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WPEngine vs Cloudways

Cloudways is the High-Performance WPEngine Alternative

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With 0.5 second loading speeds and virtually 100% uptime, Cloudways won’t let you down

Cloudways gives you more speed, storage, and bandwidth at lower rates, for unlimited sites. Our starter plan alone offers 1TB bandwidth, as opposed to WPEngine’s 50GB. And the performance gap only increases from there.

Unlike WPEngine, Cloudways offers a free trial — no CC needed

Your visitors notice when you migrate to Cloudways

“Website loading speed has increased substantially since we migrated.”

Pedro Flores

Marketing Director at GLED Global Education

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Ease of Use

WPEngine score: 9.1
Web hosting average: 8.6

Quality of Support

WPEngine score: 9.1
Web hosting average: 8.6

Ease of Setup

WPEngine score: 9.1
Web hosting average: 8.6

Your hosting provider shouldn’t slow you down as your business ramps up

WPEngine is one of the best-known brands in the WordPress hosting space. But what users get to know only after they’ve paid upfront is that it:

  • Won’t let you pick which server to host your site on
  • Eats up storage and bandwidth as your site grows
  • Locks critical features behind their higher plans

WPEngine customers say poor performance disrupts their business

“My site had a D rating for speed, despite having paid extra for their apparently useless CDN software.”

G2 Ground
Verified WPEngine Review on G2

“A few months of less than 99.9% uptime. Downtime occurred during peak hours with ads running.”

G2 Ground
Verified WPEngine Review on G2

“Slow backend wordpress pages. Painfully long times to update website pages.”

G2 Ground
Verified WPEngine Review on G2

“I’m tired of explaining to my clients why they have problems and downtime. I’m done!”

G2 Ground
Verified WPEngine Review on Trustpilot

“…the servers are extremely slow now and we regularly see DNS issues and downtime.”

G2 Ground
Verified WPEngine Review on Trustpilot

“They don’t reveal how many people you are sharing with either, but they’ll happily have their salespeople hunt you down and constantly tell you that you need to spend more!”

G2 Ground
Verified WPEngine Review on Trustpilot
Looking for a reliable WPEngine alternative?

Cloudways gives you fast, secure servers with on-time customer support

Go beyond WordPress

Manage Drupal, Magento, Laravel and Joomla sites, too. If you run on PHP, you’re covered.

Host unlimited websites

Cloudways doesn’t limit the number of websites included in your plan. Launch as many as you want.

Pick and manage your server

Choose from 5 different providers: Digital Ocean, AWS, and Google Cloud.

Stop sharing resources

All Cloudways users get dedicated servers. Control and manage your server as you please.

Transparent billing with no surprises

Get access to all core features on any plan. Know exactly what you’ll pay, every month.

Control how your sites look, load, and perform — without spending time managing them

WordPress? Check. Any other PHP CMS? Also check.

Our PHP 7.3 servers running on PHP-FPM (Fast Process Management) will optimize your website for fast, reliable loading time.

“Even the smallest and cheapest of servers perform great with Cloudways for WordPress sites. Magento is a bit more power hungry but Cloudways’ services work great with both apps.”
Arda Burak Sepici

Choose the cloud provider you trust the most

WPEngine shoehorns your website into whichever cloud provider they choose. Cloudways gives you the power of choice. Pick a server that matches your budget and performance needs, from 5 world-class companies.

“Easiest way to use AWS servers without the need of high technical skills.”
Pedro Flores

All core features included on all plans

With Cloudways, you get unlimited sites, free SSL, Firewalls, Monitoring, Backups, Staging, and more included on any plan — for as low as $11/mo.

“Demonstrating people they can start their own website with great quality at an affordable price.”
Rubén Castellanos

Launch 1 or 100 sites — there’s no limit

WPEngine limits how many sites you can host on each plan. With Cloudways, you can have as many as you want, as long as you have resources available in your plan. Ideal for agencies.

You get *unlimited* applications, even with the most basic plan, which is a w e s o m e !”
Yanay Reingewertz

Focus on content creation, not site maintenance

Hate managing servers? Cloudways solves it for you. Enjoy access to top cloud server solutions without having to manage every detail. Cloudways makes sure your site runs as expected.

“Cloudways is highly recommended for those who want to move to cloud hosting without the hassles of managing cloud services which may be a bit too technical. ”
Neel Kamal Kalita

Adapt Cloudways to your needs, not the other way around

WordPress is built as an open ecosystem that anyone can modify for their needs. WPEngine, though, has more of a closed-in approach: it’s their way or the highway. Cloudways sits closer to the WordPress ideology, offering open customization:

  • No plugin restrictions
  • PHP extension additions

Estimate what you would pay with Cloudways

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Cloudways starts affordable…

  WPEngine cloudways performance test
Lowest Available Plan
Monthly Price $30/mo
Digital Ocean
Site Included 1 unlimited
Visit/Month 250,000 unlimited
Storage 10GB 50GB
Bandwidth 50GB 2TB
Ram Undisclosed 2GB
Processor Processor 1Core
Highest Available Plan
Monthly Price $350/mo
Ecommerce Hosting Scale
Google Cloud
Site Included 30 unlimited
Visit/Month 400,000 +67,00,000
Storage 50GB 20GB
Bandwidth 500GB 2GB
Ram Undisclosed 15GB
Processor Processor 4vCPU
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Cloudways gives you a free trial to see for yourself

No Trial

Free Trial

3 Days – No Credit Card Required
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Cloudways serves drastically more visitors each month

Results based on, comparing plans at three levels.

Bar Graph Comparasion
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Cloudways consistently outperforms WPEngine’s response time

Results based on, comparing similar sites and plans for speed optimizations.

Average 8705 ms
3439 ms
Min 150 ms
1,039 ms
Max 37649 ms
9,296 ms
WPEngine vs Cloudways

Cloudways lets you choose your preferred cloud hosting provider

Cloud Hosting Providers

Pick a provider based on your performance needs

Cloud Hosting Providers

WPEngine picks a server for you

Cloudways vs WPEngine

Knowledgeable support that’s always available

Any issue that hurts your users’ experience is time sensitive. Our customer support specialists are ready to help you 24/7/365, so your team can go back to smooth sailing, as quick as possible.

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
WPEngine vs Cloudways

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

The main difference between WP Engine and Cloudways is that WP Engine offers plans based on core feature limitations and number of sites you can host.

With Cloudways you can launch as many sites as you want, on any plan. And you get access to the same set of features, no matter which plan you choose. We believe that structuring our plans this way helps all kinds of business start and grow with total control on their websites’ performance.

WP Engine’s lowest plan starts at $30/mo and includes only 1 site. With Cloudways you can get started for as low as $10/mo, with unlimited sites.

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.

Cloudways offers an out-of-the-box caching stack which includes Memcached, Varnish, Nginx, and Redis to deliver fast responses. WP Engine forces you to install an Advanced Caching plugin to match this level of performance.

WP Engine also disallows plugins like WP Super Cache, WP File Cache, and W3 Total Cache, preventing you to apply further optimizations that can’t be done server-side.

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.

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
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