Looking for Pantheon alternatives?

Cloudways is fast and reliable hosting for everyone — not just SaaS & devs

Pantheon is a powerful WebOps platform but gets too complex for non-developers. Cloudways puts your sites on the world’s fastest servers with a point-and-click interface that makes it all too easy.

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All the power developers want and still beginner-friendly

“How fast and easy it is to spin up a new website, especially for WordPress, and manage staging or development copies. Plus, free let’s encrypt SSL certs on all domains.”

Mark Cyrus

Design & Marketing at VBO Tickets

Category leader in G2.com

Ease of Use

Pantheon score: 8.8
Web hosting average: 8.8

Quality of Support

Pantheon score: 8.7
Web hosting average: 8.7

Ease of Setup

Pantheon score: 7.8
Web hosting average: 8.8

You shouldn’t need a developer to launch your sites

Pantheon is good for advanced developers but it gets too expensive and complex for anyone else to justify.


  • Optimized for developers
  • Priced for enterprise companies
  • Charges for tech others give you for free

Users say Pantheon can’t handle bigger sites

“If your anything but super technical, they might not be ideal.”

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“We’re losing out on a couple of exciting features which we read through blogs but couldn’t really deploy.”

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“I’m pretty solid in PHP and javascript, but I’m not super comfortable in the command line. And yet they have created a platform that requires a lot of work there.”

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“It’s complex and it’s very logical, but requires a bit of a learning curve.”

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“It really stinks that «dealing with Pantheon» is a skillset/industry all to itself.”

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“Can be expensive if you aren’t an enterprise with a big budget.”

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Cloudways puts high-performing sites within everyone’s reach

Cloudways puts high-performing sites within everyone’s reach

You deserve fast, reliable hosting, whether you’re building on your own or with a team of developers.

Takes 2 clicks to do most things

Cloudways lets you control your server through a visual interface. No coding required.

Virtually no learning curve

You won’t have to learn a new way of working or hire people with specific skills to host your apps with us.

Don’t bug your devs with the easy stuff

Keep your dev team working on money-making tasks instead of babysitting your site.

Easy doesn’t mean limiting — do more with Cloudways

Go beyond WordPress and Drupal

Build your sites on any PHP app you want. WordPress and Drupal, yes! But also Magento, Laravel and custom PHP applications.

“Configuring my PHP website in Digital Ocean was a headache. Then I used Cloudways and took minutes to set up my website.”
Bedanta Kakati

High-end tech powering your sites on all plans

Get an optimized tech stack with ready-to-use caches including Memcached, Varnish, Nginx, and Redis to deliver expedited responses.

“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

Unlimited sites and visitors

Pantheon limits your monthly visits and the number of sites you can launch. Cloudways gives you as many websites as you want without sacrificing performance.

“You get *unlimited* applications, even with the most basic plan, which is a w e s o m e !”
Yanay Reingewertz
“Cloudways is the ultimate combination of ease of use and power that I’ve found. I’m moving away from other hosts entirely and transitioning all my clients to Cloudways servers.”
Jonah Blum – Owner at MMH Digital
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Cloudways gives you 24/7/365 support via live chat

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

A knowledge base for developers and non-developers

+150 articles to guide your way through the basic and not-so-basic elements of launching your sites. Our documentation offers an answer to all your questions.

“Cloudways has made cloud hosting available to non-technical IT people like myself. Their step-by-step hints, plus their extensive knowledge base, made setup super easy.”

Chris Arndt – Director Online Sales at Christopher Arndt Postcard Co

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Cloudways gives you monitoring and security features on all plans

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Object Cache
Not available on the basic plan
Available on all plans
New Relic Monitoring
Not available on the basic plan
Available on all plans
Dedicated Firewalls
Not available on the basic plan
Available on all plans
24/7 Real-time Monitoring
Only available on the highest plan
Available on all plans
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Cloudways is cheaper without compromising performance

  cloudways performance test
Lowest available plan $50/mo
Digital Ocean
Monthly visits
SSD Storage
5 domains
PHP Workers
As low as 4

Migrating from Pantheon to Cloudways is free and easy

Our experts handle your 1st site migration absolutely free, from Pantheon 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.

“The support and ease of migration was extremely helpful. I easily understood the process and of course felt much more at ease with the whole transition because of the support that Cloudways provided.”
Jennifer Stinnett – Founder, eJenn Solutions
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Frequently Asked Questions

Managed hosting is the kind of hosting service where your hosting platform handles every aspect of your server, including administration, management, security, and maintenance.

What that means to you is that all you need to do is select the hosting plan you want and your hosting service handles the rest. Cloudways’ team of administrators, developers and security experts will ensure your websites are properly managed to ensure maximum uptime and security.

Note that Cloudways is a managed web hosting service that offers managed WordPress hosting plans while supporting most other major CMS and Ecommerce platforms such as Joomla, Magento, Drupal, and other popular PHP-based applications.

Managed WordPress hosting is a hosting service that makes installing and managing your WordPress websites easier, where most technical and server-side issues are managed by the web hosting platform. Choosing a managed WordPress hosting service means freeing up your time from having to handle security risks, backups, monitoring your WordPress websites’ uptime, and scaling your infrastructure when your WordPress websites grow.

Cloudways is a managed WordPress hosting provider and also supports other applications, such as Joomla, Magento, Drupal, and other PHP-based apps.

With Cloudways, you get a world-class hosting platform and managed WordPress hosting services. All our pricing plans run on top-of-the-line cloud servers provided by DigitalOcean, Linode, Vultr, Amazon AWS and Google Cloud Platform. Cloudways is a managed hosting platform that gives you virtually unlimited cloud hosting resources and services for all your hosting needs, at very affordable prices.

As a fully managed hosting provider, Cloudways takes care of the maintenance of your servers. You get your own control panel to launch and manage your websites. You can host and manage one website or an unlimited number of web applications and control them all from the same user-friendly management panel. Most tasks can be done in just a few clicks.

All Cloudways pricing plans include these features and developer tools:

  • Choose your cloud provider: DigitalOcean, Vultr, Linode, Amazon AWS and Google Cloud Platform
  • Free SSL support
  • Daily backups
  • Unlimited websites
  • Unlimited WordPress sites
  • Global data centers
  • Free site migration
  • 24/7/365 Support
  • Pay As You Go plans
  • Team and users management
  • Dedicated firewalls
  • 24/7 performance monitoring
  • Staging environments
  • Advanced caches
  • Auto healing
  • Regular security patching
  • HTTP/2 enabled servers
  • SSH and SFTP access control
  • DDoS Protection
  • Global CDN add-on

At Cloudways, we believe no business should stress about their hosting services being down or not working. We put a lot of effort into making that a reality, with the help of our expert engineers.

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 websites. 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 ensure your cloud server security, these features are available on all hosting plans:

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

There are many Pantheon alternatives in the hosting and managed WordPress hosting space. The main issue with Pantheon is that is good for advanced developers but it becomes expensive and complex for anyone else to justify.

Cloudways gives you high-speed cloud servers and reliable WordPress hosting for high-traffic websites, with an easy-to-manage interface that both web developers and beginners can work with.

We believe no other web hosting provider gives you the same performance and ease of use as Cloudways does, which makes us one of the best alternatives to Pantheon.