I have a few questions about what’s important in a web server, because the things I have learned piecemeal over the years haven’t come together in my mind to form a clear understanding.
In all cases, I’m referring to a dedicated server, not shared hosting of any kind.
For running a fairly basic website that isn’t doing incredibly complex or unusual tasks (the most complex being running a CMS like Drupal), is very much RAM needed? I pack my computers with RAM because I have raging ADD and I always have 30 applications open, but I’ve heard that running a webserver isn’t anywhere near as taxing. Yes, no? In terms of webservers, what kinds of processes are RAM hogs?
What considerations should there be? How much does the actual webserver’s speed affect the webSURFER’s speed, assuming they have standard commercial broadband?
If you know anything about running a Mac OSX server vs. straight Linux/unix, I have a lot of questions there, because I keep thinking I have a bunch of computers lying around doing nothing, I’m very comfortable working with Macs over anything else, and if I could just sort out the process and cost of having sufficient bandwidth available for incoming traffic, I think I might like to just swtch over to Mac completely.
I’m sure other questions will come up.
Thanks for your time and help in advance.