I joined Tech in Asia as The Tech Guy on 1st September 2014. It has been a busy September for us. There are two developers (Li Soon and I) in Tech in Asia and we have another team in Vietnam that is doing Techlist.
Our priority for September is basically to scale Tech in Asia.
For load balancer, we are using HAProxy. For web, we are using Ubuntu as our OS and Apache as our web server application. Each of the web servers has it’s own memcached as well. We might be switching to Nginx in the future. For database, we are using MySQL.
In order to share uploaded content (/wp-content/) across all three web servers synchronously, we used SoftLayer’s NAS and mount it for all three web servers.
We moved from EdgeCast to MaxCDN because EdgeCast doesn’t provide free shared SSL cert and the UI/UX is just terrible. When it comes to prices, EdgeCast and MaxCDN costs almost the same but MaxCDN is more value for money.
Tech in Asia runs on WordPress and over the years (including the migration from SGEntrepreneurs), there are a lot of unused data that is left behind by plugins/themes.
We cleaned up the postmeta, commentmeta, usermeta and options table. For the options table, we cleaned up from 3,000+ rows to just 192 rows and that gives us a huge performance boost as you can see from the graph below.
— Lester Chan (@gamerz) September 26, 2014
Apart from cleaning up WordPress, we also enhanced the security of WordPress a little. We moved WordPress to it’s own folder and hence we can check for unauthorised file changes using “git status”.
The WordPress Administration Panel (/wp-admin/) is now over HTTPS and we added Two Factor Authentication (2FA) login using Google Authenticator plugin.
Tech in Asia Insights
We did all the above mentioned stuff in September and Tech in Asia Insights, which is our premium content service for busy C-level executives, investors, and entrepreneurs.