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WordPress on S3: the beauty of simplicity

My first computer program was written almost quarter a century ago on a BK-0010 computer.  It was very simple: the program asked the user to enter their name and then greeted the user using the entered name, like “Hello, Artem!”.  I was fascinated.  A couple of lines written in Vilnius BASIC transformed a piece of metal and silicon into a considerate thing that cared about a person’s name enough to remember it :-).  Of course, the first experience doesn’t represent the day-to-day routine of software development, but the moments when I see a couple of lines making an amazing transformation still enchant me, and remind me why I’ve been writing code all this time.

I’ve just experienced this very same first-time feeling as we’ve released Yapixx – a picture sharing web application using the cloud storage.   The most amazing thing about Yapixx is that we wrote very little code to make it happen: most of its functionality is provided by WordPress, which by the way we didn’t modify at all. 

On one hand Yapixx is just WordPress, enhanced with plugins and configured to provide good picture sharing experience. 

On the other hand, Yapixx has gone where WordPress could not go before – Yapixx runs completely on top of Amazon S3, using the enormous power of S3 to make serving the users’ pictures highly scalable and storing all data extremely durable. 

As an engineer I’ve been on the never ending quest of finding new ways to do more with less.  How do I write less code and provide more functional solution?  How do I empower my customers to accomplish more with applying very little effort (or preferably no effort at all)?  Yapixx is one of those gems – it shows how unbelievably simple it is to run a beautiful website on top of Amazon S3: you don’t need to learn new APIs, you don’t have to know how to write code, you don’t even have to know that you are relying on MySQL + ClouSE to store data reliably and securely in the cloud!

Yapixx is not a toy application: it’s a fully functional ready-to-run WordPress on Amazon S3. With a few clicks Yapixx can be transformed into anything WordPress can do, while storing all website content in Amazon S3.  Just continue doing what you set to do with your Web site – to build a beautifully powerful representation of you, your company, and your cause.

Amazon S3 is a very powerful service designed for building one-of-a-kind massively distributed applications.  This is its strength but it’s also its weakness: if you are not building one-of-a-kind massively distributed application, the low-level vendor-specific APIs and eventual consistency guarantees are just the unnecessary complexities that you pay for, but don’t use.  WordPress is an example of how to make Amazon S3 a true cloud storage utility service that can be easily used by millions.  It’s a people-oriented (as opposed to technology-oriented) approach to building a distributed system – as a constellation of beautiful websites powered by creativity and uniqueness of individuals, like the Internet itself is!

‘Nuff said :-).  Get your own WordPress on S3 for free now.

Artem

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