WordPress on Google App Engine

Hosting WordPress on Google App Engine Standard has four big advantages. Google infrastructure is top notch, scaling from zero to anything, increased security and minimal server administration.

Being the world’s most popular content management system, WordPress has no shortage of options for hosting. Popular options range from managed web hosts (cpanel), to dedicated WordPress hosting shops (Kinsta / WPEngine) to a $5 VPS in the Linode or Digital Ocean Cloud.

Running WordPress on Google App Engine while having some big advantages also comes with some serious caveats to consider. Primarily the filesystem that PHP will be running on is read only – this will cause issues with caching plugins and potentially others that need to write to the filesystem. However, the read only aspect is also a security plus as exploits are not be able to write and leave backdoors.

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