1. KTS915

    In principle, this looks like a great idea. It might actually make the so-called “famous 5-minute install” more of a reality. I would not be at all surprised to see others following suit.

    But, as someone who would have considered this if I were not already very happy with my own host, I can say that one thing here would turn me right off. And that is, while what’s being sold is hosted on Site5, UpThemes themselves are apparently using Pagely. I’d never trust a “solution” that the provider itself is not using.


    • Chris Wallace

      KTS915, thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, UpThemes.com is not the ideal type of site to put on our own hosting plan. It is intended for small businesses, bloggers, and journalists primarily and the value we provide there is pre-installation of all our themes, which, obviously is not something we really need for our own site.

      I do understand the possible confusion but let me make it clear: We support Pagely as a brand ambassador because we have built a long-standing relationship over many years with them and trust their service for more large scale WordPress installations with bigger budgets. We feel very similarly about many of the WordPress-specific hosts who now provide faster, secure hosting service to help users feel more and more confident in WP as a platform for their business. We all win when WordPress is fast and secure across all hosts.


  2. Peter Cralen (@PeterCralen)

    I am sorry, but … They offer hosting with partnership of Site5 and their own website is hosted with different hosting company and its also presented in their footer.
    This is fail.


  3. Steven Gliebe

    I totally missed Pressed’s existence. Somehow I thought UpThemes was custom hosting this like they are with Faithmade.

    I can see other theme shops getting on board with Pressed. I’m interested myself because it should make things easier for the customer and recurring monthly revenue is always attractive. Providing hosting is a huge burden but if Pressed is handling the technical details, hosting support and billing, it may be a different story.

    I disagree with the first two comments. It wouldn’t make sense for UpThemes to switch their storefront’s hosting from Pagely to Site5 simply for marketing purposes. That would be a waste of time and money. Why leave a service you’re satisfied with? The fact that they are trusting their customers to Pressed is an endorsement as much as hosting their storefront with Pagely is.


    • KTS915

      “It wouldn’t make sense for UpThemes to switch their storefront’s hosting from Pagely to Site5 simply for marketing purposes. … Why leave a service you’re satisfied with?”

      I never said they ought to switch. That’s for them to judge; I couldn’t possibly know what’s best for them.

      But, as a potential customer, I’d want to know that they trust what they are offering so much that they use it themselves. Then I’d know that, if the service had a problem, they’d have an incentive to solve it for their own benefit even more than mine.

      Otherwise it’s a case of “Don’t do as I do, do as I say.” No thanks!


  4. Andy Wilkerson

    These are good points. To a prospective customer it could be very confusing for us not to use the service we sell, and that’s why we made the switch!

    UpThemes.com and all of our demo websites have been migrated to our hosted service.


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