Monthly Archives: November 2013

Cost of WordPress blog running on Google AppEngine

Having recently migrated all of my blog/site content to Google AppEngine away from my prior $10/month hosting I was curious about what the monthly cost of running the site would be. My blog went live on AppEngine on Nov 13th and with the default instance settings was running ~$2.00/day at roughly 50-55 instance hours the vast majority of which is servicing requests from crawlers.

Tuning Google AppEngine, For Cost

Idle Instances

As mentioned above I started with the default settings and the first significant change was to set Idle Instance Max to 1 as running multiple instances chews through the free 28 hours at an xN multiplier rate. This change alone had a significant impact on reducing overall instance hours though clearly impacts the performance of my blog. I’ve tested the performance and for a blog I feel it’s suitable so I’m comfortable leaving things at this level for awhile.
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Shopping on the iPad with Find&Save's latest update

Wanderful has just released an updated version (v1.0.3) of our iPad Discovery Shopping App Find&Save for iPad on the App Store on iTunes.
Now for the bits interesting to the iOS dev crowd regarding the approval process.
Submitted Nov. 20, 2013
Reached review status 6 hours later on Nov. 11, 2013
Reached Process Status on Nov. 24, 2013 9:37pm
Available for download on Nov. 24, 2013 10:48pm
Means we got a 5 day turnaround time which is not bad headed into the Holiday week.
iPad Screenshot 1

Wanderful's Find&Save iOS Applications

My team at Wanderful Media has built two iOS applications for our Find&Save Discovery Shopping experience. Our iPad app is being featured in the AppStore and our iPhone just became available for dowload:
Find&Save iPad application         Find&Save iPhone App
If you don’t want to mess with an app install or are on an Android phone check out our latest Find&Save geo-local Mobile Web implementation.
Now that I have my blog moved I’m looking to post more about how we’re building a discovery shopping experience for over 400 of the nations newspapers which looks a little something like this:
Find&Save market coverage map

WordPress on Google AppEngine and Migrating from BlogEngine.NET

In 2004 I started blogging on my own domain using discountasp.net as they offered a competitive hosting package based on Microsoft technology. Fast forward nearly a decade and I haven’t used Microsoft technology for nearly 5 years and maintaining my Blogengine.NET blog had become an increasing challenge. Upgrades were very difficult and I found myself stuck on a tweaked version that couldn’t have easily be upgraded. Recently, Google added support for PHP on Google Appengine and posted steps to get WordPress running so I applied for and got early access and I’ve been slowing migrating all of my content.
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WordPress running on Google AppEngine

After several months of slowly migrating all of my blog content and testing Google’s WordPress support on AppEngine I’ve finally pulled the trigger on moving my blog from BlogEngine.NET hosted on discountASP.NET to AppEngine.
w00t!
As time permits I’ll post details here regarding caveats I ran into (some of which I’m still wrangling). At any rate, I’m glad to be off of .NET and have learned a lot about some new parts of Google’s Cloud Infrastructure.