How To Reduce Web Hosting Bandwidth

Written by Herman Drost

How To Reduce Web Hosting Bandwidth Copyright 2002 by Herman Drost

You just received a higher than normal monthly bill on your credit card for web hosting. Your hosting company explains that you exceeded your monthly minimum for “bandwidth usage” and suggests reducingrepparttar size of your web site files.

What is bandwidth usage? What does bandwidth mean? How much bandwidth do you need? How can you reduce bandwidth usage?

Let’s discuss each of these topics in more depth.

What is “bandwidth usage?” This refers torepparttar 134430 total amount of information that has been served to your web site visitors each month. Every file on your Web Site has a specific size (e.g. 22K). Every time a visitor downloads that file, your bandwidth usage goes up by that amount.

The largerrepparttar 134431 file,repparttar 134432 higherrepparttar 134433 bandwidth usage when it is downloaded. The more traffic to your site,repparttar 134434 more bandwidth you will use.

What does “bandwidth” mean? Bandwidth refers torepparttar 134435 amount of data that can be transmitted in a fixed amount of time. The “data transfer rate” isrepparttar 134436 speed with which data can be transmitted from one device to another. Data rates are often measured in megabits (million bits) or megabytes (million bytes) per second. These are usually abbreviated as Mbps and Mbps, respectively.

Bits and Bytes 8 bits = 1 byte. 1,024 bytes = 1 kilobyte (Kb). 1,024 kilobytes (Kb) = 1 megabyte (mb or meg) 1,024 megabytes = 1 gigabyte (gb or gig)

How much bandwidth do I need? To determine how much bandwidth you need, estimaterepparttar 134437 file size of each web page, and then multiply it byrepparttar 134438 number of pages on your web site.

Multiply this figure byrepparttar 134439 number ofrepparttar 134440 number of page views you expect per month from your site.

For example, if your web page consists of two 15Kb images and 3Kb of html, you would have 33Kb of data for that page. Now multiply this byrepparttar 134441 number of page views you expect to have per month (e.g. 100,000 per month). This would mean 3.3Gb of data needs to be transferred per month for that page.

Web hosting Benefits of a Dedicated Server

Written by Sanjay Sharma

Hosting your web sites on your own dedicated server may seem a little expensive in comparison to shared web hosting, butrepparttar end result is more advantageous. Shared web hosting, no matter how well managed, cannot be 100% reliable and stable. However if you have your own dedicated server you can manage to avoid most ofrepparttar 134429 variables affectingrepparttar 134430 reliability and stability of a server, commonly experienced by shared hosting accounts; variables such as: overload, bad codes and scripts from other users (especially beginners); and, too many applications and components uploaded, and so on.

On a dedicated server you will install only software and applications you want to use, while on a shared hosting server you will find a host of other softwares and applications installed for other users.

Byrepparttar 134431 very nature ofrepparttar 134432 account, a dedicated server: reduces your dependency onrepparttar 134433 web host; and bypasses time delays and possible expenses incurred from these. With dedicated server hosting you can provide instant support to your own clients whenever required, which is not possible if you are on a shared server. A reliable, and fast support service is vital for your own business growth just likerepparttar 134434 stability and reliability you wish for your own website. In business, reliability is reflected through word-of-mouth as one ofrepparttar 134435 most effective promotional activities.

For people with clients, such as Graphic Designers and Web Designers a dedicated server is invaluable. A dedicated server will bring extra income intorepparttar 134436 studio, not just as a hosting facility, but, as a designer knows only too well, forrepparttar 134437 extra ‘bread and butter’ income value. If you have 24hour access to your own dedicated server then you can adjust, correct or update a clients website in minutes, allowing you to keeprepparttar 134438 dollar back in your studio and not in someone else’s. Ready availability results in reduced labour costs forrepparttar 134439 client, but higher studio-income frequency forrepparttar 134440 designer. Hence you will seerepparttar 134441 return of all your regular offline clients, bringing their web work with them.

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