Beta Announcement Post #1

Hi there, WPMU DEV member!

We are opening up beta access to the next and biggest project that we’ve ever taken on – a whole new concept in WordPress hosting!

At this time, this beta is only available to members that are ‘Level 4’ or above, meaning more than 100 rep points.

I’ll get right to it – your WPMU DEV membership will soon come with FREE managed hosting!

Say what?! This is a new containerized, nothing shared, dedicated memory and storage hosting environment. There’s SSH, phpMyAdmin, and SFTP access. There are free and automated SSL certificates via Let’s Encrypt. There is GIT, WP-CLI, NPM, and Composer integration. There are one-click staging environments. And you can choose, per site, from multiple countries and regions too.

Covering all the bases, we’ve designed a new way to handle backups from the ground up – using the ZFS filesystem which allows you to make unlimited instant incremental snapshots of your site with no load or downtime. Restores are just as fast as we don’t need to unzip files or import databases.

All of this integrates seamlessly with our Hub, Reports, and Automate services too.

And at launch, every one of our members, new and old, will get 3 free sites hosted as part of the membership. We think this will bring huge value to your membership!

And, let me get it out of the way, we won’t be changing anything else – all of our plugins and services will be fully supported on any host you choose, just as it always has been.

So now we need your help!

We know there are a few issues remaining, but we are at a point now where we’d love some help stress testing this new endeavor. That’s where you come in!

Level 4 members and above, visit this link here to access your new hosting section in The Hub.

Create a site or three and let us have your feedback!

As part of this beta period, you are limited to three of the ‘starter’ containers for now, with 1GB of dedicated memory, 5GB of storage, and 1 CPU for each site. This should handle the majority of websites out there with no problems. Coming soon, there will be upgraded plans that allow for more!

We know you are going to ask, so our pricing will not only be competitive, but it will be disruptive. Think prices that are more in line with shared hosts but with fully dedicated managed environments.

We already have some live sites up and running (check out our brand new, and feel free to do the same if you have any lesser important sites that you may keep around – you can fully test sites before making them live. While the system is stable, it is never a bad idea to keep a backup around and the ability to change DNS back for a while, as a “just in case” while we are still in beta. You’ll be able to keep these sites at no additional cost for as long as you keep your WPMU DEV membership.

As a little bonus incentive, we’ll be giving out 5 hero points for any new bug or conflict that you find.

We are building out a Docs section for hosting here – it is still relatively sparse but will be filled out shortly. The questions you have during beta will help us with that.

And if you’d like to test migrating a site into our new hosting, try our new Shipper service!

Get started by creating your first site here.

Please leave any and all questions and feedback below. We can’t wait to hear how it goes.