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How Much Bandwidth Or Disk Space Do I Need?

BandwidthIf you have your own website this question has probably crossed your mind at some time. If you do not have a website, but plan to in the future, this is a question that you will face. So, How much bandwidth or disk space do you need? Well it all depends. It depends on how much traffic you will be getting. It depends on how many files you will be hosting. It depends on the size of the files you will be hosting.Before you can figure out how much bandwidth and disk space you will require, it is a good start to fully understand exactly how band width and disk space works.

  • Disk Space
disk space refers to the amount of hard disk space the hosting company offers for your web pages. All your documents, graphics, animations, etc. all must fit into this space storage space.

  • Bandwidth
Bandwidth refers to the amount of data that website visitors can download from a website

  • Now How much do I need?

We will start with a simple formula...


Average Web Page Size + Total size of graphics/images within the page, Multiplied by the number of visitors you expect each day, Multiplied by the number of pages you expect they will view, Multiplied by 30 (days in a month) = Total Monthly Data Transfer Usage

For example: if we had a site with 20 pages averaging 10 KB each, 50 KB worth of images in each page, and 50 visitors each day who viewed an average of 4 pages, you would have the following formula:[10 KB + 50 KB] * [50 visitors * 4 pages] * [30] = 360,000 KB So we would be using 360,000 KB, or approximately 360 MB, of bandwidth each month.

Now of course this requires a bit of guessing because you may not know how many visitors to expect, buts its a good place to start. You would also need to take into consideration any media such as videos or mp3's that you may have stored on your site locally.

 
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