not sure which one. serverpilor or runcloud

Posted March 31, 2018 14.2k views
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Hi all
not sure if this is the right place to ask this but would like to learn about your experiences and pros and cons about runcloud or serverpilot.
Not sure whichone to choose.
Runcloud has a lot of features but not sure if they work how they should
All feedback would be really helpful
thanks a lot!

  • all the way, it offers “less” than runcloud, but the support service and the system itself works a lot better, and also there is a lot of documentation on how to do what those “extras” on runcloud do, like installing Redis, and other apps.

    I have used ServerPilot for more than 2 or 3 years maybe, and I never had an Issue and for the few doubts, I got they responded really quickly with an accurate response. I tried Runcloud and the first thing I tried, it fails miserably (making a payment with PayPal to subscribe to the service), support took days to even respond my initial email, and in the end they never solved anything, one day out of nothing it worked and I was able to make the payment, yet I never got a response for my last email.

    Also, they posted a nice blog post about an issue they faced with Redis and that the same issue was present on all the runcloud deployed servers, they said “it will be fixed” on July 2017, and as for today April 2018 I can assure you such fix is not implemented on my freshly deployed runcloud server.

    Other issues I found:

    -Let’s encrypt doesn’t work on their control panel, as the button to add a new cert doesn’t even works.
    -If you create a new App/site sometimes you need to use the rebuild option for the site to be actually created on your VPS.

    So at least my experience with them is not a good one so far, so I think I will keep paying more for ServerPilot as it is more reliable. I already even installed the few extra things I was attracted to on runcloud into my Serverpilot Servers and was really easy and quick.

    Also, the Pure Nginx option for an app is easily done in ServerPilot, just take a look at the Docs.

  • This is great to hear! I’m glad i came across this because I myself was also struggling to make the choice. If you have anything else to add, please don’t hesitate to post it here :)

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Let me explain few things,

I used both and for 7 month almost.

These two provide most similar service.

Onething is great for runcloud is you have two option to choose configuration.

  1. Nginx + Apache (Nginx as a Reverse Proxy)
  2. Nginx+ PhP-fpm

If you need to access .htaccess file there 1 will be great. But if you don’t need .htaccess you can choose 2 nd option. Even 2nd option is better than first. Almost everything needed in .htaccess file can be configured in nginx.conf. You need some time to learn and used to.

But for serverpilot you don’t have 2nd option. They only based on Nginx+Apache configuration.

Somehow I liked serverpilot more than runcloud, because of its simplicity. I installed serverpilot agent and runcloud agent on two different droplet, Most of the case runcloud consume more memory than serverpilot. Actually runcloud install more things than serverpilot on droplet.

what kind of things you want to run on droplet, be mention. If I know about this I will assist you.

  • So, you recommend ServerPilot? PHPFPM would be better, but possibly they do that for a reason. I think ServerPilot looks great and very promising. I am most likely going to go with them, but if you have anything else to add it would be nice to hear it :)

    • No doubt, serverpilot is great for beginner and for also who don’t want to manage their own server regularly.

      • Why doesn’t Runcloud fit into the same category? I’m looking at Runcloud again because you get to manage an unlimited amount of servers for the $10/mo, which is a plus if I am planning to work with web design clients having their own servers.

        • Yeah you may go to runcloud, but I found that they used lots of RAM rather than serverpilot. Actually they install quite few more things. In general case, not always all things are needed.

          From Price point of view of Serverpilot, I think runcloud might better.

          But if you want to free , then you can use vesta cp also. It’s free and quite easy to use. From last 2 month I moved to vesta from serverpilot.

          You can also optimize server in vesta, as you need. In serverpilot, optimize any configuration some time create’s trouble.

          Use all of them, after that you choose. What you fit more....

Check following article with performance test. Runcloud way faster than Serverpilot. Also Serverpilot just introduced new plans, where they will charge for every landing on your server 0,5 usd per month, so I decided to look for alternatives and move out of serverpilot, the only question is how to migrate w/o issues. Have been a user of serverpilot for several years.

New plans (no more free tier):

I’ve never used Runcloud before, looking at it now.

  • Let me know what you think about Runcloud and if you choose to migrate. As far as I am concerned it has to be done manually. I don’t think it’s that hard if you’re running a CMS like WordPress and Discourse on your server though.

    • Still thinking, too lazy to migrate too. But if I migrate or will use it soon I’ll let you know. I have about 20 apps, so to migrate is a pain.

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