Premium "enterprise class" hosting on AWS, without needing to waste months building it yourself

Idealstack connects to your own AWS account, then provisions and manages a premium auto-scaling, fault-tolerant, high-availability, highly scalable hosting cluster for almost PHP app.  Simply upload your site to idealstack and you get all of this with no extra effort.

Idealstack works will all common PHP frameworks (eg Laravel, Lumen, Zend, Symfony, CakePHP), apps (eg Wordpress, Magento, Joomla, Prestashop) and even legacy code.


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Give your websites and apps

Modern best-practice hosting on AWS

Idealstack gives your apps the kind of autoscaling, fault-tolerant architecture that the top sites and apps use. Rather than hosting sites on a single server that can fail or be overloaded, host it on an autoscaling cluster with fault tolerance, the ability to scale up to meet traffic spikes, and a modern, best practice approach to security and maintenance.  Until now this hasnt been available for PHP-based apps.



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Why Idealstack?

Host your sites & apps on a

Modern Stack


With Idealstack you can hoston a modern best-practice hosting cluster on AWS, the kind of infrastructure that companies like Google or Netflix would use.

With the power of autoscaling, you can handle load spikes and special events without having to go scrambling for extra server capacity. Running your site across multiple AWS availability zones means you can handle the loss of an entire datacenter without your site going down.

AWS Best Practices
  • Self-healing clusters across multiple availability zones
  • Autoscaling based on demand
  • Built from native AWS services - Cloudformation, RDS, ECS
  • Managed OS Security Updates

How Idealstack implements AWS best practices

No need to change your code


Idealstack can cluster-enable any PHP app, while still letting it take advantage of the power of AWS. It does this by supporting all the normal PHP functions but transparently mapping them to the appropriate AWS services.

You don't need to change your code or use the AWS API, and this also means you can run any PHP app like Wordpress, Laravel apps, or your own custom code, even legacy apps.


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//How do I use highly-available sessions across my cluster using DynamoDB?
// It happens automatically, just use normal PHP session functions:
$_SESSION['Normal Session Stuff'] = 'Easy!';

//How do I send email using AWS's Simple Email Service?
// Just use normal PHP mail functions:
    "Here's an email through SES!",
    "Just sent you this with the normal PHP mail command");

//How do I read and write files on a highly-available clustered file store?
// Just use normal PHP file IO:
$file_contents = file_get_contents("myfile.txt");
file_put_contents("myfile.txt", "How easy was that");

//How do I connect to a clustered, highly available mysql-compatible database?
// Idealstack sets all this up for you, 
// including the alias 'database' for your db hostname
$mysqli = new mysqli('database', 'your_user', 'your_pass', 'your_db');

//How do I compress and minify the output of my PHP
// app to get higher performance and google rank?
// mod_pagespeed does it automatically:
echo "<!-- Do nothing, it happens automatically with google's mod_pagespeed -->";

//How do I make my app autoscale?
// It'll happen automatically:
$todo = null;

Easy to use

for PHP developers

without training

You and your team don't need to become AWS experts or learn new ways of working to use Idealstack.  Idealstack works like the hosting consoles that developers are used to, simulating the normal tools that PHP developers are used to:

  • Create and manage sites in an easy to use GUI
  • Upload files over SFTP or an easy web-based GUI
  • Connect over SSH to run commands
  • Manage databases using a web-based GUI
  • No need to manage servers. Operating system images and updates are handled by idealstack

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What will my AWS costs be?

Idealstack can run within the AWS free tier for a minimal stack. We’ve put together a few more examples on our Pricing Page


How many sites/apps can I host?

All Idealstack plans support unlimited sites. By using enough stacks and large enough instances and enough of them you can host as many as you want, including a mix of large and small sites. To get an idea of how many sites typical AWS setups will accomodate, check out our stack sizing guide

What about security?

Idealstack uses containerisation technology to isolate sites, rolls out OS security updates automatically, and is designed using a best-practice approach to security.  Read more about our approach to security

Does Idealstack provide SSL certificates, domain names, email hosting etc

You can register these for some of the best prices in the industry via AWS services. Where appropriate Idealstack integrates to these services to simplify things