I’ll give a quick rundown on these 2 managed panel hosting services and how they compare for developer-grade clients.
Speed, features, pricing, ease-of-use. What I like and dislike about both. We’ll go over all that.
Cloudways vs Runcloud – hosting comparison
- Ease-of-use for noobs (CW) – they have support and easy to set up without touching the CLI.
- Ease-of-use for devs (RC) – clean UI where you don’t get lost between server vs application settings. I think the one thing that kills their ease-of-use here is having to connect the server to RC. Non-techies will get lost in the CLI and not know how to generate SSH keys and use Putty and all that.
- Performance (RC) – Runcloud wins easily when you use the NGINX-only stack compared to the outdated Apache-NGINX hybrid stack which is available on both. (Cloudways only offers hybrid Apache-NGINX stack.)
- Price (RC) – no brainer here. RC’s price includes as many servers as you want and with no overhead on their pricing. Cloudways has that support cost built-in and becomes extremely pricey when you go above their $12/month plans.
My verdict? Cloudways or Runcloud?
Pick Cloudways if:
- You’re a non-techie just moving up from cheap shared hosting with cPanel.
- Expect to have tech support.
- Like having htaccess.
- Not able to work from the command line.
Pick Runcloud if:
- You’ve comfortable with servers and VPS and can manage the CLI or know how to hire someone to do it for you.
- Don’t need tech support.
- Manage multiple servers.
- Manage really high-traffic sites.
- Prefer pure NGINX for max performance.
- Cost is a big factor.