> In general I think your point is valid. Just remember that it probably
> also matters how you count page views. Because technically images are a
> separate page (and this thread did discuss serving up images). So if
> there are 20 graphics on a specific page, that is 20 server hits just
> for that one page.

Also, there's bots and screen-scrapers and RSS, web e-mails, and web services 
and many other things which create hits but are not "people".  I'm currently 
working on clickstream for a site which is nowhere in the top 100, and is 
getting 3 million real hits a day ... and we know for a fact that at least 
1/4 of that is bots.

Regardless, the strategy you should be employing for a high traffic site is 
that if your users hit the database for anything other than direct 
interaction (like filling out a webform) then you're lost.    Use memcached, 
squid, lighttpd caching, ASP.NET caching, pools, etc.   Keep the load off the 
database except for the stuff that only the database can do.

Josh Berkus
Aglio Database Solutions
San Francisco

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