There are many challenges in running a high-traffic web site. Performance is a challenge we particularly focus on at MarkMail because users get frustrated if they have to wait more than a second for a reply.
The challenge in maintaining performance increases as more of a site's content gets built dynamically -- meaning on the fly in response to user requests rather than ahead of time where it can be directly served (like a McDonalds hamburger).
With MarkMail we build every page dynamically using XQuery. Even a page that at first blush seems as if it could be pre-built, like an individual email message, we actually build dynamically because we want to highlight the search terms from your query.
All this is why I was so happy to notice that Alexa.com calls us a "Very Fast" site...
- Markmail.org has a traffic rank of: 128,666 (UP 745,248)
- Speed: Very Fast (99% of sites are slower), Avg Load Time: 0.1 Secs