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2. Web Site Architecture > Example Web Site Architectures

Example Web Site Architectures

Now that you know some of the trade-offs and elements of a web site architecture, you need to decide how to put it all together. There are an infinite number of possible arrangements of web site machines and software, but they fall into a few broad categories, which are easily described. Serving of static content is extremely scalable simply by load balancing across more web servers, so that is not very interesting. Instead, I concentrate on transactional web sites or those composed largely of dynamic content.

A number of exact descriptions of architectures are available by reading the details of vendor performance tests. See the Web Bench tests from http://www.spec.org/ for examples. The following contain some common themes.


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