Answers to our FAQs

Account plan changes are just one click away. However, if downgrading to the free tier, if your account has too many sites or servers for a downgrade you’ll need to first remove them before you can dropdown.

Yes, you’ll just need to sign-up for more than one account with a different email. You can have a varied mixture of sites across every plan if desired.

You’ll be charged each month, or annually, on your renewal date.

Developer accounts include the first 10 team members. Once these are filled it’s $10/month for extra staff/admin users, and $2/month for extra clients 

Changes to paid plans are prorated in real time. If you ever have an issue just drop us an email and we’ll make sure you get sorted ASAP.

All of your sites and servers will remain just as they were before when they were connected to your GridPane account. Certain features and functionality that are delivered by the GridPane service will immediately cease to function (Backups, staging, UpdateSafely™ and so on). However, your sites should continue to perform just as before and you won’t experience any outages. You’ll need to make other plans for their management and upkeep.

Aside from your monthly GridPane fees, you’ll need to make arrangements on your own for your server hardware and bandwidth. We connect to DigitalOcean, Linode, Vultr, and AWS Lightsail natively. We recommend building servers with at least 2GB of RAM but you can get started for as little as $5 per month with our default providers.

Nope. GridPane Core is a real thing. We specifically chose April 1st for two reasons: it’s the two year anniversary of a Lifetime Deal that we ran back in 2020. And while we do take things like security, performance, and reliability very seriously… we don’t take ourselves too seriously.

When we first launched GridPane we had a Free Forever plan, which proved unsustainable because of the support burden created by the segment of users. We’ve ultimately figured out how to solve for that: the only support available for Core users is from the community. There’s hundreds of pages of documentation, covering every imaginable use case. The GridPane platform now powers more than 100K websites. It’s incredibly robust, secure, and highly performant.

Our ideal clients are larger agencies who are spending many hundreds or thousands of dollars per month on their hosting needs. But everyone has to start somewhere. The people signing up for GridPane Core today are the future of the WordPress ecosystem. We don’t want price to be the barrier that stops ambitious WordPress developers from learning about the insanely cool set of tools that we’ve built here at GridPane.

It’s fairly straightforward: we make a little bit of money when you choose to sign up to certain infrastructure providers that we have integrated into the platform. And we’ve eliminated all of the costs associated with supporting these free accounts. Our support team is still standing by 24/7 in the (unlikely) event of any issues with the application or our stack. Core users are encouraged to enroll in the various educational pathways that we’ve built across our documentation and our knowledgebase.

GridPane Core is a restricted set of tools, without support, and with a limit of 25 sites. If you don’t need any of our more advanced features (like remote backups, staging functionality, cloning tools, advanced security and performance settings etc) then Core may be sufficient for you. Almost all paid users are currently using one or more features which are not available in Core.

One of the most common things that we hear new users of GridPane say is “What if I don’t know anything about servers?” And our answer is always the same: You don’t need to know anything about servers or systems administration. A little bit of knowledge definitely doesn’t hurt, but everything you need to know is all laid out within the onboarding videos and your various welcome/getting started emails. If you can just follow along our initial instructions will have you rolling within as little as 15 minutes. And if you get stuck for any reason, you can likely get unstuck just by running through our Top Ten list.

People who are completely new to self-managed WordPress can get started in minutes using Core connected to an inexpensive server from Vultr or DigitalOcean.

Everything that you manage inside of GridPane belongs 100% to you, and you can take them with you and leave GridPane at any time. Each server you connect to GridPane is secured by an outside provider, and your fees and arrangements with them are your business alone. We can’t cancel or revoke your sites, because they’re 100% in your control, always.

Teams are a way you can give staff and clients access to your GridPane account. There are 3 different levels of access:

  • Our Admin roles give users full account access (all websites and servers).
  • Our staff role gives access on a server by server basis.
  • Our client role gives access on a site by site basis.

We can assist with website migrations for developer and pro plan customers. Our prices for managed migrations vary. Please reach out to support to discuss your requirements.

Most popular migration plugins do work with our platform (popular choices are All in One WP Migration and Migrate Guru), and we have several guides in our knowledge base detailing how to migrate a website over to GridPane. 

We do not have email on the stack at all. Email is best handled by email providers. Typically our customers use GSuite or Outlook 365 as they’re the biggest and most reliable.

You will need to set up a transactional email service to handle WordPress emails (form submissions, password resets, etc). We integrate directly with SendGrid for this, but there are many excellent, inexpensive solutions such as Postmark, Mailgun, Sendinblue, Amazon SES, etc.

Yes via Google Authenticator – which also works with Authy.

