Announcing VaultPress

For me, the most humbling aspect about the growth and success of WordPress has been how much of people’s lives they entrust to the software. It started with blogs on every topic imaginable: the highs and lows of human existence, love had, and love lost.

In recent years the movement has grown to include more than just blogs: people now power entire websites with WordPress, often with stunning results.

The vision of VaultPress is to ensure that blogs and sites under its care are always completely secure, regardless of what happens. Today, this means every bit of content will be safe, from plugins and themes to the smallest comment or post revision, with WordPress-aware, real-time, multi-cloud backups. This is some of the most advanced technology I’ve seen interact with WordPress.

In the future, if your site is tampered with in any way, we’ll know within minutes and can take appropriate steps. The VaultPress core engine will be able to protect you against zero-day security vulnerabilities by updating your blog with hot-fixes, even while you sleep.

You have enough in your life to worry about; don’t worry about WordPress. Apply for the VaultPress private beta today.

Coverage: On Techcrunch, ReadWriteWeb, Silicon Alley Insider, and my blog.

About Matt

In 2002 I started contributing to Open Source software, and life has just gotten better from there. Co-founder of WordPress, founder Automattic.
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76 Responses to Announcing VaultPress

  1. Carl Hancock says:

    Will VaultPress backup your entire WordPress database or only certain tables?

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  3. Alok says:

    Waiting eagerly for the golden ticket. I absolutely love wordpress team.

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  5. Steve says:

    I’m confused; is VP only for WordPress.com users, or is it available for self-hosted WP.org installs as well?

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  11. Andrew says:

    Congratulations on the launch of VaultPress. My main question is: what is the difference between VaultPress and the WordPress.com vault? In other words, does VaultPress simply make available via plugin the backup/restore component of the WordPress.com infrastructure?

    That question, and my best shot at an answer, are in the post I just made on my own blog.

    • Matt says:

      Well the obvious difference is that VaultPress backs up self-hosted blogs. On a technical level it’s a different infrastructure. I could see it being offered to WP.com users in the future — it could make migration to another host easy, for example.

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  13. VaultPress has a lot of potential, and seems to be the best thing since WordPress itself!

    I’ve already applied for beta, and I hope be selected to test (and use and pay for it) soon!

    Thanks!

  14. Signed up. I already have backups via email and Amazon S3, but I am obnoxiously paranoid, so this is the perfect service for me. :-)

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  17. Good thinking!
    I am looking forward to giving it a good spin.

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  19. Larry Herrin says:

    This is what I’ve been looking for, I think. I hope!

    Tell me: Can this service be used to, let’s say, clone a WordPress site—page for page, post for post, down to the exact theme options settings—on a new domain? How about the ability to make a clone of a WordPress site that has been installed, modified and configured on my local computer (on a localhost server like MAMP) and copy it to a new, remote Internet domain? Can it do that? Please tell me it can do that!

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  21. Pavel says:

    Matt, it says VaultPress will backup Themes and Plugins, but those are not stored in the database, does that mean VaultPress would backup pretty much the whole hosting account with all the files and directories needed to run a certain blog?

    • Matt says:

      It backs up everything that is represented in the WP database, so all attachments and things uploaded through WP, but not a random file on the web server somewhere.

  22. I wonder if this is something that can be rolled into Web Host companies’ offerings?

    Ultimately, I’d want my host provider (HostGator) to pick up the tab, and send me the capability, all rolled neatly into my resellers account :)

    I’m hoping this works out on a big level – so its affordable for me to give/include to all my clients. :)

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  24. Anthony says:

    Come on guys – Let me in!!!

  25. Andrew Hogan says:

    Great news,
    I have just been researching third party plugins, so this is good timing. I’ve got a feeling with VaultPress and WordPress 3.0 coming its going to be a good year for users!

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  29. Karen Fletcher says:

    I hope you will consider eventually offering reduced pricing or even free service for small, community-based non-profits. I volunteer as Webmom with a number of small, local non-profit organizations and have been moving them to WordPress-driven sites with great success. These small non-profits would never in a million years be able to swing $600 a year for this kind of service but they are probably the group of users who need it the most. They rarely have the requisite in-house expertise and many are not lucky enough to have volunteers who are IT professionals and look after upgrades, security, backups, etc.

    For instance, Dreamhost offers free, full-featured Web hosting accounts to registered 501(c)(3)s upon submission of their IRS letter.

    I hope that you will give this some consideration once you’re up and running. I have worked with community-based non-profits and Internet-based IT for the last 20 twenty years and I’d be happy to answer any questions you might have.

    • Matt says:

      There are no plans for non-profit pricing (wow I feel like Scrooge saying that) but I’ll keep it in mind. We did non-profit pricing for Akismet and almost no one used it.

  30. Les Sharma says:

    Not sure about the price. But it looks cool.
    Will you get hosting companies like BlueHost and Go Daddy to integrate Vaultpress in the WordPress install?

  31. Congratulations to the team on the launch of Vaultpress! It is great to see WordPress strengthen its capabilities.

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  33. Ed Gray says:

    I would like to learn more about the monitoring and hot-fix update aspects of VaultPress. I already use the Automatic Backup plugin that backs up my database, themes, plugins, and custom settings to Amazon’s S3 service, as well as emails me a copy that stays in my Gmail account if I should need it. S3 is pretty cheap. Therefore, to pay $10 per month I would need to see more services being offered than what I already have. It would also be beneficial to have a multi-blog discount.

