I saw this evening that WordPress.com has released an in-between service called Enterprise. At $500 per month, it’s a lot cheaper than their VIP service, which starts at $3,750 per month. It’s a big move for the hosted platform, and I’m sure one they’ve planned for a long time. I know there’s been no shortage of sites hopping on their full fledged VIP plan, so I’m sure they’ll get quite a bit of business from this significantly cheaper option. To me, it seems this move targets managed WordPress hosts like WP Engine, Pagely, and Zippy Kid more-so than offering the bridge they’re talking about between their “pro” (very cheap – $100 / year) accounts and full fledged VIP.
I’m sure thousands of businesses will prove me wrong here and flock to this new Enterprise offering. I say so because this space is just growing so rapidly, it seems inevitable. But I’d guess it’ll be more of the “some eBay blog” types, versus the primary website for a legitimate “enterprise”. We shall see.
edit: Christina Warren, of Mashable, posted a very nice post on this as well, and I agree with much of her analysis. Also note her comment below.