1. fwolf

    so … is that some kind of Managed Server-like thingy? Or do you still have to take care of all that nasty tidbits, like properly administrating firewall settings (eg. iptables) etc.?

    In the “Managed (Virtual) Server” case – great! I’m promoting that as well. It’s less expensive than a real server and everything is already taken care for. No more worries about obscure protection tools and ways, just get on with proper work and programming! :)

    In the other case: So you are an administrator as well, no? If its fun to you, think about lots of folks – like me – who hate having to figure out this stuff all the time. Esp. if its NOT your main job, but work on the sidelines. Time wasted, which could be used more efficiently, like with figuring out why that bloody calll to this or that API doesn’t return the full amount of data records, and so on.

    cu, w0lf.


    • Peter Suhm

      From the article: “Your servers are configured in a secure way by default, with SSH authentication, firewalls, automatic security updates and free SSL certificates from Let’s Encrypt” :)

      You are ultimately still the admin, but the server is provisioned for your and will be patched with security updates. But in the end it’s your server and you can do with it whatever you want.

      Hope it makes sense.


  2. John Turner

    I run my site on Laravel Forge and Linode. Works like a champ, never have had an issue. I don’t recommend this setup for just anyone though. You need to have some sysadmin skills otherwise you’ll be SOL if something goes wrong.


  3. Peter

    As a long time and happy user of ServerPilot + DigitalOcean solution, this looks similar and cool. It worth a time to do some performance tests and compare these similar services. Will come back with my results if something interesting will show up ;)


  4. Dean

    Why? Why is the $15 a recurring charge? I have a site on DigitalOcean with all the bells & whistles mentioned in the article. Granted it took me 2 aggravating days to get it setup via DO’s tutorials. At the time I might have been happy to pay a one time fee. However, since you learn by doing, I am now a proficient enough webmaster to do what took me 2 days in 2 hours. That effort would be totally whack though, because once you have a site setup you can take a snapshot of it and use that image whenever you want to roll out a production ready site in mere minutes.

    As far as digitalocean goes, unless Forge washes and waxes your car on a monthly basis I would think its usefulness is greatly diminished after one use. Or am I missing something?


    • RunCloud

      Laravel Forge have free trial. Do want you want when in trial mode. Then unsubscribe.


    • Jeremy

      As far as digitalocean goes, unless Forge washes and waxes your car on a monthly basis I would think its usefulness is greatly diminished after one use. Or am I missing something?

      Pretty much: if you’re looking for one-time use, then it’s worth learning how to do it yourself, or you could use something like ‘EasyEngine’, or a pre-configured image, for subsequent provisioning (because everyone should really learn how to do this themselves, if they’re going to do it at all).

      If, however, you’re managing more than one domain, WordPress install, SSL certificate, and so on, and know you’ll be managing more in the future, then that’s where something like this (or ServerPilot) might start to make sense. This is the situation I’m in, and the cost of the service (ServerPilot for me) is less than what I would be otherwise spending in time.


  5. Al

    A cloud server will cost about $10 a month or $120/yr. Forge will cost $15 x 12 = $180. Total is $300/yr?

    I guess for some folks this is money well spent but if you don’t have the tech ‘chops’ to spin up a Linode or D.O. server and install WP then perhaps you should not be doing it?

    It looks to me like Forge is a solution to a problem that very few people should have. You should not be running a cloud server if you don’t know how to run a cloud server. I think that for $300 a year you are best advised to get a commercial VPS or spend a bit more and get a professionally managed server.

    There are a zillion tutorials out there on how to properly install WP and manage a cloud server. It is better to learn how to do the necessary functions than to rely on a ‘black box’ to do it all for you.



  6. Viraj

    You can even try Deploy-Tantra for more Deployments and Backups – it just works ;)


  7. Per Søderlind

    If you can work at the command line, take a look at the fully automated Caddy installation script for DigitalOcean over at GitHub: https://github.com/vintagesucks/caddy-script

    The Caddy web server gives you http/2 and let’s encrypt (++) out of the box.


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