What’s Different

I left a comment on TechCrunch that a lot of people liked, so I thought I’d reproduce it here. This is in response to “There are a lot of free backup plugins and services, why would I use VaultPress?”

There are tons of great, free backup plugins.

VaultPress does more, though:

  • It can handle any amount of stuff. For example my site (ma.tt) has about 30,000 photos on it, totaling about 33 gigabytes.
  • It’s an all-in-one package. You don’t need one thing to back up your database, one thing for your files, one thing for your themes, et cetera.
  • It’s real-time. You make a post and it’s in the cloud seconds later.
  • It’s enterprise-grade and not reliant on one provider, including us. Your site is stored on no fewer than 2 cloud services in addition to our own copies.
  • It going to do more than just backup. The VaultPress engine will be able to push hotfixes to zero-day security vulnerabilities, for example.
  • There’s even more I can’t talk about yet.

It’s a complete solution — once VaultPress is running you don’t have to worry about anything except creating a great site.

The only thing I’d add for that is that I don’t want to entrust my backups to a free service. I want to know there’s a business on the other end whose livelihood is making sure my backups are 100% secure as long as I can pay them, not just until their VC funding runs out or they figure out how to monetize the eyeballs of all their free users.

That’s actually why we decided to take a different business model approach with VaultPress. Most of Automattic’s services are freemium, meaning the core product is free with premium upgrades available. That just didn’t seem appropriate as we imagine how we imagined VaultPress evolving over the next 5 years — it’s a high-end product, for high-end users.

I’m a geek and I outsource very little of my tech life, that’s why I host my own blog on my own server, but peace of mind is something I don’t mind paying for.

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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17 Responses to What’s Different

  1. Emre says:

    Thank you very much, we were looking for something like this. Nice app indeed.

  2. “… peace of mind is something I don’t mind paying for.”

    Summed up perfectly.

  3. jose says:

    Hi Matt, first congrats and secondly congrats again, quoting a famous singer… “oops! you did it again”

    My question is about the timing when VAULT be ready for use 🙂 I am looking forward to it.

    thanks for your great product and for being free!

  4. jose says:

    got it. thanks for the note and look forward to some gold 😉

  5. admin says:

    what theme is it? i am interested in clear, clean themes love this one


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  7. Matt, thanks so much for creating this. All my client sites are now built on WordPress – and to have an industrial strength backup and security option like this is just what’s needed.

    The fact that it’s also built and run by you guys is brilliant – who could be better than the peeps who built the WordPress system 🙂

    Great job.

    kindest regards,

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  9. Lee Doel says:

    My first impressions of this were wow excellent a decent backup and protection plugin…

    However my concern if you call it a concern is that you want to charge a monthly fee. Are there any plans to have a pricing plan that we can pay for a year at a time? I am just not a big fan of paying monthly I like to either pay in full or like my car insurance I pay for the year upfront.



  10. Matt,
    VaultPress sounds like a dream come true! I design website using WordPress and the back-up and security issue has been my biggest dilemma. I want 100% peace or mind for my own sites and those of my clients. And I don’t want to take chances with free plug-ins or a multitude of tasks and locations to create the back-up files. A paid service is absolutely the answer. I do hope you can keep the cost down for us small-time designers with small business clients. Can’t wait to use it and I hope I am picked randomly or not so randomly for the beta version. Thanks so much!

  11. Charlie says:

    If I am running a multi-site network of blogs would they all be covered for $30 a month? Even if there are potentially thousands of them?

  12. It sounds wonderful- please let us know when it gets up and running!

  13. Any update on this project?

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