March 17, 2011

Fireproof Blogging

Brent Simmons:

And so, even in the year 2011, if your weblog gets Fireballed, there’s a good chance it won’t be able to handle it. That seems crazy.

That is crazy. But here’s some anecdotal evidence that suggests going back to static publishing isn’t necessarily the answer.

I got Fireballed last year and TypePad (the app that serves my blog) didn’t so much as break a sweat.

I don’t know all the ins and outs of how TypePad handles load balancing, caching, and so forth but I know a lot of great engineers put a tremendous amount of work into building a platform that can handle that kind of traffic.

(I should probably also mention that I’ve been working for the company that owns TypePad for almost seven years.) :)

Update: Sam runs with it. (I have nothing but love for Brent and everything he’s done, but Sam makes some good points.)

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