OT: why do web BBS's and blogs get so slow?
jcarlson at nospam.uci.edu
Mon Feb 2 22:41:27 CET 2004
>>LJ is huge. I'd guess probably >50% of their active userbase is paying.
If you check their stats page (that I linked):
They have ~80,000 paid members. Even when buying in a yearly package,
that's around $2/month, which puts them at around $160k/month in
revenue, not including those that pay the additional ~$1/month for extra
> That sounds that they can deal with scaling issues by just throwing
> more hardware at the problem. Especially since I think their
> high-traffic pages (like the home page) are static. The dynamic pages
> are user journals which I think don't interact with each other that
> much and which (unlike Slashdot's comment threads) don't individually
> get very heavy traffic. They could basically have completely separate
> servers for usernames beginning with "a", "b", "c", etc. and have a
> simple load balancer redirecting browser requests.
This was discussed some months ago on the news journal:
If you are interested, read up.
> Yeah, but I don't know if I could stomach looking at that much Perl code.
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