Cloudways just released Vultr High Frequency servers and it should be very, very fast.
I setup a demo site cwvltrhfserver.com 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 cwdoserver.com, cwvltrserver.com, or cwlndserver.com 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.
Setting up Vultr High Frequency on Cloudways
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 Storage – NVMe 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): cwvltrhfserver.com
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.
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.
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.
Step 3: Also in “Settings & Packages” (Basic tab), increase memory limit to 256MB.
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).
Fill out the information from your previous host:
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).
My site is still on Cloudways DigitalOcean, but I have a feeling I will make the switch very soon.
Cheers to faster speeds,
Thank you for this post most helpful, it has given me the confidence to make the move from Siteground to Cloudways.
Would you be able to advise me on how to keep the free SSL certificate that Siteground provided via their SSL WP plugin, which managed the upgrade for my non SSL site/pages when I migrated over to them.
Once I migrate to Cloudways, the Siteground SSL WordPress plugin will not be active any more and my site/pages will not have SSL. Am I right in thinking once I activate the free SSL certificate option in Cloudways for the site, this would do the same thing as the Siteground SSL WP Plugin? So no need for me to make any changes in Google search console?
Also, I am presently using WP Rocket, should I continue to use this, if so what should I deactivate regarding the provide apps within Cloudways?
Both SiteGround and Cloudways offers Let’s Encrypt SSL. What you said is correct… for Cloudways, you can enable SSL in their dashboard then force HTTPS: https://support.cloudways.com/how-to-install-lets-encrypt-ssl-certificate/
I would continue to use WP Rocket then make sure you do the optimizations I listed (PHP 7.4, Maria DB 10.3, varnish, memcached) also found in their dashboard.
Let me know if that makes sense.
Hey tom after reading your hosting reviews of cloudways i moved my site from siteground to cloudways and site speed goes from 7sec to 2.3 sec easy without adding cdn. I am going to make a review on it .
That’s awesome! Thanks for sharing your results. Yeah, all the other affiliates are promoting bad hosts but Cloudways is where it’s at.
Hey Tom, Vultr HF looks GOOD. We are planning to migrate some websites to Cloudways.
Question: Using Cloudways with Vultr HF (1 CPU plan), how many “simple websites” (Astra Starter Site, plugins, SSL, no caching, and no CDN) do you think we can host with a reasonable speed?
Hey Pablo, I couldn’t give you a number off my head. I would recommend to add a few sites then monitor your resource usage in Cloudways to make sure it’s not close to exceeding it. I would think it can handle quite a few if there’s no high CPU plugins or lots of traffic.