How much bandwidth does your web site need?

Written by Marc Eberhart

One ofrepparttar most common concerns people have when deciding to host a web site is figuring out how much bandwidth they’ll need. Get too little bandwidth and you might be hit with overage fees or have your web site shut off altogether. Get too much and you’re paying for bandwidth that you don’t really need. The following is a helpful guide for determiningrepparttar 134327 amount of bandwidth that’s right for your web site.

Every time someone views a web page or downloads a file, bandwidth – also known as data transfer - is used. How much is used depends onrepparttar 134328 size ofrepparttar 134329 page or file that is being viewed or downloaded. Essentially,repparttar 134330 amount of bandwidth that your web site will need depends on two key factors: (1) Web site content and file size (2) Web site traffic/popularity. Let’s look at a few web site examples to get an idea of what their bandwidth requirements might be, and why.

Let’s start with web sites that have high-bandwidth requirements. If you have a web site that has large-sized content and gets a huge amount of traffic, you’re going to need a lot of bandwidth. An example of a web site that requires a lot of bandwidth would be This web site is comprised of thousands of pages, and almost all of those pages are packed with images and video clips. Simply viewingrepparttar 134331 pages uses a lot of bandwidth, and of course downloadingrepparttar 134332 video clips uses a TON of bandwidth. Combine this withrepparttar 134333 fact that this web site probably gets tens of thousands of visitors per day and you can see that its bandwidth requirements are quite extensive.

Atrepparttar 134334 other end ofrepparttar 134335 spectrum we have low-bandwidth web sites. A good example of a web site that requires a relatively low amount of bandwidth is my own site Take a good look around this site and you’ll notice that its layout is very simple – this simple design is intentional to ensure fast page loads. My web site has about 20 pages total, and most of those pages are pure text, and therefore have a very small file size. Even though I get a good amount of traffic to this web site, its bandwidth requirements are very low because allrepparttar 134336 files that are viewed are very small and require very little bandwidth to serve up. My web site can get thousands of visitors per day and not break a sweat.

Now that we’ve looked at examples of high and low-bandwidth web sites, it’s probably a good time for me to mention that many web sites onrepparttar 134337 Internet fall into neither of these categories. Rather, your average web site is more of a medium-bandwidth web site, meaning that it is a cross betweenrepparttar 134338 high and low-bandwidth web sites that we discussed above. Pinpointingrepparttar 134339 optimal bandwidth for medium-bandwidth web sites can be difficult, but with proper planning you should be able to get pretty close.

The average web site contains a mix of text and images throughout its pages, and may or may not offer files for download. The average web site also gets average traffic, meaning anywhere from 50-500 visitors per day. Assuming these factors, a hosting plan with anywhere from 3-5 gigabytes (GB) of data transfer per month should suffice. For sites that get more than 500 visitors per day, or those that offer numerous large files for download, it may be wise to secure a hosting plan with 50 gigabytes of data transfer per month – or more. It is important to note that most web hosts quote your allotted bandwidth in “per month” terms, when in fact that number is actually broken down to a “per day” limit. For example: one web site of mine has 125GB of allotted bandwidth/data transfer per month. Sounds like a lot doesn’t it? It is. However, in reality that equates to about 4.2GB of bandwidth per day. One day, several months ago, I made a large (12 megabyte) video available for download on this web site. It received over 400 downloads withinrepparttar 134340 first two hours! That amounted to 4800 megabytes (MB) of data transfer, or 4.8 gigabytes. You guessed it, I exceeded my daily bandwidth allowance and my site was disabled for 24 hours. Lesson learned? Either order more bandwidth or adjust my web site content to fall within my bandwidth limitations. Not wanting to pony uprepparttar 134341 dough and purchase more bandwidth, I removedrepparttar 134342 video.

Choosing a right hosting solution

Written by By Arun Tibrewal (

You have done allrepparttar hard works for developing your website but when it comes selecting your host you may face trouble that it does not have allrepparttar 134326 features which is required by your site. It is important to do some research before choosing a right hosting solution.

A website is an important identity of yours and it isrepparttar 134327 responsibilities ofrepparttar 134328 host make it visible at World Wide Web. Selectingrepparttar 134329 right solution for your business will provide greater impact on your business. before hiring any service i suggest you to do a research on web, discuss with hosting providers, take suggestions from other users after all there are quality service providers also exists. Just spending a portion of your time you can findrepparttar 134330 "Most Suitable Solution" that will match exactly as per your requirements.

Knowledge makesrepparttar 134331 difference: There are lots of myth spreads about choosing a solution from Dedicated hosting provider or a Hosting Reseller. Some advocates A Dedicated service provider for uninterrupted services and some advocates A reseller hosting who will be able to provide a better support and you can have one to one discussions. It is always better to choose a company who sells straight forward plans with dedicated support and have enough domain knowledge.

Instead it is more important to chooserepparttar 134332 right hosting package that your site requires. Rather than harvestingrepparttar 134333 net for gathering database of hosting companies select few good companies and ask them if they haverepparttar 134334 required features your site needs. Since there are so many hosting companies are around, its hard to findrepparttar 134335 right solution for your business. Some companies offers unlimited stuffs, but when you go to install a sql database or an htaccess file or require hosting a script which runs server side, you will find those are disabled on your package. Always checkrepparttar 134336 specs before you buy any ofrepparttar 134337 hosting services. Here are brief of following categories of sites which will help you to choose a right solution for your business.

Cont'd on page 2 ==> © 2005
Terms of Use