Due to recent and coming changes on AWS, there exciting changes happening with this website.
The first big thing is, that this website now uses the MySQL compatible version of Amazon Aurora as database. That is possible because the Frankfurt (eu-central-1) region got a third AZ. This not only makes Amazon Aurora possible now, but also Amazon EFS in the near future.
Within the last weeks my sandbox got bigger within AWS. Not because this website grew so much, but because I migrated this website to a recommanded, highly available infrastrature design within AWS.
I would like to share with you my first impressions of the new Drupal minor version 8.3.0. In advance I have to admit that my expections were high and that I was really excited to get my Hands on the new version.
After the release I first read over the release notes and found that the update path for one experimantal module called Content Moderation was not as simple as expected. But hey they are experimental so they don't have to be perfect and so I did what was recommended in the release notes.
Deploying Drupal behind an AWS Elastic Load Balancer in combination with Cloudfront is really not an easy task. Because all of a sudden your website gets fast, but if you want to log in as user, you get a 403. First I thought that would be something I have to accept when using Cloudfront. But Cloudfront even forwards Cookies and other stuff. That way the caching is not as good as before, but the website behaves as if it would be hosted on one simple server. Only with the positive impact that it is much faster in many parts of the world.
Today I wonna admit to you that I'm a Drupal fanboy. As you may see on this site it's Drupal just out of the box without many customizations. The only add-on I added is the Captcha module to ensure that I don't get spam and/or to make brute force attacks a bit more tricky. I like Drupal because it is a real CMS without being that complicated.