Part of my New Years resolution is to get moving on making changes to a site I operate; the old code was all done in 96, and are hacks upon hacks for features that were requested during the course by users; the database is certainly not the best and could probably deal with some normalization, and that was back before I use'd strict and -w all my code.

I want to 'moderize' everything, putting everything under a mod_perl/Apache engine to afford the speed bonuses, improve the database (currently in MySQL, but considering Postgres), and to make the site more 'personalized' for the end user by allowing them to select what styles or data they want to show, as well as any other means that I can think of. That's the goal, and I know that there are many ways to get there.

The problem is trying to determine the best way to get to that point given my requirements from where I am. I've got no qualms about rewriting my code to improve it, as there's not that much left to salvage. Fortunately, I'll be able to do this in parallel with the original site to avoid disruption in serving that one. Note that the hardware is a linux box on a 200mHz machine w/128Megs RAM; the site is active by endusers but not requiring massive amounts of bandwidth (maybe on order of 1000 unique hits/day), and the current site certainly doesn't strain the box to a great extent.

Here's some of the quandries that I'm thinking of:

I'm sure there are other considerations that I've not yet thought of either, which I'd be happy to hear about. However with all of the current solutions that are out there, I thought it best to solicate the advice and experience of other monks before I broke new ground for the revised site.

Dr. Michael K. Neylon - || "You've left the lens cap of your mind on again, Pinky" - The Brain
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In reply to So, what *is* the best way to deliever dynamic content nowadays? by Masem

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