Media Temple is launching a new enterprise-grade WordPress hosting solutionÂ today. That would be interesting by itself, but the twist here is that the company, which is owned by GoDaddy, is hosting this service on AWS.
With this offering, Media Temple is combining its expertise in running WordPress installs with its (mt) One white-glove customer service offering, CloudTech Premier support, and the scalability of Amazonâ€™s cloud computing services.
While it may seem odd for a hosting provider like Media Temple to offer a solution on Amazonâ€™s platform instead of its own, itâ€™s worth noting that the company already offered managed cloud hosting on AWS before.
â€œMedia Templeâ€™s servers are good, but there are things we can do with Amazonâ€™s technology that you canâ€™t do with a virtual private server,â€ MediaTemple senior director of product management Brendan FortuneÂ told me. Among these things are AWS tools like Lambda, Amazonâ€™s serverless compute service, andÂ robust support for containers with the EC2 Container Service.Â Fortune noted how building on top of Amazonâ€™s container management service enables Media Temple to quickly scale a WordPress deployment up and down as needed, for example.
As Fortune stressed, the idea here is to provide users with peace of mind.Â Subscribers will get a dedicated account manager, for example, who can help solve problems but also work with users pro-actively. The WordPress installs themselvesÂ areÂ managed by Media Templeâ€™s CloudTech team, which will use its monitoring systems to watch over these installs.
While Media Temple will obviously also be watching out for security issues and automatically patch these WordPress installs, the service also uses Amazonâ€™s CloudFront DDoS protection.
All of this service does come at a price, of course. While AWS charges on a per-use basis, Media Temple is abstracting all of this away from its users and rolling everything into two plans. The standard enterprise plan costs $2,500 per month comes with support for five sites, one terabyte of cloud storage, 1.5 terabytes of monthly CDN usage, scaling to up to 10 EC2 instances using containers, and support for Amazonâ€™s RDS database. Users who need more can opt for the â€œmax performanceâ€ plan, butÂ this plan comes with a bespoke pricing plan as well.
Given this pricing, itâ€™s no surprise MediaTemple is aiming this service at agencies, enterprises and mid-market companies. While the price may seem high, itâ€™s in line with other managed WordPress hosting services like Pagely, which charges a similar price for its high-end plan.
Fortune tells me the team looked at AWSâ€™s competitors like Azure and Google Cloud Platform as well, but in the end opted for AWS because it was already familiar with the technology and because it wanted to use AWSâ€™s container service.