Why a PHP hosting platform?

A new generation of PHP web developers is looking for a modern more sophisticated, scalable cloud hosting. The fortrabbit PHP hosting platform is the answer.

This is not your Grandmas PHP, nor classical PHP VPS or server hosting. We are running an optimized PHP cloud hosting stack. PHP-based websites and web applications are running very fast and secure. But we not only customize our servers for the best PHP hosting performance, we also allow more PHP options than any other hosting company. With fortrabbit PHP hosting you can easily add multiple PHP modules and choose among various PHP versions for your account.

fortrabbit is an application Platform as a Service (aPaaS) — that's a fancy way to says: self-service cloud hosting service. It automates the configuration, deployment and ongoing management — time- and therefore money saving. Use it during development and to host mission critical applications in production.

Our easy to use web control panel is very different to cPanel, Webmin, Virtualmin or ISPConfig 3. We focus only on one thing the best PHP hosting for professionals. It mostly feels like LAMP hosting, but it's far more advanced — still affordable.

Made for you

You are a sophisticated PHP developer familiar with Git, Composer, the Terminal and modern PHP frameworks and CMS such as Laravel, Symfony or even WordPress. You work in a Startup, in an digital agency, or simply as a web designer. You craft great PHP applications. We run the hosting. The infrastructure is AWS, fortrabbit the glue, you just add code.

Our service


The service is constantly and professionally managed. We have a high level of security standards. We are committed to an always safe, secure and up-to-date platform.

Failure tolerance

Leverage managed enterprise level hosting for an affordable price – providing more than the plain numbers in the SLA with three-nine (99.9%) uptime guarantee.

Disaster recovery

Backups of all user data and service configurations are stored periodically in separated locations. Disaster recovery plans for worst case scenarios are in place.

Availability zones

AWS Availability Zones are independent datacenter units with autonomous power supply and network uplinks. Our whole infrastructure is spread across multiple zones and is prepared for a complete black-out of a complete zone.

High availability

All PHP Production plans run on at least two Nodes to avoid downtime when hardware fails. Scale your App horizontally to handle more traffic. The load balancer distributes requests equally.

Database replication

All MySQL Production plans run on Amazon's RDS in a replicated setup in multiple availability zones.

Cache clustering

Our Memcache Component is your key value store of choice when your App runs on multiple nodes – of course also available in a redundant setup.

PHP extensions

bcmath, bz2, calendar, ctype, date, dba, dom, ereg, exif, fileinfo, filter, ftp, gettext, hash, iconv, json, libxml, mbstring, mhash, openssl, pcre, phar, posix, reflection, session, shmop, soap, sockets, spl, sysvmsg, tokenizer, wddx, xml, xmlreader, xmlwriter, zip, zlib

Hosting a new mindset

PHPower to the PHPeople


Just Git-push-to-deploy and see your code changes online almost instantly.


Dependencies will be installed automatically, thanks to Composer.


Use CLI tools for tasks like database migration, or task runners on remote with SSH.


Map your real world business relations and manage multiple companies and Apps with one login.

Help & support

Help yourself with the extensive platform documentation or use our affordable professional support as your PHP back-office.

Fair pricing

With a consumption based billing you only pay for actual usage. The minimum billing period is one day.

Features & responsibilities

Hosting providers are like apples and oranges. This table might help comparing:

aPaaS Shared hosting VPS Managed hosting IaaS
Sample providers fortrabbit,
Windows Azure,
Google Cloud
Price level low - high very low - low low - high high - very high medium - very high
Complexity medium low medium medium very high
Developer features available n/a your responsibility on request your responsibility
Scaling limitless, simple downtime, limited n/a on request complex, limitless
Deployment workflows included n/a your responsibility your responsibility your responsibility
Operating system managed managed your responsibility managed your responsibility
Security managed low your responsibility managed your responsibility
Skill requirements developer developer developer & admin developer developer & admin & cloud architect

What our clients are saying

There's exceptional support. And then there's super super super exceptional support. That's @fortrabbit.

Nicolas Dupuy FR
web developer & consultant

@fortrabbit the best PHP cloud hosting platform I have used to date. No downtime and super fast. Scale in seconds.

Andrew Smith UK
Core contributor on Slim Framework

Got sick of wrestling with Linux and Apache so tried out @fortrabbit and very glad I did. Perfect solution.

