Google Cloud Hosting For WordPress: (10 Providers To Get It From)

Looking for a WordPress host who uses Google Cloud?

Some hosts use Google Cloud exclusively (i.e. Kinsta + SiteGround) while many control panels (i.e. SpinupWP + RunCloud) let you launch a server from multiple cloud hosting providers, and Google Cloud is one choice. The first step is to decide whether you want full-service managed WordPress hosting (which is usually a bit more pricey), or you just want to use a control panel.

Not all Google Cloud hosting is equal. Both Kinsta and WP Engine use Google Cloud C2, but Kinsta is far superior in terms of speed, support, and a better dashboard. SiteGround moved to Google Cloud but their TTFB got slower. I did my best to provide honest feedback about each host, but I also suggest doing research in the WP Speed Matters Facebook Group + TrustPilot.

I use affiliate links in this post, but not to hosts I don’t recommend (like SiteGround).

 

1. Kinsta Google Cloud C2

Kinsta

Kinsta is my #1 choice for Google Cloud hosting if you have the money (they also have their own profile on Google).

Kinsta uses Google Cloud C2 (compute-optimized) VMs which are great for WooCommerce, high traffic, or resource-intensive websites. They use a premium DNS from Amazon Route 53, KinstaCDN which uses Cloudflare, and use aggressive server-side caching through their MU plugin. They’ve done multiple case studies for high traffic sites (including brands hosted on Shark Tank) and use their own custom, user-friendly MyKinsta dashboard. Kinsta is constantly innovating with new speed/security features and includes unlimited free website migrations. Search for “Kinsta” in Facebook Groups and you’ll see they typically have exceptional feedback.

Pros

  • Google Cloud C2
  • Fast DNS + 29 data centers
  • Scalable for high traffic sites
  • Server caching via MU plugin
  • Great feedback in FB Groups

Cons

  • Price
  • No email hosting
  • No phone support
  • PHP worker limits
  • List of banned plugins

 

2. RunCloud – Control Panel With Google Cloud

Runcloud

RunCloud is a control panel with Google Cloud WordPress hosting.

It’s a popular (and cheaper) option in Facebook Groups. The control panel itself starts at $6.67/mo, then you only pay the base price of Google Cloud (around $12.71/month). So instead of having to constantly pay more as you scale up like you would on most hosts, you only pay the base price of Google Cloud plus the cost of the control panel. This results in a lot of cost savings. WP Johnny wrote a nice RunCloud review where he explains the pros/cons of using RunCloud.

Pros

  • Cheap
  • Nice UI
  • FastCGI caching
  • Many developer features

Cons

  • No phpMyAdmin
  • Not for beginners
  • Support isn’t great
  • Overwhelming features

 

3. Cloudways Google Cloud Hosting

Cloudways google cloud hosting

Cloudways offers Google Cloud hosting, but most people (including me) use Vultr HF.

On Cloudways, you launch a server from one of 5 cloud hosting providers (Google Cloud is just one choice). Although Cloudways is great for websites on a budget since DigitalOcean starts at just $10/month, their Google Cloud WordPress hosting can get expensive. That’s because they basically resell it and mark up the price even as you scale up. But they have many caching layers like Redis + Varnish and are very easy to try with 3-day trials, free migrations, and a promo code that gives you 30% off your first 2 months. I usually only recommend Cloudways for Vultr and DigitalOcean, but since they’re easy to try, it’s worth a shot. They have great TrustPilot reviews.

Pros

  • Control of server
  • Object cache pro
  • Many caching layers
  • Free migration + 3-day trial
  • Great feedback in FB Groups

Cons

  • Gets expensive
  • No file manager
  • No email hosting
  • Verification issues
  • CDN uses StackPath

 

4. Closte – Google Cloud Servers + DNS + CDN

Closte google cloud hosting

Closte is powered by Google Cloud and is popular in the WP Speed Matters Facebook Group (Gijo is the admin and he wrote a Closte review).

Closte is cheap and is well-known for one thing (speed). It’s powered by Google Cloud DNS, Google Cloud CDN, and LiteSpeed. Google’s DNS and CDN are both very fast which you can see on cdnperf.com and dnsperf.com. The major downside is their support is extremely limited. My summary of Closte is very basic because that’s exactly what Closte is. It’s minimal and fast, but don’t expect managed WordPress hosting like you would on someone like Kinsta/GridPane.

Pros

  • Cheap
  • Solid security
  • Fast + LiteSpeed
  • Google DNS/CDN

Cons

  • Very limited support
  • It’s also not very helpful
  • Hard to predict pricing
  • Can’t use third-party CDN

 

5. ServerPilot – Control Panel With Google Cloud

Serverpilot

ServerPilot is a control panel with Google Cloud hosting and excellent TrustPilot reviews.

