RunCloud is still the #1 cloud panel for developers, and now even faster!
A quick breakdown of what I like about the latest RunCloud (with RunCloud Hub caching) and how it stacks up against other cloud panels like GridPane and Cloudways.
RunCloud has always been one of my favorite panels. It’s one of the best designed, very intuitive, performance is good, and the pricing is very reasonable (CHEAP).
But I don’t recommend it for everyone.
As I’ve said it has a great UI. But for doing what, exactly? It’s got a comprehensive UI that manages both servers and sites. Many cloudpanels now focus only on the sites (which is all most people need, actually). You can configure many micro settings and while it has tons of features like a cockpit, it’s not overwhelming at all. Even when you’re lost, you feel calm as if the right answer is just around the corner.
If you like comprehensive cloud panels that manage both servers and sites, like Cloudways…you’ll feel RunCloud is much more chill (while offering the same features) and also loads faster.
Many developer features
- Multiple stacks – can choose hybrid Apache-NGINX stack or pure-NGINX.
- Many Git integrations (GitHub, Bitbucket, etc).
- WordPress site staging – quickly clone your application to staging as many times as you want.
- RunCloud staging urls – can use a free runcloud url instead of having to jump in to Cloudflare and configure DNS.
- Server monitoring – track resource usage.
- Site monitoring – track traffic.
- Simple SSH management – easily manage SSH keys.
- Script installer – can 1-click install many different CMS, not only WordPress.
- File Manager – easy access.
- Logs – see server logs and activity.
- Site Authentication – quickly lock and unlock sites from public.
If you’re a developer managing many sites and cloning things back and forth, testing and development, you will LOVE RunCloud. It makes it so easy to copy and tweak, and get development sites up and running quickly. You’ll love the UI. Simply put RunCloud is great for creating and controlling your developer environment.
Great performance (with new RunCloud Hub FastCGI caching)
RunCloud’s performance wasn’t in the A-level before but now it’s right there. When I reviewed RunCloud several months ago, it’s native caching didn’t even have FastCGI installed unless you fussed around a lot in SSH. Now, their RunCloud Hub easily deploys caching from the panel. It’s really great and only 5-8ms behind the fastest cloud panel right now (GridPane).
Maybe you’ve seen other review guides or videos where I chastized RunCloud for its lack of built-in NGINX FastCGI caching, well I take it all back now. They’ve finally got that part right and I couldn’t be happier! Well done, RC!
I wanted to be professional and say something like “competitive pricing” but let’s just say it outright…it’s cheap! Like $6 and some cents. If for some people, it’s $8….or maybe that’s $8/monthly and $6.67/month if you pay a year upfront. Whatever it was, it’s cheap as hell. Other cloud panels have increased to about $15-30 now.
Not for basic users
If you’re not a developer and don’t care about all the server management and technical details, you’re probably not gonna like RunCloud. It’ll feel too overwhelming…like there’s too many chairs in the way before you can get to your seat. You’ll be annoyed at all the places you accidentally misclick to and feel like all your common tasks are several clicks apart from each other.
If all you want to do is host one website and not have to see anything else, RunCloud will feel maybe even a tad cluttered. It still gets the job done, but as I said…with a few extra clicks than you would on a minimal empty-ish cloud panel like GridPane or SpinupWP.
Truth be told, cloud panel services are not there for basic WordPress or webhosting tech support. RunCloud is no exception. Maybe they’ll be nice an answer your “I’m a noob and broke my site and don’t know what to do.” but maybe they won’t and you shouldn’t expect that!
No phpMyAdmin installed
Yes, you can install it yourself following their guides…but there’s no excuse for this. It should already be pre-installed and ready to go. Not having phpmyadmin installed by default makes RC that much more unfriendly for regular users. Keep in mind, I totally understand why it isn’t. (It’s a long convoluted explanation about having isolated application environments.)
Best use case for RunCloud
RunCloud is best used as a development server. Launch and clone a million sandbox sites to your heart’s content. Work off a Git branch with your team members. Fire up multiple servers around the world quickly and cheaply.
And sure, if you really want, RunCloud has the performance and stability to host production sites as well and it’s very cheap for that! For $6-8/month and another $5 for the VPS…it won’t cost you anything to play around.