Go Back   Singapore Web Hosting Talk > LEARNING CENTER > End User

End User For the end user. For people who use web hosting accounts.

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 25-07-2004, 00:09   #1
shawnho
SGWHT Premium Member
 
Join Date: 24-07-2003
Location: Singapore
Posts: 1,541
shawnho is a jewel in the roughshawnho is a jewel in the roughshawnho is a jewel in the roughshawnho is a jewel in the rough
Bandwidth And Data Transfer – Which is Which?

Too often web hosts talk about bandwidth and data transfer in the same breath but truth be known they are different although very closely related. Bandwidth is how much data can be transferred at a time and data transfer is how much data is being transferred.

Think of it this way. If bandwidth were a bridge, then the bigger the bridge is the more vehicles can pass through it. While data transfer is the number of vehicles allowed on the bridge in say a month. In essence, data transfer is the consumption of bandwidth.

How It Affects Your Site

The less bandwidth you have, the slower your site takes to load regardless of the visitor’s connection type. If you have more visitors, some of them will have to wait their turn. The least data transfer you have, the more often you’ll find your site unavailable because you’re reached the maximum allowed until a new month rolls by or you upgrade your account.

Determining Your Requirements

Usually when a host talks about bandwidth, they are referring to your transfer. So you need to figure out what is sufficient for your site to function. You’ll need to gather some information; fairly easy if you already have a site. Most of this information is available from your traffic history. If you don’t have an existing site, provide an optimistic estimate if you intend to heavily promote the site. Then get ready for some math.

Find out the daily averages of: -

• Number of visitors / expected number of visitors
• Page size including the graphics of the page
• Page views / expected pages viewed by each visitor

Then, multiply them as follows:

Visitors x Page size x Page views x 30 days = Monthly Website Transfer

You should also throw in a small margin or error there to take into account email traffic and your own uploads to the server. If you offer downloads, then you should add the following:

Average/Expected downloads x File Size x 30 days = Monthly Download Transfer

Unlimited Plans

Bandwidth is very expensive. All hosts are limited by their own allocations. Thinking back to the bridge. What happens is each visitor to your site will be given a smaller lane to transfer the data, creating many tiny lanes therefore “unlimited”. The more visitors you have the smaller each lane will be, which makes each visitor wait for the page to load.

More often than not there is little choice over your bandwidth as your host controls this. Some hosts may limit the number of simultaneous connections so in affect slowing down your site and refusing some visitors. This is called throttling. If you’re concerned about this, you should ask the host how they control bandwidth usage or purchase a package with more data transfer. If you use HostVoice.net, this information is easily obtainable with one request.

Reducing Transfers

On the other hand, you can reduce your transfer amount by building simpler, more efficient websites and optimizing your graphics. Refrain from fancy flash presentations or streaming audio. Use CSS, call JavaScript externally instead of embedding in every page. Remove unwanted tags, white space and comments.
Limit your META tags to those absolutely necessary. Having too many keywords is not search engine friendly. Besides many search engines will only review the first few and ignore the rest.

Another good idea is to cache your website but you might want to set an expiry date in the HTTP headers so the browser will refresh the content after a certain time. Use mod-gzip. It could save you as much as 40% of your bandwidth. Out of control robots can also suck down your bandwidth like a black hole. So use robots.txt to keep spiders in check.




__________________________________________________ _______________
Written By HostVoice.net - HostVoice is a free online service which brings hosting companies and consumers together. Submit a free request and receive offers within 15 minutes from qualifying hosts. When hosts compete for your business, you win!
shawnho is offline   Reply With Quote

Old 05-03-2005, 02:18   #2
SkyNetHosting
SGWHT Senior Member
 
Join Date: 28-02-2005
Posts: 444
SkyNetHosting is on a distinguished road
Thumbs up

Very useful article - Keep up the good work.
__________________
[UK. INDIA. USA. SINGAPORE. RESELLER HOSTING] WHMCS. End User Support. Premium HelpDesk
MyCompanyWeb™ Start Your Own Professional Web Hosting Company in 24 Hours!
SkyNetHosting.Net - SEO Hosting. Reseller & Fully Managed VPS Provider - 12 Years in Business!
SkyNetHosting is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2005, 23:24   #3
alanwoo
SGWHT Senior Member
 
Join Date: 15-10-2003
Location: Singapore
Posts: 575
alanwoo is on a distinguished road
Well explaination.

