Answers To Common Questions
Basic Server & Site Management FAQs
- It is far more secure
- It is cheaper
- It is more flexible
- You get access to far more features and options
And, oh, yes - its easy. Much easier than you might think!
Its far easier than you might think. A familiar graphical interface inside a WordPress dashboard makes everything instantly familiar.
The software stack needed to run a WordPress server is stable, well known and understood by a large number of Linux and WordPress administrators.
And, with the large market-share that WordPress commands, every vendor tests their updates on WordPress before a release. So you know the server stack is always stable for running WordPress.
And, if you run into issues our support team has your back.
Yes, when you deploy a server at your cloud provider (eg: Digital Ocean), you incur charges for that server. It is billed directly to your account at the provider. You connect your server provider to our service using API keys that your server provider assigns to your account.
One advantage of this model is that you reap any cost savings you might get when you negotiate custom contracts.
Additionally, sometimes cloud server providers offer credits and you gain the benefit of these as well.
Dedicated WordPress hosts are EXPENSIVE. For the cost of a SINGLE SITE at WP Engine on their cheapest plan ($25.00+ USD per month), you can:
- Deploy multiple dedicated VPS (virtual private server) at Digital Ocean
- Install multiple sites on each server and
- Still have money left over.
Don't forget - you will be able to install multiple sites on each of your servers while you will only get ONE site at WP Engine!
The same cost comparison goes for just about any other host such as Kinsta, Pagely etc.
Most cloud providers automatically install security updates for you. For those that don't, we provide the the option of activating a CRON process that will automatically install security updates.
No, you can provision any size server that is available at your cloud provider.
cPanel, Plesk, VestaCP and similar products are general purpose tools designed to install more than one product on a server. If you're focused only on WordPress they can be overkill. But if you plan on running email servers and multiple other product stacks on your Linux server then they are the way to go.
We are firmly focused on WordPress and things related to WordPress. We aren't going to install a RubyOnRails or Node.JS stack since they have nothing to do with WordPress.
If you are looking for a WordPress focused management panel - that's us. If you need more than that then those other tools will likely fit the bill.
Building a WordPress SaaS
Technically, you can make any existing site a template site. And you can store them on any server - as long as it's not a server where you'll be storing a customer site that is based on that template.
When you define a product, you can choose to associate a template site with it.
When a user purchases that product, a copy of the template site is copied to the server and the domain changed to match the new users' temporary domain.
A lot of the work you do to setup your SaaS centers around template sites.
Our plans that allow for building a SaaS are Cloud Business & Cloud Agency.
When you subscribe to those plans we will handle the integration for you.
You'll invite us to your accounts or provide us the api access keys we require.
Of course, you can handle that if you wish!
You can decide this.
If you want us to do it, all you have to do is invite us to your Stripe account.
With both our service and WP Ultimo you need to create template sites that serve as the master image on which all your customer sites are built.
But that's where the similarities end.
Many plugins that you might need are simply not compatible with Multisite (and, by extension, WP Ultimo.)
And WP Ultimo & Multisite can only scale one way - via larger servers.
Single Point of Failure
If a WP Ultimo or Multisite gets damaged, all your customers go down at the same time.
If your server provider where WP Ultimo is installed has an issue, all your customers have an issue.
With WPCD.Cloud, your sites are regular WP sites and compatible with a much wider range of plugins and themes.
There are many more differences but hopefully you get the point.
Bottom line is that WPCD.Cloud is far more flexible, has far more support and is committed to working with you to get you up and running.
Our monthly subscription pricing makes your success our success - we only succeed when you succeed!
This is an 'it depends' answer of course.
If you're a developer or have access to a developer resource or you're going to create the template sites yourself, you can get started for less than $1000.00
- Cloud Business monthly subscription - $500/mo
- Two cloud servers - $100/mo
But, realistically, if you're not a developer, perhaps add 2K for some advanced items you might need them to assist you with.
It depends on your plan. We support all of the following across all plans:
- Digital Ocean
- AWS (EC2 & Lightsail)
- Google Cloud
We also support two private cloud providers:
Yes, you can place your customer sites on servers located anywhere your Cloud Providers allow you to deploy servers.
Yes. We support quotas for disk space but not bandwidth.
Yes. We have some pre-packaged services that you can purchase to get you up and running. Please see our premium services page for more information.