PollDaddy just got a new heart


A couple of months ago we told you about some of the work we have been doing under the hood here at PollDaddy. To recap, since we joined the team at Automattic, we have been putting all of their great WordPress developers to work helping us to build a more stable and scalable solution for PollDaddy. We decided to switch from using .NET and SQL Server to PHP and MySQL to power the site. This meant that we could utilize some of the 1,200 servers Automattic have in use.  Over the past 6 months we have been working to make this transition possible.

Yesterday, we quietly relaunched the site in PHP/MySQL and everything went as planned. What does all of this mean for our users? Well you wont notice any monumental changes for the moment. A couple of things you should notice is that all of the reporting for surveys and polls should now run a lot quicker. In general the site should feel a lot more responsive and lighter to use. We decided not to add any new features to this build so as to remain focused on getting what we had working right first. So from here on in, we will start adding all the great features you have requested over the past few months.

If you have any questions about this changeover or would like to know more about how we did it, please feel free to email us or leave a message in the comments.

21 thoughts on “PollDaddy just got a new heart

  1. PHP + MySQL FTW!

    Well done! It would be great to see a post on any tech considerations / issues you ran into. Also if you used any Open Source PHP code or PEAR packages.

    All the best!

  2. Huge Congrats guys. That is no small undertaking and to have rolled it out without anyone even noticing speaks volumes of the work you’ve put into it.

  3. I would love to read some background on what had to be a monumental switch. How did you guys handle all of the data? Were you able to use in re-factoring tools or was it completely rebuilt from the ground up?

  4. Must have been quite the task, but good for you. Last year I moved all our websites at work from .NET to myql and it was an annoying task, and they aren’t nearly the tool this is. Would like to see how you did it. There are likely some good learning points.

  5. Matt told us to hand you a Guinness, and we always do what we’re told by people who can work their domain extension as part of their name.

    [offers up perfectly poured pint, just completing its cascade, and ideal for enjoying in about the length of time it takes to carefully set it down so that hands can be shaken]


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