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Know How Much Hosting Space and Bandwidth You Need
By: Herman Drost
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    2004-10-15

    Table of Contents:
  • Know How Much Hosting Space and Bandwidth You Need
  • How to Reduce Web Hosting Bandwidth
  • Defining Bandwidth
  • How Can You Reduce Bandwidth Usage?

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    The easy way is to reduce the size of the files on your site, particularly images and other graphics. For example, you have a large image (i.e. 200KB) on your web page that is downloaded by each visitor every time the page is requested. If you reduce this image to 20KB or remove it altogether, it will dramatically cut your bandwidth usage. It will also speed up your site’s performance.

    For more information on optimizing images for the Web, read my article, “Preparing Images for Your Web Site”.

    Web Sites that have MP3s to download, movies, music playing in the background and large images, will obviously have a higher bandwidth. Large web sites or sites that expect a lot of traffic will also use a lot.

    If your site has mainly HTML pages and small images, your bandwidth will not be that high.

    Bandwidth Tools

    Monitoring bandwidth
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    Web Page Checker
    http://www.searchengineworld.com/cgi-bin/page_size.cgi

    Tuning up your Web Site
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    Bandwidth Tips

    If you make changes to your site by adding more files and/or web pages, recalculate your web site file size.

    Estimate how many visitors will be accessing your web pages over the next few months.

    Recalculate the bandwidth usage for your site. You may need more web space and bandwidth for your site to function effectively.

    Check with your web hosting company to upgrade your hosting plan.

    Conclusion

    Now you can avoid the shock of exceeding your monthly bandwidth usage and paying higher hosting fees. You are now ready to receive more traffic to your site and therefore make more sales.

    Copyright 2002 Herman Drost

    Herman Drost is a Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW) owner and author of iSiteBuild.com Web Site Design and Low Cost Hosting
    (http://www.isitebuild.com)


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