Cloudways vs Serverpilot compares to popular managed cloud hosting providers. This post is compare cloudways and serverpilot review and comparison on the basis of speed, features, pricing and other factors.
Managed because they manage your cloud hosting instances hosted on digitalocean, Amazon AWS, Google cloud or any other host for that matter. We tried to manage our digitalocean instances using both the services and this blogs details our experience regarding the same.
Cloud Hosting Background
As the hosting industry evolved, Amazon shook the world over by launching one of the biggest hosting service and that too on cloud. One of the major ground breaking innovation that Amazon did was that it reduced the pricing from a fixed cost basis to pay per use. This drastically reduced the cost of web hosting for the people looking to start a business online. Amazon was followed by many other cloud hosting providers including but not limited to DigitalOcean, Google Cloud Hosting, Rackspace etc.
Operating a cloud hosting platform like Amazon AWS can be a bit overwhelming if you are not a technically savvy individual or lets say if you just want to get up and running quickly. Thankfully, Managed Cloud Hosting providers come to your rescue at that time. We discuss two prominent managed cloud hosting providers cloudways and serverpilot in this blog post.
We analyse cloudways and server pilot in terms of Ease of Use, Pricing, Speed, Customer Service and of-course features:
Ease of Use
We started setting up a simple digitalocean wordpress application on both cloudways and serverpilot.
Setting up Serverpilot the first time was just a breeze. You just set up your account for free on Serverpilot, connect your server and get started with Serverpilot there and then itself. No frills attached. On the other hand, it was a 3-4 step process to just setup a trial account on cloudways. You signup your email, verify your email and are mandated to chat with a customer to just get your account activated. Thats like asking a bit too much from a trial user.
On the other hand, setting up an app on the cloudways is much quicker as compared to Serverpilot. Serverpilot requires atleast root password of your server or technical expertise to setup a username serverpilot. You can setup many apps with both the serverpilot and cloudways. The choice of apps you can setup on Cloudways and Serverpilot is restricted to PHP as of now.
Serverpilot provides a FREE pricing tier which helps you evaluate and dry run the applications before running on the hook for the paid plans. The FREE plan is free regardless of the number of applications or servers you run on serverpilot. Cloudways pricing starts from 7USD per month. Cloudways does offer a free 15 day trial version that you can use to test the cloudways console around.
But wait, here is the catch !! The servers in serverpilot are billed separately by the hosting provider to you. In case of cloudways the pricing of the server is built into the plan since you never need to have your own hosting account with Cloudways. This is a very important factor to consider while evaluating both the services so carefully analyse the final cost that will come to you before boarding the ship .. 🙂 !!
While both cloudways and serverpilot are services on top of other hosting providers, cloudways comes with optimisation stack like Varnish, memcached, redis installed on the server. This is in contrast to the Serverpilot where you have to install and configure Varnish yourself. This might be a bit overwhelming for a user who is not that tech savvy.
However, both the the services continuously monitor and upgrade the server stack to the latest available stack.
As Server management apps, both serverpilot and cloudways must have best product and easy to use features for their users. Here is a snapshot of feature comparison that can help in deciding:
- In Serverpilot, the server belongs to you and you need to have it running on your hosting provider. As a result you have all kinds of access to the server including the root access. Root access is not there in cloudways but thats how it is built to be.
- The overall layout of Server pilot is such that it requires a bit of technical knowledge. Cloudways is built to be a good option for less tech savvy users.
- Cloudways provides access to a bit more applications than serverpilot. Just see if you are looking for the applications that are in cloudways only.
- The infrastructure optimisation stack for cloudways is much more advanced and is built by default into the application. On the other hand you might need to do quite a bit of work by yourself on the server with Serverpilot.
- Backups is one of the most glaring features that you is missing with Serverpilot. With cloudways, the backup functions are well managed. You dont need to have even a small technical expertise to back your server up.
At the head of it, its very difficult to compare which service to chose. However, If you love to get up and running quickly and dont like tech quirks much, we suggest that you get going with Cloudways. On the other, if you like a bit more freedom to experiment with your server and are a bit techie kind of a person, Serverpilot might be the way to go.