Overall
3.8/5
Features
4/5
Performance
5/5
Usability
4/5
Support
2/5
Pricing
4/5

SpinupWP is a promising control panel for hosting WordPress on your own servers. The performance is unbelievably great, but it lacks a couple of important features and support is pretty limited.

  • No limits on WordPress installations
  • Unbelievable performance
  • Well-designed platform with helpful hints
  • Good documentation
  • Good pricing (in general)
  • Some good developer features
  • Control over your own servers
  • Lacks some features such as staging and backup restore
  • Adds additional fees for extra servers
  • Limited support
  • No (transactional) emails
  • Lacks (monitoring) analytics on servers and sites
SpinupWP & Digital Ocean From $ 14 monthly
Digital Ocean From $ 5 monthly

In this WordPress hosting review, I will be looking into Spinup WP! Spinup WP (or should I say SpinupWP?) is a WordPress Hosting control panel. It is a relatively young platform started by Delicious Brains. This control panel allows to easily host WordPress websites on a cloud provider of your own choice.

But what does that mean? Well, first you sign-up at SpinupWP. Secondly, you buy a so-called Virtual Private Server at a cloud provider. Basically, a cloud provider is a company where you can buy a (virtual) server or web hosting, often starting at a $5 a month fee.

At last, you connect your Virtual Private Server to SpinupWP. And there we are: you can now run optimized WordPress websites at your own servers. Spinup WP will take care of all the software patches, security and other things that you usually have to take care of running your own server.

In short: Spinup WP allows you to spin up an optimized WordPress website on a server of your own likings in a couple of minutes.

Spinup WP integrates best with Digital Ocean (a cloud provider), but others such as Upcloud, Linode and Vultr are also supported. In this hosting review, I will look at how well Spinup WP performs. So let’s get started with this SpinupWP review!

ps. Obviously, Spinup WP is designed to run WordPress. It is not built to run other applications. So if you’re into WordPress, read on!

The basis for this SpinupWP Review

For each hosting review, I consider the following aspects as the fundamentals:

  • Features: the features offered by Spinup WP. Are they sufficient?
  • Performance: the performance of the plans offered by Spinup WP. How many visitors can it handle?
  • Usability: how user-friendly is the interface of Spinup WP?
  • Support: how good is the support for Spinup WP?
  • Price: is a fair price asked for the value delivered?

If you’re looking for a good WordPress hosting company, you may also view the overview with all hosting reviews. Moreover, I’ve reviewed several WordPress control panels similar to SpinupWP.

For who is SpinupWP?

SpinupWP is a hosting panel. Next to having a Spinup WP subscription, you also need to connect it to your own virtual private server. It is a big advantage when you have some technical knowledge. For example, you need to start-up or buy your own VPS or lay connections using API keys.

Therefore, I’d say Spinup WP is aimed at WordPress professionals who want to host their own websites or provide hosting services for their clients.

Get $50 in free credit at Spinup WP if you sign up via this review. That’s worth 4 months of the starter plan! And even better, Vultr (a VPS provider) also offers $50 of free credits when signing up.

Now that I’ve introduced Spinup WP, let’s see how they are actually doing!

Spinup WP Features: Good

SpinupWP has some great features related to WordPress or WordPress professionals. However, the platform lacks some essential features such as restoring backups and staging environments.

Some of the basic features

Spinup WP supports multiple server providers
Spinup WP supports multiple server providers

SpinupWP covers most of the essential features you need to manage WordPress websites. Some of these include:

  • Server manager: easily connect servers to SpinUP WP.
  • Application (WordPress) manager to easily install new websites.
  • Easily add (multiple) domains to a website.

SpinupWP automatically set-ups caching. Also, it installs two helpful plugins on each website. One inhouse plugin for purging caches and one plugin for limiting logins. Good, good, good!

Features aimed at developers

Morever, I find Spinup WP having some developer friendly features:

  • Works with many Cloud Providers.
  • GIT integration and deployment. You can even add a new website from cloning an existing repository. Great!
  • Spinup WP can automatically set up cron jobs.
  • WP-CLI is installed and available.
  • Optimal caching for each site through just one click.
  • SpinupWP uses the latest versions of Nginx, PHP, MySQL and Redis.
  • Obviously, SSH access to servers and SSH/SFTP access to sites.
  • HTTP Authentication for sites

From the interface of SpinupWP, a database manager such as phpMyAdmin is not available.

