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Our Cloud Server Hosting provides you with the choice of your favorite flavor of Linux on one of our instances. You gain full access to the server as well as dedicated resources that live independent of other users. This server is entirely yours to use as you wish and includes our full tiers of support.
Ordering a Cloud Hosting Server Plan
This article will continue with the steps an existing client must take to order a new Cloud Hosting Server Hosting plan.
Note: To add a Cloud Hosting Server Hosting plan to your account, you must log in to the Hostwinds Client Area. From the Client Area home page, click the Services dropdown link on the top menu of the dashboard. Selecting the Order New Services link in the dropdown moves you to the Service Purchase page, providing all of Hostwinds' services available for purchase.
On the top-left of the page, the Categories dropdown shows a list of links. Then click on the SSD Cloud Server Link to begin the process of purchasing it. The Managed VPS options we provide will appear to the right.
We ask you to enter your name, company, phone number, and address.
Managed / Unmanaged
Hostwinds provides you with the option to compare prices between managed and unmanaged options by clicking on either of the buttons.
You will need to select the Billing Cycle next. Here you determine the periods of time between each invoice you receive for your plan. Hostwinds offers several different lengths of billing cycles outlined below:
You must select the location of your hosting next. The closer the location is to your target market or primary source of users, the quicker your speed. For example, If your users are primarily European, we recommend using our Amsterdam location for the best. You can test the latency and download times from your location on our Data Centers page.
From here, Hostwinds provides you a choice of every OS we support for installation on our hosting platform.
Choose from 1 to 250 IP addresses for your server in the dropdown.
DDOS Protected IP Addresses
Hostwinds offers DDoS protection by way of separate IP addresses that can filter illegitimate requests. We offer five initially in the dropdown for use.
C-Class IP Addresses
Choose from 1 to 250 C-Class IP addresses for your server in the dropdown.
The package section provides a comparison of all packages related to shared hosting in a dropdown. Note that changing the billing cycle dropdown will show you the price for the package you're choosing.
Hostwinds Monitoring: Our Monitoring system sets up real-time checks for your hosting service. If these checks catch failures at any time, they automatically open a ticket to one of our Frontline Agents, who then immediately start to work on the solution.
Web Hosting Cloud Backups: Our Backup service provides a nightly backup of your services stored within Hostwinds' Cloud Object Storage. Use these to restore your site if something happens when you are working on it.
Note: Backups are selected for your plan by default. You can disable them at purchase by deselecting the monitoring addon. We recommend that backups are made for any service to safeguard against the potential risk of data loss.
Hostwinds offers cPanel Licenses and Softaculous licenses for monthly purchase.
cPanel: cPanel is the standard for control panel software GUIs.
Softaculous: Softaculous auto-installer provides a one-click installation for hundreds of web applications.
Lastly, enter your payment information in the following section. Check to make sure you have selected the correct package. If you have chosen Addons or selected multiple domains to purchase, these will display in the price breakdown. Please read and agree to Hostwinds terms of service agreement and click the blue Complete Order button at the bottom of the page.
Congratulations! You have successfully purchased a Cloud Hosting Server Hosting plan!