hosting plan – Web hosting, Domain names, Dedicated servers Fri, 29 Jan 2016 11:05:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 hosting plan – 32 32 Calculate bandwidth usage with free online tools Mon, 07 Sep 2009 05:32:52 +0000 empty room
When signing up for a hosting plan, one of the most important factors to consider is how much bandwidth is provided. Data transfer is expensive but necessary. Too much and you will be throwing money away, too little and your site will be shut down.

Predicting bandwidth usage is something hosting customers new and old alike have trouble with. It involves a wide variety of factors, including the size of your web pages and hosted files (movies, pictures, etc.), as well as how often these items are viewed. Other services like FTP and email also count towards your monthly bandwidth allotment.

Thankfully, there are a number of free online tools out there to help you estimate data transfer usage. My favorite three (in no particular order) are:

  1. Bandwidth Calculator at Active Online
  2. Website Bandwidth Calculator at
  3. Mystic Nights Bandwidth Calculator

Estimating bandwidth usage only takes a few seconds and can save you time and money down the road. Keep in mind, though, that you don’t want to always be on the upper end of your limit each month. Headroom for growth and traffic spikes is necessary. The last thing you want is to be paying bandwidth overage fees, which are often quite excessive.

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The Database Dilemma Fri, 19 Jun 2009 19:22:17 +0000 dilemma databaseOne feature some consumers forget to look over before signing up for a hosting package is the number of MySQL databases offered. The most common type of database, MySQL is required to use any of the most popular blogging or CMS platforms.

One clever trick hosts use to keep usage down is limit the number of MySQL databases a customer can use. It’s not uncommon for entry-level hosting plans to have only one or possibly no databases. Because each CMS or blog installation requires a separate database, a limit on MySQL limits the number of sites you can run. Hosts may also achieve the same effect by restricting the number of domain names that can be added to an account.

Before signing up for a hosting package, make sure you have enough databases. Higher-end plans will give you at least 10. Of course, you can always use static HTML instead to get around a MySQL limit, but most hosters these days prefer the ease of use offered by a CMS.