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The WordPress VIP Platform has container-based infrastructure that allows customers to run core WordPress with custom themes and plugins, and Node.js applications on Automattic’s world-class hardware and network infrastructure.

Media is served from the VIP File System, a globally distributed object store. Site content is served by Varnish from a global network of edge cache server locations. VIP looks after hourly platform backups and 24/7 monitoring.

An overview of the VIP Platform infrastructure

While a site is in development, it will use a convenience domain ending in A production environment tracks the production branch of an application’s wpcomvip GitHub repository. Non-production environments can be provided for testing and development, and will track a specific branch in the same repo. Testing and developing code on a VIP Local Development Environment is encouraged.

The VIP Platform supports both WordPress single site and WordPress multisite installations of WordPress. WordPress application codebases consist of core WordPress, platform-specific VIP MU plugins, and an application’s custom code.

Last updated: April 04, 2023

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