Sometimes you need more control over the server than a shared host can give you. At this moment, it is where Laravel Forge enters: it’s a tool for deploying and configuring web applications. The makers of the Laravel framework developed it, but you can use it to automate the deployment of any web application that uses a PHP server.
Creating a fully functioning web server typically involves installing multiple components such as NGINX, MySQL, and PHP. Laravel Forge automates all of the necessary installation and configuration steps, allowing you to get your website up and running quickly.
To make your life even easier, I have, since 2016, along with GitFTP-Deploy, developed and maintained F-Bar, which is essentially an app to manage your Laravel Forge provisioned servers from your mac’s menubar. This summer, I will also release F-Bar for iOS.