## How Much Hosting Space Do You Need?

Written by Herman Drost

Many web hosts try to sell you a large amount of web hosting space that then costs you a lot each month. However, you may not need this much space. Have you ever calculated just how much disc space (MB) your web site uses? Do you really need an expensive hosting solution for your web site?

For my first web site, I purchased 20mb of disc space and wondered if this would be enough as I added pages to it. Well, recently I checked size of this site which had grown to over 20 pages. To my surprise size was only 3,269KB. This means it only uses a little over 3Mb of disk space.

Most of my friends sites also only use 2-3Mb for their sites. Therefore it is not necessary to purchase a large amount of space for a small site (if 20 pages = 3Mb, then 20Mb = 140 pages approx). Are you paying TOO much for actual space you need?

How Do You Calculate The File Size Of Your Web Site? 1. First you need to understand how file size is measured. The smallest unit on a computer is a bit. One bit is one electronic on or off pulse. 8 bits strung together make one byte. One byte of information can put a letter, such as "B" on your screen.

If you put 1024 bytes together and then you have one unit of information called a kilobyte. Put 1024 kilobytes together and you have a megabyte. (Most floppy disks hold around 1.4 megabytes of information). Most of your graphics and web pages are measured in megabytes.

## Cheap Web Hosting is No Bargain!

Written by Jim Edwards

Ever heard saying "Penny-wise and Dollar-foolish"?

Well bargain priced website hosting may just represent perfect example of watching a jar full of pennies while bucket loads of dollars fly out window!

When I launched my first website (way back in "dark ages" of 1997) I paid almost \$150 a month in hosting and data transfer charges. My web host watched how many files I uploaded like a hawk and always seemed to send their hefty invoices earlier with each passing month.

I'm obviously not only one who felt that way, because suddenly a whole industry of "bargain" web hosts sprang up all over web.

On surface they all sound great, especially when you think you can go from \$150 a month down to \$4.95 a month!

Five bucks a month sounds great, until you realize amount of data transfer (number of page views) and bandwidth (the amount of data transfer your host allows in a given period) you get for that low price potentially hampers your ability to do business.

This realization - along with a panic attack and a quick lesson in calculating data transfer and bandwidth - usually comes at least convenient time.

When you exceed your limits, a bargain host usually just shuts you down with no warning. Most webmasters realize they've made a mistake choosing a bargain host when their site suddenly loads a blank page in middle of a big promotion traffic spike.

Believe me, everything just stops!

Here are a few bargain hosts that provide good service, but you need to carefully check fine print for how much bandwidth they allow.

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