TLDR : Cloudron is great. And worth the cost.
I've been using Cloudron for almost a month. Here are my experiences:
- Migrate some services and subscriptions to a VPS to avoid ongoing monthly or yearly fees.
- Take control over my own data as much as I can.
- Learn a little about self-hosting.
I'm a programmer by trade but don't have much experience with web servers or hosting. I know enough UNIX to be dangerous. I tried yunohost first and, while it's decent (and free), it was not robust enough for my needs. I am using Cloudron on a Hetzner VPS. Perhaps in the future I will run it on a server in my own home.
Services to Replace
What I used: Raindrop.io.
What I use now: Shaarli + Wallabag.
Honestly, Raindrop.io is very good and the price is fair. The Chrome extension and Android app work well. Shaarli took some time to adapt to, but so far so good. Wallabag makes it easy to read an article or two on my phone when I have downtime. It's closer to Pocket or Instapaper than Raindrop is, which is what I wanted.
RSS News Feed
What I used: bazqux + Focus Reader (Android app).
What I use now: miniflux + Focus Reader.
Again, bazqux is a good service and the price isn't ridiculous. After initially trying FreshRSS and ttrss on Cloudron, I settled on miniflux. The web app is not as visually appealing as bazqux, but it is fast! I am sticking with Focus Reader (even at $7/year) because all other Android RSS clients stink.
What I used: Bitwarden
What I use now: Vaultwarden. Migration was simple.
What I used: TickTick
What I use now: Tasks.org.
What I used: Standard Notes (Productivity account)
What I use now: Obsidian + WebDAV + Obsidian plugins.
The Standard Notes editor and apps are great. However, $90/year is too expensive. Plus it looks like it's not likely to end up as a Cloudron app. I tried a few options (Trilium Notes, Joplin server, NextCloud, etc.) and I've finally settled on Obsidian - I think. I'd consider moving back to SN if the self-hosting option is available on Cloudron.
What I used: Google Drive
What I use now: NextCloud
Most of my personal documents are stored in a Cryptomator vault and I use Google Drive for Desktop to sync that, and other files, across devices. I'm still playing with Nextcloud. While it seems to work well as a Google Drive sync replacement, some of the NextCloud apps seem half-baked.
What I used: Genius Scan (Android) + Google Drive
What I use now: Genius Scan + Paperless-ngx. Very nice.
What I like about Cloudron
Again, I'm not too experienced with self-hosting. I tend to like plug-and-play options, but I need enough flexibility so that I can fine tune if I need to. I like that each install (from the initial install of Cloudron to each app I try) works "all the way." Nothing works halfway and then bombs out, leaving me to hunt down a solution. "No more half measures, Walter."
I've asked a few questions via the forums. I've opened one ticket with a few simple questions. All questions were answered promptly. Staff is very responsive. The Cloudron forums are a nice community and a great resource for questions and suggestions.
I like that updates are given priority.
I wish it was easier to try apps that aren't yet available on Cloudron. However, I completely understand why this isn't suggested or supported.
Thank you Cloudron staff!