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Does Pagely Support WordPress Reverse Proxy?

Yes, the Pagely team supports a WordPress reverse proxy. Not only do we help you configure this, we own the effort of maintaining a reverse proxy for you, adding to our Enterprise-focused fully managed WordPress hosting service. Let’s review what a reverse proxy is and the advantages it can bring you.


What Is a Reverse Proxy?


To put it simply, a reverse proxy allows you to combine two separate websites so one appears to be served from a subdirectory of your main site. Many Enterprise organizations, larger software companies and businesses using WooCommerce will utilize a reverse proxy to send traffic to an external WordPress blog for example.

Say your primary website: example.com is based outside of WordPress and you’d like to have your WordPress blog appear as: example.com/blog. A reverse proxy will send your blog-requesting traffic to a completely different server (that Pagely would host in this case) hosting the WordPress /blog website. Your primary website would remain hosted on its current server.

Implementing a reverse proxy provides a more clean and cohesive experience for your visitors, while capitalizing on the SEO profits this yields. Read into the full benefits of WordPress reverse proxy in our linked blog article.


Requirements For Supporting Reverse Proxy


Reverse proxies require additional support overhead to maintain, therefore an additional fee may be involved for running this setup. Check out our article on Reverse Proxy Support to understand the circumstances that constitute when a management fee is necessary. Due to its brittle nature, we also require our customers to subscribe to VPS-1 plan minimally to leverage this special service.

Prior to engaging, we’ll need to know the following:

  1. What type of server on the remote side will be sending traffic to Pagely (NGINX, Apache, react/node.js, etc.)?
  2. Will traffic be coming from a known IP address/range or is it an unknowable range due to platform reasons?
  3. If IP address is not knowable, can your remote system send a custom header we provide to act as authentication?
  4. Will you be reverse proxying the entire site root or a subdirectory?

Contact sales to begin the conversation and learn more about how a reverse proxy would work in your situation. Read the Zenefits and BMC case studies to see how we helped them both make huge improvements to their SEO by moving their blog to a subfolder vs. a subdomain.

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