Hosting Explained – Hosting Disk Space & Bandwidth
It can be pretty tough working out what the best web hosting plan for your website will be with some many offers in the market. Today we focus on two of the most important factors in a web hosting plan, Disk Space and Bandwidth allocation. Disk Space is akin to your hard disk in your computer. There is fixed allocation which you can used, taken up by different files including documents, music, videos, email and software. Most small websites will only use a very small amount of disk space. For example, a small 10 page site with images may use less than 10MB of disk space if properly prepared by a web designer. Larger websites or those using databases to drive them can consume more disk space, though sites hosting large files such as high resolution graphics, music and video files or popular forums are typically examples of sites that will use more disk space. The term Bandwidth deals with the amount of traffic your website sends and receives to other people who visit your website. Every time someone visits your website, bandwidth is used. If your site is small and doesn’t get too many hits, a lower bandwidth plan is acceptable, while for more popular sites, higher bandwidth plans should be considered. The size of your website in disk space consumption terms and popularity will affect how much bandwidth you’ll need in your hosting plan. The more movies or high resolution images you hosts, the quicker your bandwidth allocation will be used. When considering what bandwidth allowance is right for you, consider the type of website you’ll be hosting with Web3k and what content will be made available. What about hosts that claim unlimited disk space and bandwidth in their plans? Every host has a finite amount of disk space to offer its customers, and there’s no such thing as a hard disk drive with ‘unlimited storage’, so be wary of hosts offering these plan as there will typically be restrictions hidden in their terms to prevent users from consuming an ‘above average’ amount of disk space and bandwidth. We get a lot of enquiries from customers regarding the best web hosting plan for their needs, and every situation is different. If you find you’re still confused, drop us a note and we’ll be more than happy to help!