At a Glance
Over a decade ago, one of the largest privately-owned cybersecurity companies in the world asked us to produce a network of sites to deliver regular content to their international audiences. The result is a long-term success story of continuous improvement, evolution, technical debt mitigation, and fulfilling business partnership.
The client’s content network was started by a very small team of content producers and built-up site by site. The expectation was that the publishing workflow and the operational maintenance of all the websites would be as easy and frictionless as running as early WordPress blogs. While very friendly to the publishers, the WordPress platform lagged behind on industry best practices for security and development workflows. The websites’ cybersecurity focus made them a prime target for hackers looking for ways to sharpen their skills or have some laughs. Meanwhile, the client’s content marketing strategy ambitions extended to 14 languages around the world with a fast and clean experience for visitors.
With the client firmly in charge of the content production efforts, we set out to support them with the technical aspects of running the websites in a manner that maximized productivity and sites security. After considering various technologies options carefully, we determined that evolving the current crop of WordPress websites was both possible and the best way to build on top of their existing investment without interruptions. Convertiv identified gaps in their setup related to scalability, security, and performance and then set off to implement the following: