Third Party Control Panels
Webdock works well with third party control panels such as Runcloud, GridPane, Laravel Forge and Serverpilot. We have tested Webdock with all these services and they work very well. On this page we describe these services and go through any quirks each service may have with regards to Webdock.
This is our favorite 3rd party control panel. It is very fully featured and has some management tools Webdock still doesn't have, such as Supervisord, switching PHP CLI versions on the fly, Beanstalkd, controlling your firewall and extended Git integration. If you are considering a 3rd party control panel, you should definitely check out Runcloud first.
To get started with Runcloud, create an account with them and then in Webdock provision a clean Ubuntu OS server. SSH in to your server and paste a command Runcloud gives you and off you go.
You would then manage snapshots and other server specific features in Webdock and the rest in Runcloud.
GridPane is a new actor on the stage (as of mid-2018) and is off to a very promising start. Their control panel is fully compatible with Webdock and has a lot of great features well suited for managing multiple Wordpress sites on a single server. If you are in need of a shared-host type setup then GridPane is one to check out.
GridPane has a wide range of integrations and we can't wait to see where they take their product - we like their panel a lot, although at this stage it might need a little bit more UI polish before it's perfect.
To get started with GridPane, you'd basically follow the same steps as with Runcloud: Create a clean Ubuntu OS server with Webdock, SSH to your server and paste a command GridPane provides you.
Laravel Forge is the grand old man in 3rd party control panels, but does not seem to have been expanded much in a long time. When we started building Webdock one of our main objectives was that we wanted to clone all the functionality of Laravel Forge in order to provide a good featureset for web developers. In short: Webdock does everything Laravel Forge does and some things we do better.
Case in point is the stack that Laravel Forge configures: It is not very optimized and suffers from numerous subtle bugs.
You should only use Laravel Forge if you are aware of all its quirks and are committed to this platform and workflow. As is the case with Runcloud and GridPane, to get started with Laravel Forge just create an account with them and then in Webdock provision a clean Ubuntu OS server. SSH in to your server and paste a command Forge gives you and off you go.
You would then manage snapshots and other server specific features in Webdock and the rest in Forge.
Serverpilot is very focused on Wordpress management and they push Digitalocean as their primary cloud provider. Serverpilot will work just fine with Webdock however. We don't have as much experience with Serverpilot as Forge and Runcloud, so we cannot speak of the quality of the stacks they set up.
It seems like a competent control panel - but if you are undecided, we'd recommend you go for Runcloud.
The basic setup is practically identical with the other services.