Compare different Bitnami and Automattic WordPress solutions
Which Bitnami and Automattic WordPress image best suits your needs?
WordPress Certified by Bitnami and Automattic listings on the Google Cloud Marketplace
If you navigate to the Google Cloud Marketplace and search for “Bitnami WordPress”, you will find more than one WordPress image. Each image provides different features and benefits ranging from standard performance for small sites to the most complex multi-tier architecture for sites that demand high-performance and security.
Choosing the right solution is essential to ensure that all your requirements are fully satisfied.
Bitnami has published the following in the Google Cloud Marketplace:
- WordPress Certified by Bitnami and Automattic: ideal for personal sites and testing environments. It includes all default features.
- WordPress Multisite Certified by Bitnami and Automattic: perfect for having different domains and sites controlled by a unique administrator.
- WordPress with NGINX and SSL Certified by Bitnami and Automattic: the right choice for dealing with a high number of connections.
- WordPress Multi-Tier Certified by Bitnami and Automattic: designed for high-demand environments. The application and database run on multiple virtual machines improving the capacity and security.
Read on to learn what aspects to consider.
Benefits of deploying WordPress by Bitnami and Automattic
Whenever you launch any of the WordPress certified by Bitnami and Automattic images from the Google Cloud Marketplace, you are running their most up-to-date and secure version. Bitnami provides the latest version of WordPress and its components, and includes every single security patch. Apart from these default characteristics, Bitnami WordPress now comes with the Jetpack and AMP plugins enabled.
Sample benefits include:
- Additional professional themes
- Unlimited, high-speed image and video content delivery network
- Better mobile experience: integration with the official WordPress mobile apps, faster image loading
- Performance improvements thanks to Jetpack’s site accelerator
- SEO tools for Google, Bing, Twitter, Facebook, and WordPress.com
- Elasticsearch-powered for content and site search
- Paypal payment buttons
- Daily backups of your site
- Site activity tracking
- Malware and code scanning
- Faster and higher performance
- Consistent experience for users across all distribution platforms
- AMP Infinite scroll support
- Improved CSS optimization
- Structured data opinions
- GDPR compliance
- AMP WooCommerce support
- Carousel support for Gallery
- Youtube and Vine Embed support
- Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, Tumblr, Telegram and more social media support and integrations
Other popular plugins such as Akismet, All in One SEO Pack are preinstalled by default.
If you are a developer, you may find it interesting to know that Bitnami and Automattic WordPress images bring you:
- The possibility of auto-configuring a Let’s Encrypt certificate for secure connections. HTTP/2 is also supported.
- The latest versions of WordPress, PHP, Apache, and MariaDB
- System caching functionality for improving site performance
The above features are included in all the WordPress images that Bitnami has published in the Google Cloud Marketplace catalog. Hence, how to know which listing to choose?
What should you consider when selecting a Bitnami and Automattic WordPress image?
If you have selected WordPress for building a new website, or you already have a WordPress server running on Google Cloud Platform (GCP) - but your needs have changed - this checklist can be useful for you to choose the right image. Evaluate your requirements, pick the right Bitnami WordPress listing and launch it using your GCP account!
Are you a content author, a developer, or a system administrator?
If you want to run a personal blog or a small site as a content author, the best option is to launch WordPress Certified by Bitnami and Automattic.
As a developer, you can also benefit from this option, but you will probably be taking other requirements into account, such as web server performance or the number of sites you have to manage. In that case, both WordPress with NGINX and SSL Certified by Bitnami and Automattic and WordPress Multisite Certified by Bitnami and Automattic are excellent options, respectively. The only difference between them is that one uses NGINX as a web server while the other uses Apache.
From the perspective of a system administrator, having the data separated from the code is essential. In this case, chances are that WordPress Multi-Tier Certified by Bitnami and Automattic will ultimately be your choice.
Number of sites
Are you part of an organization, university or large company that has different sites to manage? WordPress Multisite Certified by Bitnami and Automattic allows you to have multiple sites with different domains and layouts, but with a single central administrator. This way, you can get the benefit of having different sites that share plugins and themes, and are managed from the same user interface.
Does your website face thousand of connections each day? For high-demand sites with a huge number of connections, it is vital to make sure that your server is able to provide faster content without needing to consume a lot of resources. You will get the best performance with either WordPress Multi-Tier Certified by Bitnami and Automattic or with WordPress with NGINX and SSL Certified by Bitnami and Automattic. Varnish (TM) is included by default as a system cache to boost your website’s performance.
Unsure of which image to choose for your WordPress use case? Reach out to our support team through our github repository with the details of what you are trying to accomplish. Our team will be happy to guide you in the right direction!