11 Months of work - It finally went live!

Perignon's picture

After almost 11 months of work. Starting from square zero with never building a Drupal or using Drupal to a full site migrated off of a horrible CMS platform, my site went live last night at 2030EST!


We migrated 150,000+ users (with up to 10 security roles each), 1300+ blog posts, and 40,000+ comments!

The site is Drupal 7 and incorporates a slew of modules to include Drupal Commerce.

The site is running on AWS with a load balancer up front, three web server nodes behind that, MongoDB cache off to the side, Gluster File system for /sites/all, and Amazon's RDS MySQL service as the database.

Learned a lot, discovered a lot! Now to push forward and develop more capability using Drupal!



BruceDawson's picture

Wow - that's a huge project!

Now, of course, we'd like a presentation on your choices and why you made the decisions you did. :-)

Certainly! Next meetup? :)

Perignon's picture

Certainly! Next meetup? :)


DamienMcKenna's picture

Very cool stuff! I'd love to hear how you handled the files directory.

Files directory

Perignon's picture

Pretty easy actually. I set drupal to put the public and private file system under a single folder within sites/all/files.

So yes it added another folder to the path.

But I then mounted replicated GlusterFS nodes to that path. Gluster is awesome too! They use Gluster in the Acquia hosting solution. It's a POSIX compliant file system that doesn't have all the problems that NFS does. It's also highly available and you can build a rock solid setup.

I have 4 gluster nodes running in 3 different zones at Amazon East region. Entire site is laid out so Amazon would have to be completely down on their East region for the site to fail - that's only happened once I think in 6 years (this year).

Nice job! I look forward to

hak42's picture

Nice job! I look forward to hearing more about it at the next meet-up. :)

It looks great, when is the

Johnny.Love's picture

It looks great, when is the next NH Druapl or PHP meetup so that I could hear more about it?



Brady that's FANTASTIC!!! and

mkmagu's picture

Brady that's FANTASTIC!!! and Congratulations, definitely want to hear more about what you did. Now that you have all this free time (grin) you should consider doing a write up for the Community Showcase.

Mary M.

Looks great!

MMachnik's picture

Looks great Brady -- congratulations!


Bob Newby's picture


Drupal Commerce

johnkennedy's picture

It would be great to have a Skype chat about the Drupal Commerce elements. Have you spoken to any of the Commerce Guys yet?


Skype chat

Perignon's picture

Nope. When we started the project we were at Drupal Camp Atlanta in 2011 and talked with Ryan of Commerce Guys - in a way our kick off point. But nothing sense then.

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