WPDensity: The Free WordPress Hosting Project
When I first heard about it, the idea of free WordPress hosting sounded too good to be true. Free hosting has historically been low quality, ad-packed, and unreliable. There always seems to be a catch somewhere. However, this is where the new WPDensity project is truly revolutionary. Backed primarily by NodeKi, a company that offers lifetime WordPress hosting, WPDensity is currently seeking additional funding to support the project as a whole and its potential growth. In order to cover the cost of the hardware and software they have launched a campaign on IndieGoGo with a $15,000 funding goal. All contributions will go directly to the WPDensity project.
The folks behind the project aim to provide “a truly optimized, fine-tuned WordPress Hosting solution that’s not only reliable, secure, well-managed, and speedy, but one that our members can actually trust with their data.” The goal is to provide free high quality hosting with more flexibility than users have on WordPress.com.
WPDensity is being created as a mix between a hosted WordPress solution and a hosting company where users can manage their own installations. If at least 50% of the funding goal is met, they plan to offer an impressive set of features for free:
- Host your own domain, or use a sub-domain (i.e. member.wpdensity.com)
- 3GB RAID Protected Storage and Unmetered Monthly Data Transfer
- Secure, Isolated Environment w/Reasonable Resource Limits (i.e. CPU & RAM)
- Secure access to files via SFTP & FTPS
- Direct access to their MySQL Database(s) via phpMyAdmin
- Access to directly modify their DNS & MX Records
- OP-Code & In-Memory Caching (APC & MemCache)
- Affordable Upgrades & Features – Members may upgrade anytime, instantly.
- Support for WordPress
- And much more to come
How is it possible to offer free hosting AND support?
Premium WordPress hosting solutions can cost $50 – $100+ per month, so how will WPDensity offer these features for free? They have a plan for scaling to meet the demand. The $15K WPDensity hopes to raise will help them to be able to deploy their first server and cover the costs of a the project for the first year of operation. They will use that time to find additional ways to generate revenue on-site, including advertising and member upgrades. The upgrades will be affordable so that users can pay for what they need, not for what they don’t.
An Alternative to WordPress.com
WordPress.com is currently the largest free WordPress hosting provider. However, in exchange for a free hosted WordPress setup, you will have to live with limitations such a set number of pre-approved plugins and themes, no access to your database and files and random ad display.
WPDensity is different in that it will allow for more control over your own WordPress installation and will have zero forced ads so that your site is entirely yours. Members will be able to use any plugin or theme and will have complete access to MySQL databases.
How is WordPress included with WPDensity accounts?
When members sign up with WPDensity, they will have direct access to an auto-installer which provides four levels of functionality:
- Auto-Install WordPress w/Single-Click
- Backup Individual WordPress Installations w/Single-Click
- Clone WordPress Installations (useful for creating a staging area)
- Auto-Upgrade WordPress – Choose to Auto-Upgrade to the Latest Stable, Security & Patches Only, or Self-Upgrade
Want to stay up to date with all of the latest developments from WPDensity? Follow them on Twitter or Facebook and check in with their cause at IndieGoGo to see the progress of the funding. If the WordPress community shows some interest in this project by donating, WPDensity will be able to launch with the ability to scale quickly and accommodate the demand.
What do you think about the idea of free WordPress hosting and support? Is it sustainable? Would you be eager to sign up?