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Why do big sites use multiple servers instead of one server with better specifications?

I read that Stack Overflow uses 10 or more servers for serving the Stack Overflow site. Different servers have different functions such as reverse proxy, database server, or HTTP server. I have seen ...
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Scaleable way to host PHP web service? [duplicate]

This is my first time working on a project like this, and i'm not sure where to turn next or how i should go about launching. Currently the site consists of PHP and html files in a "/public_html" ...
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Can't get an image to scale to browser size! [closed]

If anyone has any insight on why this background image is not scaling properly on this page to browser size, that would be really helpful. I am stumped! I'm fairly new to CSS and HTML and could use ...
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Advice scaling website [duplicate]

We could use advice on a scaling/ops issue. We have a simple website that runs on Rails 3.2.12 and uses MongoMapper instead of ActiveRecord. There is one database call that sporadically performs ...
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Is there a course I can learn that'll allow me to build sites that can handle heavy traffic?

A programmer friend is forever telling me that when I begin to use Drupal, Joomla or WordPress that I will only create sites that will crash as soon as the site begins to receive more attention / ...
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Optimizing large scale e-commerce sites

I have a few questions regarding optimizing large scale e-commerce sites with getting indexed. Over 1 million pages. Should you optimize images for e-stores with over 1 million product images? ...
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Non-dynamic CMS [duplicate]

Some of the web sites I visit every day (news, sports, etc..), although the content changes very often (several times per day), the URLs always have .html extension, what makes me thing that the ...
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Slashdotted web site seeks new home [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to find web hosting that meets my requirements? I am maintaining a website that contains mostly simple html (just a little php). Normally the site receives only ...
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How many production servers should I start with?

I'm building a site that I plan to grow to the size of SO. I'm only planning to have one prodcuction server to start off with. This will host everything including the database. I know it's very hard ...
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CDN for authenticated sites

We have a site that requires users to sign into. Typical stuff. Today, all the content (dynamic and static) is behind the login process, and you cannot access any of the pages or files via a URL ...