For many of us, our WordPress blogs and sites are not just personal blogs or a hobby but our livelihood and source of income so its only fair to say that we value it very highly and that we’ll do anything to protect it, right? That’s where VaultPress comes in. WordPress creator and founding developer Matt Mullenweg via Automattic, has launched a new premium blog backup service called VaultPress. Matt announced it on his blog and on the VaultPress blog a couple days ago. This new service’s goal and purpose is to protect WordPress-powered blogs and sites from any type of disaster, natural or man-made or even from alien abduction. Hehe
Here’s more about the vision behind VaultPress from Matt’s post:
The vision of VaultPress is to ensure that blogs and sites under its care are always completely secure, regardless of what happens. Today, this means every bit of content will be safe, from plugins and themes to the smallest comment or post revision, with WordPress-aware, real-time, multi-cloud backups. This is some of the most advanced technology I’ve seen interact with WordPress.
In the future, if your site is tampered with in any way, we’ll know within minutes and can take appropriate steps. The VaultPress core engine will be able to protect you against zero-day security vulnerabilities by updating your blog with hot-fixes, even while you sleep.
If you’re thinking “Why pay for a premium backup service when there lots of free WordPress plugins and services that can do that?” Here are some of the things that VaultPress does, that other free backup solutions can’t or don’t do as pointed out by Matt:
- It can handle any amount of stuff. For example my site (ma.tt) has about 30,000 photos on it, totaling about 33 gigabytes.
- It’s an all-in-one package. You don’t need one thing to back up your database, one thing for your files, one thing for your themes, et cetera.
- It’s real-time. You make a post and it’s in the cloud seconds later.
- It’s enterprise-grade and not reliant on one provider, including us. Your site is stored on no fewer than 2 cloud services in addition to our own copies.
- It going to do more than just backup. The VaultPress engine will be able to push hotfixes to zero-day security vulnerabilities, for example.
IMHO, VaultPress is an awesome service and something that will be useful for all WordPress-powered sites and blogs. However, not all WordPress users will be able to use VaultPress not because they don’t want to, but because they can’t afford it. VaultPress is not for everybody. Like what Matt said “it’s a high-end product, for high-end users.” It is aimed at businesses, companies and professionals who run WordPress-powered sites or blogs but don’t have the time and resources to monitor them, do the backups and do repairs when disaster strikes.
VaultPress Signup Page
Right now VaultPress is still in beta, meaning its not yet available to the public but interested parties can apply for a beta invite. I applied to be a beta tester and hope I’d get picked so that I can do a more detailed hands-on review of VaultPress for you guys. Btw, since VaultPress is a premium service, users will have to pay a monthly fee for it. However, as of writing there’s not much information regarding the pricing/rates but it says on the signup page that the fee starts at around $15/month.
What do you think of VaultPress? If you can afford it, is it something you’ll pay for? What other features or services do you think should be added in future releases or updates? Please share your thoughts.