Cloudways Vultr High Frequency: setting it up for optimal speeds

Cloudways just released Vultr High Frequency servers and it should be very, very fast.

I setup a demo site where you can test the speeds of a $13/month 1 CPU Vultr High Frequency plan from Cloudways. You can compare this to other Cloudways plans like,, or to test it against DigitalOcean, Vultr (standard) and Linode. All use the same Astra Starter Site, plugins, SSL, no caching, and no CDN.

Vultr High Frequency is suppose to be even faster than DigitalOcean and according to Vultr, is about 40% faster than their standard servers. I’m in the middle of testing them now, but that demo website using Vultr HF is super fast even just by clicking through the pages. But feel free to run your own tests (especially against DigitalOcean) and share your results in the comments.


1. Benefits Of Vultr High Frequency Servers

Faster CPU processing, memory speed, and NVME storage results in faster loads.

  • 3.8 GHz Processors – newest generation of Intel processors are clocked at 3.8 GHz whereas standard nodes are generally clocked at 2 GHz. Powered by Intel Skylake.
  • Low Latency Memory
  • NVMe StorageNVMe is the next generation of SSDs.

Learn more on the Vultr website.


2. Performance Tests

This is the demo website using Vultr HF (1 CPU):

I’m in the middle of testing their TTFB, server response times, and load times in multiple tools.


3. Sign Up For Cloudways

Visit the Cloudways Vultr Hosting page.

Cloudways Vultr

Select the High Frequency Option.


Click Start Free for a free trial and use promo code OMM25 to get 25% off your first 2 months.

Cloudways Promo Code

In your Cloudways dashboard, go to Servers → Add Server.


Name your app/server name as your website then select the Vultr High Frequency option. Choose your server size and select your data center. Cloudways has limited data centers and server sizes since they just released Vultr High Frequency, so that is something to keep in mind.

When you’re done, click Launch Now.



4. Other Cloudways Performance Optimizations

I want to share a few extra optimizations you can make in Cloudways.

Cloudways made a YouTube which includes tweaks you can make in the Cloudways dashboard to make your site faster. The video is 40 minutes long, so I’ll save time by listing the steps below.

Step 1: In Cloudways, go Servers → Manage Services, then enable the following:


Step 2: Go to Settings & Packages and upgrade to PHP 8.0, MariaDB 10.4, and install Redis.

Cloudways Optimizations

Step 3: Also in “Settings & Packages” (Basic tab), increase memory limit to 256MB.

Cloudways Memory Limit

That’s it :)


4. Request A Free Migration If Moving From Another Host

Cloudways offers a free migration if you’re moving from another host.

To request a migration, click the Boxes → Add-ons → Application Migration (pencil icon).

Cloudways Application Migration

Fill out the information from your previous host:

Cloudways Free Migration Request

If you’re curious about what other people are saying about Cloudways Vultr HF, join the Cloudways Users Facebook Group and take a look at the post (here’ s a link to the thread).

Cloudways Vultr HF Announcement2

My site is still on Cloudways DigitalOcean, but I have a feeling I will make the switch very soon.

Cheers to faster speeds,

About Tom Dupuis

Tom Dupuis 2017Tom Dupuis writes WordPress speed and SEO tutorials out of his apartment in Denver, Colorado. In his spare time, he plays Rocket League and watches murder documentaries. Read his bio to learn 50 random and disturbing things about him.

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