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Which technologies for starting a high-traffic Web2.0 optimized website?

7:46 am on Aug 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

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My future website will be of a mix of articles, Web2.0 capabilities (social networking, AJAX use, votes, user created contents, forums) and a lot of statistics reporting (that will require many queries to the database). The business model will be mainly based on high traffic and advertising revenues. Actually, the first objective is traffic before generating revenues.

Since I am a newbie in the online business (although I have been always working in the Computer industry), it is very difficult for me to estimate the startup costs for building and designing my web site. Moreover, I cannot make my choice on the starting technology.

I have already identified major points that I want for my website. That is:
Performance: I am aiming to have a very high traffic during few hours. I need therefore, to build, from the start, a website that can support easily 100K Unique Visitor/day, and of course, I should have a scalable architecture for higher traffic.

Light (but interesting) content : I do not see an added-value in integrating heavy contents (like Flash or videos) into my first version of web-site

So, now, my question is:
What technology (CMS (Joomla or Drupal) or not? PHP, Java, ASP.NET, Python, Rails, Grails ?...) do you advise me for starting up? Is Joomla, for instance, optimized enough for my needs ?

Thank you for reading this post up to this point and thank you in advance for your future answers.



5:56 pm on Sept 16, 2009 (gmt 0)

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It's nice to dream big but the cold hard reality is that 99.95% of websites do not have to worry about high traffic or scalability issues. I wouldn't even think about this until traffic is very high - and that's going to be months or years from today.

What the heck is web 2.0 optimized? And if we could bet on here, I'd bet against you ever reaching 100K/visitors per day. That is A LOT of traffic lol.

6:02 pm on Sept 16, 2009 (gmt 0)

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