ZippyKid, a managed WordPress hosting provider, wants to be the go-to host for WordPress developers. They’ve launched a beta project called MyZippyKid, which offers a suite of apps to help developers create, manage and clone websites, all for free. The only time you have to pay is if you launch the site and want to stay with ZippyKid in a live environment.
Vid Luther, the owner of ZippyKid, let me have a look around MyZippyKid beta, and I’m impressed with what I’ve seen so far. The project is still in development, so I haven’t been able to fully manage a project, but once they get ready it’s going to be a very nice environment for developers. He’s also got quite a bit planned for the future of MyZippyKid, including the ability to integrate Google Analytics, manage SSL certificates, custom domain name integration, and commercial theme management, all in one place.
The beta program is currently available to existing ZippyKid customers, but for the rest of us, they’ve released a video preview of what you can expect. You can view it after the jump.
What do you think of MyZippyKid? Personally, I’m impressed that it doesn’t have strings attached. You could easily manage development sites from MyZippyKid and export them for final launch. But Vid says he thinks people will like the experience enough to stick with ZippyKid for the long haul. If you’ve been teetering back and forth trying to decide whether or not to use a fully managed WordPress host, perhaps this will put ZippyKid over the top for you. I’d like to know your thoughts in the comments.