Honey Badger Labs took over the maintenance of DSA’s high traffic WordPress deployment to fix reliability issues and escalating AWS costs.
HBL cleaned up malware from the source code and brought sources under version control.
Deployments were automated with Fabric and recovery procedures
were set up.
The over-provisioned database and web servers were downsized after query optimisations, media offloading to S3 and CloudFront, and bot traffic control.
Image scalers were shifted to a serverless platform (Amazon Lambda) for further cost optimizations.
Hosting costs came down to a predictable USD 500 per month from USD 1500 per month.