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lenie
23-01-2003, 04:16 PM
Hi all,

Pls could someone explain to me what exactly bandwidth is?? How important is it when choosing a hosting package?

Also, has anyone out there ever used lowcosthosts.com??

Thanks!
Laura

Designr
23-01-2003, 04:25 PM
Lenie, bandwidth is the amount of traffic your website can use and it's extremly important when choosing a host.

Many hosts will charge an additional fee should you exceed this. It really depends on the site you wish to host and how busy it is. If it's a new site, then you will not need a lot of bandwidth. (under 1 gig)

I have never heard of/ used lowcosthosts, so I can't comment. Just remember there is no such thing as Unlimited web space and/ or bandwidth. http://www.unlimband.com

They have a forum so it's worth having a look around and getting some feedback. It's also worth asking about the server spec, server load and bandwidth quality as all these will also affect the running of your site.

Regards
Jay
Design R Web Solutions

john.crocker
23-01-2003, 04:29 PM
Hmmm looks a bit dodgy in my opinion.. The first and foremost rule is never trust a host which says most things are unlimited!

It can eaisly lead to cutbacks in service level if its abused.. and Certainly nothing in hosting is unlimited.

I recently contacted a host that said they offered "Unlimited" services. But once you go into more detail there are catchs.. The one they replied back to me with is "To a Reasonable level of usage". But thats never defined! unless its in the package you get "X" mb bandwidth transfer you never know what "Reasonable" is. And you may find your site dissapears without notice.

Nothing on Internet Hosts is ever truely unlimited. Its the same rule as "Unlimited Internet Access" (but you can only go on for 6 hours a week etc etc etc)

We have had extensive Web Design experience and could reccomend a host plan based on your needs. Please feel free to contact me at info@netadvances.co.uk if you need anymore assistance on finding a hosting partner.

chilleddesign
23-01-2003, 04:31 PM
Hi

Every time a page or a picture is viewed this counts towards your bandwidth. Or if you where allowing downloads form your site this would build up towards your bandwidth, e.g if you had a 1mb file that you are allowing to be downloaded, it could only be downloaded 1000 times before you reach a 1gig bandwidth max.

Like design R states if your site is not expecting big traffic your be fine with a min bandwidth arrangement. A simple website with only pages and a few pictures usually uses only 100mb max bandwidth.

Reagards

Chris

lenie
24-01-2003, 12:45 PM
Thank you all for your very useful advice....I've contacted lowcosthosts.com to challenge them about their "unlimited" offers ....... we'll see what they say!!

My main concern is that although my website will be a relatively simple design and won't contain downloads etc or won't be particularly image rich....it will have several hundred pages...and will have a lot of traffic (hopefully!)

If for example I am expecting to have a site with 300 mainly text based pages (of a certain size) and approx 30,000 visitors a month, is there a way I can calculate approx how much bandwidth I might need?? Or is it a case of paying for more as I need it?

Also.....as part of my marketing plan I would like to have the ability to send out daily emails to everyone on my database that has opted into the service.....however, a couple of hosts I've seen do not allow 'bulk emails'....is this likely to be a problem with most??

Thank you all for your time!
Laura xx

Designr
24-01-2003, 02:39 PM
Hello. You could try to use the following formula: (A 2 gig example)

2 Gigs of Bandwidth: If your average picture size is 35k, and your average page size is 20k, you need to figure out how many pages that are 55k you can view. With 2 GB, you would be allowed ~36,000 page views per month. (2000/ 55 = 36)

Thats roughly an idea. I would advise you to start of small and then upgrade to more bandwidth/ webspace when you need it. There is no point in paying for, say, 15 gig bandwidth, if you are only going to use 1 gig, for the first 8 months! As traffic/ bandwidth gradually grows, then decide to upgarde hosting plans.

Regarding the bulk emails, it varies from host to host. Sending out, say, 30,000 emails on a regular basis is quite server intensive.

Regards
Jay
Design R Web Solutions

shamrocker
24-01-2003, 05:18 PM
I currently use lowcosthosts.com and cannot fault them in any way. I'm not an expert on hosting packages so I cannot comment on specific areas of the package, however what I can say is that I'm very happy with the deal I got. Their customer service is first class. They go out of their way to help me set up various things on my site and are very prompt on their responses. I would advise you to email them with all your questions and I'm sure they will provide you with the info you require in a straight forward manner.

Good luck!

Shamrocker

lenie
24-01-2003, 06:00 PM
Thanks for that Shamrocker,

What is the URL of your website....???

shamrocker
24-01-2003, 06:11 PM
Hi Laura,

my site is at www.rightgolf.com however it is under construction at the moment so there isn't really anything to see on it.


Thanks,

Sham