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I'm looking to spend less time managing a server.  I don't enjoy it... no, I hate it.  
It seems every time I have to upgrade linux and/or PHP on my DigitalOcean server I spend no less than an entire weekend figuring out how to fix things.

I've been researching the "managed" server solutions for the past few weeks but my head is surely spinning.  Each time I check out the services offered or read some reviews it seems I discover yet another contender which boasts its dominance.

I was hoping some of you could point me in the right direction.

Currently I have 3 live websites and 3 sub-domains hosted on digtalOcean's $5/month plan.  They are fairly-low traffic and run flawlessly.  I like DigitalOcean.  I use bitBucket to deploy.

If I could settle on a server management service I would consider moving several other larger websites from other hosting over to the DigitalOcean.  One being an old client site, but most are 15 years worth of my own projects.

So far I've looked at:

  • Forge
  • Cloudways
  • Server Pilot
  • Moss
  • getCleaver (this is so cheap, can I trust it?)

I Cannot Decide!

I am looking for a plan that:

  • includes auto backups (at least weekly)
  • provides server stats (realtime is ideal)
  • auto notifies when there is a problem (text or email)
  • is Laravel,WordPress friendly
  • makes CDN integration easy
  • handles Git
  • handles Staging servers well

Any advice, wisdom, or experience to share?


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