Serverpilot Alternatives Platforms

I believe we all agree on one thing, Managing your own servers is a pain and time-consuming task. and if you have more important things to do, You either want to switch to managed hosting or use server management services.

Serverpilot is quite a popular platform for quite some time but if you happen to look for serverpilot alternatives you are at the right place. Run Cloud, Moss, Forge, and Cloudrun are some of the best alternatives to Serverpilot for server management.

Serverpilot Alternatives

This is my research on ServerPilot alternatives for deploying, and managing web applications on popular cloud servers; both small & large projects in 2019.

  1. Runcloud
  2. Moss.sh
  3. Forge
  4. Cloudron

RunCloud

runcloud, best Serverpilot Alternatives Platforms

The RunCloud platform implements a modern and highly performant server stack, including Nginx, Apache2, MariaDB, Redis, Memcached, Beanstalkd, and Supervisord.

The perfect combination of speed and stability under high load.

RunCloud is Scalable & Feature Rich, allow you to relax and focus on your web application. Let the RunCloud platform automate the hard work for you.

Run Cloud Features:

Automate server configuration

Run Cloud manage your server using best practices ensuring your server can handle all kind of load and traffic spikes.

Why spend valuable time configuring your perfect server when it can be automated for you?

Painless PHP configuration

On run cloud platform, you can Automatically configure Nginx, apache2, and fpm with the click of a button.

It’s easy to Configure each of your web applications to use a different version of PHP if needed, and painlessly manage your PHP settings from the dashboard.

Free SSL

You can install an SSL certificate from let’s Encrypt with literally just one click. Wildcard SSL is also available with Let’s Encrypt.

Built-in server monitoring

RunCloud comes complete with built-in server monitoring, giving you an instant view of your server health. This enables you to Respond quickly when your business needs it.

Script installer

RunCloud comes with script installer for you to deploy a famous script such as WordPress, Joomla, myBB, Concrete5 and many more, All of this with just a single click of a button.

Web server stack

You can set each of your Web Application to run on a different web server stack. One Web App is on NGINX + Apache2 Hybrid and another one is Native NGINX stack. Or just use Native NGINX stack for each of your Web Application.

Run Cloud Pricing

runcloud pricing

The great thing is about runCloud is you can start with a free plan though if you need to manage more than one server you need to upgrade to Pro plan which cost $15 per month.

Pros:

  • You have two option to choose the configuration for your server. Nginx + Apache, (Nginx as a Reverse Proxy) and Nginx+ PHP-fpm

Cons:

  • Runcloud consumes more memory than serverpilot. Actually runcloud install more things than serverpilot

Moss.sh

moss server management

Moss is great to manage Ubuntu servers. You simply connect your server and moss will take care of your server.

You can deploy and configure web and database servers for your web applications – either PHP or static with Javascript + HTML + CSS. In addition, Moss natively support web development frameworks like Laravel, Symfony, and WordPress, but not limited to them.

Another great thing about moss is that they give you a guarantee for zero downtime.

You Deploy your application as many times as you need without affecting your users! Moss can deploy a new version while the former one keeps being served until the deployment ends.

Take advantage of this feature to update dependencies, run database migrations, or perform any other tasks you may need before activating your new release.

Performance

Moss configure your websites to use optimizations like HTTP/2 and OCSP Stapling, among others such as varnish and Memcache for best possible speed for your website.

Security comes first when setting up a server these days. Moss set up firewalls, security updates, user permissions and SSH/SFTP access to your servers following industry’s best practices to make sure your server is hack free.

Moss gives you better server management features for a more affordable price than other services. Intuitive server management and first-rate customer service, what’s not to love?

Moss pricing

moss pricing

Luckily, Moss now offers a free plan where you can spin up unlimited servers and sites but with only one provider such as “Vultr” moss call it integration for more than one integration you need to upgrade to the Starter or higher plans which starts from $9 per month.

Keep in mind, Moss doesn’t include taxes on the above plans which will be computed as the invoice is issued according to your invoicing data.

When I originally wrote the article Moss used to offers three plans range from $15 to $299 which was kinda expensive compared to other services.

If you need monitoring alerts your server/s, it will cost you extra $5 bucks per server.

Pros

  • All features are available on free plans. Which is Awesome 💛🧡
  • One-click or automatically git push app deployment. Link your GitHub, GitLab, and/or Bitbucket accounts.
  • Monitor server resources and notify server issues.
  • Support Laravel, Symfony and WordPress apps along with custom PHP apps and static websites(HTML, CSS, JS)

Cons

  • You can only use Ubuntu OS

 Forge

laravel forge

Forge is managed by developers of the Laravel framework, Forge promises painless server management for PHP apps.

Forge will take care of provisioning and manage cloud servers so you can focus on building awesome PHP applications and websites.

You can run pretty much any php based app such as Laravel, Symfony, WordPress, Statamic, Craft and any other PHP application can easily be installed on a Forge server.