    • Matt says:

      We’ll talk more about the monitoring and hot-fix parts of the service when those features officially launch. It sounds like for pure-backups you have a good enough solution already, the main advantage over what you describe is the real-time aspect of the backups, and the fact that we use several cloud providers, not just Amazon, as well as our own storage, and can handle things larger than your Gmail will accept as attachments. (Large galleries of images, for example.) Having multiple copies of everything helps disaster-proof any offering.

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  36. strebel says:

    Matt,

    Regarding the 0 day updates. How will this feature be prioritized against core point releases? Consider the core team applies a patch, vaultpress pushes the patch to all paid/commercial subscribers near real time. Will there be a same day point release of wordpress.org?

    Just curious as to how the commercial aspects of the service may (if at all) affect the time release of the open source software.

    • Matt says:

      WordPress.org and VaultPress have different teams. Hotfixes will be pushed through VaultPress as they’re checked into public WordPress.org SVN, unless perhaps it a problem reported and discovered by the VaultPress team.

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  41. In the future, if your site is tampered with in any way, we’ll know within minutes and can take appropriate steps. The VaultPress core engine will be able to protect you against zero-day security vulnerabilities by updating your blog with hot-fixes, even while you sleep.

    So does VP protect against hacking attempts and hacked websites? I had an entire server hacked earlier this year (which may or may not have gotten in thru one of my WP sites) that leveled all my client sites on my server. I’d be interested if this is something that VP would protect against.

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  43. Shawn says:

    How are permissions handled? Will a “restore” revert permissions to those that were applied during a stateless backup, or will the current permission structure of a site be unaffected? That is, if I have a client that sets rights to 777 in order to try to get a plugin working, but never changes them back to a secure setting that was (possibly?) backed up at a previous post – and then, inevitably, his site is hacked, will a “restore” reset the permissions to the previous value, or leave them at the current 777?

    Will the entire themes directory be backed up or only the current/active theme?

    Will the theme(s) that are backed up include the entire directory, or only the “in use” files?

    If files (such as images, icons and stylesheets) are referenced within a theme but are outside the scope of the WP-tree will they be backed up as well?

    Is it possible to obtain a downloaded copy of a stateful backup from VaultPress in one form or another?

    Are you sick of my questions, yet?

    • Matt says:

      In reverse order, never! Yes. Only if they’re inside a theme directory. All themes. Currently restore goes through you, so however you upload the files.

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  46. fetanet says:

    I’ve several small client websites with WP.
    The real-time backup feature of VP is not very interesting, daily backups are sufficient for my clients.
    BUT the automatic hot-fixing / updating feature is very interesting for me.
    It would be awesome, if i could handle multiple websites with VP in one account and keep them automatically up to date.
    So for someone like me the ideal solution would be, to have VP packages that are based on storage limits and not on the number of websites.

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  48. Looks like a service I might need but can you please offer pay pal payment for this?

    The pricing seems a bit high too… What do you think about it? someone is using it already and can say how it goes? why is it better then the host automatic backups or just saving down locally from FTP?

    Cheers

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  52. DrLightman says:

    How does it work with a Multisite installation?

    Let’s say I have a network of 50 blogs for a total of almost 2GB of database plus image files. Do I have to purchase licenses for each blog or a single license for the main blog?

    And could be transferred that large amount of data across the internet? How much time would be needed to be restored? I usually do through SSH and doesn’t take so long as if I’d do through FTP (much slower).

    • Paul Kim says:

      We don’t currently support backups for WordPress Multisite installations but we plan to make this support available this year. We already have an option to perform your transfers via SSH, so you’ll be covered with that method once we enable Multisite support.

  53. SAP Training says:

    Best thing ever. I run a training website currently in Joomla and the corresponding blog, hosted on WordPress. I liked the features and simplicity and collaboration so much, I am getting the blog and website rolled up into one website powered by WordPress.

    2 Years ago, my Joomla website was hacked and it had malware all over and I lost a ton of money – I could never recover it. Ever since, I was guarding my new Joomla website like gold. The flip side is that I am not dynamically able to make the changes that my business demanded.

    Enter VaultPress and now I am confident that you guys won’t let my website be hacked. I have made up my decision to move my entire website to WordPress and protect it with VaultPress. Hopefully you will lose the beta soon.

    Thanks Matt/Auttomatic

  54. SAP Training says:

    I am still in the process of moving my website to WordPress, and I am trying to use a brute force approach. There seems to be not a very elegant way to migrate to wordpress from other popular CMSs. I am not technically very savvy, and I must say, most small businessmen out there aren’t either.

    Vaultpress is a very beautiful tool that boosts the confidence of the website owner. If only there was a small plugin like this, that makes transfer of pages/posts from other popular CMSs to wordpress, I am sure most of them would jump straight in. Imagine moving a 1000 page website with lots of comments from other CMSs to wordpress.org. — Painful.

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  56. G. Enerika says:

    How far is the Progress of the Beta? Is it still possible to Sign up? I really looking forward to use Vaultpress in the Future as it sounds very good and i had a crash of my WordPress Database last month and had to rebuild all of it by my own which was very painful and exhausting took me days. I guess with Vaultpress it wouldnt be so stressful for me :)… So is it still available?

  57. I really looking forward to use Vaultpress in the Future as it sounds very good and i had a crash of my WordPress Database last month and had to rebuild all of it by my own which was very painful and exhausting took me days

  58. Great website. I’m really looking forward to using Vaultpress in the future as it sounds very good. I had a crash of my WordPress Database last month and had to rebuild all of it on my own, which was very painful and exhausting. It took me days.

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  60. John Galt says:

    If I am hosting on my own I just do a simple back up every day. Its easy but vault-press will be very easy.

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