I am new to WordPress but finding my way around slowly. I am trying to make a website that runners can register for a running race so that it requests their name, address, plus running club details etc and then issues them with a race number if there are places left. The race gets about 5000 hits in the first two hours of opening usually. They will have to pay too.
I have written same basic php scripts that handle a registration but I have a couple of questions:
1 - Is creating a new table in the mysql database the right thing to do?
2 - am sure they must be a plugin out there that might handle all this. I have seen the Custom Login pluggin but I don't want to buy it until I know it will do the job.
3 - Will mysql through WordPress handle this kind of hit rate.
Any help much/advice appreciated.