Safety first, please!

SpinupWP Review: Spinup WP Allows Two Factor Authentication
Spinup WP has Two Factor Authentication

Spinup WP incorporates some handy safety features, which relieve you of a lot of server management. The most important ones:

  • Automatic (server) security updates
  • Access and login disabled for the Root user
  • Free SSL certificates
  • Firewall which limits access to NGINX and SSH
  • Optimal settings for Nginx security
  • Each site is isolated through its own user. Therefore, if one site gets compromised, other sites on the server are safe.
  • SFTP/SSH access for each site.
  • Two factor authentication for platform logins.

So, is there something missing?

So are there some essential features missing at SpinupWP? I do think so! First of all, the platform doesn’t give any analytics of your server and applications. Think of visitor analytics, but also bandwidth usage, CPU usage and memory usage.

Spinupwp Review: The backup screen
The backups screen for Spinup WP. But how to restore?

Additionally, I didn’t find a feature for cloning and migrating websites easily. Maybe I missed it, but the interface itself also missed an option for restoring backups. And that makes restoring a whole lot cumbersome!

At last, I did find notification options a little limited. It would be great to be able to link notifications from SpinupWP to a certain mail address or chat application such as Slack.

Performance: Titanic!

Performance is the area where Spinup WP really shines. Especially (and surprisingly) if you connect it to a Digital Ocean server. Performance would (in my humble opinion) be the major reason to choose for SpinupWP.

Proverbially speaking, you can hit a massive iceberg of visitors before a website goes down.

Spinup WPs Technology

For the geeks out there: SpinupWP uses the latest version of PHP (7.3, at the time of writing), coupled with the newest MySQL running at an NGINX Webserver. For caching, NGINXs FastCGI is used in combination with Redis for object caching.

But that’s a mouthful of technological terms. Simply said: these are technologies to make your WordPress website scream!

Performance Testing Set-up

Each webhost that I test is subdued to the exact same test. I’ll load a bloated theme with Woocommerce and do some performance checks. The following tests are actually performed:

  • The number of simultaneous visitors the homepage can handle with caching turned on.
  • The number of simultaneous visitors with caching turned off, a good indicator of the actual server performance.
  • The average load time in Pingdom (both for cached and uncached pages), GTMetrix and WebPageTest.
  • And finally, the scores from the WP Performance Test plugin.

For this basic test, I used a 1GB/1C server from Digital Ocean. Other providers were also tested.

Tadaa! The test results

The results are impressive. I don’t have to spend much words on that.

Maximum cached clients: 1900

For pages that were cached, Spinup WP could handle up to 1900 concurrent users. That means that each second, 1900 requests were fired at the server. The average response time was 113 milliseconds and 113809 requests were fired in one minute!

And that number is insane for a 1GB/1C server. But how good is the uncached performance?

Maximum uncached clients: 9

Uncached performance is a good indicator of raw server performance. This Spinup WP website running at Digital Ocean was able to serve 9 simultaneous clients, with an average response time of 925ms and a total of 537 successful requests in one minute.

Other metrics

And how did this website perform on some other common metrics? Let’s see:

  • In Pingdom, cached pages loaded in 0.42 seconds, while uncached pages loaded in 0.6 seconds on average.
  • The average for GT-Metrix was 3.40 seconds, while the average for WebPageTest.org was 3.61 seconds.
  • The time to first byte was 62 milliseconds.
  • The WP Performance Test server scored 8.563, with an execution time of 5.837 seconds at 171 queries per second. That is remarkably low considering the previous tests.

Comparing Cloud Providers

Now Spinup WP Supports multiple cloud providers. You might be wondering: how do these providers actually compare?

UpcloudDigital OceanVultrVultr High FrequencyLinode
Simultaneous Visitors (cached)90019008001800500
Average Response Time (ms)109113156148729
Simultaneous Visitors (uncached)996124
Time to First Byte (ms)4162525752
WordPress Queries/Second7901716031418208

Based on these results, we may conclude VULTR High Frequency and Upcloud perform best. Looking to cached performance, Digital Ocean is a very good contender.

Comparing Spinup WP to other Panels

Some of the direct competitors for SpinupWP are Runcloud, GridPane and in some way Cloudways. But how do these parties compare (using servers from Vultr or Upcloud)? Let’s draft a table!

