Stop Worrying About Traffic Spikes, Servers, or Scaling.

Go Hands-off
With the server layer completely abstracted, experience a hands-off hosting, where you don’t even have to think about server sizes, let alone their management & optimization.

Truly Autoscale
Built on Kubernetes (GKE), this high traffic WordPress hosting solution handles any traffic spike and number of concurrent users from the get go without any human intervention.

Remain Highly-Available
Cloudways Autonomous is designed for the high availability of WordPress sites. With advanced load balancing, your applications remain online and accessible, regardless of demand.


Drive Traffic to Websites Without Any Fears of Downtime.

Autonomous adapts to your business in real time so you enjoy peace of mind focusing on your most important tasks, delivering results and staying competitive.


Accommodate concurrent users without losing Speed
Be Prepared for Sudden Traffic Surges
From Shark Tank features to any sudden influxes, your infrastructure automatically manages high traffic WordPress surges.


Eliminate the Need for Constant Monitoring
You won’t need to monitor resources or manually scale servers during a marketing campaign.


Get Security at Scale
Cloudflare Enterprise is built into the infrastructure, which selectively filters traffic, helping ensure optimal security for highly available WordPress sites at every scale.


Experience Predictable Pricing
Benefit from the transparent pricing based on easy to understand metrics that you can predict.



A Cutting-Edge WordPress Kubernetes Infrastructure Orchestrated Just For You.

Cloudways Autonomous means you’re harnessing the power of Kubernetes – a leading technology in scalability and reliability. The best part is that you don’t have to delve into its complexities.

High-Traffic eCommerce

Scale as Your Sales Soar
Flash sales or holiday rushes, ensure that your eCommerce platform can handle the influx of shoppers, manage checkout processes smoothly, and never miss a sale due to website lag or crashes.



Choose a Plan That Works For You.

Plan 1
$35 /month

1 WordPress Applications
15 GB Disk Space
30K Unique Visits
100 GB Bandwidth
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Plan 2
$90 /month

3 WordPress Applications
25 GB Disk Space
70K Unique Visits
200 GB Bandwidth
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Plan 3
$145 /month

6 WordPress Applications
40 GB Disk Space
125K Unique Visits
300 GB Bandwidth
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Plan 4
$240 /month

10 WordPress Applications
60GB Disk Space
200K Unique Visits
400 GB Bandwidth
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Plan 5
$555 /month

30 WordPress Applications
90GB Disk Space
500K Unique Visits
900 GB Bandwidth
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Plan 6
$955 /month

50 WordPress Applications
120GB Disk Space
1000K Unique Visits
1200 GB Bandwidth
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Plan 7
$1640 /month

90 WordPress Applications
200GB Disk Space
1500K Unique Visits
3000 GB Bandwidth
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Additional info

$1/10 GB additional Bandwidth
$1/1000 additional Visits
$2/1 GB additional Disk space
High Traffic WordPress Hosting Made Better.

Powerful features included in every plan that simplify choices for you and enhance experience.

Unlimited PHP Workers.
Handle numerous requests simultaneously for optimal website performance without any limits.

Autoscaling & High-Availability.
Kubernetes based autoscaling & load balancing scale resources up & down without intervention.

Integrated Cloudflare Enterprise.
Cloudflare’s edge cache and global CDN help deliver the fastest possible experience regardless of geo-location.

Integrated Object Cache Pro.
Your checkout and cart pages load fast & your WordPress admin environment remains high-speed and responsive.

Security (SSL, WAF, DDoS).
Unmetered DDoS mitigation at layers 3, 4, and 7. Cloudflare’s WAF analyzes millions of requests to block attackers and threats..

Automated Backups & Staging.
Enjoy enhanced reliability with automated backups & staging with 1-ckick push & pull capabilities.

Multiple PHP versions.
Enable different PHP versions for each of your applications; supports PHP 7.4-8.2 versions with a simple click.

24×7 Expert Support.
Get round-the-clock access to professional technical support and assistance.
Proven Superiority- Autonomous vs. Other Managed Hosts. experts in WordPress consulting tested & benchmarked Autonomous against other managed providers and the results speak for themselves.
Read the full report here.
Add to Carts Per second.

Cloudways Autonomous outperformed competitors significantly, handling 6.9 add-to-cart actions per second at 100 concurrent users, compared to 1.07 and 1.49 for competitors K and W. At 1000 concurrent users, Autonomous was the sole performer, maintaining 12.5 add-to-carts per second, while competitors failed to complete any transactions.






Checkouts Per Second.

Cloudways Autonomous excelled with 6.54 checkouts per second at 100 concurrent users, far surpassing competitors K (1.04) and W (0.39). At 500 concurrent users, this lead grew, and at 1000 users, Autonomous impressively managed 8.60 checkouts per second, while competitors K and W failed to process any checkouts in this high-stress scenario.






