I've built a CMS which works quite nicely - one of the ways it works is by processing templates, with custom tags in it - pretty common across many CMS's. My question is really a bit open ended - basically, how fast is it to read several small text files using the FSO, under high traffic? Is this likely to bottleneck?
For instance, any given page might load (server-side, using FSO) a header, a footer, an ad-block, a navigation menu, a content block, etc. - all from text files stored on the server. This works nice and quickly, but I'm worried the disk-reads will slow the site down under high traffic.
Also, I'm processing dynamic custom tags, that don't just load a file, but produce something from a database, such as a table of figures. Part of the plan with the tags/text-files, etc. was to be able to cache the database bits to disk, as some of them don't change very often, and in previous projects, reading from the DB has been the bottleneck. However, is the overhead of reading text from a disk higher than reading it from a DB? If it is, there's probably not much point me caching the DB stuff. I'm using SQL 2003 with IIS7 and ASP classic.
Any comments appreciated!