|In scouting for a web hosting company, always ensure the disk
space and amount of traffic needed.
Amount of Disk Space
The requirement of a small or medium web site is between 10 and
100MB of disk space.
When looking at the size of HTML pages, you will notice that the
average size is very small - smaller than 1K. But looking at the
size of the pictures used within the pages, you will often find
them several times bigger than the page itself.
5 and 50K of space on the server is the expected consumption of
each HTML page which is dependent on the use of images or other
elements that may consume disk space.
More disk space is needed for web sites that plan to utilize
lots of images or graphic elements (not to mention sound files
Before scouting for your web host, make sure that you have
knowledge of your requirements. Monthly Traffic
Monthly transfer of data for a small or medium web site will
take up between 1 and 5GB.
On the other hand, monthly traffic in larger commercial sites
consumes more than 100GB.
Before the contract with the host provider is signed, be sure
that the following is checked: What are the limitations on
monthly transfer? Will your site be closed if you go beyond the
volume? Will you be the billing be higher if the volume is
exceeded? Will it cover future requirements? Is upgrading
Your web hosting provider should offer a relatively faster
connection for your visitors who often connect through a modem.
During the early days of the Internet, connecting using a T1 was
considered a fast connection. However, modern speeds are much
One byte is 8 bits long, and that is usual amount of bits used
to transfer a character (a letter or a digit). 14,000 to 56,000
bits per second (bps) is the transfer speed for low speed
communication modems. The range is within 2000 and 7000
characters per second, nearly 1 to 5 pages of written text.
Before making any deal with hosting providers, research some
other web sites on their servers, to have a good background
about the speed of their network. Likewise, compare the other
sites with your site, to check if you have the same
requirements. Getting in touch with other customers is another
Disk space and the amount of monthly traffic is not the only
requirement in web hosting. This will depend on the web site you
are planning to put up.
About the author:
Michael Colucci is a technical writer for $2.99 Hosting
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