1. Keith Davis

    Hi Jeff

    “I think the free trial is a great idea. It’s also a good move as it provides a way for VaultPress to tap into Jetpack’s large user base.”

    I think that it’s a fabulous idea, but 5 days!

    Think that I would want more than 5 days to make my mind up and I hope that they will up the trial period to something like 30 days so that users can give it a real tryout.

    “It also shows the long-term vision and thinking behind Jetpack when it launched in 2011 and why Automattic has made strategic partnerships with webhosting companies to bundle it with WordPress installations.”

    It’s always good to look at the bigger picture so thanks for the insight.


    • Jeff Chandler

      Yeah, five days is a short time span, I bet they up it to at least 14 once they go more public with the trial offer. But you know, it’s tough to see how valuable VaultPress is until your site crashes. I doubt they’d want every site to crash once just so they can see how awesome the service is, lol.


  2. James Huff

    I think 5 days will be great to get a feel for how the trial program does, though longer would probably be better, maybe 14 days.

    One of VaultPress’s strength are the real-time updates which don’t waste time and resources by copying and packaging your entire site on a daily basis. If you only get one comment since the last backup, it only backs up that one comment.

    Granted, none of this is (probably) long enough to encounter a need to test its restore capabilities, but then again I don’t think we should ever hope that anyone ever has to test the restore capabilities.

    Disclaimer: I work for Automattic, but was not a part of this particular project.


    • Ryan Hellyer

      On the issue of real-time backups, those of us too poor for VaultPress can do that either via Git (which can cause some glitches with large files) and/or by using a plugin for automatically upload media items to Amazon S3 (or whever you choose) as they’re added to the media library.


  3. RamTheSunlover

    I have a self-hosted WordPress CMS/Blog on Hostgator; I had Jetpack for a while but eventually had to disable it on the reco of the Hostgator admins because of the resource load on the shared server. I think this is because Jet has to constantly connect to its server. The CPU usage dropped way down after I disabled it. I first implemented all the other optimization techniques reco’ed by Hostgator and use Cloudflare and Supercache. The only thing I really miss is the dashboard info on the stats for each post and page.


  4. Ryan Hellyer

    I think this is a good idea. VaultPress is an awesome product, but doesn’t seem to be as popular as it should be.

    I’d love to actually use VaultPress myself, but I find the price is too high for my liking. The US$55/year deal is no good as it stops at 30 days of backups, which means tough bikkies if you don’t notice your site got hacked within that 30 day time period. Then it’s up to US$165, which is almost as much I spend on hosting. So instead, I back everything up to Amazon S3 which costs me almost nothing (apart from the considerable setup time). If I were hosting anything more than my own blogs (and a few other non-profit sites), then I’d almost definitely sign up for VaultPress though.


  5. Stephen Cronin

    Interesting move. I fully expect Automattic to do a lot more around offering commercial services through Jetpack, though it raises some interesting questions.

    If you go to the WordPress.org plugins page, you’ll find Jetpack on the list of recommended plugins. Whenever you see mockups of the new plugin interface, it has Jetpack as a featured plugin. That was fine when it was purely non-commercial, but may not make sense going forward.

    Does it give VaultPress an advantage over it’s competitors? How are Featured plugins selected? Are plugins by other commercial services eligble to be listed? Are plugins produced by competitors to Automattic’s services eligble to be listed?

    Not a big issue… yet. But I think this discussion will be had within the next year or so…


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