165 - Creating Your Own Managed WordPress Service and Keeping All the Margin with Patrick Gallaghe


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Interview: Creating Your Own Managed WordPress Service and Keeping All the Margin with Patrick Gallagher Today on the WP Builds WordPress podcast we have Patrick Gallagher from Gridpane, which is a new option for hosting your WordPress website. We chatted about his past with technology and how he developed his passion for working with WordPress, building hundreds of sites over the years. Like all of us, he searched, trying to find the best hosting solution for his needs, but in all cases he found something was missing. So he decided that he was going to launch his own solution that he could then maintain and control himself, his own WordPress managed hosting company. In a way, I have oversimplified the story. In 2015, Patrick (and much of the internet) suffered a Christmas Day outage at Linode, a popular option for downloading his hosting. Patrick was having a good day with his family and all of a sudden the “down site” emails started coming in in droves. So he had to go into work mode and contact his clients to inform them that their sites were corrupted and there was no real way he could fix them right away! A horrible time, but worse for the fact that it was Christmas. This was the day he decided to solve this problem once and for all. So Gridpane started with the idea that it would develop over time and started talking about it in some online communities. As luck would have it, a guy named Jeff Cleverley got Patrick’s message and then they got along and Jeff has become the backbone of Gridpane. They have been working on the stack ever since, trying to perfect it, and we dwell on this for quite some time … This mainly revolves around creating an automated platform to implement your own WordPress installation regardless of the third-party service that be. using as host. While it is not true to say that the Gridpane stack is aimed at developers who know about web hosting and how a server should be set up, you will get the most out of it if you are a competent server administrator. They have hundreds of new customers and they are more than happy to help them, but cutting edge performance will be open to those who know what they are doing. The other main feature of Gridpane is the speed with which you can get a WordPress website up and running. If you install WordPress manually, you know this involves several steps: create a database, download the WordPress core and put it on the server, link WordPress to that database. This is the famous 5 minute install, and once you’ve done it a few times, it’s very easy to do. Even that can be a hassle though, which is why managed WordPress hosts make it so much easier – you’ll pull out a few fields, click a few buttons, and they’ll create everything for you and email you a few minutes later to tell you that everything is ready and running. Gridpane takes a few steps even further, making it even more efficient. So it’s things like removing the need to create a username and password for your WordPress installation, instead they just use the one you use to log into Gridpane. Less to write, less to remember, less time to create the website! They try to make as many assumptions as they can about how you’re going to want to set up your WordPress website, so you don’t have to go through that hoop every time you create an installation. So it’s little steps like pre-defined packages telling Gridpane that you want your installation to include this SEO plugin, this theme and DNS need to be configured in a certain way. All you need to do is name the site, say what server you want it to reside on, and hit ‘go’. That’s it, that’s it. So time saved. But what about all the other things you would expect… Security – Verification, Backups, Verification, Updates, Verification? They do all that too. We haven’t gotten to what Gridpane actually links to yet. As of the release of this podcast, they allow you to host your site on any of the following servers: • Linode • Digital Ocean • Vultr • AWS Lightsail • Google Compute If you don’t want to use any of the above and have a server on your own hardware, As long as you have root access and you know the IP address, you can use Gridpane. They have a script to enable their services. If you want to move your WordPress installations from one of the services mentioned above to another, you can. Patrick recommends that you get the smallest server you think you’re going to need and only harden it at the point you need it, but going from Google to Amazon is really simple with Gridpane. As for backups, they started in the usual way by making daily backups, available for 30 days. They now perform incremental backups, only backing up the changes you have recently made.

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