I own a site that gets about 50k uniques and uses about 170GB of transfer a month. It is a free image hosting site. Currently it is running off of a dedicated server with two other sites on a 100mbit/sec connection. Right now it is lightning fast, however I need to move it to a VPS or even reseller account to get my costs down. I was thinking of moving it to a VDS from jvds.com (one of their unmetered plans). I noticed that these are on a 3mbit/sec line. Do you guys think that this will have a dramatic affect on the speed of file uploads and downloads? I do expect a slow down, but I am trying to find a solution that will keep the site as fast as possible.
I have looked into plans from servint however I do not think that they offer enough transfer with their plans. The site is growing, and I definatly expect to break 200GB of transfer this month.
My budget is currently $50 or less. I have been having some major problems finding something that will work for me with my low budget, but any suggestions would be much apprciated!
Thank you for your suggestions. I do not care if people see the site, it is MyImageHub.com. As you can see I am offering some banner location advertising, and I also have google adsense ads placed in various placed around the site (I couldn't get into casale ).
With the advertising revenue I am getting right now, I will be able to afford about $50-60/mo hosting.
I did a few things that will hopefully boost my advertising revenue a little. I noticed a huge amount of 404 error requests for users who deleted images so I made the 404 error page contain ads from google. I also added a photo gallery feature (with some ad placements) that will hopefully get more exposure as people show their friends, family, and co-workers their photos.
So yes, I either need to boost revenue, or get a cheaper (and slower ) hosting account...or both. I'm awful sad to see my P4 dedi go away. The site has been blazing fast on it!
I was thinking of this too. The server I am currently on has two hard drives, so I was thinking of splitting up the server baised on the actual drives...but I would rather not do that if I have the option. Unfortunatly I do not think I will have many options.