How to Use Cloudify to Easily Host Your WordPress Site

Cloudify is a fully managed cloud platform that makes creating and managing wordpress websites easy and straightforward.

Whether you’re a seasoned web developer or have never done so, you’ll find the process simple and enjoyable.

In this guide, you’ll learn how to use Cloudify to easily host your wordpress website – no matter how many posts you have. You’ll also find tips for improving your wordpress experience on any given device.

Why Should You Use Cloudify?

While there are hundreds of fully managed cloud hosting services available, not all of them are created equal. For example, Bluehost and Dreamhost are reputable web hosts that provide incredible value for developers and designers who want to build a website.

Like most things in life, there’s a trade-off to be made. The value for a typical web hosting plan from Bluehost, for example, is that you get a free domain and you can install and run a fully functional WordPress website with the click of a button. Bluehost makes this process extremely simple.

On the flip side, dedicated servers provided by reputable web hosts cost a little more money but give you the flexibility to install and run whatever software you want. They also typically offer greater security and additional resources like gigabytes of storage, more RAM, and faster Internet connectivity.

Step 1: Register For Cloudify

The first thing you’ll need to do is register for Cloudify. You’ll have the option to purchase a basic or a plus plan. The choice is yours. Once you make the payment, you’ll be redirected to your dashboard. From there, you can either select the WordPress package or the Drupal package to download.

You’ll also notice that Cloudify has provisioned a WordPress demo site for you. This is a great way to get started playing with WordPress on the platform and try out the various features before making a decision. You can also install a demo site for any other software package that Cloudify supports.

Step 2: Launch Your WordPress Site

After you’ve registered and downloaded the WordPress package, you can launch your wordpress site with the click of a button. This will bring you to a dashboard where you can configure the site as you see fit. You can install additional plugins and customize your site with some simple tools.

From here, you can click on the **publish** button to begin publishing posts to your site. You can manage and schedule these posts from here as well. This is also where you can manage comments and trackbacks on your site.

Step 3: Configure Your Database And Email

Next, you’ll need to configure your database for your wordpress site. To do this, click on the **Dashboard** icon () in the upper right-hand corner of the dashboard. This will take you to your database settings where you can enter in your WordPress username and password.

By entering in these details, you’ll be able to connect to your database and begin setting up your tables. Once this process is completed, you’ll be able to log in and begin configuring your email. You can choose from a variety of professional-looking email templates, or you can create and send your own emails using the included drag-and-drop email creator.

Step 4: Deploy Your Blog To The Cloud

Now that your database and email are configured, you can begin deploying your blog to the cloud. To do this, click on the **Settings** icon () in the upper right-hand corner of the dashboard. This will bring you to your server settings where you can choose the location of your blog’s files (usually /wp-content).

You can also choose how much space you want to allocate to your blog. Once these settings are configured, click the **Deploy** button to begin the process.

When the process is complete, you’ll be brought back to your dashboard where you can click the **view site** icon () to launch your blog. While this may be a simple four-step guide to setting up a wordpress site, depending on how large or complex your blog is, it could take some time to complete.

Step 5: Check Out The Analytics

You can also check out the analytics for your blog at any time from the **settings** menu on your dashboard. This will give you a simple look into the number of visitors to your blog, along with other important metrics. If you have a Google Analytics account, you can import your site’s data into Google Analytics and gain more insight into your blog’s performance.

From here, you can also test out different SEO techniques to improve your blog’s performance on search engines like Google.

What About Security?

One of the main draws of Cloudify is that it is incredibly secure and offers complete privacy to its users. You don’t have to worry about security or privacy on the platform. All your data is stored and maintained on top-notch hardware and maintained by military-grade security professionals.

Also, as a paid user of Cloudify, you get a free domain and you can install and use a free SSL certificate (more on this later). This means that all your site’s traffic is encrypted as it travels to your site — protecting you and your visitors’ privacy.

If you’re looking for a safe and secure place to store and/or grow your business, Cloudify is an excellent option.

What About Additional Resources?

One of the great things about Cloudify is that it comes with a variety of additional resources that you can use to improve your blog’s performance. This could include things like free hosting for specific amounts of traffic, free domain privacy, or a free SSL certificate.

With so much flexibility and additional resources at your fingertips, it’s hard to not see why Cloudify is such a popular choice amongst bloggers. As you can see from the screenshots above, the platform offers an incredible interface that makes configuring and administering your blog a pleasure.

Get A Free SSL Certificate

Cloudify also comes with a free SSL certificate that you can use to secure your blog. This is an important security measure that protects you and your visitors’ personal information as it travels to and from your site. If you’re not sure what an SSL certificate is or how it works, simply read this short tutorial to learn more.

To activate the free SSL certificate, navigate to the **Settings** menu on the dashboard and click on the **general settings** tab. From here, you can enter in your blog’s URL and the platform will generate and install an SSL certificate for you to use.

Why Should You Use HTTPS?

When an internet user clicks on a link to your site, there’s a good chance that they’ll see a little green padlock in the address bar at the top of their browser window — indicating that they’re at a secure site.

This is called the HTTPS protocol, or the Hypertext Transfer Protocol secure. When a user clicks on this padlock, they know that they’re leaving the security of their home computer/browser and entering a secure area that they can trust.

If someone were to intercept the data as it travels between your computer and the server, they would not be able to read it. Additionally, all the data that is sent from your computer is encrypted — obscuring the contents from anyone who might be peeking over your shoulder.

This is a simple way to ensure that your visitors feel safe and that your business’ security is of utmost importance.

Managing Comment Spam On A WordPress Blog

One of the main issues for most bloggers is comment spam. This is when a person attempts to gain access to your blog by leaving meaningless, spammy comments on your articles.

You can prevent most comment spam with simple filtering tools. You can try out various plugins to do this, or you can do it manually if you’re feeling adventurous.

You’ll need to go through each comment one-by-one and either remove the spam or block the commenter. Never, under any circumstances, reply-comment on a spammy post. This will only encourage more spam!

Try Out Different SEO Techniques

Depending on how large or how new your blog is, you might not yet be appearing in the first page of results for your chosen keywords. This is where SEO comes in.