The Web.Eng WordPress Platform on AWS

Platform

AWS backs us, we back you

For the past 9 years, AWS was evaluated as the leader in cloud Infrastructure as a Service.

The market for cloud IaaS continues to consolidate as customers and vendors push for more security, innovation, and scale.

Read Gartner Report: Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Worldwide (2019)

  • Security

  • Availability

  • Performance

  • Global Footprint

  • Scalability

  • Flexibility

Web.Eng builds on Amazon resources and offers our clients a suite of products and services that are optimised specifically for the demands of WordPress.

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Public Cloud Computing Market

Source: Statista Global public cloud computing market 2008-2020

Cloud Computing Market Share Breakdown

AWS 32%
Microsoft Azure 18%
Google Cloud 6%
Alibaba Cloud 5%
Others 39%

Source: Canalys Cloud Channels Analysis, February 2020

Infrastructure on AWS

Developer Console

Tech Stack

Server Visibility Layer

Our monitoring systems report on the status of all relevant component programs in the form of live dashboards.

  • Our monitoring systems report on the status of the following component programs:
  • The monitoring system reports on each component respectively, and includes the following metrics: Current Status, Current Load, CPU Usage, RAM Usage, % SWAP Usage, Read & Write B/s, Version, Disk Space Usage

Application Instance DevOps Layer

The Application Instance layer is focussed on providing better DevOps management to teams.

  • The Web.Eng Platform includes 3 different application instances: Staging, Auto Updates and Production.

  • Adding a new WordPress website to your optimised server has never been quicker, easier and more efficient. It takes 3 clicks to build a new website. Pre-packaged bundles, themes and plugins can be configured to install and activate, and default users can log in and start working right away.

  • Each new website created on this platform can enable a staging and auto-update instance of WordPress – simply tick the relevant box and it is set up!

INSTANCE 1

Production

INSTANCE 2

Automatic Updates

INSTANCE 3

Staging

WordPress Website Layer

All of the tools to manage WordPress on a single page.

  • The third and most useful layer is the WordPress specific website layer. Here you can configure SSL, PHP versions, Page Caching, Object Caching, Application-level WAF, backups, domain management and logs.

Scale as Your Business Needs Evolve

Put our experience and knowledge to work on your next project. We offer customised, best-in-class support services to fit your site’s specific needs.

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AWS Global Infrastructure Map

Frequently Asked Questions

What are South African companies and developers able to do with the local data centre region?

The addition of this new AWS Region enables all organizations to bring lower latency services to their end-users across Africa, and allows more African organisations to benefit from the performance, security, flexibility, scalability, reliability, and ease of use of the AWS cloud. It enables organisations of all sizes to experiment and innovate faster.

AWS Regions meet the highest levels of security, compliance, and data protection. With the new Region, local customers with data residency requirements, and those looking to comply with the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA), will be able to store their content in South Africa with the assurance that they retain complete ownership of their data and it will not move unless they choose to move it.

Africa (Cape Town) is the 23rd AWS Region, and the first one in Africa. It is comprised of three Availability Zones, bringing the Global AWS Infrastructure to a total of 73 Availability Zones (AZ).

What advantages are there for geographically closer data centers?

It’s extremely important for a customer to be able to rely on partners and companies to help them tick boxes in terms of security, migration from on premise to the cloud, complexities of the interface, and most importantly, not only the technical people but also the business entrepreneurs to drive innovation. Below are a few of the many advantages of the new AWS data center in Cape Town

  • Serves customers in the new region with low latency
  • Reduce costs
  • High throughput of automation & DevOps
  • Create applications that create infrastructures.
  • Reduce time to market. Minimise the time to write the code and get it out into production
  • Automate and securely deploy code
  • Local companies can utilise the services of expert managed service providers like Web.Eng
What are some of the use cases for low latency?

The most important example is websites and web applications. This gives the user the perception that the web application is fast and responsive, like a native app. If done right, many things can be accomplished. With that said, higher costs for higher performance is also mitigated with low cost, low latency solutions

Will Web.Eng optimise my images?

Short answer: Yes!

Long answer: We know there are multiple different ways to approach image optimisation, which is why recommend using API or cloud-based plugins where all the image processing happens on remote servers and doesn’t require any local executables to be installed (we disapprove enabling the exec() function for security reasons).

Below is a short list of plugins we recommend our users explore that abide by this approach:

  • Smush.it plugin (see this blog post for a deeper rundown)
  • EWWW Image Optimizer plugin
  • Kraken Image Optimizer plugin
  • ShortPixel Image Optimizer plugin

Note: As an alternative, our VPS hosting plans offer a bit more flexibility with a specialized image processing service we can apply by request. This is our specialized image optimizing service built into our technical stack (at no additional fee) designed to optimise your images on the fly. Bypassing the heavy processing upfront that’s generally required with serving images helps us save your storage and bandwidth costs.

Is caching handled by Web.Eng?

All of the various technology features offered in our stack are configured by the Web.Eng team on the customer’s behalf. Not only do we simply enable caching, but prune your environment making custom tweaks to fully augment t