hi.. i'm planning to create a student community for our school. i'm looking for some good webhost, but then since there are lots of offers, i didn't know what to choose. one problem is that i'm not sure with the bandwidth size. what do you think would i have to choose? i mean for a student website like for example, having around 500+ unique visits a day, and the website that includes a portal script and forum and blog for each account user, how much space and bandwidth do i need to get? thank you very much
If you are just starting off and you don't know what type of traffic you will get for a while, I would say start small and make sure that the host you go with will allow you to upgrade or downgrade your plan anytime and won't charge you for doing so. Also make sure that your host provides daily backups for you in case something gets messed up and you need a full website and database restore. Their are quite a few hosts here that can meet your needs. Good luck with your search.
A general benchmark would be to take the average size in kilobytes per page x average page view per person x average number of visitors per day.
So if your page size is 10kb per page and each person view 10 pages and you get 500 visitors a day then you will need
10kb x 10 pages x 500 visitors x 30 days = 1,500,000 kilobytes or 1,500mb or 1.5gb of bandwidth a month.
Generally at the offset, one would not know how many exact visitors you get, usually a new site would get very little and grows along the way, so it would be good to work with a webhost which allows you to upgrade plans within the month and also offers some sort of web logs statistics so you know where you stand. It be best to opt for the lowest plan and then upgrade along the way so that you will not be overspending unnecessarily.
Both Ken and Eddy have afforded you great advice. I would lean towards the start small theory as well. Make sure the host you choose, will let you upgrade, does not charge any setup fees, has a money back guarantee and good support.
Lots of those here at WHT. Look around and search some past threads on those you are interested in. See what people have to say about them.
Good luck in your search, and let us know how you make out!
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