Your Own Flawless WordPress Server, Spun Up in Minutes

SpinupWP is a modern server control panel that's here to help you implement best practices for every server you spin up. Designed for WordPress.

Options for Hosting WordPress Sites For Your Clients Are Limited

If you’re at all concerned about the performance of your WordPress sites, you really only have two options when it comes to hosting them:

  1. 1 Managed WordPress hosting
  2. 2 Set up & maintain a server yourself

But they both have their problems.

Some Problems with Managed WordPress Hosts

Obviously not all managed WordPress hosts are the same. Some do it better than others (and are usually a lot more expensive than others 💸💸💸). However all managed WordPress hosts have a few problems in common.

Handcuffed Control

Control over your hosting environment is severely restricted. Forget about root access, you’ll be lucky to have CLI access at all. They may not even support Git.

Watered Down

Because managed WordPress hosts have to optimize for everyone, it means they optimize for no one in particular. And you don’t have control to optimize for the particular needs of your sites.

Expensive

Managed WordPress hosting is expensive. You can expect to spend $400 per year for just a single site and over $1,200/year for 2-5 sites. And that’s just assuming you have moderate traffic. If you have high traffic, the costs balloon. The more sites and the more traffic you have, the more expensive it gets.

Inconsistent Cost

What happens if you get a surge of traffic in a given month? Maybe you had some kind of launch. Because managed WordPress hosting plans are limited by visitors per month, you’ll either be billed for going over your plan or they will automatically upgrade you to another plan.

Setting up and maintaining your own server has to be better, right?

The Advantages of Managing Your Own WordPress Server

Setting up & maintaining your own server means saying goodbye to the problems with managed WordPress hosts.

Inexpensive

You can have as many sites as you like with as much traffic as it can handle (which is a lot more than you might think).

Full Control

One of the biggest advantages of having your own server is that you are in full control. Root access, the works.

Targeted Optimization

If you think tweaking the Nginx caching rules will speed your site up, you can try that. If you need to install a non-standard PHP extension, you can do that.

No Unauthorized Tinkering

No one will be tinkering with your server except you. With SpinupWP your sites run on uncomplicated servers that you control.

The Disadvantages of Managing Your Own WordPress Server

So yes, managing your own server is better than managed WordPress hosting in important ways, but those advantages still pale in comparison to the much larger issues of spending hours setting up a server yourself and worrying if you’ve done it right.

Worry

Then there’s the ongoing worry about security. Am I doing enough to keep my server secure? What should I be doing? You don’t have time to be reading system administration blogs to keep up with security notices and best practices.

Are you backing up your site files and database? You’ll need to set that up manually. And what about SSL? You’ll need to set up Let’s Encrypt and figure out how to request, install, and configure SSL certificates for each of your sites.

Hassle

Want to automatically deploy when you push new code to GitHub? Good luck setting that up. You’ll need to set up a new server to listen for webhook requests and has full permissions to overwrite all the files in your project. Usually the server runs on a non-standard port, so you’ll need to poke a hole in your firewall as well.

Then there are things that should be simple, like adding a new site to the server. You’ll need to SSH in and run a bunch of commands, except you won’t remember all the commands, so you’ll need to look them up. You’d put the commands in a script for next time, but don’t have time right now. You’ll need to duplicate Nginx config files and tweak them for your new site.

Maybe you make a mistake and take down all the sites on your server. Maybe you don’t but now you’ve exhausted your morning and don’t have time to answer that client email. Even something as simple as adding a new site is a huge hassle.

But what if you could have your own server without all the worry and hassle?

SpinupWP

The Advantages without the Disadvantages

What if there was an app that could spin up your own server in 10 minutes? A server optimized to serve your WordPress site blazing fast. And what if it took care of security, guided you through monthly maintenance and best practices? What if it helped you learn how to manage a server yourself?

That’s SpinupWP

Connect your DigitalOcean account (or any other provider), spin up a server, and sit back while SpinupWP does the nitty gritty of installing all the software and tuning it to run your WordPress site as fast and as reliably as possible.

Ten minutes later, your fresh new server will be ready for you.

When you add a new site to your SpinupWP server, we configure a free SSL certificate, cron jobs, caching rules, and everything else that a high-performing WordPress site requires.

Add dev sites, staging sites, production sites, whatever you like.

Need root access? No problem, your SSH user has full root access via sudo. You have the keys to your castle.

Your new server is loaded with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and the latest packages of Nginx, PHP, MySQL/MariaDB, and Redis. Standard installs, no weird custom-built packages or strange paths. Everything should be where you expect it to be, configured how you’d expect.

And you can walk away anytime. Though sticking around means not having to keep up with security updates or worry about changes in best practices, you can disconnect your server from SpinupWP any time and have a go at managing it yourself. We don’t lock you in.

Want to manually tweak some configuration files on the server via SSH? Go ahead. Even if it’s a configuration file that SpinupWP edits, it can handle it.

