Improve your customer support quality (chat/tickets)
I don't know if it's just me, but the support quality and speed has been degraded fast lately..
When I just became customer @Cloudways (like a year ago) support was fast and helpful. They took time and really looked into my issues.
Now it's a whole different story. Today for example, I have been on the chat for OVER 2 HOURS. Literally. All this time waiting, following up what the status was, if they weredoing anything. Very little replies. After an hour the first real reply came in which totally missed the boat, wasn't even related to my question.
I pointed this out on the chat and I was transfered to another agent which took a little time for like 2 minutes and then stopped replying too. Also messages are only read half, I need to point out things multiple times which I already mentioned.
When I pointed out this on the chat I received: "actually i am dealing with multiple customers which is wy it got delayed in the response"
We pay a serious extra for the 'managed service and support'. I mean, the prices of DigitalOcean servers are more than doubled. Which is totally find, but please keep your support and service in check..!
More staff maybe?
Oh, and my issue isn't resolved yet. Has been transfered to a ticket, so after 2 hours chatting with really not that much helpful feedback, I now have to wait for a reply on the ticket.
Joe Ammel commented
+1,000,000! Please add more support staff. It often seems like they are overworked and distracted. Some of the best people you have, who usually respond instantly, are sometimes unable to respond for 5, 10, even 15 minutes at other times.
Marcus Stafford commented
I have to agree with the support responses. We;ve been with Cloudways for three years and the quality of support has dropped. Some tickets have such generic and unhelpful answers that I'm sure they are just getting rid of them as quickly as they can. It's almost at the stage where I have to consider submitting a ticket or just getting on with things without an answer.
I was about to move over 10 websites, but the chat sucks. You ask them basic questions about pricing and such which I am a newbie and they easily should be able to answer. Going to stick with my provider until this improves as I am realizing paying a bit more for faster service is worth the time saved
Terrible experience recently, created a staging site to test out some new plugins. All went smoothly (according to the interface). Then my live site was corrupted with spurious URL entries, raised a ticket. Was told it was fixed, and it was actually worse. Then I was told it was my site that was at fault plugins etc.
Waited an age for response, chased it in chat, was told it would be fixed asap. Left it 8hrs and went back nothing had been done, no response to ticket. Raised it again, was told that I had run out of disk space. Apparently it makes two copies of your site and files to do staging. No one explained that, nor did the interface warn me of low disk space. At my request they deleted the staging, and I was told the fix would then be quick. It wasn't. They also only replied to one of the issues said that was fixed and it wasn't.
I've lost 3 days worth of user uploads/comments and the like because of this (had to restore to before the staging).
I really admire what you get with cloudways, but am thinking I might have to go somewhere else for my new projects as I need support when things break badly.
Sooo, I signed up, and after not receiving any email, I followed the splash page instructions to engage online chat. Should there be 5-8 minutes between reponses? Short staffed or ? Here was the convo (I was trying to lightnen the wait up, perhaps get a smile, since I was sure no CSR would take that long...). Hello. How may I help you?
Um, is this the, um wordpress web host for domains?
*Umair gazes at the screen, puzzled by the question....*
Um, yes sir, is this the cloud/web/internet/other that hosts domains?
Are you trapped in this little box? Do you need help? just send a "y" for yes and a "n" for no...
I could call someone, perhaps we can get you some help? Do they feed you in there? Your AWFUL grey in your lil camera view there...
Could you please confirm your registered email ID and the URL of the site you want to host here with us
firstname.lastname@example.org. https://eastbaymarines.com. Hey lil fella, it aint too late, maybe you can squeeze through a crack in the screen if I break the screen a lil....
perhaps its this? Uncaught TypeError: Cannot read property 'open_chat_window' of undefined
at HTMLAnchorElement.onclick (success:1) Hello? Has something terrible happened to you? Dont tell me you are having to typoe with your nose?
Could you please share screenshot for this?
who are you and how are you getting paid for this? I mean, seriously. I saved this conversation to mail to ops. Perhaps they can tell me what is going on here. It certainly isnts customer service...
Wish I could give this thread 100 points. Because just like Daniel says, the support quality is declining fast. i just filed a complaint about this.
They hire cheap ass support agents (I assume). The support agents are overbusy and stall customers with cheap excuses like 'we are looking into it' or 'please allow me some time while I read your question'. Like really..? Read my question takes you 5 minutes?
It's really, really bad. They take hours to solve the simples of things and often they create a ticket because they can't solve the most simple issues. I ask to clean a bunch of log files and it literally takes 1,5 hours.
This needs to be fixed because it will definitely cost Cloudways customers. I was a huge fan of Cloudways, refered quite some people to them as well. Right now I am not so sure anymore.
Poor support. They should hire more well trained support staff. Hope Cloudways will take action on this.
Couldn't agree more. When I first came to Cloudways the support was great. Now it's total crap. They respons once an hour if you are lucky and you constantly need to remind them that you are in a chat. Don't they understand our time is valuable too?
Was way better in the early days of Cloudways. Also better quality, the support staff now is outsourced and not trained and don't know shit, or take ages too solve the simplest of things..
This can cost Cloudways lots of customers altough their platform has such great potential..!
