Onboarding WordPress VIP Go

WordPress VIP

I recently helped migrate a client into WordPress.com VIP Go enterprise hosting. This hosting is for larger sites with hosting budgets starting around $25,000 per year. It’s an opinionated platform that applies perhaps the greatest degree of WordPress management available.

Here’s notes I took on the process:

  • Features a nice, clean control panel with:
    • Download database and Media backup sets
    • Plugin updater (automated GIT branches, pull requests, deployments)
      • Plugins indicate when they need updates within WP Admin (readonly).
    • View code merges and deployments across the web nodes (2-3 minute deploys).
    • Audit log and WP-CLI log
  • Use command-line NPM to install the VIP-CLI service onto your workstation.
  • There are restrictions on media file types and locations.
    • Thumbnail image files are not imported.
    • Thumbnails are served from a different URL structure, which breaks plugins that bypass core functions.
  • Distributed web nodes have a read-only filesystem.
    • See list of incompatible plugins, mostly those that try to write their own caches and log files.
      • Including some page builders Divi and Elementor (workarounds available)
  • Code gets reviewed.
    • Use GIT branches to commit changes cleanly.
  • Cloudflare and reverse proxy services require extra configurations, consider removing these.

For more details on WordPress VIP, see their latest updates.

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