Do absolute url prefixes for links on a godaddy hosted website eat up more concurrent connections?

Posted on 2007-10-05
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
We have a client who's starting to experience some really heavy traffic on his GoDaddy-hosted website.

Now that the traffic has spiked significantly, it's not uncommon to sometimes see the following when trying to access the website:

Service Temporarily Unavailable

The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to maintenance
downtime or capacity problems. Please try again later.

One of the GoDaddy "customer support" guys expressed a "theory" of his that ...  if we have absolute url prefixes in our code (which we do)  -- then it treats each link as another connection -- and each call  effectively eats in to the amount of concurrent / simultaneous users that can access the site (something about the sessions for each user getting lost when using absolute url prefixes, etc).  

Personally, .. I think it's bullsh*t.  For example, .. there are many PHP apps and shopping carts, etc. that intentionally incorporate absolute url prefixes for all of their links.  It's very common practice.

So what's the deal, really?  Do absolute url prefixes for links on a godaddy hosted websites really eat up more concurrent connections?  Has anyone else come up against this?  I ask because we're now gearing up to apply all kinds of revisions to the website in attempt to remove all these absolute url prefixes, and as a courtesy to our client, .. I think we should spare him the expense if it's needless.  

So do you folks smell bullsh*t too?  Or is this Godaddy customer service dude on to something, perhaps?

Please advise.

- Yvan
Question by:IDEASDesign
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    I see a gate, a field and a rather mean looking bovine.

    Once the connection and therefore session is made the session continues throughout that visit and for the remainder of any time until it expires.  Everyone who knows about SEO uses absolute URLs to improve their links scoring yet their sessions do not expire when moving between pages within a site.

    If this was the case you would not be able to buy anything from any of my sites!!!

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    Could you please clarify.... Do you agree with my theory that it's all bullsh*t ?  

    Do you suggest that we change to relative urls --- instead of absolute urls?  

    Note that we are not using any kind of session management on the website.

    - Yvan

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    Yeah - what the guy is telling you is garbage.
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    this is a rather interesting! i probably would like to go with what Wadski said -- garbage may be a bit too harsh , but hey if it smells like garbage, it ought to be garbage :).

    I may not have much technical know-how with apache nor the web architecture, but the idea of having absolute and relative linking documents, and how the connection from the client to the server -- is slightly too much.

    you could do a bit of homework to see if there are more connection to the server -- you could use a plain "netstat" or some 3rd party apps to view active connection.

    netstat | grep site

    or use Tcpview :

    and compare the number of connection from your machine(client) to the server.


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