GridPane doesn’t offer Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) or hosting hardware. We provide a control panel that lets you interface with the best IaaS providers in the world, on your terms, in any data center you choose. You can pick companies like DigitalOcean, VULTR, Linode, AWS Lightsail or you can bring your own server from almost any provider that has Ubuntu KVM based VPS servers available. Google Compute Engine support, natively within the application, is coming in the future. 

This is a tricky one to answer accurately. The general view is 10 sites per GB of RAM. If you ask us, we may be a little more cautious and say 5-7 per GB. That said, 25 sites should perform great on a $20 machine (4GB RAM). That is assuming brochure style websites with no WooCommerce, LMS, or WaaS setups.

For WooCommerce etc, we’d recommend putting them on their own server as they tend to a lot more resource-intensive – but that also depends on the size of the site and the amount of traffic it receives.

As for one monster server vs several smaller ones, we’d recommend not putting all of your eggs in one basket. Why? Let’s say you have 60 sites on a huge powerful DigitalOcean server in New York. Then New York goes down early one morning due to catastrophic hardware failure. Now you’ve got 60 downed sites and a whole bunch of migrating to do. This assumes the absolute worst – hardware failure, that you didn’t have server snapshot active at the provider, and that you luckily had offsite backups of your own (local backups would be gone at this point). If you want to take it another step, we can say in this nightmare scenario that you don’t have offsite plugin backups. 60 sites gone, no backups anywhere and you’re out of business before you get your morning coffee.

Nobody wants that to happen. Different cities and ideally with different providers is a much safer bet, and you can also put your customers on servers that are closest to their market. It’s still a bad day if you 5 servers with DigitalOcean in NYC if all of NYC goes down. This is the absolute worst case, but it’s best to be prepared for it just in case.

We have no preset limit for how many sites or servers you can create.

The only limits you have on traffic are the ones imposed by the bandwidth limits of your chosen provider. We never restrict or throttle your visitors and so long as your accounts with your hosting providers stay at or below their established bandwidth limits, you’ll never have to pay overages for too much traffic. All of our default providers have plans that can support many hundreds of thousands, even millions of monthly visitors, for as little as $5/month.

Yes, these are your servers and you will have full root access to them.

You can easily connect to your WordPress websites and manage their files over SFTP using an FTP client such as FileZilla.

You can also do many tasks such as file editing directly on the command line with nano.

We include phpMyAmin by default for all sites – with our setup you can log in and manage your database in just one click.

You can also easily connect to your database with MySQL Workbench if you ever need to, as well as manage MySQL directly on your servers

PHP can easily be changed for each website. Currently, new websites are launched on PHP 7.3, but you can change your site to 7.2 or 7.4 in just a couple of clicks. You can completely customize your default settings for building new websites – including PHP version, WAF, DNS, PHP Workers, Staging, Theme and Plugin Bundles and more.

Absolutely, all your sites include a PHP customizer that will allow you to fine-tune your settings directly inside your account. We also have our custom GP-CLI that will allow you easily and quickly make tweaks to your settings directly on your server if prefer.

You’ll probably find that our out of the box settings are good for most of your projects, but if you need to make changes you can easily do so.

Right now this is not a part of the service we offer. You can certainly set up load balancing and/or dedicated databases with servers provisioned at GridPane, but we would not be able to support any custom work done to those servers.

Not at this time, but it is on our roadmap for the future.

Our Developer plan and above includes OpenLitespeed and Nginx stacks to choose from.

Our NGINX based stack competes with the absolute best in the business, ranked “Top Tier” in the enterprise category by Review Signal – we highly recommend you check out the results here.

If you’re looking for performance and security, we’ve got you covered.

Absolutely! This isn’t something we build into our stack, but there are multiple plugins available that can do this, and we don’t put any restrictions on what you can and cannot install on your servers.

Our minimum recommendation is 1 CPU 2GB RAM.

Our minimum supported server size is 1 CPU 1GB RAM.

Once the OS, webserver, PHP, MySQL, and Redis have taken up their required share, there is not a lot of RAM leftover on 1 GB server, which in some cases can lead to poor performance. 

How Do I Get Help?

Open a ticket

Create a new ticket by choosing Support from your Settings dropdown within your GridPane account. Tickets are triaged based on severity. Low priority tickets (general questions, documentation level questions) may be shifted until the next business day. 

Self-Help tools

Many problems within your WordPress sites can be resolved in just a couple of clicks by using the Self-Help tools inside your dashboard. Password resets, permissions resets, outgoing transactional email solutions, full server cloning, and total cache purging are all available within the Self-Help Tools. Start your support journey there.

Documentation

New video walkthroughs are coming soon for all features, functions, and capabilities. For now you’ll find 250+ articles in our Knowledge Base. Please check to be sure that your issue hasn’t already been covered by a previous article before submitting a technical support request. If we’re missing something, please let us know!

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