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2. Web Site Architecture > Sample Configurations

Sample Configurations

Now let’s examine some sample configurations of web site architectures for low-, medium-, and high-volume sites.

Low Volume

A low-volume site gets one to ten thousand hits per day. Such a site can easily be run out of your home. A typical configuration for this level is good PC hardware ($2,000) running Linux 2.2 (free), Apache 1.3 (free), with connectivity through a cable modem with 100kbps upstream ($100 per month).

For database functionality, you may use flat files, or read all of the elements into a Perl hash table or array in a CGI, and not see any performance problems for a moderate number of users if the database is smaller than, say, a few thousand items. Once you start getting more than one hit per second, or when the database gets bigger than a few thousand items or has multiple tables, you may want to move to the MySQL free relational database.


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