My Annual Unsolicited Endorsement of WordPress VIP
Posted on October 7, 2016 Posted by John Scalzi 5 Comments
Eight years ago tomorrow I transferred the Whatever over to the WordPress VIP service because before that I was having weird outages and glitches and basically all sorts of headaches trying to keep the blog running as it had gotten more popular. Once I switched over, nearly all those problems and glitches just… went away. As if by magic. Which I appreciated! Because as much as I enjoyed having a blog, I didn’t enjoy having to fiddle with the backend to make it work. Now I don’t worry about that anymore; the blog just works — not only on the backend, but also when a flood of people come its way. I think in eight years it’s been down maybe a grand total of an hour, if that. I appreciate that.
So, as I do annually around this time, consider this my continuing endorsement of the WordPress VIP service, and of WordPress generally. They don’t ask me to make this endorsement, and they don’t pay me to do it either. I do it because I think WordPress deserves the praise for running an excellent service, and to thank them for doing such a fine job for me. If your site or business needs rock-solid hosting and service, I recommend VIP.
I appreciate this post every time it comes up. Was just thinking about it, actually, and dreaming of the point at which my income will validate the wish to switch. :)
Love WordPress and your endorsement. It’s been good for us, too.
The people at Automattic are really passionate about their users, and just all-around great people.
I work for a large hosting company. We run the servers/DBs, etc… that companies like WordPress use. I dont think wordpress is a customer. #1 rule in hosting is outages that are your fault = you get fired.
Following Mr. Scalzi like I do, after reading about VIP, clicking around a bit I learned this: that you apply for VIP, and that prices start at $15k per year. This got me thinking just what kind of services I’d expect for $15k. Perfect is the word that comes to mind, although I think I’d grumble a bit mostly because gold leaf doesn’t play well on the net.