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  1. #1
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    Why do hosts limit mailboxes, etc.?

    Why do some hosts limit the size of your mailbox? or file sizes?

    I don't see how it matters as long as you keep within your space. Must be to keep down on bandwidth, but if you keep within your bandwidth, what's the problem?

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    Well, when mail is heavily used, it can be a big resource hog. Also, it's a good way to get someone to pony up for a bigger plan with more mailboxes! =D

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    I've seen loads on servers rock sky high simply because someone was sending or receiving a very large email (e.g. ~ 100MB). So I think on a shared server it's reasonable to limit the maximum sizes of emails to a reasonable level (e.g. 20+ MB, otherwise it's better to use FTP anyway).

    Regarding the number of mailboxes, it is likely that each user of a mailbox will check his or her email about once a day on average. This eats up processor time, as each time someone checks for new messages the server will need to open a POP3 connection, and also locally check the user mailbox. Now if you put several domains on a server and do not limit mailboxes, you might end up with thousands of mailboxes or more, each being checked once a day or even more often. This may cause load problems.

    My recommendation is that if you're at a stage where you possibly need thousands of mailboxes, it might be a good idea to actually get a dedicated server.
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    Re: Why do hosts limit mailboxes, etc.?

    Originally posted by chrisb
    Why do some hosts limit the size of your mailbox? or file sizes?

    I don't see how it matters as long as you keep within your space. Must be to keep down on bandwidth, but if you keep within your bandwidth, what's the problem?
    SCP/FTP/SFTP are for file transfer
    E-mail is for short TEXT messages

    I hate getting large messages via e-mail.

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    Originally posted by avara

    Regarding the number of mailboxes, it is likely that each user of a mailbox will check his or her email about once a day on average.
    Really? I think most people check their messages several times an hour. Most people I know configure outlook to check for messages every 2 minutes.

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    Originally posted by uuallan


    Really? I think most people check their messages several times an hour. Most people I know configure outlook to check for messages every 2 minutes.
    I'm talking averages here. I check mine every 60 seconds, but I know of a lot of people who only check theirs every couple of days, or sometimes not at all. Anyway, I did say at least once a day.

    BUT the point is that each time email is checked, it takes system resources. So the more active email accounts you have on a server, the higher the loads.
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