take the first step to harnessing two market leaders

Powering 28% of the web and publishing roughly 41.7 million new posts every month, WordPress holds an enduring status as one of the top content management systems (CMS) of choice on the internet. And given that blogging and content production remain popular startup marketing tools, WordPress is unlikely to be knocked from this position anytime soon. Combining AWS technologies with WordPress ultimately helps to improve the end user experience and the cost efficiency of deployment.

The CMS platform performs well enough out of the box that even the novice website builder can manage their way around site development and blog publication with ease. However, there’s always room for improvement, and the number of ways to optimize WordPress through AWS only attest to this fact.

Why AWS and WordPress?

AWS provides first-rate cloud-computing capabilities for infrastructure and software development. The platform allows you to utilize its highly distributed, full-featured services without all the upfront costs normally associated with migrating to the Cloud. Instead, users pay on a per-use basis for all resources, plus, gain the option to scale consumption and architecture as necessary.

AWS Advantages

Ibexlabs’ Customized Architectural Options

Leveraging AWS allows Ibexlabs to provide multiple deployment options, all working in accordance with architectural best practices. These include the following:

  • Maximize application uptime

    Our DevOps as a Service consulting team manage your infrastructure around the clock to solve problems before they arise.

  • Overcome IT automation challenges

    Leverage Ibexlabs’ knowledge of DevOps to get started on the right path to continuous integration and continuous delivery.

  • Maximize application uptime

    Our DevOps as a Service consulting team manage your infrastructure around the clock to solve problems before they arise.

  • Overcome IT automation challenges

    Leverage Ibexlabs’ knowledge of DevOps to get started on the right path to continuous integration and continuous delivery.

Accelerated Content Delivery

Upgrade your end user’s content access experience through AWS CloudFront. A CloudFront and WordPress coalition helps to improve site responsiveness and reduce the load on web servers—and subsequently, scale down the required infrastructure. CloudFront draws on static content sourced in an Amazon S3 bucket or dynamic content from an Application Load Balancer to increase the availability of your site.

Fault-Tolerant and Self-Healing Database

By optimizing the use of Amazon Aurora MySQL for your WordPress deployment, Ibexlabs adds unparalleled speed, scalability, and durability for your data. Self-healing, Aurora is an efficient scale-out database-optimized storage service which continually backs up your data across multiple Availability Zones and in an S3 bucket.

Recovery Failure

AWS offers a variety of ways to back up and recover your data, content, application code and configuration as well as themes and plugins. For multi-server deployment, Ibexlabs opt for a combination of services to backup appropriate components as mentioned, these include:

  • WordPress AMIs of EC2 instances and AWS Aurora for content, WordPress application code and configuration

  • Amazon S3 bucket or Amazon EFS file system for themes and plugins

Plugin Optimisation

Ibexlabs offers a WordPress optimization solution on AWS that combines and exploits the following three plugins:

WP Offload S3 Lite

Offload S3 Lite provides a lightweight copy service for storing resources on Amazon S3. Hosting assets in S3 offers a battle-hardened solution for scaling and solves a lot of user experience problems without needing AWS EFS. With this plugin, material is uploaded to your server first before being copied to S3 (with the option to remove the files from your own server afterward).

Benefits include easily being to transfer and control all Amazon S3 files from a Media Library and deliver to users through S3/CloudFront.

Bedrock

A WordPress boilerplate for easy configuration, improved project structure, and enhanced security. Using Bedrock allows Ibexlabs to automate and deploy through a local database to run the install and get a WordPress site up and running quickly. Once this is finished, we move onto site customization and functionality.

Spinning up a WordPress site through Bedrock is pain-free and the solution is multisite compatible too.

Amazon Web Services plugin

Ibexlabs optimizes the use of this plugin to connect WordPress to an AWS account and take full advantage of all the services that the platform provides. It works well with the companion plugin S3 Lite below and helps take the complexity out of defining AWS access keys.

The results of this combo is a fairly stateless WordPress installation which allows you to spin up any number of instances of it. With WP Offload S3 Lite handling all sites assets too, users will be able to access large media files and resources without delay or inconsistency either.

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Fusing AWS with WordPress allows Ibexlabs to improve performance, resiliency, and cost efficiency, resulting in a highly available, multi-server, scalable architecture where desired.