SpinupWP is an SaaS service where you can deploy and manage your own WordPress servers and sites. It has direct connections to multiple cloud server providers that make provisioning servers fast and easy.
It is offered by the Delicious Brains folks; operating out of Canada, they are well known for their amazing lineup of plugins (recently sold to WPEngine) that they’ve been publishing for more than a decade.
Both WPCloudDeploy and SpinupWP allow you to deploy and manage your own WordPress servers that are optimized for building and managing WordPress sites. All the key WordPress management tools are available in both offerings including:
While there are a lot of tiny differences between how similar features work, both products are 100% focused on WordPress to the exclusion of other technology stacks and therefore both are highly optimized for that platform.
There are three key differences between WPCloudDeploy and SpinupWP:
Since SpinupWP is an SaaS service, you are locked into a small set of personalization options. We’re not aware whether they entertain requests for customizations.
Because WPCloudDeploy is an open source product built on WordPress, the sky’s the limit when it comes to customizations and you have a lot of flexibility in how those are accomplished. You can:
As an experienced WordPress developer or manager, you can do many of the customizations yourself. Or you can ask any other WP developer to do the work for you. Or you can ask us of course.
As with your customization options, SpinupWP is limited in the languages that can be used.
WPCloudDeploy can adopt any language you like simply by providing the translation terms using any of the many standard WP translation tools.
As with any SaaS service, your dashboard is running wherever SpinupWP determines is best.
WPCloudDeploy can be run on any appropriately configured server anywhere and can be installed in multiple locations if necessary. With this flexibility you can:
SpinupWP has direct support for four server providers plus the ability to bring your own server.
WPCloudDeploy has built-in support for 10 providers and the ability to bring your own server as well.
WPCloudDeploy also has an extension toolkit where you can build your own provider. Or you can ask to have one built for you at a cost of around 3K (for providers that generally follow the openstack api style format.)
SpinupWP has command line support based on their PHP SDK.
WPCloudDeploy uses Bash scripts that you can execute in either of two ways:
Sites deployed on SpinupWP uses a single optimized LEMP stack.
WPCloudDeploy also deploys an optimized LEMP stack for new sites and and is working on supporting an OpenLiteSpeed stack.
As an SaaS service it is far easier to get started with SpinupWP. WPCloudDeploy has an installation step that can sometimes be tricky (hence our free install service when you purchase a license.)
Consistent with SaaS services, the SpinupWP UI is custom-made and absolutely gorgeous. WPCloudDeploy’s UI is recognizably WordPress on the backend with a highly customized UI for your end customers on the front-end.
SpinupWP offers a lot of built-in support for different types of development workflows and customized WordPress folder structures. WPCloudDeploy supports any of your workflows as long as they end up in a standard WordPress folder structure when they are deployed with WP.
Both WPCloudDeploy and SpinupWP offer tired pricing levels. SpinupWP offers two pricing levels while WPCloudDeploy offers three (plus a free option).
Aside from the actual costs, a major difference is that WPCloudDeploy includes support for teams and role-based security at all levels while SpinupWP reserves those for their higher tiers.
You can transfer your sites using any WordPress backup tool. We recommend UPDRAFT PLUS though many folks seem to prefer using DUPLICATOR PRO (something we’re far less familiar with).
The above summary is only focused on the product differences and similarities. There are, of course, differences between the companies themselves – including large differences in operations, pricing, support policies, affiliate programs and more.
If you’re looking for an SaaS style product to manage your WordPress business and you’re looking for a group that understands developers and developer flows or you’re a bit price conscious, these folks should top your list. Obviously, for a self-hosted, privacy-focused, feature-packed product, choose WPCloudDeploy.
June 3rd, 2022