Wildcloud (formerly WPCS.io) is a SaaS based service that helps you productize your WordPress sites. It does this by deploying sites in a multi-tenant architecture using serverless container technology.
The company operates out of Amsterdam, Netherlands.
The company has received investments from multiple organizations including Arches Capital Group (Amsterdam) and APX (Berlin).
Both WPCloudDeploy & WildCloud offer solutions for deploying WordPress sites as products (SaaS) in a multi-tenant configuration.
They both offer version control, integrates with Git and make it easy to build sites with all the standard features you would expect from modern control panels:
For SaaS style products they both offer:
The major difference between the two products is WPCloudDeploy is a self-hosted solution while WildCloud is a 100% SaaS.
WildCloud handles the servers, containers, scaling and other back-end issues. In some ways you take what they give you though you have options to specify the size and resources used by your tenant containers.
WPCloudDeploy is deployed on your own servers that are 100% under your control (though a sister service, opensaas.io offers a hybrid option as well).
Since WildCloud is an SaaS service, you are locked into a fixed set of personalization options. There are likely custom services offered to assist in this area but we don’t know enough to compare them here.
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, WildCloud is limited in the languages and locales that can be used in their control plane without extensive customization.
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 control plane is running wherever WildCloud determines is best (currently in an undisclosed AWS region.)
WPCloudDeploy can be run on any appropriately configured server anywhere and can be installed in multiple locations if necessary. With this flexibility you can:
WildCloud manages all the servers and containers they use and you are not directly exposed to any of it. They currently use AWS as their provider.
WPCloudDeploy has built-in support for 12 providers (10 public cloud providers & 2 private cloud providers) as well as the ability to “bring your own server”.
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.)
WPCloudDeploy uses Bash scripts that you can execute in either of two ways:
You do not have any direct exposure to the WildCloud tech stack that is running on AWS servers and containers and you have limited customization options for it.
WPCloudDeploy supports both a LEMP stack (Linux, NGINX, MySql/MariaDB, PHP) and a LOMP stack (Linux, OpenLiteSpeed, MySql/MariaDB, PHP). Because it’s all open source you can completely customize what is deployed in your stack.
As a SaaS service it is far easier to get started with WildCloud. 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 WildCloud UI is custom-made and functional. While it can be a bit tricky, once you understand the WildCloud concepts you’ll probably love using the UI.
WPCloudDeploy’s UI is recognizably WordPress on the backend with a highly customized UI for your end customers on the front-end.
Because WildCloud target market is productized WordPress (i.e.: WordPress SaaSes), we will compare only WPCD prices for that same market.
WildCloud has a complex pricing structure but best we can figure out for the average site it’s going to cost between $10 and $15 per month per tenant.
WPCloudDeploy has a flat price for its ALL ACCESS package (999 per year) plus a minimum of $1495 for multi-tenant services in the first year. After the first year only the ALL ACCESS license is required.
At somewhere between 15 and 25 tenants (sites/customers) WPCD might start to look attractive, especially if you have the technical chops to handle basic server management tasks.
WildCloud takes care of ALL server and container related issues for you so their costs are not as out-of-line as it might appear at first glance.
If you’re looking for an SaaS style product to manage your WordPress SaaS business and you’re not price conscious or you only have a small number of tenants, these folks should be first on your list. Obviously, for a self-hosted, privacy-focused, feature-packed product, choose WPCloudDeploy.
Is anything in this article incorrect? If so, please feel free to contact us so we can apply corrections. As you might expect, corrections will be applied at our sole discretion subject to our ability to verify the new data.