WordPress.com Enterprise, announced on the WordPress.com VIP blog, combines the two aspects of WordPress.com hosting that we’re familiar with: the paid upgrades of WordPress.com with the vetted plugin selection (70 count) and support of WordPress.com VIP. Enterprise is now available for $500 per site per month.
To put that $500 per month in perspective, WordPress.com upgrades (domain name, space upgrade, custom design, etc.) comes it at $99/year and WordPress.com VIP starts at $3,750/month. Enterprise, like WordPress.com upgrades, will cover just one site at a time, while VIP will cover up to five websites.
The Enterprise option does limit users to 70 approved plugins, so full control of sites shouldn’t be expected.
Pagely is announcing a number of new partnership opportunities today for their managed WordPress hosting service. They’ve spent months prepping their in-house API in order to offer a revamped reseller program, and even cooler, a partner program that allows theme and plugin shops to offer seamless hosting services to their clients.
The underlying infrastructure is the same for both the reseller and the partner API programs, but how Pagely partners with users of each program is different. The partner API program is especially exciting, and I’ll explain more about it later in this post. But Pagely is offering more today than the new API. They are also running a birthday deal.
Pagely is turning 3 years old in September, and to celebrate they are offering a really low price of $19 per month for six months of service, for any plan. That’s $30 off the basic plan and $780 off for their pro plan. If you’ve ever wanted to try Pagely, then you should do so now.
Now, let’s talk about this API
WP Engine announced on their blog today that they have launched seamless git integration into their platform for WordPress developers. Up to this point, version control has seen relatively little integration in the WordPress community, despite it being common practice in many software applications. Seeing a major player in the WordPress hosting business integrate version control directly into their systems is pretty exciting.
If you aren’t familiar with version control, check out this visual guide to get familiar with the concept. However, most of us have probably had at least some experience with it, and projects like Github (recently funded for $100 million), are completely focused on version control, have absolutely exploded in popularity.
WP Engine has guided documentation for creating your initial repository based on their built-in snapshot feature, so that developers who didn’t previously use version control (and should) can quickly get up to speed. Of course, some customers don’t need version control, and can continue to utilize WP Engine’s staging and production setup as they always have. Version control offers considerable power, but it can get very messy if you don’t know what you’re doing. I recommend you check out these resources if you are new to the concept of working with git.
Those of you familiar with git will feel right at home. The integration they’ve developed from the git codebase is based on git-push-to-deploy, and operates similarly to other services like Github and Bitbucket, except that it is integrated directly from your local install to your hosting environment. Users can deploy to a staging environment or directly to production.
The managed WordPress hosting service Page.ly has adopted a new design. I’ve been playing around with it, and the design is very responsive, in that many of the elements scale but there isn’t a lot of rearranging going on. Interesting.
If you don’t remember what it used to look like, you can see some earlier versions on archive.org (though I don’t think they have every version.) To be honest, I’m not sure I like this design better than their previous one from an aesthetic point of view. But I think it does a better job of communicating information, which is always important. What do you guys think?
Managed hosting darling WP Engine refreshed their website and got a new logo recently. Switching from a plain text logo to a more graphical one that fits the vintage/retro 50’s engine motif of their website. It was reported last month that WP Engine had closed out a round of funding from Automattic. It looks like they’re putting all that money to good use.
What’s the word guys, is it a good addition or a bit over the top? You can see the old version in the screenshot of a post we did a few weeks ago.
WP Engine is also giving away tickets to WordCamp Vegas with free hosting for life as well. You have until the 13th to get as many retweets as you can, so get going!
As a part of the 1% of Nothing project Page.ly has pledged to give 1% of their profits to a charitable cause. The 1% of Nothing project’s goal is to connect startups and founders with causes. Those startups and founders can pledge 1% of their equity, profit, and/or time to a cause they’d like to support. If the startup gets acquired, that 1% becomes money for the cause.
Page.ly has pledged 1% of their annual profits to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Sally Strebel, a co-founder of Page.ly, says that they chose to support St. Jude because they want to help children and their families who lack the luxury of being able to fulfill their dreams and to allow their clients to feel as if they’re a part of something bigger.
What charities or causes have you been involved with, either financially or by donating your time?