Average Response Times

Cloudways Autonomous showcased superior speed, averaging a rapid 2.7 seconds response time at 200 concurrent users and maintaining a steady 9.6 seconds even at 1000 concurrent users. In stark contrast, Competitor K lagged with a minimum of 23 seconds, escalating to over 60 seconds under the same conditions.




Request Per Second (RPS)

At 200 concurrent users, Cloudways Autonomous achieved a remarkable 47.89 Requests Per Second (RPS), significantly outperforming Competitor K’s 7.23 RPS. This lead expanded with higher user loads; at 500 concurrent users, Autonomous hit 40.98 RPS compared to K’s 5.83 RPS. The gap peaked at 1000 concurrent users, where Autonomous soared to 77.98 RPS, while Competitor K struggled below 5.8 RPS.




Error Rates

At 200 concurrent users, Cloudways Autonomous showcased a minimal error rate of only 0.10%. With increased loads up to 500 concurrent users, it maintained a low error rate of 2.48%, vastly outperforming Competitor K’s 29.10% and W’s 100%. At the peak load of 1000 concurrent users, Autonomous’s error rate was a mere 4.5%, significantly lower than K’s over 50% and W’s consistent 100%.




Frequently Asked Questions
What application types does Autonomous support?
Autonomous currently supports WordPress & Woocommerce applications.

What does high availability mean?
High availability in WordPress hosting refers to a hosting solution’s ability to operate continuously, without any disruptions, even in the face of hardware or software failures. This is achieved through server redundancy, load balancing and failover mechanisms. Autonomous’s infrastructure has a 99.9% uptime SLA, which helps ensure your website is always accessible to your customers.

How does Autonomous’ caching work?
The static content is cached through Cloudflare CDN for quick delivery from the nearest data center, and dynamic content is cached through Cloudflare’s Edge caching which stores web pages at the edge. Additionally, database queries are cached using Object Cache Pro, reducing database load and enhancing performance under varying traffic conditions.

Does Autonomous have any trial available?
Although we don’t provide a trial for Autonomous yet, our hourly billing model offers flexibility. You can easily activate & deactivate Auto at your convenience, and you’ll only be charged for the plan up until the time of deactivation. For example, if you subscribe to the $35 plan and use it for 5 days you’ll be charged approximately $5.83 (the calculation is based on a 30-day month). Learn more about the hourly billing here

What happens when I hit my plan limit on any of the allocated resources?
The resources continue to scale even if you hit your plan limit on any of the allocated resources and as a result your website remains up & running. You will incur small overage fees based on your additional usage: $1 per 10 GB of extra bandwidth, $1 per 1,000 additional visits, and $2 per 1 GB of extra disk space. Learn more about pricing here.

How does Autonomous pricing work?
Autonomous’s pricing operates on a plan based system with each plan offering a specific allocation of Sites, Visits, Bandwidth & Disk Space plus overages for additional visits, bandwidth & disk space. The billing is on an hourly basis which makes upgrading, downgrading or deactivating a plan very easy. You will only be charged for a certain plan until you are subscribed to it. As soon as you switch to a different Autonomous plan, the billing transitions to the new plan’s hourly rate from that moment. If you choose to deactivate your subscription, the billing stops entirely. You can learn about Autonomous’s pricing in depth in this KB.

How can having unlimited PHP workers help?
A greater number of PHP workers are important for high-traffic WordPress sites, dynamic websites, as they allow for more simultaneous request processing, reducing wait times and improving overall site performance, especially during traffic surges.

Can I expect some downtime while pods scale to accommodate traffic?
Since the scaling is automatic and horizontal, you should expect no downtime during the scaling.

How is Autonomous different from my existing Cloudways hosting?
Autonomous is a completely hands-off solution designed for users who would rather not deal with server choices, configurations, and traffic fluctuations. With Autonomous, it’s all managed and taken care of with a robust Kubernetes infrastructure tailored for high availability WordPress Hosting and high traffic WordPress Hosting with built-in load balancing .

Cloudways regular managed hosting is for users who like their hosting managed but with control over their cloud provider and servers;, they can host more than WordPress here, including custom PHP, Laravel and Magento.

You can learn the difference in pricing models for both here.

How is Autonomous different from managed hosting from other providers?
Autonomous is a fully-managed infinitely scalable WordPress hosting capable of scaling resources up & down on its own as per traffic needs. It doesn’t limit you on the number of PHP workers nor include hassles of manually scaling your resources or contacting support when you need to scale up.

Do I need cloud autoscaling?
True autoscaling offers complete peace of mind in the face of expected and unexpected heavy traffic. You don’t need to manually upgrade/downgrade your servers or plans during and after traffic. Your website will automatically adjust resources within seconds based on traffic demand for smooth operation.

