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    banwidth question

    I know this probably sounds weird but im about to get a dedicated server and i dont really know what the bandwidth means.

    What does say 1500 gig bandwidth a month really mean?

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    Hi

    Bandwidth used for a website is similar to Gas used for a car. The more gas you have the farther you can drive with the car, the more bandwidth you have the more visitors you can have. If you go over your bandwidth your site will be suspended until you upgrade or wait until your bandwidth number is reset back to zero on the first of every month.

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    To be a bit more detailed bandwidth is the traffic "transferred" over the Internet to & from your server. So when you opened this forum a certain number of kilobytes of data was transferred to your computer and a bit of "bandwidth" was used. The more time you spend here and more posts you view the greater the amount of data sent to you as you view more & more pages of posts, ads, etc. Also if you make a post a certain amount of kilobytes is used to transfer your data to these forums and store it on their server(s) Actually even though it's a small amount each time your PC requests a page from these forums a some "transfer" is used by your request and then more by the server delivering what you "asked" to see.
    If you have a dedicated server when someone uploads their website to the server kilobytes or megabytes of data is transferred to your server. If you have content that is downloadable (music, videos, PDF's etc.) more data will be transferred from your server to the user as they download those files than when they view a "static" html web page.
    Most people actually use less bandwidth than they think they will, however if you have sites like say galleries or video files much more "transfer" will be used as people upload & download photos, videos, etc.
    An example of this would be a site like "You Tube" where people upload videos and other people watch them. That is a very high bandwidth or "high transfer" type application. Forums can vary a lot in bandwidth use depending on how popular they are and how they are configured while the "average" web site somebody build for a business or personal site using a common site builder like say Dreamweaver will use relatively little transfer since they will probably only upload the site once with maybe a file or 2 added in a month and maybe only a few hundred visitors will view that 4 or 8 page "normal" site with some photos & text on each page in a month. However you may have a very popular site with thousands of visitors and thus far more "transfer".
    That's what with that 1500BG of "transfer" you might only be able to host one very popular site with many files & pages each with a lot of content or you might be able to have 500 sites with low traffic and less content and not go over your 1500GB.

    If you are not sure look in the terms for how much "overage" bandwidth costs as this can vary a lot from company to company. Also there are different "quality" Internet connections. So you may see some servers offered with the same amount of 1500GB at 2 different prices depending on if you are on a "high quality" connection or a "lower cost" connection.

    You will also usually see transfer included change with the approximate abilities of the server. An inexpensive Celeron server with one disk drive and 1GB RAM will probably be "working" very hard to deliver that full 1500GB per month while you might see a dual-quad core beast with 16GB of RAM & large hard drives come with 3000GB transfer included in the price because the server would be more likely to be delivering higher amounts (or why would you need a server that powerful?) This isn't always true but most companies have a "general" amount they use based on the capacity of the server. 1500GB is more than you think for average web sites though. Many "average" sites will only use 1 or 2 GB per month. Or one big-popular site may need the entire server depending on what your plans are for the dedicated.
    If you are a web site owner and have "outgrown" shared hosting and the larger VPS plans and have server administration skills then you may need to move to a dedicated just to host your own site, in that case you can look at the "stats" you have been running on your VPS or shared account to get an idea of how much you will use as you grow on a dedicated.

    Also be aware e-mail and other such data "transfer" is a part of the server's alloted transfer so if you have 1 large site for a business that has 500 employees with each sending and receiving a lot of e-mails a day "transfer" can change fast. If those e-mails are just "plain text" they will use very little. But if it's an engineering firm or architectural design firm they could be sending & receiving large amounts of "transfer" in e-mails with files of of blueprints, drawings being revised & sent back & forth, etc. An example of great variation is we have many clients with a few e-mail accounts sending mostly "plain" day-to-day e-mails which amount to very little "transfer", and that's our "normal". But there is one client of ours who does specialized video work (like effects for commercials & such). He will often send a video to his client several times as he completes the revisions his customer wants. Depending on how busy his company is and how many revisions are required and how many different people at the "customer" firm need to download the videos to approve them or suggest revisions his "transfer" use changes VERY dramatically from month to month.

    Just to give you some ideas of what "transfer" or bandwidth" is and how it may affect you...remember it's traffic going both ways

    PS: To be very technical bandwidth really also refers to the speed the data is delivered at as well as the amount, but that's not what they mean in the server ads you are looking at. They mean "transfered" bandwidth, if you see a server with bandwidth charged by Mbs like 1Mbs burstable to 5Mbs that's actual "bandwidth".
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    You can also translate the amount of transfer measured in Megabit per second.

    1500 GB is around 4.7 Mbit/sec, if I put my numbers correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henrik View Post
    You can also translate the amount of transfer measured in Megabit per second.

    1500 GB is around 4.7 Mbit/sec, if I put my numbers correct.
    I think you're correct
    In short, bandwidth is the amount of data transferred between server and website's visitors (usually in a month).
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    thanks guys,

    Pretty helpful..sounds like 1500 gig will be plenty for me right now

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    Just a piece of advice. A dedicated server is gives you alot of resources but it costs alot of money. If you don't need that much resources you can opt for a shared hosting or reseller account. Worst come to worst a VPS might be a better solution.

    After all the money you save will be able to be used for things like advertisement or personal entertainment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by warriorhost View Post
    Just a piece of advice. A dedicated server is gives you alot of resources but it costs alot of money. If you don't need that much resources you can opt for a shared hosting or reseller account. Worst come to worst a VPS might be a better solution.

    After all the money you save will be able to be used for things like advertisement or personal entertainment.
    There are quite adequate "budget" servers out there, it is a matter if the OP is experienced and skilled enough in order to manage a server on his own.

    If so, go for the dedicated box. If not; follow your advice and go with a reseller account.

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