WordPress VIP vs. Pantheon
WordPress VIP is the agile, enterprise-ready platform built on WordPress. Unlike Pantheon, which offers basic WordPress hosting designed for independent developers and small businesses, WordPress VIP offers an end-to-end partnership, higher levels of security and reliability, and a complete platform to meet your unique business needs.
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The security and reliability you need
WordPress VIP is built on a robust, enterprise-grade architecture designed to run high-volume, performance-intensive enterprise sites. On your biggest day and every day, your site will deliver unparalleled speed for users all over the world.
On Election Night 2020, when FiveThirtyEight was hit with more than a billion requests, WordPress VIP didn’t miss a beat. And when highly regulated industries like finance and government need a solution to meet their strict security requirements, they turn to WordPress VIP.
Highest performance in independent tests
WordPress VIP has tuned its infrastructure in the most demanding environments. In independent tests, we routinely receive the highest marks.
Scalable to billions
WordPress VIP scales on the fly as you grow. Unlike Pantheon, which caps even their Elite level service to 20M unique visitors, we can help you handle much higher spikes. And we don’t place artificial caps on storage, application containers, or other pieces needed to scale.
Security with the certifications to match
WordPress VIP utilizes a multi-pronged security approach to meet the most stringent security requirements. That’s why it’s the only WordPress-based solution to receive FedRAMPⓇ certification.
WordPress VIP delivers guaranteed SLAs to ensure you are ready for anything that might hit you. Most Pantheon plans only offer an “uptime expectation,” no guarantee at all.
The WordPress experts at your service
WordPress VIP is the expert at running WordPress at an enterprise scale. Part of Automattic, the company founded by WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg, WordPress VIP employs many of the top experts in running WordPress, including core contributors to the WordPress project.
Pantheon built its business as a Drupal hosting service. Only years later did they add WordPress capabilities—many of their clients still run in Drupal environments. They lack the focus, the experience, and the level of service that we offer our clients.
Key difference include:
A full partnership
We work with you every step of the way. Besides WordPress experts available 24x7x365, we provide relationship managers, technical account managers, and other dedicated experts to help you through key milestones.
Support for your applications
Building a digital experience requires not just infrastructure but plugins, themes, and your own code. Pantheon supports only their infrastructure, which means when complex issues arise, you’re on your own. WordPress VIP’s application support provides deep support for every piece of your environment.
Technical and strategic consulting
We go beyond just reactive support to proactively help you make the right decisions to power your growth. Our architectural consultants help you assemble the best enterprise solutions, experts, and global agencies from a large open-source community to build a technology stack—meeting your needs, today and tomorrow.
Higher level of experience
We’re not new to WordPress. Since the inception of the WordPress project, we’ve been on the cutting edge. Our experts know better than anyone else how to optimize WordPress for enterprise functionality and have helped many of the world’s largest organizations grow.
“Businesses can’t operate the way they used to. Everything has to be content.”Mallory Russell, Square
A complete platform for everyone
To drive growth, your whole organization needs to be aligned and armed with the necessary tools and insights to improve your digital experience. Unlike Pantheon, which focuses exclusively on web operations (webops), WordPress VIP is built to empower developers, marketers, and content creators to use content that drives growth.
A validated partner ecosystem
One of the key benefits of choosing WordPress is access to the world’s biggest ecosystem of technology partners, agencies, and developers. And no one knows that ecosystem better than us. Unlike Pantheon, our formal partner program gives you direct access to WordPress experts who can tailor specific solutions to your business.
Integrated developer tools
WordPress VIP empowers your developers with tools to improve their processes and make code deployment easier. We incorporate tools like GitHub directly into our platform experience, enabling continuous integration and continuous delivery.
Cutting-edge content creation
WordPress VIP stays on the leading edge of new content creation tools. For example, because Automattic is deeply involved in the development of the Gutenberg editor, we can help you with new capabilities like full-site editing the minute they are available.
Content analytics and insights
WordPress VIP goes beyond just the development of content to help you understand how content is performing. Our integrated content analytics provide real-time feedback to help you improve your content initiatives.
“Using WordPress VIP means that my team can focus on being creative and innovative, rather than spending time worrying about architecture.”Ryan Pugatch, Hachette Book Group