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PHP 5 Social Networking by Michael Peacock

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Farm it out

Where possible, we can look to use third-party services for non-essential functions. For instance, we are going to want to have e-mails at our Dino Space domain name. By managing and receiving these e-mails on our server, we are taking resources from our primary function—the website. We can either offload e-mails onto another server, though this is adding additional cost, or we can look at utilizing a third-party service, such as Google Apps—their hosted e-mail solution.

By doing this, we no longer need incoming e-mail services running on our server, and additional resources are freed.

We don't have to just farm out non-web services, we can make use of various APIs—as we discussed in Chapter 12, Deployment, Security, and Maintenance ...

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