You can integrate any cloud or VPS hosting AWS, Digital Ocean, Linode, or even your own custom VPS from any damn provider.

Sub-Domain Management

With Forge’s simple control panel, it’s super easy to Easily configure unlimited domains, sub-domains, and even wild-card subdomains. Other features include but not limited to…

Manage Queue Workers

If you’re using queues and workers in your application, you’ll jump for joy. Forge configures Supervisor so your workers will run forever.

Cron Jobs Made Simple

Easily configure commands to run every minute, hour, day, month, or on your own custom schedule. Forge’s scheduler works great with the powerful Laravel scheduler.

Load Balancing

Create and manage Nginx load balancing servers. Simple point-and-click interface to distribute traffic to your other application servers. You’ll be amazed.

Horizontal Scaling

The Forge control panel provides a simple interface for configuring private networks. Easily grant your application servers access to your cache or database servers.

Up-To-Date Server Configuration

Take advantage of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and our tailored server configurations, complete with Nginx, PHP 7, MySQL, Postgres, Redis, Memcached, and automated security updates.

Pros

  • The firewall comes configured out of the box to keep your servers secure.
  • Forge has a feature called recipes, which are pre-written Bash scripts (shell scripts) that you can run at any point on any of your servers.
  • Share your server’s management dashboard with your co-workers.

Cons

  • Basic plan only supports 1 server. Other server management offers more than this.

Cloudron

Cloudron is Solid web app hosting platform featuring sandboxed applications, centralized user handling, and Automatic Updates on all plans (including Free).

Cloudron is a platform which could transform the way we self-host. After an easy installation process, it allows you to install a number of great apps – most of them open-source – by doing not much more than clicking an icon.

Cloudron has a built-in mail server that can send and receive email on behalf of users and applications. By default, most of its functionality is disabled and it only sends out emails on behalf of apps (for example, password reset and notification emails).

Cloudron Pricing

cloudron pricing

Cloudron pricing structure is pretty simple, and an amazing thing is you can manage 2 websites completely free oh did I mentioned Automatic Updates.

Pros:

  • A complete and easy setup, including full backup.
  • You can download & self-host Cloudron for free, but you won’t get automatic updates unless you sign up for a paid plan. 
  • Multiple options for 1 click apps.
  • Cloudron Email Server supports multiple domains, aliases, filters, subaddresses, spam filtering, automated DNS setup & more.

Cons

  • Cloudron doesn’t support GitHub push. This might not be a problem for some of you, but sadly it’s a deal breaker for me. ?

Final Note

If you are only managing one or even maybe two servers, Serverpilot is still a pretty good option as you will get all the bells and whistles and only have to pay $7.50/month per server and additional $0.50 for per app.

If you need to manage more than 3 servers you should really need to take another look at other Serverpilot Alternatives Platforms as mentioned above.

As you can manage unlimited servers from just $15 with other server management platforms.

If you want to suggest your favourite platform, please don’t hesitate to mention in the comments below.

  • good list and would be better if it would also include the drawacks of each alternatives, for example, the major drawbacks of runcloud are a large consumption of server resources and the lack of support for debian ubuntu OS.
    Personally I use VPSrobots to manange my Vultr servers because it lives on my pc desktop and does not consume my server resources. Aside from that, my favoraite thing is the website backup, restoration and migration 3 in 1 functionality in it.

  • Forge and ServerPilot are not that bad. They have a good platform, their support is not that great though. There is another alternative, which is Cloudways. This platform lets users launch managed PHP hosting server on providers like DigitalOcean and others.

    • Hi Olidev, Yes ServerPilot is not bad but sometimes people do face issues like you mentioned lack of support or maybe pricing structure or feature they want is not available on ServerPilot that’s why I wrote an article about ServerPilot alternatives.
      Oh yes, Cloudway is amazing even I use it for this website though I feel it doesn’t quite fit in the list(I don’t know maybe it does ? ) as it’s more like a managed hosting.

  • Great list!

    Would you consider adding ploi.io to the list as well? A fair competitor for these server management tools ????

  • I am using Digital Ocean at the moment and wanted to give Serverpilot try to manage the servers but they seems little expensive to me as I use many small VPS servers for my clients and sometimes multiple apps on a single server.

    It will cost me more than double per server to use serverpilot. runcloud $15 plan for unlimited sounds more reasonable and they offer much more than serverpilot. Thanks for this list

    • That’s exactly what my thoughts are. Servepilot might suit to someone who uses larger server/s. ????‍♂️

      • Appreciate your list. In response to your question, here’s another use case for single-server accounts: I’m a web developer with 30+ clients on a VPS. But I have no team to take care of them if something happens to me, so I’m moving each client to its own droplet and server manager account. That way they can take the credentials to another developer if need be.

  • There’s a new option I’m planning to try out. Looks like it is optimized for WordPress and supports geek-level tools. It’s developed by the people who build WP Migrate DB Pro. Would love to hear other people’s experience. spinupwp.com

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