Everything you need to create, teach and sell beautiful online courses.


  • Provisioning and code deploys for our stack. Local dev workstations, staging, and production.


  • Provisioning of our dev environment with Ansible.


  • Container-based CI service. Runs all of our backend tests, and is equipped to eventually run our client side tests.


  • All Pathwright repos are stored on Github. Some private, and a handful of open source projects.


  • Server and application performance monitoring, alerting, and page/background task tuning.


  • Parked in front of an nginx instance that serves all of our static assets. Performance and reliability have been excellent, and the header pass-through rules are wonderful. Price is affordable, as well.


  • Activity feeds, event logging, business analytics. Keen has been incredibly valuable in its ease of use.


  • We started with PayPal initially, but Stripe appeared and made our lives much easier. They are now our primary payment service.


  • We started off with AWS SES, but found it to be lacking in diagnostics and reporting. Mandrill is a quantum leap forward in this regard. Has some other really neat features carried over from MailChimp (templating).


  • While we initially started off running our own Postgres cluster, we evaluated RDS and found it to be an excellent fit for us.

    The failovers, manual scaling, replication, Postgres upgrades, and pretty much everything else has been super smooth and reliable.

    We'll probably need something a little more complex in the future, but RDS performs admirably for now.


  • Our backend is a large Django app. We use lots of django-rest-framework to interface with the client side.


  • Storage of course assets, some logos, encoded media, attachments, assignment submissions, and much more.


  • Pathwright's backend is entirely written in Python.


  • Postgres is the primary data store for Pathwright.


  • App servers, celery VMs, and a number of internal supportting systems run on EC2.



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