January 28, 2006

by Reb Yudel
Just for the record....

Sure, it's an old argument. Sure, I'm the only one still in the game a decade later. But in the argument between New Desk and yLink -- the two 1996-era web technologies we fought about back at the Jewish Communications Network -- Anil Dash chimes in on my side, pointing to a terrific article by Tony Byrne entitled Is There a Gremlin in Your Website?, which explains in depth the benefits of publishing static web pages.

Thanks, Tony. And thaks, Anil, for helping make Movable Type a far more robust product than yLink ever was.


Up to a point you can regenerate all the pages when you want to change the template. But that point is quickly exceeded in most CMS applications. Databased dynamic sites are the only rational solution.

Posted by: tzvee at January 29, 2006 11:33 PM

Byrne raises an excellent question but doesn't begin to answer it.

Let me state the problem more succinctly: If I have a million visitors and a hundred pages, it's more efficient to make the pages static. If I have a million pages and a hundred visitors, it's more efficient to generate the pages dynamically.

Most websites exist somewhere between those extremes. Where the crossover takes place can no doubt be solved through calculus -- and I'm sure the mathematicians at Google have already done so. Here's hoping they share the answer with us one day.

Posted by: Nostradamus at February 3, 2006 10:37 AM
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