After sending golden tickets to users on stand-a-lone WordPress blogs, it looks like Automattic (the company behind WordPress) will be supporting multi-sites soon.
Unfortunately the only thing that is preventing multi-sites from being supported can be summed up in one word: billing.
Right now VaultPress is for standalone instances of WordPress only, but the question on everyone’s mind seems to be: what about MU + MS? With the merge of MU and WordPress into MS (multi-site) with 3.0 I’m not surprised it’s a hot topic.
For WordPress MS users, we just need to figure a few things out first, namely billing and enumerating your blogs. On the tech side, hooking into MS is not going to be hard since it’s basically just a bunch of WordPresses. (Official VaultPress Blog)
Currently beta users are paying $15/month per blog in order to have their sites backed up 11 times in 5 different locations (3 data centers, one copy upon Amazon S3 and another that is shrouded in secrecy).
Although that price might be “reasonable” for bloggers backing up a personal site, large multi-site services boasting over 70,000 blogs would easily go bankrupt at those prices as their bill would be $1,000,000/month!
Hopefully VaultPress can come up with a reasonable price soon, as there are many independent blogging networks who would love to use WordPress’s premium backup service without paying a hefty premium to enjoy it.
Author: Darnell Clayton
Darnell Clayton is a geek who discovered blogging long before he heard of the word “blog” (he called them “web journals” then).
When he is not tweeting, friendfeeding, or blogging about space, he enjoys running, reading and describing himself in third person.