Worried about keeping your server secure? Don’t be. Your server is configured with a firewall and security updates are installed automatically as they are released. We also notify you when there’s a major update available for a software package you have installed (e.g. Nginx) and provide you instructions on how to upgrade.

The Best of Both Worlds

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Features

Any Provider

We support DigitalOcean, Linode, AWS, and any other provider. If your server has an IP address, you can connect SpinupWP. It does need to be a fresh install of Ubuntu though.

Latest & Greatest Software

SpinupWP will install the latest stable versions of Nginx, PHP, MySQL/MariaDB, and Redis from the standard apt-get repos. No who-knows-what-they-did custom builds of packages. Disconnect from SpinupWP in the future and you can still keep your packages up-to-date with apt-get upgrade.

Automatic Software Updates

SpinupWP will configure your server to install security updates as soon as they are available to reduce the likelihood a software vulnerability putting your server at risk.

Free SSL/TLS Certificates

Serving your site over HTTPS is essential these days, not only for security, but to take advantage of the performance improvements of HTTP/2 as well. When you add a site to SpinupWP, a free Let’s Encrypt SSL/TLS certificate will be acquired, installed, and configured for your site. And SpinupWP will handle certificate renewals as well, so you hardly need to think about certificates.

Cache All the Things

One of the keys to a great performing WordPress site is caching. All sites are set up with Redis object caching to greatly reduce database requests. And with the check of a box you can enable full-page caching to serve pages lightning fast without even hitting PHP.

Git Push-to-Deploy

Developers! Developers! Developers! Add a git repository to your SpinupWP site and simply push to master to deploy your code. GitHub, Bitbucket, or a custom git repo will work. You can also configure a build script to run some tasks on the server after deployment is complete.

Error Logs

WordPress doesn’t enable error logging by default. Probably because the log is saved to a publicly accessible directory and can quickly balloon to take up a lot of hard drive space. SpinupWP enables error logs by default but stores them in a safe place and makes sure they’re rotated regularly like other server logs.

Security Security Security

Each server provisioned by SpinupWP is security-hardened from the word go. SSH login is disabled for the root user (you login with your user and use sudo instead). The firewall only allows connections to Nginx and SSH and failed attempts are monitored and blocked when the reach a threshold. Nginx is configured to defend against XSS, clickjacking, MIME sniffing, and other attacks. Software security updates are installed automatically.

Scheduled Posts Published on Schedule

For every site you add via SpinupWP, a server-side cron job will be configured to make sure that your WordPress site’s cron is executed every minute, as it should be.

WP-CLI Preloaded

If you love WP-CLI (we do! ) you’ll be very pleased to find it available on the command line the first time you login to your server.

Professional Guidance & Best Practices

SpinupWP will actively point you in the right direction and offer suggestions for maintaining your server. And because it provides detailed feedback about the operations it runs on your server, you can learn what is happening with your server.

New release of Ubuntu just came out, should I upgrade? We’ll add a notice to the app about that, why we don’t recommend upgrading your existing servers, and how you can spin up a new server with the new release of Ubuntu and migrate your sites to that server instead.

Should I install Varnish to improve page caching performance? We’ve benchmarked Varnish and Nginx FastCGI Cache performed better. Varnish would add complexity too, so one less moving part is another reason.

Much of the time SpinupWP will suggest things that you may not have even thought of. Email deliverability for example. SpinupWP will strongly encourage you to configure an email sending plugin for the best email deliverability.

SpinupWP’s guidance is especially helpful for those new to managing a server, but can also help those who’ve been at it a while, providing transparency to our decisions.

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Scheduled Backups of Site Files & Database

All server providers (DigitalOcean, Linode, etc) offer automated backups of your entire server for a fee. These services are great and we highly recommend having backups of your whole server.

But what happens if some media or data was deleted by accident from your WordPress site? You’re not going to restore your entire server just to get that data back.

That’s where site backups come in.

Site backups are full backups of your site files (media, themes, and plugins) and database. They allow you to easily restore a single site or just some files or data from a single site.

With SpinupWP’s site backups, you choose your preferred provider to stash your backups whether that’s Amazon S3, DigitalOcean Spaces, Google Cloud Storage, Backblaze B2, etc. You plug in your account details and SpinupWP will send your site backups there in an easy-to-see format.

Coming Soon

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

Create a new team account, invite a member of your team, and allow them to spin up their own servers. Or just only allow them to add sites, the permissions you give them is up to you.

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WordPress Installed Exactly How You Like

There are lots of different ways to install WordPress. Database table prefix, WordPress core in a subfolder, custom path for the wp-content folder, multisite subdomain, multisite subdirectory, etc. SpinupWP allows you to install WordPress exactly how you like it.

Freelancers & Agencies:
Start Generating Monthly Recurring Income

Bundling hosting into a monthly maintenance plan for clients is a great way for freelancers and agencies to earn recurring monthly income and reduce the “feast or famine” cycles in their business.

You could achieve this by signing up with a managed WordPress host, but the cost would be so great that you would only make peanuts. Hardly worth doing. A server managed by SpinupWP would be far more cost effective and allow you to make significant profit.

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