Last-Minute Black Friday Business Rescue and Cyber Monday Readiness
In order to be ready for the Christmas season, online retailers typically
bring their shops into shape right before Black Friday. Together with Cyber
Monday this is the most important day in the retailer's year.
Stilnest.com (@Stilnest) is a publishing house for designer jewelry, running
their online shop on Magento. While the guys at Stilnest did a good job of
preparing their environment, the interest in their products and, therefore,
the traffic on their site, was much higher than expected. The shop even went
down after one of the YouTube stars released a new video showing off her new
jewelry line powered by Stilnest.
In this classical "War Room" situation I worked together with Stilnest to
find the root cause(s). Good news is that we worked out a solution and
brought the shop online again - just i... (more)
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like lack of scalability, complexity of debugging, and low performance?
That's bad enough! But trust me: you are not alone.
I've been developing Spelix, a system for cave management, for more than 20
years. It originated from a single user DOS application, and has now emerged
into a web application with hundreds of users, used nationwide as the
official cave directory in Austria.
Just as many software projects: Spelix evolved from MS DOS to PHP-powered Web
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More and more Web sites and applications are being moved from Apache to
nginx. While Apache is still the number one HTTP server with more than 60% on
active Web sites, nginx has now taken over 2nd place in the ranking and
relegated Microsoft's IIS to 3rd place. Among the top 10.000 Web sites nginx
is already the leader in the field, with a market share of 40%.
And the reasons are obvious: nginx is a high-speed, lightweight HTTP server
engine. The performance improvement is quite significant for serving static
content. Especially at high load, nginx is much faster than Apache and ... (more)