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VIP is a fully managed WordPress cloud platform for unparalleled scale, security, flexibility, and performance.

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Solutions at the ready. See how WordPress powers mission critical enterprise media and marketing systems.

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We support your applications as if they were our own.

We review every line of code and closely vet technical integrations. Our clients tell us that the standards we introduce bring confidence and creative freedom to their developers, trust to leadership, and efficiency and order to their pipelines.

Hachette Book Group (HBG) turned to VIP and featured partner Alley to fulfill a vision to support digital marketing for thousands of titles, authors, and imprints on one central platform, with WordPress at the center.

“In the past, if a website wasn’t meeting its goals, the marketing campaign would be over before the team was able to make any improvements. Now, changes like this happen instantly. It’s a new world for us.”

— Ryan Pugatch, HBG

The media powerhouse behind 22 brands including Variety, Deadline, and WWD maximizes code reuse and efficiency on VIP, building an ever-growing code library, tool set, and playbook across their publications.

“Working with WordPress.com VIP allows our team to focus on building awesome stuff”

— David Parsons, USA Today

Abril’s digital transformation brought dozens of publishing brands under a common theme and infrastructure with VIP, gaining speed and efficiency and freeing them up to reshape resources company-wide.

You’re in good company.

We have the pleasure of working with clients representing the best of the best in media, marketing, and more.

  • New York Post
  • Spotify
  • People
  • Capital One logo
  • Quartz
  • CNN
  • Hachette logo
  • Jet
  • Variety
  • Dow Jones
  • The Sun
  • Microsoft
  • TED
  • Time
  • Capgemini logo
  • Facebook

A complete solution for digital publishing.

Top-notch enterprise WordPress hosting, support, and guidance. Ready models, processes, and plugins to deliver your business goals. Deep, extensible capabilities. Diverse technology partnerships. Vast developer ecosystem.

Freedom from licensing, huge ecosystem of developers and services, a long history of usage at scale, and much more.

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The best WordPress design and development agencies on the planet, covering a wide range of specialties.

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Expert code review, managed hosting, proactive advice, and everything you need to focus on your business objectives.

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Highly available and robust APIs

Connect WordPress to all kinds of systems and processes, including mobile apps and decoupled front ends. The possibilities are endless.

Backwards compatibility and forward flexibility

Free your pipeline from maintenance updates and releases, and never worry again about what version you’re running.

The power of open source

Avoid vendor lock-in, enjoy the transparency of a public roadmap, take advantage of the knowledge base in the enterprise user community, and join a massive ecosystem.

Total cost of ownership

Savings from licensing fees, flat-rate traffic pricing, included code review, and our managed hosting and support services all reduce CapEx and OpEx burdens when compared with other solutions.

A different kind of partnership

Do business at human scale, with a team of people who won’t disappear after the contract is signed, and who are personally invested in your success. We’re proud to be considered pioneers of an open, globally distributed, agile way of working.

Freedom to focus

Whether you’re seeking end-to-end guidance or just rock-solid WordPress hosting and support, we’ve got you covered. Put your resources against their highest value efforts. Leave the upgrades, performance, security, and scale to us.

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No matter where you are in the planning process, we’re happy to help, and we’re actual humans here on the other side of the form. 👋 We’re here to discuss your challenges and plans, evaluate your existing resources or a potential partner, or even make some initial recommendations. And, of course, we’re here to help any time you’re in the market for some robust WordPress awesomeness.

The New Web, Powered by Jetpack and Progressive Web Apps

The way that people access the Internet is changing.

In 2017, global mobile web traffic exceeded desktop traffic for the first time. In the areas of fastest Internet growth we have seen a profound shift towards low-powered mobile devices on 2G and 3G networks.

Pageloads by browser platform, 2017 YTD. Data via StatCounter.

This presents a challenge not just to developers and designers, but to the actual architecture of the web. The web’s request/response architecture works great for always-on low-latency networks but fails when the network is unreliable, even temporarily.

User expectations are also changing. Mobile devices now have app ecosystems and rich patterns and libraries for handling changing network conditions and integrating with on-device features like cameras, GPS, storage and payment processing – features not traditionally found in the web’s sandboxed environment.

As web developers, designers, and publishers, we have made great strides towards accommodating mobile phones through responsive design. Users are now accessing the same site in a variety of form-factors. However, what has happened as a result is that the mobile web has become drastically more demanding on devices and networks, essentially bringing the demands of the desktop to all devices.

If you’re reading this, you probably experience the web in a very different way from most Internet citizens – even on a mobile device. Most of us have high-end smartphones and LTE connections. As a result, we can often be unaware of the challenges that many people face using our sites, plugins and themes.

While we may feel a strong affection for the freedoms afforded by the web, most people have more personal goals: to run their business, to tell their stories, to connect with others in their communities and around the world – and they will gravitate to the best solution, regardless of the underlying technology. We risk these users skipping the web entirely in favour of walled gardens powered by proprietary apps.

How do we address these issues?

Progressive Web Apps are the web’s answer to these challenges. PWAs comprise a set of new (and not-so-new) web standards that provide offline support, storage, and device integration that can match native apps. Combined with the essential freedoms and efficiencies of the web, these standards represent a fundamental shift in how web content can be accessed.

In addition, by only downloading the site features someone is actually using, PWAs can be much MORE efficient than native apps!

Despite the name, PWAs aren’t just for app-like experiences. Your content-rich web site can also be a Progressive Web App. In fact you can apply these technologies in ways that help any site on any theme to load quickly, work offline, and engage users in powerful new ways.

Earlier this week I was thrilled to share the Chrome Dev Summit stage with Chrome Engineer Das Surma to talk about our recent experiments with WordPress and PWA. We added PWA capabilities to Jetpack, a free plugin that you can download on any WordPress site. Jetpack powers over 5 billion pageviews a month, and already delivers a number of useful features to WordPress.com and VIP, so it’s a great platform for adding these capabilities.

We found that a specific combination of traditional and new optimisations can improve the overall performance of web sites loaded via 3G networks by up to 10-15x . Improvements range from reduced Time To First Contentful Paint (TTFCP), smaller number of requests, reduced overall download size, and the ability to work offline. Crucially, these improvements can be applied automatically to almost any theme without additional coding.

The scores you see there on the right are generated by “Lighthouse“, Google’s incredible site auditing tool, which is included in the Chrome browser.

Here’s some details on the optimisations we have made so far, for more technical readers:

  • Aggressive inlining of critical assets on the first page load to improve performance with empty cache, while using the Service Worker to load common assets in the background for subsequent requests
  • Fast loading of cached pages while checking for fresh content in the background using the Stale While Revalidate strategy
  • Offline support by checking for network access and preloading critical pages when the Service Worker activates
  • Web Push for sending updated content to clients which can be retrieved when the browser comes online
  • Lazy loading of offscreen images using newer IntersectionObserver API (with polyfill fallback on IE)

So what can you do to be part of this revolution? If you are a developer, I encourage you to check out our Jetpack branch and let us know what you think. Truly, we have barely scratched the surface of what’s possible.

If you are a site owner or designer, I encourage you try out your site on 3G (or using the 3G simulator built-in to Chrome) on a low-end device and see if you are providing a good experience for the next billion internet users who will be overwhelmingly using that kind of network and device.

Check out the full video below. We begin talking about the role of Jetpack around 3m 14s.

Props to @DasSurma, @nicoleckohler, @ebinnion, @beaulebens and @extraface for all their help and feedback writing this article.

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