How does autoscaling work?
Cloudways Autonomous leverages the power of Kubernetes for WordPress autoscaling. Instead of being confined to a single server, your website is distributed across multiple pods.These pods are capable of automatically scaling horizontally (up & down) in response to changes in traffic The system automatically spins up additional pods when traffic increases, and scales down pods when traffic decreases, optimizing resource use.

With Cloudways Autonomous, your application always has the right amount of resources available for a smooth and consistent user experience.

Will you help me with migrating my website?
Yes, Cloudways offers managed migrations with 1 free migration. Alternatively, you can choose to migrate your site to Cloudways Autonomous with our free migrator plugin as well.



Cloud hosting is an accessible service that offers top-of-the-line performance. Most companies have very different prices and features when it comes to cloud plans. This makes choosing the best cloud hosting provider all the more difficult.

Fortunately, we’ve done the research for you. By taking a close look at some of the top cloud hosting providers on the market, you should be able to make an informed decision and choose the right service for your needs.



Best cloud hosting providers for WordPress sites in 2024

Amazon EC2
Google Cloud


1 Amazon EC2
Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) is one of the many types of cloud computing services that Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers. With EC2, you get to launch highly configurable computing instances. You’ll also have control of the cloud computer’s resources and the operating system (OS) that it comes with.

EC2 enables you to choose from hundreds of instance types. This means you’ll be able to choose the number of virtual processors and how much memory you need. All of these options work using a pay-by-the-hour model.

Some of the most popular web applications in the world use Amazon EC2 (including Airbnb and Netflix), mainly because it’s highly configurable and scalable. However, it’s important to understand that to use EC2, you’ll need to be comfortable managing your website via Secure Shell (SSH) and using the command line (at least to set up WordPress).

If you don’t need the power of EC2, you can also consider another Amazon’s Lightsail cloud VPS offerings.

Setting up WordPress with Amazon EC2

Managing your Amazon EC2 server involves connecting to it via SSH and using the command line. When you deploy an EC2 instance, it’ll be ready to use with your OS of choice.

However, EC2 instances do not include pre-installed software such as WordPress. Therefore, you’ll need to install WordPress using the command line. This can be daunting if you’ve only interacted with web hosts that offer a visual interface, but it’s not all that difficult.

Once you install WordPress, you’ll be able to access the dashboard as with any other site. However, any changes that you want to make to the server configuration will still require you to use the command line.

If you’d like a simpler setup process, Amazon Lightsail does offer pre-configured WordPress installs.

Amazon EC2 prices

The concept of hosting “by the hour” may seem confusing at first, but you’ll probably get used to it quickly. Instead of paying for hosting up front, some cloud hosting providers, such as AWS, charge you by the hour. Prices depend on the kind of instance you launch, and the bill is due at the end of the month.

The upside of this kind of pricing strategy is that you’re free to spin up or power down instances at any time. Prices for EC2 instances can be as low as $0.01 by the hour for servers with minimal resources (think 1vCPU and 1 GB of memory).

Depending on what type of instance you launch, Amazon EC2 prices can be as cheap as any shared hosting option. However, you’ll want to use an instance with decent computing power for your WordPress website.

It’s also worth noting that AWS offers a generous number of free credits for most new accounts. In most cases, these can be enough to power a modest WordPress website for long periods of time.


2 cloudway
Cloudways is one of the most unique cloud hosting providers on the market. It’s not a hosting provider per se, but a service that enables you to use platforms such as DigitalOcean, AWS, Vultr, Linode, and Google Cloud with managed hosting options.

Take AWS, for example. In the previous section, we talked about how AWS EC2 requires you to connect to your server via SSH and to use the command line. If you use AWS through Cloudways, you’ll get access to a panel designed for WordPress websites and managed WordPress functionality. This includes Cloudflare integration, support, free SSL certificates, automated backups, and more.

The point of Cloudways is to offer managed WordPress functionality while allowing you to use your favorite cloud hosting provider. However, as you might imagine, this service comes at a premium.


Setting up WordPress with Cloudways

Cloudways is very WordPress-focused, but the company also offers support for other applications. When you launch a new instance, you can choose which application you want to set up on it. Besides WordPress, Cloudways also supports Magento, OpenCart, Drupal, Joomla, and more.

The installation process is fairly hands-off. Cloudways takes care of the setup process for you in the background. You’ll just need to enter your WordPress website details and you’re off to the races.

Cloudways prices

Cloudways prices vary a lot, depending on which cloud hosting provider you use. Starting options for DigitalOcean, Vultr, and Linode plans will cost you around $11.00-$12 per month:

Options such as AWS and Google Cloud are a bit pricier, with plans starting at over $30 per month.

All of these prices include everything, even the underlying cloud hosting charges.

