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Can someone point me in the right direction to read up on server configurations, what servers to look for etc? Anytime I go to Google I end up getting results from Dell, Microsoft and other manufacturers which don't tell me anything.
Sorry for being vague but any help you can give would be appreciated.
I have a site which is growing in traffic which is great
The main part of server administration is not the hardware itself, but the software (including the operating system, webserver and database software, security etc). You therefore first have to decide if the system will run on a Windows platform, or Linux. You then know roughly which software will run on top of it. Each piece of software has its own hardware demands and based on that demands you can choose the server platform.
My experience is that when it comes to understand concepts, it is much better to read a book, than try to find information on-line. Information on-line is often in small parts and fits to solve particular problems, but when it comes to understand the whole picture and make decisions about architecture and main configuration about your webserver, old fashioned paperwork is still the way to go IMO.
Did you already decide about the operating system? Based on that we might be able to send you in th right direction.
I have never built a server before and when I hear about MySQL query caching, load balancing etc, I know what they are, I have no idea how to do it. I saw another thread about someone setting up a database server and that's something I would like to know more about, how to set up say, a mail server, an image server and getting it all to work.
Thanks for all your help!