It was nearly a year ago when Victor Granic asked to pick my brain around “how to build an awesome company” (Thanks Victor, that’s quite a compliment). He was building a startup that was doing a lot of WordPress development. Similar to the precursor company from which easyDNS came out of, they found themselves hosting their customers internally because it was (and still is, until now) difficult to find places that do managed WordPress hosting properly. (It’s not as simple as throwing the latest WordPress tar ball into a cpanel server somewhere. Anybody who’s ever had to run and maintain a production level WordPress installation probably already knows this.)
After we talked about the culture of a company, where it comes from and how to sustain a healthy one over the years, we had an idea: Why don’t our respective companies collaborate on a managed WordPress offering? Victor and his team would continue to build the guts of the hosting platform while we would be the DNS and failover layer and then support it. Thus, easyPress was born.
What makes easyPress unique, even from other managed WordPress hosting offerings out there, is the integration with the DNS and domain name aspects provided by easyDNS. While it’s not mandatory to run your easyPress websites using easyDNS, you may was well because every easyPress installation bundles with our DNS Pro level service (that means 19 name servers worldwide across 3 any cast clouds plus failover DNS and even includes the domain name fees).
easyPress is deployed via 3 disparate data centres, and a warm spare copy of every installed website is kept in all three DC’s. We turn up failover DNS on your website as soon as it’s provisioned. If something happens to your website within the main DC, we flip you over to one of the spares.
If you’re serious about WordPress then you should have a look. If we can convince renowned futurist (himself a WordPress whiz) Jim Carroll that easyPress could outperform a seriously tricked up setup on a dedicated VPS, you probably want to find out for yourself.
Other early adopters include Waterloo area tech hub Communitech (who got Ycombinator-ed early in the deployment without so much as a hiccup) and here at easyDNS we are in the process of migrating our entire front end website into WordPress and hosting it on easyPress, so we are clearly drinking our own kool-aid.
In fact we moved this blog onto it last week.
The Cacti graph to the left depicts the performance of it before and after the migration to easyPress. That spike in the middle was the actual cutover when we were futzing with the redirects to finally roll off of that blog2.easydns.org back onto our blog.easydns.org hostname (long story, but it involved one of our posts that “went viral” slamming our WordPress blog into oblivion!).
easyPress does for WordPress what we do for your DNS requirements: all the considerations you have around upgrades, maintenance, backup and restore, security, monitoring and disaster recovery can be offloaded. We got this. That way you can get on with putting the “content” part into what is now the most widely used content manager on the web.