Trying GridPane (and Digital Ocean) for Free

One of my primary objectives with GridPane is that it be as accessible as humanly possible.

And there’s pretty much nothing more intimidating to your basic run-of-the-mill WordPress site owner than “Why don’t you just spin up a VPS node and install this SaaS control panel on it and then you can…”

They’re checked out by the third word in that conversation.

Because the “you” in that scenario is THEM.

And now they have to go do all that stupid stuff, and they’re confused and not interested and “Gotta go, thanks!”

So I’m hoping that we can simplify account signups and make it all cost zero dollars for you to get your feet wet in the first place.

My blatant affiliate link to Digital Ocean is right here:

That should be good for $100 free at Digital Ocean.

I’m very intentionally not concealing that behind some “here” text or whatever. If you go there and signup and then you like Digital Ocean and you continue to spend money with them, they will pay me for sending them a new satisfied customer.

Nothing wrong with that. It’s the way all kinds of things get promoted and sold online. Almost every major hosting provider, even the really respectable ones, use affiliate programs to promote their services.

In the long run we’ll be offering affiliate promotions of the GridPane service.

That’s not the objective right now, and neither is me making money off of you spending money somewhere else.

I want you to give money directly to me, in exchange for something that you deem to be more valuable than what you’re paying. That’s basically the whole idea behind this software and this company… you like it, it kicks ass for you, you pay for it.

But you’ve got start somewhere, so my motivation here is that you simply try any infrastructure provider and just see for yourself how easy this can be.

So use that link above, or use another link, from somewhere else, to any provider of your choosing.

Then create a new VPS server and connect it to GridPane. In less than 15 minutes you can have live screaming fast WordPress sites and everybody goes home in a limousine.

Here, let me show you…



What is Preemptive Support?

One of the single most frustrating things that I ever experienced in website hosting – and I’ve seen a metric-buttload-of-bad – was when one of my customers sites totally folded on itself and… nothing happened.

No one did anything.

Not the visitors, because they couldn’t visit.

Not the client because they never touched their own site – that was my job.

And not me, because I didn’t know anything then.

But, most importantly… not the “managed” WordPress provider I was paying a good amount of money to every month.

They didn’t do anything because, get this: they don’t monitor their clients’ sites for downtime. That’s not part of their job apparently. They’re too busy making WordPress run super awesome.

Let me repeat this so it really sinks: No part of their core deliverable involves insuring that their core deliverable is delivered.

I’m having difficulty coming up with a good analogy, excluding politics, because there are too many to list.

I’ll try anyway: it would be like if you went to pick up your wedding cake and they brought out a burning pile of all your melted childhood toys. Or they brought out nothing. That would be more analogous, I guess.

That whole deal was probably one of the original seeds for Preemptive Support.

And by “seed” I mean the rage-powered dragon that lives inside my brain which occasionally lays waste to everything in sight.

The fact that you need to tell your website host that your website is down is… how do I put this?

It’s world-class, nuclear stupid.

And there’s all kinds of problems like that, everywhere in this industry.

I don’t like those problems. They’re not interesting or novel in any way, whatsoever.

So how about we all just agree to not do that kind of stuff anymore, OK?

What if we tried… to just make the easy stuff go away as quickly as possible?


Automatic White Screen of Death Resolu-WHAAAAT?!?!

Yep. We’ve done it. No more annoying 50X errors, no more white screens, no more renaming the plugins folder. All that stupid stuff dies right here, right now.


Snapshot Failover – High availability for the masses

The entire Atlanta datacenter went down. And stayed down. For hours. Days in fact.

Dallas too, and Newark, out west – seemingly everywhere, all at once.

That was Christmas Day 2015 and the beginning of one of the most sustained and concerted Distributed Denial of Service attacks in the history of the Internet. It was an attack directed at one of my infrastructure providers, Linode.

And it blew up every single one of my clients’ sites up, all at the same time.

And there wasn’t a damn thing I could do about it. I was not OK with that feeling.

But that was a long time ago and LOT has changed since then. It all makes for a pretty decent story, one I’ll save for another time.

Suffice it to say that it all ends well and that conclusion forms one of the opening chapters in an entirely new story…