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Pre-processing PHP/mySQL into straight html.



2:20 pm on Jun 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Using PHP/mySQL to do multiple accesses to large tables uses a lot of resources when getting many concurrent hits. As others, my sites have dynamic data that changes sporadically, bi-hourly at best.

Here is the question:

Has anyone used file_get_contents & file_put_contents (or similar) to pre-render and save the straight HTML as the actual delivered pages?

This would save tons of PH and mySQL processing, speed up delivery and could be run as a CRON.

Any input would be useful.


3:43 pm on Jun 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

10+ Year Member

There are a multitude of caching solutions available - it is hardly worth bothering trying to "roll your own"

If your data is not that dynamic, then a query cache (built into MySQL for example) will help if you have lots of identical queries being used, and a PHP cache like APC will help with PHP performance.


5:07 pm on Jun 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

5+ Year Member

There should be a new Murphy's Law:

The answer to your question will become immediately evident upon posting in a public forum.

Picked up PEAR Cache-Lite.
Using Output.php to cache complete pages indefinitely.
CRON jobs update underlying tables and delete the appropriate cache files.


(0.01 sec to render, 0.005 sec. from cache)


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