How much is enough?
If you don't want to run out
of bandwidth you need a plan that will allow for enough to keep
all the pages open. So how much is enough bandwidth and how much
will it cost?
Consider a website with 200
web pages where each page is 100KB in size (including images and
other files). If this website gets 400 visitors each day and each
visitor views 3 pages on an average, the web site would be
transferring 400 (visitors) * 3 (number of pages viewed by each)
* 100KB (file size of web page) = 120,000KB or 120MB each day or
3.6GB per month.
1200 pages a day is a very low
estimate when you factor in bots that could potentailly crawl
every page on the website downloading the entire contents of the
pages in just minutes. Bots an really upset the normal flow of
bandwidth and even cripple a server if the download rate exceeds
the users allocation.
Since most bandwidth plans are
numbers like 3000GB then why are so many websites closed for
Either the isps are fudging
the useage numbes or sites are getting much more traffic than
I see a typical site being
over 1000 pages. With 400 users a day, 385 of those may be bots
and many will download everything on the website.
People will often add videos,
big pictures and even software downloads without realizing the
cost of sharing these files.
I saw a website with a video
download of fishing that was 600MB. If 385 bots download a 600MB
file that is over 220GB a day or more than 6500GB a month.
A simple family website with
an innocent video of the family fishing is now going to cost that
family a heafty sum of cash.
It is unlikely a family
website plans for those circumstances and it is easy to see why
th site would exceed its bandwidth allocation.
An average website should not
use much bandwidth at all. Most people will never see the million
dollar a month bandwidth bills of myspace, youtube and ebay. But
its not impossible to get over your head if the site has a bunch
of heavy files or is overloaded with pictures.
People are just not prepared
for the cost of sharing files. They are used to downloading files
at broadband speeds of 3MBS and up. But the cost of that to the
website owner is around $1000.00 a monhs for 3MB of dedicated
How much is enough?
A basic $10 hosting solution
is usually enough for a small e-commerce website. If you want to
share video, it could be 10 times that up to millions.
To determine what is enough,
you need to know your website. How much will you post, what
traffic will you achive? It is all relative to how much bandwidth
Companies like Bumblebeeworks
will give unlimited bandwidth but mange the volume of content you
can post. This limits the actual bandwith you can use by keeping
the site lean and efficient.
Of course like any unlimited
plan, its not really unlimited. Although there are not overage
fees and the site wont close for using too much, if a client uses
more than a basic amount on a regular basis, then they have to
upgrade to a more suitable option.
There are cases where people
get lucky and get huge amounts of traffic for short bursts. That
is where an unlimited plan is great. But like any other good
thing, if you use a steady flow of 1.5MB and it costs the isp $500
a month, they can't resell it for $10. So you will be forced to
pay more or move to a different solution.
Unlimited plans only stipulate
that you wont be charged more, but not that you can really use as
much as you want. It is a safety net and not necessaryily a long