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WordPress.com VIP

It looks like Matt and gang have started releasing details on their WordPress.com VIP program.

What does this mean? Well, if you have more than one hundred thousand page views a month, you might be getting what almost amounts to a deal.

Right from WordPress.com:

Here’s how it works:
You create WordPress.com accounts, import your content, and point your DNS at us.
We load balance your site across our dozens of servers.
You can have your own domain name.
All of your administration will be over SSL, which means no one can sniff your password.
People logged in to WordPress.com will also be logged in on your domain, which makes it easier for them to comment and link you. (Also gives you free integration with our My Comments, Tag Surfer, and avatar features.)
Included Akismet spam protection.
Inclusion in our top lists, which can drive a great deal of traffic.
You will have the ability to edit your templates via Subversion (SVN).
You can run most plugins (that don’t modify DB tables).
There are no restrictions on ads, javascript, etc.

What do we ask in return?

A “Powered by WordPress.com” logo on your site.
A few standard hooks in your template for our centralized stats.
Your tags go into and point to our Tags community.
$500 to setup your site and $250 a month.

Okay, wait a second here, $500 for setup, and $250 a month, as well as a Powered by WordPress.com logo, giving WordPress.com stats access, pushing tags into their community, all so you can get on some load balanced servers? Hmm…I don’t know how I feel about this yet, but I guess for some people this would beat buying your own server.

The one thing I do notice though is that if they can get a good ten or twenty people signed up, they have money rolling in to pay atleast one of their new staff.

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Comments

  1. Matt says: 9/25/2006

    Most people have a powered by logo anyway. WordPress.com doesn’t need “stats access”, we just ask that they leave our stats code on the page so we can continue to have aggregate numbers. This is invisible to users. Tags and the toplists on WP.com are starting to drive quite a bit of traffic, so that’s not that big a trade-off. Finally on the price, sure you could easily buy a single dedicated server for that much, or maybe even two crappy ones, but if it’s purely a price decision then you’re probably not the target audience. :)

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  2. David ) says: 9/25/2006

    Hey Matt, I know most people have the powered by anyways. I am glad to see that you have really thought this out, and more money coming in for Automattic is in my mind a good thing right now.

    I just hope you use some of it to focus on WordPress.org, which has not had a revision in over 59 days…

    I love that it is load balanced and so that is where it beats just buying one server on my own. I guess I was just hoping to see more variety of “levels” in the VIP program. Let us all know how it goes though. I am very interested.

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    Great site! I do agree with the majority of these statements too :0) I have been visiting tons of blogs to get some ideas for myself. Again great job.

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  7. Finance Barry says: 10/4/2007

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  11. Adam says: 10/11/2007

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  12. veriev says: 11/29/2007

    $250 a month is that a joke?

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  13. kevin says: 6/12/2008

    For 250$ a month you purchase a dedicated server with a company like Server Intellect and host 30 blogs easy and host your own websites. That is unreal.

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  14. Skincare says: 6/17/2008

    I was searching for \’\’ at google and got this your post (\’Press.com VIP\’) in search results. Not very relevant result, but still interesting to read :)

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  15. Finance | www.renuSearch.com says: 7/11/2008

    pointing DNS’s in other directions could get google slap you right in the face. it’s just like redirecting something and we all know google doesn’t like that. anyways, thaks for the post. it’s a good piece of info…

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  23. Natalie says: 10/31/2008

    Graet post mate. Keep them coming….

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  24. Peter says: 11/29/2008

    Now why would i bother paying $500 setup fee and $200 a month when I can just get a VPS?

    A VPS will easily handle 500k views a month

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  25. Finance Tips says: 8/23/2009

    good information on setting up the strategy. I look forward to reading more when I get some time off.

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