Shealan Forshaw UK
Founder of beatnode

17yrs of hosting & i've never known a solution/team that have gotten it so right. PHP hosting? Use @fortrabbit

Jim Tattersall UK
Developer/Founder of studiorotate

Ulrich, YOU ARE A LEGEND! thank you it works perfectly now!!!!!! such a stupid mistake that i spent hours trying to fix :)

Ashley Ford UK
Director at Harkable

I'm not sure which one I'm more impressed. @blackfireio as a analysing tool or @fortrabbits customer support.

Kalle Palokankare FI
Senior developer at Klopal

Just deployed app #38 on @fortrabbit, #PHP PaaS awesomeness, never a problem that couldn't be resolved with their awesome support.

Rainer Friederich CH
Development lead at Wondrous Inc

Experienced some outstanding support from @fortrabbit today. So happy to be with a hosting company that knows what it is doing.

Ben Dodson UK
Ex-CEO and Founder of WallaBee


In classical infrastructures (root servers, VPS), you rent a single machine. This machine is as big as it is and whether you use 5% of it's resources or 95% - you pay the same. On the fortrabbit platform you have access to a huge amount of resources - while still being able to pay only for the fraction you actually use at the moment.

Further more: in classical hosting you would begin with a small or moderate machine. When your traction grows and more visitors come to you (or more clients use your API or ..), then you have to migrate. Meaning: buy a bigger machine, move your data, route your domains and so on. However what size your single machine is: if you grow even larger, eventually you will outgrow the biggest, single server you can rent. Now you have to split your load across multiple machines, which requires an entirely different infrastructure, probably changes in your Apps core and quite a lot of planning and migration.

On the fortrabbit platform, you start in an environment which allows you to grow, without migrating data, without re-routing domains or any such things.

PHP is PHPantastic

PHP (recursive acronym for PHP Hypertext Preprocessor) is the most popular web programming language among web developers. As a key part of LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP), PHP is found on Linux servers are powering the web. CMS systems like Joomla, WordPress, or Drupal and frameworks like Laravel, Symfony, CakePHP, Zend, Agavi are based on it. A large number popular websites, including Facebook and Wikipedia, are written in PHP.

Made for a modern PHP

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You know what they say: PHP is a double claw hammer. And when you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail. True is that PHP is traditionally used to build all kind of Pretty Home Pages. With an ongoing PHP renaissance the language and the community have evolved. It's just not about websites anymore; it's about backends, frontends, APIs — web applications. The fortrabbit hosting platform is hosting a new mindset of PHP developers. The toolset is optimized for a modern PHP!

Platform features

A managed platform

The platform makes the difference. No configuration required. Apps are instant and come ready to use with a private Git repo, Composer integration, an App URL, ephemeral storage, traffic, collaboration features, App Secrets and more.

Test for free

It is possible to test a medium preset without obligations. You can even ask us to extend your trial period. Upgrade to a paid version when you are convinced.

One App = 1 website

One App shall host one website. Each App comes with a dedicated App URL, dedicated metrics, a single Git repo and collaboration features. The tiny tinkering plans are designed for small websites.

Multiple data center locations

Choose between US1, Virgina (USA) and EU1, Dublin (Ireland) as location for your App.

Do more with less

You actually don't need more. The fortrabbit infra is different to classical hosting. Please refer to our scaling help article.

Cancel at any time

Yes, you can cancel your Account completely with immediate effect at any time directly from the Dashboard or scale down components or delete Apps.

Pay as you grow

At the end of each month, we'll bill for the monthly usage. The billing period is daily. So you'll be charged just for the days you have actually used a certain App or Component. We have a fancy video as well a dedicated help page on billing.

Made for entrepreneurs

The fortrabbit service is professional B2B hosting. VAT may apply. Prices are net and subject to statutory VAT and may be added. Please also see our billing FAQ page.

Professional support

Most of our clients prefer self-service. The Dashboard is powerful and self-explaining. The additional documentation is actually helpful. On top of that we offer affordable professional support.

Use fortrabbit, not X!

Comparing different hosting offerings is hard. We have set some pages to help you compare fortrabbit with: VPS, Forge, Heroku, AWS, Pagoda Box.