Jetpack Premium Included With Managed WordPress Hosting

Many customers have recently been inquiring about Jetpack Premium that is included as a part of our Managed WordPress Hosting (MWP). This blog post will explain a little bit more about this service and what it does.

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What is Jetpack?

The Jetpack plugin for WordPress has been around since 2011. It includes free core features for designing, securing and growing a WordPress blog.

  • Design: free themes, image tools, sidebar customization, rich content
  • Security: secure logins, brute force attack protection
  • Traffic Growth: site stats, automated social sharing, related-post content, high-speed CDN for images/fast site load times

Jetpack’s features are provided and hosted by WordPress.com, which removes any server resource usage from your Laughing Squid Hosting account. This does require you to create a WordPress.com account login if you do not already have one, but these basic features are free to use after that.

What is Jetpack Premium?

Jetpack Premium is a paid-for service from Automattic, the parent company of both WordPress.com and Jetpack. The service includes some pretty advanced security features. Imagine having your website code, themes and plugins automatically scanned every day for security malware, and if a threat is detected, you receive an email notification. And if the the threat is already a known one, having it instantly resolved. That is what Jetpack Premium actually does.

Jetpack Premium also offers unlimited backups. You can automate daily backups of your entire site with no storage limit. You can also restore or migrate your site from a backup with one click.

Jetpack Premium is also a great way to leverage your website’s growth. If you use Google Analytics, you can seamlessly integrate into the Jetpack dashboard, giving you a side-by-side comparison of both Google and Jetpack’s traffic metrics and targets. What about SEO, you ask? You can also use Jetpack Premium to preview how content looks in Google, Facebook and Twitter and get suggestions for optimizing your content for these various platforms.

Jetpack Premium also grants you access to monetize your site in the WordPress.com advertising network, and you can accept online payments through your site using various merchants like PayPal.

On its own, Jetpack Premium currently costs $9/mo. The good news is that JetPack Premium is included in all of our Managed WordPress Hosting (MWP) plans. If you are looking to enjoy the benefits mentioned above at no cost, migrate to MWP Hosting today!

Managed WordPress PHP 7.2 Upgrade

Pressable will be upgrading the version of PHP we use on Managed WordPress to PHP 7.2 on April 3rd, 2019. This is a mandatory upgrade due to the fact that PHP will no longer be providing security updates for PHP 7.0.

There is a built-in scanning tool you can use to detect whether there might be any conflicts on your site with PHP 7.2 that available in your dashboard. To access this tool, you will need to visit https://my.pressable.com and click into the “Settings” of a site you want to check. From there, you will see a “PHP Report” tab that you can click on to begin the process of generating and viewing reports for your site.

For more information about the PHP 7.2 update and the scanning tool, please see Pressable’s knowledge base article: https://kb.pressable.com/article/upgrading-to-php-7-2/

PHP Supported Versions: http://php.net/supported-versions.php

Managed WordPress Hosting

Back in March, we introduced a new hosting option that we call Managed WordPress Hosting, or MWP for short.

We’ve had a lot of success with this service, and so have early-adopting Laughing Squid customers who have already migrated. If you aren’t really sure if it is right for you or if you’re just hearing about it now for the first time, here is some information to summarize what MWP is is all about.

MWP is a highly-optimized WordPress hosting service that features:
  • Daily backups that are easy to restore
  • A free LetsEncrypt SSL certificate
  • A built-in CDN to leverage content for faster load times
  • Jetpack Premium at no extra cost
  • Enterprise grade email provided by Rackspace
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View of the MWP control panel.

Do I need MWP hosting for my website?

If you can answer yes to any of the following, then you are a great candidate for migration:

  • I am not comfortable manually upgrading my WordPress blog, themes, and/or plugins.
  • I constantly struggle with website overages, like compute cycles, disk space, and/or bandwidth.
  • My WordPress website has been hacked.
  • I need to keep renewing my SSL certificate in the current Cloud Sites environment.
  • I need an affordable SSL certificate solution for my website.
  • I want to instantly recover a previous version of my website.
  • I have outgrown the resource allowances of Cloud Sites and do not want to move to another host.

Any of the above are solid reasons for migration to our MWP hosting. If you are an existing customer interested in having us migrate your WordPress website to MWP (there is no charge for migration), please submit a simple migration form to start the process.

If you are a new customer and you want to migrate from your old host to our MWP hosting, just fill out our order form. Migration is also free for new customers.