We are at the beginning stages of a website and are trying to decide
whether to use Rails or PHP for it, as it will have around 300+ users
online at the same time (mostly during the nights). I ask because I
know Ruby is a little slow compared to a language like PHP.
I would rather develop it in Rails as I'm more familiar with it and
can get things done much faster, but if it can't handle this many
users than we'd probably need to move towards PHP or something.
By "handle", I basically mean will pages load quickly given enough
server resources (this will be on a dedicated server, for the site
only)? I see some Rails sites and it takes a good 15-20 seconds
sometimes to fully load (based on Safari's progress bar) for them.
The site is mainly going to be pulling information from a database
that isn't constantly changing; we will add content to it a couple of
times per week, so the whole site isn't really "dyanmic". I'm sure we
could use caching in parts to help speed it up?
Thanks for any help..