy & Satisfied Customer

Dedicated Account Manager
Private Slack channel
Phone Support

You Don’t Have To Be a Developer to Use Cloudways

With 1-Click installation over 10+ apps as well as a comprehensive knowledge base, Cloudways is easy to set up — even for the novice.

“For a newbie it gives wide flexibility to choose from a wide range of industry-leading cloud service providers as well a huge range of scripts to install on them. The setup is really simple and you can deploy servers with few clicks.”
Neil Harris
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Cloudways’ Simple Pricing Makes Choosing Your Plan a Breeze

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Available plans

7 different WordPress plans

6 different WooCommerce plans

6 different Magento plans

6 different Cloud hosting plans

Pick a world-class server, choose how much horsepower you need and pay for performance.

No matter which plan you choose, it adapts and grows with you.
“The managed fast cloud servers are the prime reasons for me switching to Cloudways”

Neel Kamal Kalita

WordPress Designer
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Cloudways Gives You Full-Featured Hosting, Without Paying Extra

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Lowest available plan
Monthly price
$49/mo XS Cloud
Server choice
Nexcess’ own servers
WChoose between DigitalOcean, AWS, and Google Cloud
24/7 real-time monitoring
Nexcess’ own servers
Choose between DigitalOcean, AWS, and Google Cloud
Concurrent users
Limited to 20 users engaging with your site
Uncapped visitors and users
SSL certificate
Only if you upgrade
Free SSL for all your sites
Optional paid add-on
Optional paid add-on
Elasticsearch, Redis & Varnish
Optional paid add-on
Blazing fast stack includes Memcached, Redis, NginX and Varnish on every plan
Auto healing servers
Not included
Keeps your websites from crashing
Server monitoring
24/7/365 peace of mind everything works
Staging areas
Optional paid add-on
Available on all plans
Dedicated Firewalls
Automated backups
As regular as hourly
Cloudways Affiliate Program vs Nexcess Affiliate Program

Get Lifetime Earning potential with Cloudways’ Affiliate Program

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Commission structure
$150 per referral sale
150% of the first month’s service
Up to $125 per sale
$30 per sale + 7% lifetime commission
Lifetime commission
Not included
True lifetime earnings
Payment method
PayPal & wire transfer*
Cookie storage
90 days
90 days
Dedicated affiliate managers
Not included
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Frequently Asked Questions

Managed cloud hosting is the kind of hosting service where your web hosting company (like Cloudways) handles every aspect of your server platform including administration, management, security, and maintenance.

What that means to you is that all you need to do is select the plan you want, the data center you want to base your server at, and the operating system you prefer. Your web hosting company handles the rest. Cloudways’ team of administrators, developers and security experts will ensure your server is properly managed along with proper CDN to ensure maximum uptime as well as data security and upkeep.

Note that Cloudways offers managed WordPress hosting and supports most other major CMS and Ecommerce platforms such as Joomla, Magento, Drupal, and many other PHP-based apps.

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 hosting company. Managed hosting means freeing up your time from having to handle security risks, backups, monitoring your WordPress sites’ uptime, and scaling your infrastructure when your site grows.

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

With Cloudways you get top-of-the-line web hosting servers. You don’t need to pick between a shared, VPS or dedicated server hosting. All our hosting plans run on cloud servers provided by DigitalOcean, Linode, Vultr, Amazon AWS and Google Cloud Platform, giving you virtually unlimited hosting resources to launch your websites at very affordable pricing.

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

Standard Support: It’s free and includes 24/7/365 access to Live Chat assistance. Every request is routed to a specifically trained Support Team member.

Advanced Support add-on: For businesses running mission-critical sites. The Advanced add-on opens up a wider range of Cloudways expertise. You get a dedicated account manager, on-demand database and tech-stack customization, deeper application-level support, and proactive monitoring.

Premium Support add-on: Includes everything in Standard and Advanced support, with access to a private Slack channel, that connects you 24/7/365 to our Senior Customer Support Engineers, and direct phone support.

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.

To keep your sites secure, we make these features and tools available on all plans:

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

There are many alternatives in the managed hosting space. Some competitors offer very robust plans.

Cloudways gives you all the tools you need to launch business-critical websites in just a few clicks for a quick and easy setup process. With Cloudways, you’ll never have to worry about your sites’ performance. As your site grows, you can easily scale to virtually unlimited resources from your control panel.

We believe no other hosting service gives you the same performance and control as Cloudways does, which makes us the best Nexcess alternative.