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How to host your WordPress website on Google Cloud

At Cloudways, 2015 came with a lot of activities. Our DevOps team has been hard at work to provide choices across many levels. We first introduced WooCommerce and now we have added Google Compute Engine (GCE) to the list of cloud infrastructures providers we have on our platform.
If you have experience of system administration, then you will probably have an easy time configuring and launching websites on GCE servers. But! If you are a web application developer, a designer, a blogger or an agency with little or no experience of server administration, then you will have a hard time launching the servers, let alone managing them.

The integration of GCE on Cloudways Cloud Platform basically opens up a new world for WordPress users to host on top-of-the-line cloud servers that come with reliability, speed, and outstanding uptime. It will provide you peace of mind as your WordPress website will be hosted on Google cloud and all servers will be managed by our cloud experts.

Why you should host on Google Cloud Engine (GCE)?

Here are some good reasons to host your WordPress website on GCE:


According to a study done on the performance of cloud infrastructure providers, the downtime of GCE was just 3.46 hours. This shows that Google Cloud Engine was available for more than 99.9% of the times. Hosting your WordPress website on GCE means continuous uptime with some (or no) hiccups.


It won’t be false if I’ll say Google runs the internet. Therefore, it always tries to keep things speedy and you can experience the same on its infrastructure too.
In terms of speed, cloud hosting experts rate GCE amongst the top tier. Just look at the following network performance stats reported by ServerDensity.
google networking performance speed
Source: ServerDensity


GCE uses the same infrastructure as Gmail and YouTube and we rarely see these services go down. This means by hosting on Google’s own cloud infrastructure, you are hosting on the most well maintained hardware and datacenters.


GCE servers are highly scalable and able to handle traffic spikes with ease. Using the scaling feature on Cloud Console, you can easily change the size of your service without changing the IP address.

But, Why Use Cloudways To Host On GCE?

Well, you will be sailing in darkness if you choose Google Cloud Engine directly. For any normal WordPress user, GCE is not easy. There is a lot to do before installing WordPress. You have to purchase an instance on GCE, then you have to create an SSH connection… Yeah! I know you lost me there.
Well, to put it shortly, the entire process is lengthy and it can go wrong. If it goes wrong, you might have to do it all over again. Fun? Not really!
On Cloudways, it is easy. Just sign up and in 7 minutes, you will a Google cloud server waiting for with WordPress installed on it. Plus, there are numerous other benefits too. Check out the list below:
  1. 24×7 tech support and server management
  2. Optimized servers with Cloudways’ well-known recipe (Nginx, Varnish, Apache, Memcache)
  3. Dedicated IPs
  4. 1-click installers (for, e.g. WordPress, Multisite, WooCommerce with advance caching)
  5. Easy UI to control servers and applications
  6. Real time server performance monitoring
  7. Unlimited staging URLs and unlimited websites on a single server
  8. WP-CLI installed by default for command line WordPress users
  9. Automated Backups
  10. Multi-SSL installation on the same IP
  11. Integrated Git client
  12. Ability to clone servers and applications
In some cases, only hosting your website on Cloudways has given website a boost on their Google PageSpeed Insights scores.

So, How To Launch Your Very First WordPress Website on Google Compute Engine?

Launching a GCE server from Cloudways platform is easy. Everything works on mouse clicks. There is no command line work and confusion of calculation prices and selecting instances.

1. Sign up for FREE account

You can sign up for free and take a GCE server for test drive for 3 full days. This provides you a chance to get acquainted with the UI of our platform and the power and flexibility it provides.

2. Select GCE

Select GCE from the list of 3 cloud providers listed.
Select GCE and WordPress

3. Select WordPress, Multisite, or WooCommerce

When you click on WordPress you will be provided with three choices –
a- WordPress: It launches the latest version of WordPress.
b- WordPress Multisite: It installs a WordPress Multisite.
c- WooCommerce: It creates a Varnish compatible WooCommerce store [link to woo blog]

4. Select Server Size

You can select server size based on the pageviews of your website(s). Alternatively, if you have an idea about how much computing power, you will need then you can select server by clicking on “I Know My Server Size”.

5. Select Location

When you are hosting a website, choose one which is nearest to your audience. For GCE, you have option to host in 3 regions: USA, Europe, and Asia. Now, some will raise an eyebrow over this. Well, this is how Google Compute Engine. Instead of datacenters, you get Regions. These regions are then divided by Zones. For Cloudways, we are using Zones that runs on the Ivy Bridge infrastructure.

6. Select Bandwidth

Bandwidth is the amount of data that occurs between your website(s) and its user(s) over the internet. On Cloudways, you can select bandwidth based on your needs to keep the costs to a minimum.

7. Select Storage Size & “Launch”

You can select separate storage sizes of database and application files. Check the estimated cloud spend and then press the “Launch” button.
Select Location Bandwidth Storage
That’s it! Wait for 7 minutes as a GCE server with a staging URL and default WordPress instance is being assigned to your Cloudways account.

Too good to be true?

Well, this is no mirrors-and-smoke act. Cloudways is built to provide conveniences to those who are interested in getting the full benefits of cloud hosting. Developers love it as they can build apps on it easily. Designers like it because they can test their work with our unlimited staging environments and URLs.
Agencies adore us because they get to do what they like. Instead of handling hosting infrastructure, they can focus on their business operations. So, start a free trialwith us and test our Cloud Platform. We think you’ll love it.

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