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We're always adding new features and improvements to SpinupWP. See below for the latest enhancements and email us if there’s a feature you'd like to see next.

Launched

We’ve officially launched our latest product, SpinupWP! If you’re new to the SpinupWP party, then welcome. Let’s take a look at what we’ve got in store for you.

What is SpinupWP?

SpinupWP is an app that makes it easier to host WordPress sites yourself. Technically, you can use it to host any PHP site but we’re focused on making the WordPress experience the best.

Think of it like a modern control panel for your servers, with a ton of helpful guidance along the way, much of it specific to hosting WordPress sites.

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Why SpinupWP?

Developers turn to SpinupWP for all sorts of reasons.

Maybe you’ve tried hosting WordPress sites on your own, maybe you’ve tried with another service like ServerPilot or Laravel Forge. But trying to keep up with hosting WordPress best practices can seem daunting and what do these services know about hosting WordPress?

Chart comparing features of SpinupWP with ServerPilot, Laravel Forge, Cloudways, RunCloud, and EasyEngine.

With SpinupWP, you take back control and get the added bonus of knowing WordPress performance is optimized.

See how it works

You can spin up your own WordPress-optimized server with SpinupWP in 10 minutes. See SpinupWP in action:

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Have an existing site you want to move to SpinupWP? Our site creation wizard will guide you through setting up HTTPS before pointing your domain at the server so you can test your site before flipping the switch and making it live.

Top features

SpinupWP is packed full of useful features like:

  • Individual site SFTP access you can share with your clients
  • Scheduled backups of site files and databases
  • Pre-loaded WP-CLI ready to go on your server
  • Enabled-by-default error logs stored in a secure place and rotated regularly
  • 1-click full-page caching for your sites
  • Free SSL certificates from Let’s Encrypt installed, configured, and renewed for you
  • Servers configured for automatic security updates
  • Git push-to-deploy for your WordPress sites

and more.

The biggest benefit may be how much time it saves you. Without SpinupWP, you have to type SSH command after SSH command to configure things properly for your WordPress servers. With SpinupWP, we do a lot of that for you.

What goes on my server?

SpinupWP servers are always set up with the latest stable software versions so you don’t have to worry about the nitty gritty of keeping up with best practices. Spinning up a new server automatically installs the latest software.

SpinupWP will configure your server to install security updates as soon as they are available to reduce the likelihood of a software vulnerability putting your server at risk. Disconnect from SpinupWP in the future and you can still keep your packages up-to-date with apt-get upgrade.

SpinupWP strikes the perfect balance between managed and self-hosting, giving you the advantages of both without any of the downsides. Try it out now, risk free, with our 7-day free trial.

Basic authentication for sites

SpinupWP allows you to add Nginx basic authentication to your site. This can be useful for restricting access to a site for security reasons or if you’re simply running a site that needs to restrict access before you even get to WordPress.

Site users

Sites deployed via SpinupWP are owned by a unique system user, known as a site user. Site users have restricted file permissions, which prevent them from viewing other site’s files and other sensitive files (such as Nginx configs).

Site users can SSH and SFTP to the server, but they will be restricted to the site’s directory. This makes them ideal for giving out to clients who require an SFTP user to manage their sites as they will be unable to view or modify other sites on the server.

When making changes to a site directly on the server, or running WP CLI the site user should be used. This will prevent file ownership issues and alleviate the need to manually chown files.

A site user’s home directory is located at: /sites/{domain}.

Key points to remember:

  • Site users are unable to navigate to another site’s home directory
  • Site users cannot modify server configs, such as those used by Nginx or PHP
  • Site users do not have sudo access, meaning they cannot run commands with root privileges
  • Site users should be given to clients who require SFTP access to manage their sites
  • Site users can use either public key authentication or password authentication
  • A site only has one user, but it can have multiple SSH keys assigned (if using public key authentication)

Site backups launched

This guide aims to help you set up automated daily site backups. Site backups are full backups of your site files (media, themes, and plugins) and database.

Teams launched

When you invite a member to your team in SpinupWP, the team member will be given a “User” role by default. The role of a team member can be updated at any time via the team settings Members page.

Security isolation between sites

We’ve released an update to SpinupWP that will enable SFTP/SSH access on a per-site basis and provide security isolation between your sites by running each site as a separate system user. Upgrading is a multi-step process that involves first running some upgrade routines on the server and running different upgrade routines for each site. This allows you to upgrade one site at a time and test each site after each upgrade. But each site and server upgrade should only take a minute or two.

You will not be able to deploy new sites to a server until you have upgraded the server. Nor will you be able to manage existing sites via SpinupWP until they’ve been upgraded.

SFTP/SSH access for each site

We’ve released an update to SpinupWP that will enable SFTP/SSH access on a per-site basis and provide security isolation between your sites by running each site as a separate system user. Upgrading is a multi-step process that involves first running some upgrade routines on the server and running different upgrade routines for each site. This allows you to upgrade one site at a time and test each site after each upgrade. But each site and server upgrade should only take a minute or two.

You will not be able to deploy new sites to a server until you have upgraded the server. Nor will you be able to manage existing sites via SpinupWP until they’ve been upgraded.

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