In 2014, we started VersionPress as an exploration whether it would be possible to combine WordPress with the benefits of Git: a history of an entire site, undo functionality, branching and merging, team collaboration, pushing to GitHub and so on. The key point was to include the database which was going to make the problem harder but the benefits breathtaking.
As we were working on the problem in 2014 and 2015, we learned a couple of things:
- When it works, it takes the WordPress site management to a whole new level. It was worth pursuing.
- Current hosts often have shared infrastructures that don't support VersionPress, unfortunately.
- The problem itself is probably harder than we expected and some things don't have an easy solution, for example, how to support the long tail of 50,000+ WordPress plugins.
So VersionPress was always an exciting idea but with many practical challenges. Stars need to be pretty well aligned for a database merging solution to work.
Fortunately, we also realized that VersionPress is not the only way to do it and started exploring other approaches. In 2016, VersionPress.com was born. It's on the other side of the spectrum: fully hosted, effortless for you as a user, commercially supported, 100% compatible with all WordPress plugins but also not as powerful – it's fair to say that.
The great thing about having two fundamentally different solutions is that we can see what works, what doesn't and keep transferring the best ideas between them. It's also vital to have not only the free project but also the commercial part that can sustain it in the long term.
So today, "VersionPress" is more than a single solution and in fact, more will come as the building blocks we have are pretty amazing. It's our mission to improve workflows in WordPress; it will take time but we're on it.
To better communicate this new reality, we're announcing a couple of changes:
- This website is now a common home for all we do, from the hosting service to the open-source project to whatever might come in the future. It's also brand new so please let us know if you like it or not, or if spot any problems.
- The blog has moved here, too. Please note that we're using a different system so if you have been subscribed via RSS or email at the old
blog.versionpress.netaddress, please re-subscribe at
r/VersionPress(direct link for RSS) or follow us on Twitter.
- VersionPress.com is now officially out of beta. I'll write a separate post on that but feel free to explore the site and sign up if you'd like to try our free development sites 😉.
Thank you for reading and welcome to the unified VersionPress experience!