Picdish

"PHP Fog delivered the needed backend infrastructure and scalability in a very easy way
that as a developer freed us to focus and think on our product more than ever before."

Picdish on AppFog

Technology behind Picdish.com

Picdish is a framework for sharing of knowledge and experiences around food.

Picdish utilizes a number of modern technologies and services to get great performance and functionality. On the back-end the PHP implementation is hosted on PHP Fog for all the dynamic functionality, all while the static contents (the images in the application) are saved to Amazon’s S3 and loaded using CloudFront for great performance. The application also depends on SimpleGeo, Urban Airship, and Facebook Connect.

Why PHP Fog?

“After trying so many PHP services, PHP Fog performed the best in terms of performance, scalability, out-of-the-box ease of use and customer support.”

How has PHP Fog worked out for you?

“PHP Fog was tested when we first released our Picdish App to the iTunes App Store. We were getting signups every second with other 40K users in a very short period of time. The servers had no issues handling the traffic as we slowly started to scale and upgrade our servers by a simple slider right from the PHP Fog dashboard. Support was right there with us keeping an eye out for us and helping us if we needed anything. That’s a signature of a great service.”

What’s the best part of using PHP Fog?

“We knew that we wanted to build and deliver a very sophisticated product that required a similar sophisticated backend when it comes to performance and scale. PHP Fog delivered the needed backend infrastructure and scalability in a very easy way that as a developer freed us to focus and think on our product more than ever before.”

What would you like to see improved in PHP Fog?

“The biggest three for us (as we scale) are (1) the ability to manage PEAR libraries/plugins right on the already awesome dashboard, (2) ability to associate multiple domains to an App, (3) and custom domain SSL support.”

About Haitham Al-Beik

Haitham Al-Beik (Twitter, Linkedin) is the co-founder and CTO of Picdish, and the developer as well. Haitham has been great at providing feedback and working with us through some of the issues. We’ve also been impressed with the architecture of Picdish as the service utilizes a number of modern technologies to get great performance.

Memorable quote from Haitham

“We are adding a new user every 5 minutes, PHP Fog is awesome!”