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I'm considering throwing this whole site (the entire thing, every scrap of content) into a MySQL database and just serving it out of there via custom perl. My fear is that it would be too slow and also too difficult to backup. I've got a semi working prototype running locally but it is slow on my machine (4seconds mandatory overhead per page). On the webserver here I feel it would be a bit faster.
The problem with speed is normally solved using PHP3 when working with MySQL, another solution could be using eperl, I recommend www.hotwired.com for details.
If you are really persistant about using PERL, you could solve speed issue by installing mod_perl, avoiding forking a new process each time a perl script is called...
Hope this helps,