SpinupWPGridPaneRuncloudCloudways
Simultaneous Visitors (cached)800800200600
Average Response Time (ms)156150253242
Simultaneous Visitors (uncached)6655
Time to First Byte (ms)52292647
WordPress Queries/Second603309423448

Performance-wise, SpinupWP and GridPane lead the pack. Somehow, the WordPress Queries per Second is a little off for GridPane. Runcloud is last on almost any criteria.

By the way, I did not list load times from Pingdom and GT Metrix, as they did not vary significantly. For queries/second, a higher value is better.

SpinupWP Usability: Good

The usability of SpinupWP is good. The platform is beautifully designed and they have a clear and distinctive brand. However, the navigation menu can be a bit cumbersome to use at first hand.

Managing Servers

You can’t talk about usability without showing some pictures! SpinupWP offers several features to manage your servers and websites. This is possible from a central dashboard, which works pretty convenient.

SpinupWP Dashboard
The dashboard for Spinup WP.

Upon entering the appliction, you will arrive at your dashboard. This will show your servers and your current sites, as well as some details for these websites.

Spinup WP Server sites overview
The overview of sites looking at a server

If you click on a server, Spinup WP allows you to manage a server. For example, you can add new sites, manage database and users for the server, reboot the server and also delete a server.

Managing Websites

Now managing websites is also straight forward. In the server screen, you can opt to add a website, after which a screen will guide you to all important settings. And that is quite a pleasant experience.

SpinupWP Review: Site General Settings
The settings screen for editing a site

Each website also has its own settings screen where domains can be added, the PHP version can be changed and some other settings such as HTTPS and backups. It all looks very neat with only the information you really need.

I find it a bird weird to add domains in a text area box with one domain per line. A repeatable input field would make more sense in this case. But that is probably a matter of taste.

Spinup WP Site Users
The site users for a single site. Allows to add SFTP/SSH access to a WordPress site.

Adding a SFTP/SSH login is pretty straightforward. Not so much to comment on that.

The event manager and hints

One of the things I particularly liked from a usability perspective were the following two aspects: the events view and some of the hints given by the platform. Let me explain them.

Spinup WP Events Manager
The overview with all events

By clicking on the gears icon on the right, you will end up at the events screen. And there you can see everything that occurred. Pretty useful if you lost track of some things.

SpinupWP helpful hints
Helpful hints are given at many screens. For example at the HTTPS screen.

Secondly, the platform gives recommendations on some aspects. Should I enable page caching? What does it mean? In many occasions, helpful hints are given. Such as shown in the screen above. And that is great!

Some other comments on usability

What I do find a bit confusing is the menu on the left, which changes depending on the context you’re looking at. It would make more sense to have all major items on the left, such as sites, servers and profile. A consistent non-changing navigation menu is in my opinion better for a consistent user experience.

For example, if you want to see everything, click dashboard on the top. If you want to see profile, click to the upper right. The left menu then changes. For me, it was too much clicking around.

More expensive plans of Spinup also have a team manager, where you can add new users. Access levels to servers and websites can be given determined per user. This is a very useful future for collaboration.

At last, extensive analytics and details for monitoring your server (usage) and website are not yet available on the platform. That would make a great addition.

Support: Very limited

Spinup WP lacks support outside bugs of their own application. However, they do have some documentation on how to work with their platform. But for the rest, not so much information is given on WordPress.

Support channels: email

There is one support channel available: email. However, support is only given on bugs and issues relating to the platform. No support is given to issues on your actual servers or on any of the websites deployed in SpinupWP.

Thus, in my opinion, support is very limited and we were not able to test support appropriately. But maybe I’m able to engage support in the future?

The positive aspect is that they do follow up and are interested in your feedback of the platform. Something that is very important if you’re building a new product.

Proper platform documentation

One of the other positive points is that Spinup WP does have some solid documentation on how to use their platform. In this documentation, basically, all the essentials of using SpinupWP are covered.

They also have a blog with some great articles on various topics, such as articles on caching. But, I am looking forward to more articles.

Some managed hosts, such as Kinsta, are for example really good in a constant output of quality articles. These articles can be really helpful if you’re running WordPress websites.

SpinupWP Pricing: Great

I think that SpinupWP is delivering good value for what they offer. The only caveat is the additional server costs of $5 per server. Especially with a larger number of small servers, competitors such as Cloudways or GridPane become more attractive.

SpinupWP Pricing Plans

Currently, Spinup WP offers the plans listed below. If you sign-up through this review, you get $50 in Spinup WP credit for free.

