I have decided that the cheapest and best option would be to use Perl and MySQL, hosted by an ISP.
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I have a serious problem with that. I won't argue the cheapest
part, but if I were to give you the assignment and you came
back to me saying Perl, MySQL, hosted by an ISP in such a way
you cannot control which modules are available is the best
solution, I'd thank you and hand over the assignment to someone
First, let's make the assumption the company actually cares
about the website. If not, well, who cares? But if they
really care, do you really believe it's in the best interest
of the company to host in on an ISP that gives you very limited
control? I seriously doubt so.
Secondly, let's assume the company not only cares for the
website, but also about the data. If you care about data,
MySQL should not even *be* an option, let alone a "best"
option. Check for instance http://openacs.org/philosophy/why-not-mysql.html
for some reasons why MySQL should not be an option.