Overall, using Cloudways is more expensive than signing up for a cloud plan directly through the providers that it works with. However, that premium gives you access to the managed hosting features that Cloudways offers.



3 google cloud

Just like AWS, Google Cloud offers a staggering number of services. You can use the platform for everything, from hosting databases to powering AI solutions, setting up search for web applications, and more. On top of all that, you also get access to cloud hosting solutions.

As far as hosting goes, Google Cloud offers computer engines similar to EC2, in that you get full control over your server’s configuration. The platform also offers WordPress-specific hosting solutions. This means you don’t need to spend as much time deploying and configuring the WordPress software.

Setting up WordPress with Google Cloud

The easiest way to set up WordPress with Google Cloud is to use the pre-configured WordPress on Compute Engine option. You can find this on Google Cloud’s web hosting solutions:

When you launch a WordPress Google Cloud instance, the hosting provider will enable you to choose your system configuration. This means deciding on the OS, number of virtual CPUs, and the amount of RAM the cloud server will be able to use. Google Cloud will then take care of the WordPress setup process for you.

Google Cloud prices

Google Cloud prices vary depending on what products you use, the type of cloud server you deploy, and how long you use it for. Just as with AWS, you pay by the hour. The starter instance Google Cloud recommends for WordPress websites costs around $12 per month. However, you’re free to choose more advanced instances.

One upside of using Google Cloud for the first time is that they offer up to $300 in credits to new users. Depending on the type of instance you choose to launch, this can be more than enough to power a small WordPress website for years.


4 kinsta
Kinsta is a managed WordPress hosting solution powered by Google Cloud. With Kinsta, you get a variety of hosting plans geared towards small businesses all the way up to enterprises. As you’d expect from a managed hosting option, Kinsta offers features such as free SSL setup, CDN integration, a staging environment, and automatic backups.

In terms of price, Kinsta is not a cheap hosting option. However, it’s a fantastic alternative if you’re looking for a cloud hosting provider with managed features. Additionally, you don’t have to choose which hosting provider to use or deploy WordPress manually. Kinsta takes care of all that for you and it only works with WordPress.

Setting up WordPress with Kinsta

Since Kinsta is a managed WordPress host, you don’t need to install the WordPress software. When you sign up for a plan, Kinsta automatically sets up WordPress for you so you can get to work right away.

Unlike the other cloud hosting providers we’ve talked about so far, Kinsta doesn’t support other applications. It’s a WordPress-only hosting service, which means it’s tailored to the CMS and to your needs.

Kinsta prices

Right off the bat, Kinsta is not a cheap cloud hosting provider. Plans start at $29.17 per month for a single website:



Standard Kinsta plans go all the way up to $16,500 for enterprise websites with large amounts of traffic. You can also request a custom plan if your needs go beyond the company’s standard offerings.

It’s worth noting that Kinsta offers some of the best WordPress performance on the market. With that in mind, it can be a bit overkill for personal websites, but the expense can be well worth it for business sites.


5 site ground

SiteGround is known for being one of the most affordable managed WordPress hosting providers. However, its cloud hosting plans are not as budget-friendly.

SiteGround’s cloud hosting plans come with high-performance servers. Moreover, all of the plans are fully managed, which makes SiteGround more similar to Kinsta than to providers such as AWS and Google Cloud.

It’s worth noting that SiteGround’s cloud hosting plans are not WordPress-specific. However, you can choose to deploy WordPress as an application when launching a new cloud instance. You’ll also get access to features such as WP-CLI support and staging websites.

Setting up WordPress with SiteGround

SiteGround’s cloud hosting plans offer easy setup options for WordPress. This means you don’t need to interact with your server via the command line to download and install the CMS. Moreover, the web host offers a selection of curated plugins and themes for WordPress users.

SiteGround prices

If you’re familiar with SiteGround’s cheap WordPress hosting, then the company’s prices for the cloud plan can come as a shock. Plans start at $100 per month, but for that money, you get to use a cloud server with 4 virtual CPUs, 8 GBs of RAM, as well as plenty of storage and bandwidth:


SiteGround also enables you to configure a server according to your specifications. However, you’re unable to choose options that use fewer resources than the base Jump Start plan. This means custom servers are only a good option if you need more resources but your projects don’t fit into any of the existing plans that SiteGround offers.

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Choosing the best cloud hosting provider comes down to your level of familiarity with cloud servers, your budget, and the type of features you’re looking for. Some web hosts, such as AWS and Google Cloud, offer unparalleled flexibility and performance, but you’ll need to know your way around basic server management tasks.

For the best possible cloud hosting experience, we recommend using Cloudways. With this company, you get to choose which provider to use. You’ll also get access to managed WordPress functionality.

Kinsta is another fantastic  option if you’re willing to pay a bit more, and the company’s hosting plans are powered by Google Cloud infrastructure.


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