If your site has interactivity based in various languages such as php, cgi, etc...then your hard disk space used can jump up quite quick. A commonly used script is a forum, and if your forums are popular, both bandwith and HD space used will jump up faster than you can even check your updated-daily statistics.
As for IP addresses, as TimPD said, they are used for SSL. Also, they allow Anonymous FTP use. They can also be useful when your domain is down.
I believe speed is USUALLY measued by how fast the server hardware is and the number of users/accounts on it, not usually the bandwith providor. That is unless your hosting providor has some cheap bandwith providor with slow lines. No hosting companies will be running a data center off of a 24k modem ...nor a Cable modem .
well, im mostly looking to start a portfolio type site with pictures,etc (ex. stuff i created using photoshop, illustrator,etc). would 100mb be sufficient? with 10gb of transfer? or would you suggest getting more?
Originally posted by DivaInJeanz well, im mostly looking to start a portfolio type site with pictures,etc (ex. stuff i created using photoshop, illustrator,etc). would 100mb be sufficient? with 10gb of transfer? or would you suggest getting more?
To begin with I think that seems fine. Space wont necessarily be an issue at first, it will more depend on how popular your site gets, and how much bandwidth is being used. 10gb is planety when starting out, I would be suprised if you use 1 or 2gb per month for a while.
Obviously the larger the image file you put up, the more space you will use, so if you put up the PSD or ILL files then that will take huge amounts of space, but if you leave it at JPG, GIF and PNG then it will take you a long time to fill the 100mb.
The host you go with will undoubtedly have plans with more space and bandwidth, so if you do get to your limits fairly quickly, it shouldn't be too difficult for you to upgrade your account with them.