Support is much better than most control panels and the interface is clean, yet still lets you do pretty much anything (see the features page). Pricing starts at $5/server + $0.50/app which is cheap compared to most options in this list. They also have documentation for getting started.

Pros

  • Great support
  • AutoSSL on paid plans
  • Sets up needed software
  • Managed software updates

Cons

  • No Redis/memcached
  • Firewall is very basic
  • Paid plans are per server
  • Staging requires workaround

 

6. SpinupWP – Control Panel With Google Cloud

Spinupwp

SpinupWP is another control panel offering Google Cloud hosting.

Unlike some control panels, SpinupWP takes care of most things for you. They install the software, tune it, configure SSL, cron jobs, and caching rules. They also use the latest packages of Nginx, PHP, MySQL/MariaDB, and Redis. However, one review on their TrustPilot profile says their Google Cloud servers aren’t reliable. Pricing is more expensive than most control panels, probably because they install the software and do a few things the other panels don’t.

Pros

  • Simple, but empty
  • Automatic tuning
  • Automatic installation
  • Latest software packages

Cons

  • No support
  • Pricer than most panels
  • Reports it can be unreliable
  • No file manager/phpmyadmin

 

7. GridPane

Gridpane

GridPane offers Google cloud hosting and is run by Patrick Gallagher.

They don’t have an affiliate program which is why some people haven’t heard of them, but they’re very popular in Facebook Groups (and Patrick knows his stuff). They use LiteSpeed, Redis, and one of the fastest stacks in this list. A big problem with Kinsta and other Google Cloud hosts is they get expensive as you scale up, but that’s not the case with GridPane. For high traffic sites that become expensive, GridPane is popular and cheaper than other options.

Pros

  • LiteSpeed
  • Great support
  • White-label option
  • Fast stack + tuning

Cons

  • Expensive to start
  • Limited payment options
  • Wp Johnny prefers RunCloud
  • Founder isn’t a very “nice” guy

 

8. WP Engine Google Cloud C2

Wp engine

WP Engine uses Google Cloud C2, just like Kinsta.

But they’re very different from Kinsta. WP Engine is backed by hundreds of million in dollars of VC money which isn’t a good thing IMO. They make bold claims saying they’re the “unequivocal performance leader in WordPress” which is totally not true. They use the exact same servers as Kinsta, their support is worse, and many people already migrated from WP Engine to Kinsta and posted faster load times. When comparing Kinsta vs. WP Engine, Kinsta is the obvious winner in terms of speed, support, TrustPilot reviews, transparency, and their dashboard is much cleaner.

Pros

  • Google Cloud C2
  • Server-side caching
  • Well-known company
  • Backed by million of dollars
  • Automated website migrations

Cons

  • False claims
  • Banned plugins
  • Not the fastest host
  • Bad TrustPilot reviews
  • Has been going downhill

 

9. SiteGround

Siteground google cloud hosting

SiteGround migrated to Google Cloud servers in 2020, but there have been hundreds (and possibly thousands) of complaints saying SiteGround’s TTFB got slower after the migration. They had the slowest TTFB in Backlinko’s PageSpeed test which is a credible, unbiased source.

I left SiteGround in 2019 for Cloudways not because of their slow TTFB, but they’ve gone downhill in many ways (reducing support, increasing prices, CPU limits, banning countries, and cutting costs by reducing number of websites on each plan). It seems SiteGround only cares about money now and I stopped recommending them all together with zero affiliate links to their website on my blog. SiteGround is also unethical since their community manager and affiliates are admins of several Facebook Groups and prevent bad reviews by removing posts and threatening people who write negative reviews. Not a good pick for Google Cloud hosting.

Pros

  • Solid security
  • Server-side caching
  • SG Optimizer plugin
  • Good TrustPilot rating
  • Large team behind them

Cons

  • Unethical
  • Slow TTFB
  • Bad CPU limits
  • Site Tools it meh
  • Support isn’t great

 

10. Google Cloud

Finally, you can get hosting directly from Google Cloud.

Tony (from Tony Teaches Tech) made a great YouTube tutorial on it, but it’s definitely more hands on and I only suggest doing this if you’re a developer who knows what they’re doing. While it’s cheap and directly from Google, it doesn’t include support and other features most hosts would include. So feel free to dive in, otherwise I recommend one of the other choices.

 
I hope this was helpful! I don’t run Google Cloud on my WordPress site so I’ll be the first to admit I’m not an expert with it, but just wanted to give you a few options you can choose from.

Cheers,
Tom

About Tom Dupuis

Tom 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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