Affordable Web Hosting

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Affordable Web Hosting

Affordable Web Hosting

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Affordable Virtual Web Hosting Account

Narrowing down what hosting company you are going to in-trust your critical data with it not an easy decision to make. The best thing you can do is arm yourself with the fact - check out their support, pricing, and specifications of their account, read over their Terms of Service.

Cheap Affordable Web Site Hosting

There is a difference between cheap and affordable web site hosting. Cheap is what you get, cheap. Be careful when all a company does is advertise themselves as a cheap web hosting provider. Look to see if what they offer is similar to their competitors. See if they offer more expensive plans commensurate with a traditional web hosting company. If they don’t, stray away. The best cheap affordable web site hosting providers are those that provide discount services as opposed to their traditional, regular price offerings. That way you know that upgrading will be easy in the future, and that the company cut its teeth in the regular web hosting market.

Affordable Web Site Hosting

Just entering the World Wide Web? Ready to make your site live and say Hello World! Well, affordable web site hosting solutions are available everywhere on the web. But dont let that confuse you - there are real differences between the best and worst affordable web site hosting. In the same way that you want to know about the previous owner of a used car, with shared affordable website hosting, you are going to want to know who is using it, how its being used, and who is watching over you. Make sure that your affordable web site hosting solution does not allow the more nefarious types of sites (gambling, adult, spam, etc) and that they actively search out and remove such content. Make sure that they have a strong, competent, and accessible support staff.

Affordable Web Page Hosting

Finding an affordable host to serve your web pages should not be difficult at all. Simple web page hosting is cheap, affordable and regularly available across the web. You should be able to find affordable web page hosting for under $5/month. Make sure, though, that you back up all your data regularly and that you do not need to run any mission-critical online applications in your affordable web page hosting space. Otherwise, you might find yourself with a web hosting solution that is not suitable for your more intensive applications.

Affordable Web Hosting Package

Affordable web hosting packages are not few and far between. Do not just go with a host because they say they are affordable. Sit down and determine exactly what it is that your company needs out of a host and what percentage of your marketing and business development budget can be allocated. Affordable is in the eye of the beholder. Affordable could mean $5 per month to one user, and $500 per month to another - so make sure that you are getting the affordable web hosting package that is right for you and your company.

Affordable Small Business Web Hosting

At least you learned your lesson and are not out searching for the cheapest web hosting package available to your small business. The simple fact that you are interested in an affordable solution versus a cheap solution means that you understand the importance of stability, reliability, service and support that will come with some cost in a valuable web hosting package. An affordable small business web hosting package should not cost more than $30 per month at the current going rate, but should not skimp on the services and features either. Do not buy into anything without comparing it to similar plans elsewhere, as there are plenty of hosting sites keen on cherry picking small businesses looking for their first web host.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Web Hosting Basic

How much bandwidth does your web site need?

One of the 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 determining the 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 on the size of the page or file that is being viewed or downloaded. Essentially, the 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 viewing the pages uses a lot of bandwidth, and of course downloading the video clips uses a TON of bandwidth. Combine this with the 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.

At the other end of the 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 all the 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 on the 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 between the high and low-bandwidth web sites that we discussed above. Pinpointing the 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 within the 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 up the dough and purchase more bandwidth, I removed the video.

While we're on the topic of daily bandwidth limits, I'd also like to point out that if you're hosting with a free host - such as Yahoo! Geocities - prepare for bandwidth limitations of just 3-5 megabytes per day. This means that you won't be hosting any video clips or large downloads for long. I once had a web site hosted with Geocities that consisted of just one page - one single page. The page was filled with tons of sports car images both big and small. Once my site started to get 100 visitors per day, even that amount of traffic caused me to exceed my daily bandwidth limit. As a result, my site was shut down almost every day, for a period of several months, due to continually exceeding my daily bandwidth limit.

The point I am trying to make with this article is that with proper preparation and web site design, you can ensure that you always have enough bandwidth to go around. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

1) When building a new web site, try to make the pages as small (file size) as possible. There are many free tools out there that will tell you the size of your pages and can also compress them to make them more compact.

2) When using images on your web site, try not to go crazy - keep the number of images to a minimum. If you must use tons of images, try a .jpeg or .gif compression tool to make the images as small as possible.

3) Make a concerted effort not to offer too many files for download. If for some reason you feel that you need to offer hundreds of downloadable files, try to select ones that are small (1-2 megs) in size.

By following the tips above, you'll be able to more accurately predict your bandwidth needs based on your web site content and estimated traffic. Obviously these tips are only general guidelines - the true test is launching your web site and carefully observing and monitoring your bandwidth usage patterns for several months. Inevitably you may need to alter your web site layout/content from time to time to stay within your monthly bandwidth limits. Better yet, if your site becomes so popular that you really do need more bandwidth, simply order more bandwidth from your existing web host or switch to a host that provides more generous monthly data transfer. As your web site grows in size and popularity, sufficient bandwidth will always be a concern, but, such is the price of success!

About the author: Marc Eberhart

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

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