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  1. Exclude HTML from Nginx static cache

    Currently HTML is included in the static cache of nginx.
    This results in pushing an expires 30 days header on html content request and ignoring htaccess directives.

    This is particulary dangerous, since there is no way to purge that cache unless the expiration on nginx is set to 0 for all assets.

    4 votes

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  2. Improve Drupal 8 Varnish Integration

    Drupal 8 installs on cloudways currently include the varnish module which is unstable and not recommended for production use. This should be replaced with the purge module, as per the project page:
    https://www.drupal.org/project/varnish

    Additionally, Drupal 8 has a very robust built-in caching api, which can be configured to work together with Varnish for much more efficient caching / cache invalidation. This would require custom configuration of the Varnish vcl for Drupal 8 instances, see the official drupal documentation here:
    https://www.drupal.org/docs/8/api/cache-api/varnish

    9 votes

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  3. Use supported PHP timezones (America/Chicago instead of US/Central)

    Some of the PHP timezones listed on the basic settings and packages page are not supported by PHP. For example, I can select "US/Central" as a timezone, but PHP only supports "America/Chicago", which isn't an option. See: https://secure.php.net/manual/en/timezones.others.php

    2 votes

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  4. Allow changing Varnish config file (VCL) after application setup

    A dropdown with options next to the "Varnish Toggle" button allowing us to choose which VCL is configured with this application would allow us flexibility to change our stack without having to create a whole new application and reconfigure ours.

    7 votes

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  5. run script after git deploy

    the ability to provide a .sh script that will be run after each git deploy if the file cloudways/build.sh is found for exemple.

    this way you can run npm install, or anything related to a framework deploy (symfony commands for exemple), or even database migrations

    55 votes

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  6. Allow customers to retain their servers when leaving

    I understand you need to limit control. If I need to migrate away from cloudways can you give me access to the server and "detach" from cloudways? Most clients will be fine, but if we hit a "wall" where need to do something you won't let us then want to take entire server config and since we already have the droplet - just let me have it! You can even charge a migration out fee.

    1 vote

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  7. Percona DB (for performance)

    Percona DB would be a nice addition to the packages available on Cloudways (if you care about performance).

    What You Need to Know About the MariaDB & Percona Forks of MySQL
    https://blog.appdynamics.com/database/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-mariadb-percona-forks-of-mysql/

    TL,DR summary: MariaDB is better for advanced features, the latest security and adapting to new tech. Percona excels at database performance and diagnostics. Either one will put you in good company with cutting edge technology firms around the world.

    14 votes

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  8. Allow to change nginx config to take care of redirects

    Hello, since nginx is at front, would be great if cloudways allows us to change nginx config to take care some redirects, like non-www to www.

    25 votes

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  9. Choose PHP Version for every Application (not for Server)

    It should be possible to choose different php versions on a single server. This is possible in most shared hosting environments and is a big advantage.
    It is expensive to create a new server only because you need for example an old php version for a specific application which is not compatible.

    282 votes

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  10. Invision Power Board (IPB) + Varnich Compatibility

    Your Varnich settings currently are not compatible with IPB as it is blocking its' cookie.
    I highly suggest you to make IPB Compatible with your Varnich setting.

    2 votes

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  11. Add AWSCLI from AWS to your servers

    Adding awscli will allow users to use all the power of amazon aws system on your servers, including sync data to S3, and much more.
    It is really easy to install, official development from Amazon and it will offer great possibilities to admins.

    7 votes

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  12. Vultr bare metal option

    Vultr now offers dedicated bare metal servers at a good price when I compare it to the virtual servers and maybe to the cloudways pricing too.

    So it would be great in the future to be able to clone over to bare metal dedicated from digital ocean or other provider. I only propose this if there is actual countable benefit over your current virtual options. Well it definitely makes a difference to applications that have a high load and traffic.

    Vultr also offers Ddos protection.

    7 votes

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  13. Allow server timezone settings to automatically adjust for BST (summer time change)

    In Ireland and the Uk the clock changes twice a year to adjust for BST which becomes GMT+1 this means the server timezone for all apps running London/Dublin location become inaccurate by an hour.

    So it would be better if server time zone could match site application time zone (eg Drupal timezone) or else if server timezone can automatically adjust for BST changes.

    11 votes

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  14. Offer Application Migration to make PHP 7 Upgrade Easier

    While I'm glad to finally have the ability to upgrade to PHP 7, it's very frustrating and time-consuming to have to clone every application in order to make that happen.

    That means new IP addresses, new FTP user accounts, new IP Whitelisting setup, SSL certificate setup, reconfiguring the SMTP mail add-on...and of course, DNS propagation time. What a hassle!!

    Please develop an auto-migration tool to move an application (or server) to a new server, rather than clone it, keeping the abovementioned settings intact.

    This would also help for Digital Ocean server downgrades -- rather than cloning to a new (smaller)…

    35 votes

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  15. Prevent caching on specific pages

    I'd like to add a list of pages that will never pull from cache

    1 vote

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  16. Add tcsh and csh to your Debian distro

    Add tcsh and csh to your Debian distro

    2 votes

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  17. Back up on google drive

    As to keep old copies of the backup google offers unlimited drive space so if the backup and automatically be done to a google drive will help save lot of space on the server

    5 votes

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  18. Force Varnish cache when HTTP Authentication is enabled

    For development reasons we protect our application with HTTP AUTH

    After user has been authenticated varnish is not caching the request because of the authorization header always being sent (see default.vcl).

    Add "unset req.http.Authorization" after auth check on vcl_recv to force caching.

    3 votes

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  19. Optimize the performance of the Object cache (W3TC) in the WordPress admin panel

    Enabling "Objects cache" option slows down the admin panel several times and does the admin job uncomfortable. This is confirmed as the objective admin panel page load time, and when I tested perfomance with the P3 plugin. Disabling this option or use "Database cache" instead of "Objects cache" returns the speed of the admin panel at an acceptable level.

    I use the W3TC plugin to cache the site in full accordance with your guidelines. This problem constantly exists as in the Cloudways WordPress Cloud Platform and in the Cloudways WooCommerce Cloud Platform.

    It seems that the problem requires a more…

    14 votes

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  20. allow xbithack and multiviews in htaccess file

    allow xbithack and multiviews in htaccess file

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