Figuring out the amount of bandwidth and space that you will need for your website is a common concern that many individuals have when setting up web hosting. If you pick one that has too little bandwidth, then you are putting yourself at risk of being charged overage fees or even having your site become disabled for some time. On the other hand, if you get one that has too much space and bandwidth then you will be paying for stuff that isn’t being used and that isn’t needed.
Bandwidth which is also commonly called data transfer is used each time someone downloads a file or even simply clicks to view a web page. There are two main factors to keep in mind when deciding on the amount of space you will need for your website. The first factor is the amount of traffic you may potentially bring in and the second is the size of the content that will be on the website. The average website will generally bring in anywhere from 50-500 visitors a day. Using this amount of visitors a day as an example, simply having 3-5 gigabytes (GB) of data transfer a month should be perfect. Obviously if you are generating more traffic than that, such as having 500+ visitors a day then it would be beneficial for you to buy a hosting plan that has 50 gigabytes of data transfer a month. Obviously, a small site like “Free Stock Market Tips” won’t need the same amount of bandwith as one of the biggest Beachwear Blogs on the web!
When it comes to space, it is a little more difficult to determine. Remember to read the fine print when choosing your storage space. Although some websites offer unlimited space, they make it so that certain files cannot be larger than 25 MB. If you are uploading a video series, it could be tough to break up your videos into small files and then have them downloaded one at a time. This inconvenience can be avoided by looking into the file size allowed, as well as the overall space available.
Always keep in mind the overall purpose of the website before choosing hosting. If you are planning on building up a large, multipage website, always opt for a larger web hosting plan. If you are going to build a bunch of short review style pages with little content, smaller hosting plans may suffice. You must also take into account the amount of websites you will be building. Most web hosts allow for unlimited domains, but this is limited to your allowed bandwidth and space. Plans for hundreds of web pages will soon go up in smoke if you don’t read the fine print.
After a certain point, it is safer and more cost efficient to upgrade to either a VPS or dedicated hosting. This enables you to continue to build your business, while also never risking downtime and infiltration from hackers. These two options will also give you a much larger bandwidth to work with, not to mention more space. The upgraded server will also be capable of running more advanced scripts, giving you freedom to design and build how you feel.