Bitpoke App - Release 1.3 on the Google Cloud Marketplace

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Dana Imbrescu
Dana Imbrescu

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We are very excited to announce the release of the 1.3 version, which is the latest version of the Bitpoke App and, by far, comes with the most significant changes both in terms of front-end and back-end functionalities.

Let’s go through the most important 1.3 updates, but before, we should take a look at the Bitpoke App structure, which has the following components: organization, project, and the site as they are essential to understand resource allocation and management.

As we mentioned before, you can install the Bitpoke App directly from the Google Cloud Marketplace, after you make sure you have met all the prerequisites. Here you’ll find all the necessary steps you should take in order to install the App.

After installation, you’re able to access the Bitpoke App by logging in with your Auth0 account.

When using the Bitpoke App for the very first time you’ll be invited to create your first organization, project, and site. The steps you should follow to create the mentioned elements are straightforward and intuitive and don’t require advanced GKE knowledge.

We’ve created a comprehensive tutorial that will guide you step by step through the setup. Write us at hello@bitpoke.io if you have any questions.

Now, let’s review the most significant features that we’ve added, to make our solution much easier to use.

With the Bitpoke App, you can automatically scale horizontally based on the incoming traffic, directly from the Resources tab, which allows you to configure the resources used to scale your WordPress infrastructure and that helps to keep the site highly-available and speedy under heavy traffic.

With version 1.3 comes the horizontal and vertical scaling for Memcached, and now the cache is shared by all available nodes. CPU, Memory, and Nodes are configurable in the section known as Memcached.

In order to keep the cost under control, we’ve implemented a configuration section, called Quotas that can be used to limit the resources used for each project: CPU, memory, number of pods and number of sites.

Another upgraded feature can be found in the Database tab, where horizontal and vertical scaling for the MyQSL cluster are controlled. You are able to configure the CPU, Memory, and Nodes for the MySQL Cluster straight from the App. Also the MySQL Cluster storage size and class are now configurable when creating a new Project.

Starting with this version, the Bitpoke App allows tapping into using the preemptible nodes from Google Cloud, which allows you to optimize your cost. Now, the WordPress pods can be scheduled to run on preemptible nodes.

Fine-tuning for the Bitpoke App Settings

The Bitpoke App underwent a significant facelift at the beginning of January when we’ve launched the version 1.2. We’ve made some fine-tuning of the MySQL settings to be more efficient for WordPress. Also, we’ve added a site status that enables the owners to invite or remove new users from their organization and we’ve fixed a user invitation error. A substantial upgrade of this version is the MySQL Backups listing support, which we’ve added for each project individually.

Meaningful improvements in the Bitpoke App deployment

Version 1.1 of the Bitpoke App was released November 2019, with some improvements on how the App is deployed in Google Cloud Marketplace. We’ve validated the input field from the Marketplace installer form. It used a job to deploy the Bitpoke Stack in the bitpoke-system namespace.

Launching the Bitpoke App for WordPress on Google Cloud Marketplace

One thing we should mention is that the core of the Bitpoke App is still open-sourced striving in maintaining the same path we’ve started years ago in our mission to democratize WordPress hosting.

Next milestone

Right now, we are working hard on improving the setup process in the Google Marketplace for the 1.4 release.

We invite you to contribute to the core open-source of the project on GitHub: code, ideas or feedback.

If you are interested in the app, we can schedule a demo with one of the authors of the Bitpoke App. Simply register on the form at https://www.bitpoke.io/wordpress/ or send us an e-mail at hello@bitpoke.io.

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