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The VIP platform

The VIP platform (also referred to in our documentation as VIP Go) has container-based infrastructure that allows clients to run core WordPress with custom themes and plugins on Automattic’s world-class hardware and network infrastructure.

On our platform, the codebase consists of core WordPress, a handful of platform-specific mu-plugins, and the client’s custom code. Media is served from the VIP Files Service, a globally distributed object store, and sites are cached on the edge with Varnish. VIP looks after hourly platform backups and 24/7 monitoring.

VIP infrastructure diagram
An overview of the VIP infrastructure (click to enlarge)

While your site is in development, it will use a convenience URL ending in The production environment tracks the master branch of the connected GitHub repository, which auto-deploys. VIP can also set up child environments for development purposes, which will track a specific branch in the same repo. We also encourage developing locally.

The VIP platform supports both single-site and multisite installations of WordPress.


VIP clients are offered a variety of tools:

  • Jetpack, VaultPress, and Akismet are connected by default to each VIP Go application.
  • Sites are connected to New Relic for application monitoring.
  • VIP clients can take advantage of supercharged search via Jetpack Search, powered by Elasticsearch.
  • Scanning for coding issues on each PR.

Further Reading

Understanding your VIP codebase

VIP’s mu-plugins repository

Writing files on VIP

Multisite on VIP

Local development on VIP Go

Testing Jetpack on VIP

Accessing site backups via VaultPress


New Relic on VIP

Disaster recovery for VIP

Last updated: December 11, 2020