Pagely vs. WordPress VIP

Two powerful solutions for Enterprise WordPress


We are often asked how the Pagely® Managed WordPress hosting service compares to WordPress.com VIP®. So we did the research.

Our aim is to provide a fair comparison for potential customers. We know there are times when WordPress.com VIP is a better fit, and there are other times where Pagely is better suited. This guide should help anyone seeking WordPress hosting at the highest levels to make an educated choice.

How does Pagely compare to WordPress.com VIP?

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History

The Pagely journey started with the simple idea that hosting your own WordPress powered site could be better.

The service launched in late 2006 with some success. The platform was refined with additional services, tools, and configuration options and relaunched in 2009 creating the new market channel of "Managed WordPress Hosting"

WordPress.com VIP came into being in late 2007/early 2008 as a premium option offered by Automattic's WordPress.com blogging service.

WordPress.com already hosted millions of WordPress blogs on their multisite network (1 WordPress instance with many 'subsites' sharing the same code and database) - The VIP program was created to serve high profile/traffic sites with additional premium services.

Customer Types

Pagely is focused primarily on the B2B market providing managed WordPress hosting services for a variety of brands.

VIP caters to the highest profile publishers on an invitation/application basis.

Pagely Customers
WordPress.com VIP Customers

Clients hail from industries that include higher education, e-commerce, SaaS, Sports, startups, agencies, publishers and enterprise businesses.

Accepted customers are encouraged to work with a VIP agency partner or have a vetted and skilled internal development team. Candidates for VIP hosting are typically those that, for example, get several million pageviews a month.

Stack / Platform

Pagely is 100% Powered by Amazon Web Services - the same AWS that powers much of the internet.

With access to nearly unlimited resources and the best cloud tooling and services Pagely is able to provision unique solutions per-customer or website.

Service is a mix of cloud providers and dedicated racked servers in individual data centers.

As a platform the service architecture is behind the scenes and does enforce some constraints on users but easily handles 80 million new posts a month for tens of millions of sites (all of WordPress.com).

Deployment / Code

As each instance is unique, customers are able to deploy fully customized WordPress themes, plugins, or functionality.

We believe that as your hosting partner we should support your deployment process by offering tools and guidance to make your process as efficient as possible, but not impose a rigid methodology. Use git, svn, sftp or any manner of services like BeanStalk, and DeployHQ to push to dev, staging, or production. Post-Deploy Code Review service available.

VIP mandates a very specific code deployment process and enforces stringent type and quality controls on code.

Pre-Deploy Code Review requires every line of code be vetted by VIP staff prior to deployment. Typically a good thing in that it ensures your code will always be secure and efficient, however the process induces delays of hours or sometimes days before your changes are live.

Price

Plan + Metered: A value-add margin on the underlying AWS costs. B2B Plans start at $499/mo and Enterprise Plans range from $2,500 to $20,000+ per-month.

No setup or per-seat fees. Additional services like ElasticSearch or Reverse Proxy Support and resources such as storage, bandwidth, and CDN may be added to any plan al la carte.

All Inclusive: WordPress.com VIP Cloud Hosting ranges from $5000 to $25,000 per month for up to 5 websites with a minimum $5000 setup fee per-site.

Unlimited resource usage (storage, bandwidth, CDN, etc.) and 1 support seat is typically included. Per-seat monthly support fees do apply.

Key similarities

  • Notable Client Roster
  • Uptime Reliability
  • Billions of Monthly Requests
  • Skill Level and Size of Team
  • Time In Market and Number of Sites Hosted

  • Notable Client Roster
  • Uptime Reliability
  • Billions of Monthly Requests
  • Skill Level and Size of Team
  • Time In Market and Number of Sites Hosted

Key differentiators

Likely Positive

  • Post-Deploy Code Review on Pulsar
  • Flexible Code Deployment
  • Use Nearly Any Plugin
  • 100% Amazon Web Services

Likely Positive

  • Massive and Proven PaaS
  • Reputation/Social Proof
  • Pre-Deploy Code Review

Possibly Negative

  • Post-Deploy Code Review not on all plans
  • No Phone Support

Possibly Negative

  • Time Delay Imposed by Pre-Deploy Code Review
  • Significant Per-Seat Fees
  • Stringent Code Deployment
  • Allowed plugins are severely limited

Two great options - Now which do you choose?

We would of course love the opportunity to earn your business and look forward to providing a proposal for your project.

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