Suggestions for the future on your web site: (was cookies, and before that Re: Dreamhost hijacking my prefix...)

George Herbert george.herbert at
Sun Jan 20 20:27:58 UTC 2013

On Jan 20, 2013, at 11:51 AM, Matt Palmer <mpalmer at> wrote:

> On Sat, Jan 19, 2013 at 03:54:37PM -0800, George Herbert wrote:
>> On Jan 18, 2013, at 7:52 PM, Matt Palmer <mpalmer at> wrote:
>>> Storing any state server-side is a really bad idea for scalability and
>>> reliability.
>> ?
>> Doing that - into a user state DB of sone sort, either external or in
>> middleware, is routine...
> It may be routine, but it is an additional point of failure, and it is also
> an additional scaling bottleneck.  If all you ever run are tiny sites with
> little chance of ever seeing big loads, sure, stick it in a DB somewhere. 
> But if you ever think (or even hope) that your site will take off one day,
> it pays to think about these things and reduce the number of fires to put
> out by one.

I'm talking about multimillion user sites...

I designed the hosting infrastructure for one and have been a consulting architect later in the site lifecycle for several others...

George William Herbert
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