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What is the difference between WPCS and the cPanel WordPress toolkit?

The difference between cPanel and WPCS

Summary: WPCS is the world’s first WordPress multi-tenant cloud platform, the first to solve all three of WordPress’ scaling challenges simultaneously and designed to build a WaaS or SaaS with only your WordPress skills. cPanel is a great tool to manage a server.

I get these kinds of questions quite often: “what is the difference between X and WPCS”. Makes total sense to me, you’re comparing different options and you want to know the answer. I especially understand the question since we made a conscious decision not to compare ourselves to other software on our website to a) not give the impression that we’re bashing and b) since we’re in a completely new category that we own.

However, it became clear that we have to dedicate some of your screentime to explaining the difference between a slew of software solutions that may seem to compete or at least overlap with what we do. Today: cPanel.

Disclaimer: much love and respect for cPanel. They’re a great tool for the appropriate use case.

cPanel

cPanel is a way to manage your server. It’s a tool to turn a server into a hosting service. As an add-on, cPanel offers features to manage WordPress websites. However, from the perspective of technical scaling, it means that you always manage a machine or a piece of machine. You’re not scaling anything, you’re organizing a server. This means that any technical scaling is always limited to the limits of the server that you have connected to cPanel.

You have options to improve development with cPanel, such as cloning websites, making backups, automatically testing changes, updating plugins – but that always has to do with batches of individual websites. We used cPanel in the past for hosting individual websites, as part of our agency. If you wish to update plugins or spin up clones, then cPanel is very helpful.

These websites are not an overarching, connected entity though. They are not uniform and there is no streamlined way to treat them as such. The fact that you can create a staging environment doesn’t mean you can centrally manage all those websites as if they were just one. There’s no way to progressively manage all these websites the same you iterate on a product or a SaaS. They are by definition individual, single-tenant, which makes development difficult and unscalable. The lack of DevOps, CI/CD, and Version Control makes it unfeasible as a SaaS-builder or a way to manage websites like a SaaS.

Finally, cPanel has no API, so business scaling is difficult. You have an add-on for automatic billing, but you’re bound by what they offer. There’s no automatic onboarding, ways to automate sign-up, or connections to CRMs, LMSs, etc.

To summarize:

cPanel is a great way to manage a portfolio of websites that live on the same server. If these websites all happen to be WordPress, then I recommend the WordPress add-on. Keep in mind that it’s a tool to organize your server, so the benefits that cPanel delivers are geared towards that.

WPCS.io

WPCS is the first WordPress multi-tenant cloud platform in the world. It enables you to manage websites like a Saas, or create an actual SaaS using WordPress. WPCS spins up cloud-hosted, highly available websites that have separated databases with shared functionality. Thanks to our Version Control system, you can update, manage and develop these websites or WP-bases applications as one. It is the first time the dominant cloud infrastructure of SaaS, multitenancy, is introduced to WordPress, enabling a low-code platform to easily build website products or web apps in a way that is completely safe and scalable.

WPCS makes sure your products are infinitely scalable and highly available, thanks to multi-tenant hosting on AWS, orchestrated by Kubernetes. Our Versioning System, CLI, and other development features enable you to build progressively on a single product and push changes to all your customers at once. This guarantees a confident and continuous development cycle, whether you’re managing 10 websites or 1000.

Finally, WPCS solves all business scaling issues by making sure that you’re prepared for an influx of new customers. Using our API, you can automate processes to automatically spin up new websites, update CRM, and provide smooth onboarding.

To summarize:

If you have a vision for a website product or a web application and you know how to build it with WordPress (or can hire someone to do it), then WPCS takes care of all scaling challenges related to growing your business. WordPress easily turns your WordPress into SaaS.

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