Ps. I don't intend to come over complaining or bitchy. In general I am really happy with Cloudways and the overall service. In general I am really patient as well. I don't mind waiting 5 or 10 minutes for an answer. However, if it takes 2 hours for 3 answers it's getting a bit out of hand, especially since the answers were not really helpful and my questions get handled really hasty without real attention to my actual issue. Hope I don't come over the wrong way because I am still a Cloudways fan :)
The support on Cloudways stinks. If the chat drops forget it you will need to have all your points written down as you will need to start your chat over and probably with someone else that you will need to explain everything over again to. Then if you lucky that person will maybe understand your problem. If they not already talking to 10 other people and tell you to wait please. From day one the support has sucked big time and that for me is the heart of this industry. There are so many deals out there that its no longer about the best price its about best service and who will understand your problem with out a text book answer. I feel cloudways does not care about the customer as they say. If they did I would not have to speak to 5 support people till the job gets done.
Hunter F commented
Great support is CRITICAL for web hosting.
I want to move to cloudways because of the excellent speed scores. But it seems your support is really lacking in quality. I ( and many others i'm sure ) would be willing to pay a small additional fee for high end support from super geeks with English as their first language.
I'm considering moving a lot of sites here but am use to GoDaddy's level of support and I'm afraid to make the switch based on this alone.
Make the investment in your support team and it will carry your business for the long haul!
Yeah. Support is a total shit dump. Worst support ever. Agree with everyone else on here.
I Second!!! this is so true. Usually they point you to a help article and if they don't have an article they can't solve the problem. i have an issue for 2.5 months where i cant add new servers or application, only clone my current application. i have a new ticket open for days now and still no fix. it begs the question... why are we using this service?
I'm afraid I have to say that after beeing a CW customer for quite some time, running ~10 servers and hosting around ~80 sites, the support might be a dealbreaker if it continues to show this decline.
When we first started using CW the support was ok (not much more than ok, but still ok). I've seen a rapid decline in quality of support over the last 6 months.
Not one question I've placed to support the last few weeks has been answered properly, its always some generic answer and no root-cause explanation or problem solving involved. A re-active approach instead of a pro-active approach to problem solving.
As a previous commenter stated, chat support seems almost script driven as it stands right now. Its impossible to get clear answers to a serious matter such as a server, for no apparent reason, stopping to respond. This was one of the things I've recently contacted support about. After over an hour on chat (90% of the time on hold) I still didn't have an answer. I don't know why the server went down, I don't know why it came back online, and it was impossible to get a solid response from the support agent about this because of lacking communication skills. As a technician myself, I wouldn't be able to sleep well not knowing why this happened, since then it can of course happen again. This approach to support remedies ISSUES, but doesn't SOLVE PROBLEMS.
I've also requested something like 4-5 tickets to be opened by support staff when I simply don't have the time to wait 45mins for a generic response, and they neglect to open these tickets each time...
Its currently an ongoing negative trend with support, and if the decline continues, it will make the platform unusable in the long run.
Horrendous support quality over chat. They do not know how to read or know anything about their own system
Amjad Abdelaziz commented
It took me 10 hours talking with different support agents, and I get nothing answered.
I am starting to have similar feelings.
Support seems to be driven by scripts and flow charts without anybody in first line support actually knowing what they saying or reading the support question properley
I cannot work with your company anymore because of how awful your support is. Chat support is nearly useless because of how poorly trained and informed the staff is. Email support is so slow as to be pointless. A simple response to an email takes 6+ hours
I love your interface, platform and idea - but your support SUCKS!
AdminCloudways (Admin, Cloudways) commented
Pere here, CTO/founder at CW. Sorry for your trouble. Certainly we have lots to do to improve our customer experience and we are working on it. No excuse, but we are not heavily funded as WPEngine, and this poses some challenges to quickly get in place a top tier, engineering staffed, support team. We need to groom people through a well defined on-boarding process and this takes more time than directly hiring fully knowledgeable staff, but we expect that in the mid-term will provide major benefits as we will not be so much dependent on specific people but on the right processes building the right people. The speed at which we have grown the last year, hasn't helped.
Anyway, I am perfectly aware of our limitations in some areas but, on a technical level, WP is not leaking memory (at least not a problem for the vast majority of our users), so the problem had to be some other. I would like to be able to get to the bottom of all problems for all customers but unluckily we can't.
We will be introducing in a couple of month a new tips section that will analyze a customer server and advice on "non-optimal" configurations (i.e. old php, old app version, not proper cache integration ...). We hope this can guide customers on fixing most obvious application issues.
When it comes to affiliate program, have told the person dealing with it to get in touch with you.
Again, thanks for your feedback and good luck.
Every time I ever asked for support via chat, I was told to talk to the engineer who built the site, and / or was referred to the knowledgebase.
Newsflash, I AM the engineer, I DID check my logs and I DID read the KB articles.
My sites are now all on WP-Engine, where chat support works WITH me to diagnose the issue, on the spot, in real time.
Also - I think WordPress must easily create memory leaks... I have had to pull 2 clients off of CloudWays because no matter how much memory the droplet had, the memory was used up and then the server would 512 gateway error until the server was restarted.
Somehow, WP Engine have found a way around this on the server-side config.
The sites I've had to move were not using crazy plugins... one, in fact only had Thrive Themes, Thrive Leads, Gravity Forms and W3 Total Cache.
And yet on a weekly basis that server would run out of memory.
Had chat support been more able to troubleshoot and diagnose, you'd still have that client.
Also you never paid me for any of the referrals I made, and I put more than a handful of clients onto CloudWays... only to have to move every one of them off if their sites start to 512.
The whole reason I switched from running my own DO droplets was that I wanted a support staff to help troubleshoot these things....
Long story short, I'll never put another new client on CW... they're all going to WP Engine where support is actually helpful / cares to help diagnose the issue.