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How to Manage Your Server SettingsMay 13, 2014


In this KB

  • Basic server settings (execution time limit, upload size, memory limit etc.)
  • Advanced settings and packages (PHP, MySQL, Nginx, Apache etc.)


As it is already known, we do not provide root access to the servers. To compensate for that, we offer the option to control a number of server parameters via the Server Settings section.

You have basic and advanced parameters, and more can be requested on our feedback page.

Step 1: Go to Server Management

Log into the Cloudways Platform with your credentials. Click on Servers in the top menu bar. Then, select the target server from the list.

Server select

Step 2(a): Server Settings (Basic)

Now, click on Settings & Packages and then click on the Basic tab.

You have here different basic settings that you can control. Simply update the desired setting and save. Hover the mouse over the question mark icon for more information about a specific setting. In the Basic tab, you may increase Execution Limit, Upload Size Limit and Memory Limit, etc… according to your requirement.  

Note: For PHP settings per application, use the PHP settings editor (for FPM servers) or .htaccess (for non-FPM servers).

Basic settings

Step 2(b): Server Settings (Advanced)

In the advanced tab, you have additional settings at your disposal and are grouped by package (PHP, Nginx, Apache …). Hover the mouse over the question mark icon for more information about a specific setting. Make sure to save when you have configured the settings.

PHP Settings:
In the Advanced tab for PHP Settings, you may change Max Input Variables, Max Input Time, APC Memory & Opcache Memory and etc…

PHP Parameters

MySQL Settings:
For MySQL, all the parameters are set to default as per our recommendation, but you may change it anytime. We highly recommend taking a backup of your application/site before making any further changes.

MySQL Settings

Apache Settings:
As for Apache, you can set any Default Application that requires processing first on the web server (optional).

Nginx Settings:
Static Cache Expiry is set to 43200 minutes = 1 Month as Default which can be increased according to your requirement.

If you are using CloudFlare and would like to see the real IP addresses of visitors coming to your website, then you can set Cloudflare under WAF Module. If you are using Sucuri, you can select Sucuri under WAF Module that serves the same purpose.

Finally, if you want faster performance, reduced response time, and improved SEO rankings then you may also enable HTTP/2 for all your SSL-enabled websites hosted on the same server.

Nginx and Apache settings (WAF Module, HTTP/2)

Here, you can add a new System’s Locales in addition to the default English_US.  Simply select your preferred language and click on Save Changes.

system locale

Before you switch to Server Settings (Packages), make sure you click on Save Changes so whatever changes you made are saved on the server.

Step 2(c): Server Settings (Packages)

On this tab, you can easily deploy and upgrade packages on the server.


That’s it. You have learned about the different functions available under the Server Settings section.

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