Rocket Vs Cloudways
Rocket.net is a WordPress hosting platform by Cloudflare. The host has fast and reliable WordPress solutions for agencies and individuals. Most importantly, the service is straightforward to use and requires no configuration on the users' end.
Cloudways is a managed cloud hosting platform for agencies and eCommerce businesses, and the service is characterized by high performance and reliability. The service also comes with a wide range of plans. Further, the host allows customers to choose from as many as 5 cloud platforms.
In this post, I will present you with some essential comparisons between the two services, and by the end of this post, you should get good clarity on how the two services work. This will eventually help you easily choose between the two services.
Rocket Vs. Cloudways: Performance
1. Server Response Time
High performance is the key to success for any website, and this is why we have to take this aspect very seriously. Server Response Time test is a crucial test to check the performance of a service.
I tested the server response time of my sites hosted with Rocket and Cloudways. While my Rocket site recorded an average server response time of 268 ms, my Cloudways site reflected an average server response time of 309 ms. Hence, Rocket has a better server response time than Cloudways.
Uptime is another crucial factor for any site, and any site with a sales motive can't afford to have a poor uptime. I tested the uptime of my Rocket site and my Cloudways site over a period of 6 months.
While my Rocket site maintained an uptime of 100%, my Cloudways site maintained an uptime of 99.99%. Even though both have a reliable uptime, Rocket has slightly better uptime than Cloudways.
3. Load Testing
Performance check would be incomplete without load testing, and I performed load testing for the two services. My Rocket site recorded 16 ms in Clients Per Test (1000 Clients in 1 Minute), 60 ms in Maintain Client Load (500 Clients in 1 Minute), and 14 ms in Maintain Client Load (1000 Clients in 1 Minute).
My Cloudways site had a response time of 10 ms in Clients Per Test (1000 Clients in 1 Minute), 16 ms in Maintain Client Load (500 Clients in 1 Minute), and 268 ms in Maintain Client Load (1000 Clients in 1 Minute). If we go by the 1000 Clients in 1 Minute Maintain Client Load test, Rocket has scored far better than Cloudways.
4. Global TTFB
Global TTFB is an important test to check how well a hosting service performs in different global locations. The test is especially essential for those sites that get traffic from multiple global locations. I tested the global TTFB of the two services by pinging my sites hosted with them from as many as ten global locations.
My Rocket site has performed well with brilliant global TTFB across all the global locations. Rocket's highest TTFB is 358.91, which was for Bangalore. The host had an average global TTFB of 158.28 ms. My Cloudways site had a decent TTFB in Frankfurt, Amsterdam, London, New York, Dallas, and San Francisco. The host had an average global TTFB of 390.15 ms. Rocket has better TTFB than Cloudways.
5. Core Web Vitals
Better Core Web Vitals mean better user experience. I tested the Core Web Vitals of the two services. My Rocket site reflected a ‘Largest Contentful Paint' of 0.775 s, a ‘Total Blocking Time' of 0.000 s, and a ‘Cumulative Layout Shift' of 0.
My Cloudways site had a ‘Largest Contentful Paint’ of 0.583 s, Total Blocking Time of 0 ms, and Cumulative Layout Shift of 0. You can see that Rocket has a better ‘Largest Contentful Paint' than Cloudways.
Rocket Vs. Cloudways: Features
Data Center Locations
Hosting a site on the closest data center location to your target audience helps offer them faster content delivery. Rocket comes with 20 data center locations across the globe, while Cloudways has over 65 global locations. Hence, customers have more to choose from Cloudways. Even 20 data center locations should be fine as long as you find the desired location among them.
Rocket comes with a WordPress control panel which is pretty easy to use. Users can find all the essential tools for development, launching, staging, optimization in a single interface. Further, the control panel gives 20+ Locations, SSO to WP-Admin, powerful reporting, and collaboration tools.
Cloudways comes with a custom control panel with a clean interface. The control panel consists of features such as server monitoring, a Free built-in cache plugin, 1-Click CDN, server cloning, staging URL, and team collaboration. Even if you were a cPanel or Plesk user, you should get the hang of the Cloudways control panel in no time.
CDNs play a crucial role in delivering content to the target audience faster, and Rocket has an Enterprise Cloudflare CDN solution available for free on all plans. The best part is users don't have to configure it at all.
Everything about the CDN would be taken care of by the host itself. The CDN gives sites the advantage of Brotli file compression, Image Optimization, Tiered Caching, and Agro Smart Routing alongside serving your content from the closest server.
Cloudways comes with a built-in CDN powered by StackPath with features such as built-in Asset Optimization, Low TTFB, and exceptional caching. Cloudways offers a CDN add-on on all plans for easy CDN integration. However, it charges $1 for 25 GB per application and $0.04 per GB for extra consumption.
If you don't want to lose your website files unexpectedly, you must ensure that the hosting service you are up to choosing comes with a good backup solution. Rocket has a very reliable backup system in place and has free automated daily backups on all plans. The backups are usually taken at night and saved on the Rocket server for mainly disaster recovery.
However, the host also allows customers to restore any of these backups at any time. Further, Rocket also offers on-demand backups on all plans, which means you can get a full backup of your site before performing any site maintenance.
Cloudways doesn't offer backup for free and charges $0.33 per GB of backup and an additional price if you require more than 1 GB of backups. As far as the backup system goes, it is pretty reliable, and the host takes automated daily backup of sites and saves them to an external storage network.
Staging or creating a copy of your live site can be very handy when you have to test some changes like testing PHP versions or plugins compatibility without hampering your live site.
Rocket offers a straightforward staging feature for free on all plans to help you create staging sites, test your changes and deploy important changes from staging to live site.
Staging is available for free in Cloudways, and the process is pretty simple as well, right from creating a staging site to pushing the changes to the live site.
You can't rule out the importance of security in web hosting, and you must ensure that a hosting service has the best security features in place before choosing one. Rocket has a robust security system that comprises WordPress Website Firewall, Hack & Malware Removal, Automated WP Core, Plugin, and Theme Updates.
Cloudways also has reliable security features for sites that include dedicated firewalls, Let’s Encrypt SSL, IP Whitelisting, Regular Security Patching, Two-Factor Authentication, Bot Protection against DoS, and brute force.
Rocket offers customers brilliant support through 24×7 live chat, phone, and email alongside having a comprehensive knowledge base. Most importantly, the support team has the most experienced WordPress executives to assist the customers.
Cloudways also has one of the best support teams in the industry, and the team does a great job in assisting the customers through 24×7 live chat and ticketing. Further, the host also has advanced and premium support add-ons for customers who need quicker assistance.
Rocket and Cloudways are both pretty popular hosting services. However, choosing between the two isn't easy unless you know all the aspects of the two services. I spent some hours studying the various features of the two services and testing their performance.
Reading this post so far, you must have noticed that Rocket has a leading edge over Cloudways in many places. Cloudways is cheap to get started as their pricing starts at just $10/month. However, for better performance and easy to use dashboard, then Rocket.net is the ultimate choice.