StarterPersonalTeam
$9 Monthly $14 Monthly $29 Monthly
Unlimited SitesYesYesYes
Number of Servers13*3*
Team Members005

*All the plans include all of the features offered by Spinup WP. For the larger plans, additional servers cost $5 per month. Additional team members for the team plan costs $2 per month.

In addition, you need to purchase a VPS at a cloud provider such as Vultr. Usually, these start at $5 a month. Subsequently, additional fees for backup storage may apply.

SpinupWP Alternatives

But how does SpinupWP compare to some of the alternatives in terms of pricing versus features? Let’s do a quick comparison.

SpinupWPRuncloudGridPane
Starts from $12 monthly for one server, $19 monthly for three servers. Each additional servers is $5 monthly.Free plan available, $15 monthly plan for unlimited servers.Free plan available, paid plans starting from $30 monthly for unlimited servers.
The additional monthly server fee stack ups for many servers. Misses a couple of important WordPress features.Is the cheapest, but lacks some features and especially performance.Offers the best features for WordPress, but the paid plan has the highest starting monthly fee.

In my opinion, GridPane is the most interesting of the alternatives if you have just one server or if you’re running more than 3 servers.

The SpinupWP Review verdict

SpinupWP offers a great (quite cost-effective) of hosting WordPress websites in your own Virtual Private Servers. It offers most of the necessary safety and developer features.

Spinup WP offers $50 in free credits if you sign up via this link. Do you also need a server? Vultr (a VPS provider) also offers $50 of free credits. Need I say more!?

However, Spinup WP misses some essential features such as staging and easily restoring backups. These are features which are readily available at competitors such as GridPane.

Now in my opinion there is one area were Spinup WP is leading the way and that is in actual Performance. From the WordPress hosting panels tested, SpinupWP offers one of the best performance.

I must say I love the visual details of how SpinupWP is designed. It’s very easy to add new servers and add new WordPress websites. But it’s also a pity that there is not yet so much support available.

So, if you don’t require support that much, it is a good control panel the start with. But at the moment of writing, I find GridPane a better alternative.

Overall
3.8/5
Features
4/5
Performance
5/5
Usability
4/5
Support
2/5
Pricing
4/5
SpinupWP & Digital Ocean From $ 14 monthly
Digital Ocean From $ 5 monthly
Bandwidth (GB)1000
Disk Space (GB)25
Email AccountsNo
Control PanelCustom
CDNNo
BackupsYes
Developer ToolsGIT, Git Deployment, WP-CLI, On-Demand Backups, Server logs, SSH Access
Included AddonsRedis
Notifications BotNo
Notification ChannelsEmail
Automatic UpdatingNo
Transactional EmailsNo
Site MigrationsNo
Backup FrequencyDaily
Backup RetentionFlexible
Backup RestoresNone
Uptime ChecksNo
Security MeasuresServer Firewall, Account Isolation, SSL Certificates, Two-Factor Authentication, SSH Access
API IntegrationNo
Disk TypeSSD
CachingRedis, Nginx FastCGI
HTTP2Yes
CompressingGZIP
PHP Versions5.6, 7.0, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3
DatabasesMariaDB 10.4, MariaDB 10.3, MySQL 5.7, MySQL 5.6
Server TypeVPS
WebserverNGINX
Auto-Repairing ServersNo
Vertical ScalingManual
Maximum Visitors Under 2 seconds1900
Maximum Uncached Visitors Under 2 Seconds9
Average Response Time (s)113
Maximum Succesful Requests113809
Average Loading Time WebPageTest (s)3.61
Average Loading Time GTMetrix (s)3.40
Average Loading Time Pingdom (s)0.42
Average Uncached Loading Time Pingdom (s)0.60
Time to First Byte (ms)62
Server LocationsNorth-America, Europe, Asia
WP Performance Test Queries per Second171
WP Performance Test Execution Time5.837
WP Performance Test Server Score8.563
Uptime Percentage100
Interface UsabilityGood
WordPress InstallerOne-Click
Domain ManagementApplication Level
Server ManagementAverage
Application ManagementAverage
Team ManagerYes
Application MonitoringAbsent
Server MonitoringAbsent
Server TransfersNo
Project ManagerNo
Development EnvironmentsLive
Support TypesEmail
Support Knowledge LevelGood
DocumentationMediocre
PricingMonthly
InvoicingMonthly