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About Ready Steady Websites
Chris and Jude created Ready Steady Websites® to help entrepreneurs make websites in a whole lot easier way. They have worked with many businesses over the last 18 years. They have been more focused on providing help to entrepreneurs and solopreneurs over the last 4 years after realizing that there was a big divide between a completely do it yourself website and a custom web agency built website. Along the way, they met many people who wanted to invest in a really professional, fast, and impactful website, but these people didn’t have the budget to get a custom website. Moreover, the standard off-the-shelf services didn’t give these people the professional design they needed. This was when Chris and Jude started Ready Steady Websites®.
Cloudways: Tell us about yourself. What is your designation at the agency? What are your core responsibilities?
Chris Wharton: I am working in the capacity of Co-founder. I am also responsible for design, development and support.
Cloudways: What services does your agency provide and how many clients do you currently have? Please tell us a bit about your agency here, like which capacity do you operate in, your team size, your market, and your USP.
Chris Wharton: We have two parts to our company. Our main offering is Ready Steady Websites® which is an off-the-shelf website and membership template service on top of WordPress. It’s like a website or membership site in a box really, designed to help entrepreneurs and small businesses get up and running quickly with a professional looking website but having us there the whole time for support and to take away any tech headaches. The other part of our company is 2nd Floor Designs ltd where we offer branding and logo design, custom website, and membership site builds on WordPress.
Cloudways: How did you first hear about Cloudways? Name one major problem that you were facing that made you switch to Cloudways. Something that was the tipping point, and how Cloudways fixed that for you.?
Chris Wharton: We heard about Cloudways on recommendation from a number of different people in our industry. Our main issue was speed of deployment and reliable support. The way our template service works, we need to be able to clone sites, configure them quickly, move them from development to live and Cloudways just makes that seamless. We also have very granular control over resources and can scale services up really easily to match demand. On top of that, Cloudways support is the best we’ve ever experienced in around 20 years in the web industry.
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Cloudways: Before Cloudways, which hosting solution did you use? Are you using any other hosting service currently? If “Yes” Why?
Chris Wharton:We’d tried many, WP Engine, Siteground, TSO, Heart Internet, 20i, Media Temple. We’re not using anything apart from Cloudways now.
Cloudways: What was your experience with Cloudways when you first signed up? Please tell us about first impressions.
Chris Wharton: It’s just so easy to use and the support is magnificent.
Cloudways: In your opinion, what sets us apart from other hosting providers? How has our in-built support for Php-based apps such as WordPress, Laravel, and Magento made matters easier for you?
Chris Wharton: In terms of what sets Cloudways apart, first and foremost it’s ease of use: Easy cloning, Easy scaling. Second to that it’s support, technical queries are always answered within minutes and I’ve never left a support conversation in any other mood but happy.
Cloudways: How do you use Cloudways to solve your client’s problem(s)?
Chris Wharton: We take care of the management for our clients, because Cloudways makes it so easy to use their services the experience for our clients is seamless.
Cloudways: How has Cloudways contributed to the success of your agency? Tell us about how Cloudways’ features align with your needs.
Chris Wharton: Speed of implementation and reliability of service.
Cloudways: Out of five cloud providers available on Cloudways, which one(s) do you prefer to use and why?
Chris Wharton: Digital Ocean for it’s speed and price and location availability.
Cloudways: How do you resell Cloudways to your clients?
Chris Wharton: Our clients pay for web hosting via our website and membership site plans. The more customers we have, the more resources we need.How to Resell Hosting to Your Digital Agency Clients
Cloudways: If you could briefly describe the values you perceive from Cloudways?
Chris Wharton: Honesty, Cloudways genuinely cares about solving customer issues (not just moving to the next ticket as quickly as possible).
Cloudways: How do you feel about being a part of the Cloudways Agency Partnership Program? What additional value does the program provides to you? Do you think this program is going to help your agency grow in the long run?
Chris Wharton: We’re thrilled to be so valued as what must be a fairly small client for Cloudways. Even though I’m sure many customers pay for a lot more services, we always feel valued and listened to. Your monthly mentoring sessions have also been really high value – Mastermind quality.
Cloudways: Do you think that by switching to Cloudways, you were able to free up resources at your end? If yes, how were you able to utilize those?
Chris Wharton: Yes, without Cloudways we would be wasting hours of our time a week dealing with random issues like caching, sites going down and support agents not knowing what they’re doing.
Cloudways: Thank you for your time, Chris Wharton. We wish you and Jude go miles ahead with Ready Steady Websites.
Chris Wharton: Thank you for your support and assistance.
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