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How Much Web Space Do You Need?

For the average layman who just wants to get his web pages hosted, it can be confusing to have so many web hosting packages to choose from. Just about all of them offer a competitive range of packages based on at least two areas—web space disk size and bandwidth. Prices for similar packages differ from one hosting company to the next. You could end up with a package that is short of your needs for a very attractive price offer.

Determining your disk space needs

Text in a web page eats the least amount of file size, so that even an all-text 100-page site may require no more than 5MB of web space storage. It’s the multimedia content that creates large file sizes.

Photos can go up to hundreds of MB each if you make high-resolution images available for download.

Sound files in MP3 format also take up space so that a 3-minute pop tune can easily require 7 MB at the format’s highest audio bit rate of 320 kilobytes per second.

Video files require a large amount of disk space. A 30-second video could eat up 25 MB of web space depending on the format and video resolution. Some site owners simply embed videos from a separate provider such as YouTube to save on their own hosting costs.

Estimating your bandwidth needs

Each website is unique, and estimating your minimum bandwidth or data transfer usage will depend on several elements. A rough formula to follow is:

[average file size of your web pages] * [number of visitors you expect each day] * [number of pages each visitor will view] * [30 days in a month] = total monthly bandwidth or data transfer usage

For instance, if you have 20 web pages each averaging 10 KB of text with around 100 KB of images per page and a best estimate of around 100 visitors on average per day who would view around 5 pages, using the formula above, you can compute: [10 KB + 100 KB per web page] * [100 visitors] * [5 pages per visitor] * [30 days in a month] = 1,650,000 KB, 1,600 MB, or 1.65 GB per month. You need to find a hosting package that a monthly 1.65 GB can safely fall into. Hosting packages with 2 to 5 GB of bandwidth per month would be just right with some room for a near-term expansion in traffic.

Weighing your options

Personal websites with a few pages of text and images can often be satisfied with free hosting topped at 2 GB of bandwidth and around 100 MB to 150 MB of disk space allocated for you each month. Just be aware that your site could be littered with ads that can annoy your site visitors, and problems in your hosting may not be met with good technical support that a paid hosting company can provide.

For business usage, it’s best for you to look into professional web hosting providers. They usually start with 5 GB monthly bandwidth and 200 MB of web space from $3 per month, with significant savings if you sign up for long-term hosting. In most cases, a startup or small business website can benefit from the minimum paid hosting packages if it rarely uses more than 1 GB of data transfer per month, at least in the early months. Even if you sign up for a year’s service. professional web hosts won’t mind if you step up to a higher package should the growth in your traffic and website sophistication warrant a higher bandwidth and web space.

However, there’s a better alternative. Because disk space and broadband telecommunications have both gone down in cost, unlimited disk space and bandwidth are now commonly offered in many hosting solutions priced above $3 per month.

For a growing business, it makes good sense to avail of these unlimited offers. This allows you to grow your business without worrying about whether or not your web host can support you. It also helps you in case of large spikes of traffic. You don’t want your website to be down just when a lot of visitors are coming in.

At the end of the day, it’s always better to get as much as you can for your money’s worth. There are plenty of affordable web hosts that offer unlimited disk space and bandwidth, so this is definitely recommended.