Let me add on some example.

Beware of some web host, when they offer you a lot more "Data Transfer" than their "Bandwidth" can handle.

Here's the example:

1Mbps Bandwidth = 128Kilobyte per second (128 x 60sec x 60minutes x 24hour x 30day) = 316GB per month.

If some web host only have 1Mbps bandwidth but offer you 500GB data transfer per month, you know what is going on, you will never be able to reach 500GB data transfer per month.

Instead on going after web host that offer huge data transfer or unlimited data transfer, you need to know how much data transfer you really need and find a reputable web host that can gurantee you get what you pay for.

Alan
__________________
Alan Woo

NewMedia Express Pte Ltd (AS38001)
Web Hosting Singapore
http://www.speedtest.com.sg
Tel: +65 63967188
alanwoo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2005, 14:53   #4
speedlight
SGWHT Newbie
 
Join Date: 13-01-2004
Posts: 62
speedlight is on a distinguished road
This is only theoritical calculation, in practical, the actual amount is much lower and not forgeting how many websites under the vendor contending for the bandwidth.
speedlight is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2005, 22:56   #5
pengfei
SGWHT Senior Member
 
Join Date: 03-06-2005
Location: Singapore
Posts: 381
pengfei is on a distinguished road
Thumbs up

I believe if a website can have 24hrs x 30days consistent access, something is wrong somewhere.

Singapore data center did not control the data transfer, only hosting companies using the US / EU made control panel software apply it to their local clients as a string to earn a bit more.

For bandwidth it is not the issue in Singapore data center as most of the slow access is due to the network congested.

For burstable bandwidth, not all data center charge for it. Like QALA DC did not charge for burstable bandwidth.

I knew Alan have a lot of experiences in bandwidth usage, maybe alan and shawnho can shares more on HOWTO in burstable bandwidth.
__________________
Eric Leow
GLOBAL LINKWAY PTE LTD
Tel.: 90216572
MSN ID: glwmsn@hotmail.com
pengfei is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2005, 13:52   #6
alanwoo
SGWHT Senior Member
 
Join Date: 15-10-2003
Location: Singapore
Posts: 575
alanwoo is on a distinguished road
From what I knew, some portion of local web hoster do limit the data transfer for shared web hosting. eg. for a 200MB shared web hosting, you get around 5 ~ 10GB monthly data transfer.

Regarding burstable bandwidth, which means you are able to use more than the bandwidth you purchase from your provider.

eg. you subscribe an 1Mbps connection with burstable option up to 10Mbps or 100Mbps or more.
some provider use 95 percentile billing* based on an monthly average, if your monthly average is over the committed bandwidth, you will be charge based on a rate you agreed with your provider.

95 percentile measure your bandwidth usage on an interval (eg. every 5 minute) for 30 days, and remove the top 5% sample of highest bandwidth, the remaining is your average bandwidth usage

Some DC provider in Singapore do provide 10Mbps shared Internet bandwidth. From what I know.

SingTel Expan - 10Mbps shared, no guarantee bandwidth, burtable up to 10Mbps.

QALA - 1Mbps guarantee bandwidth burstable up to 10Mbps shared.

For non-bandwidth critical application, using shared bandwidth is more cost effective, but for bandwidth critical application, network congestion means lost of business, thus you may need to choose dedicated bandwidth instead of shared.

Alan
__________________
Alan Woo

NewMedia Express Pte Ltd (AS38001)
Web Hosting Singapore
http://www.speedtest.com.sg
Tel: +65 63967188
alanwoo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-09-2005, 14:36   #7
gtbnetsys
SGWHT Newbie
 
Join Date: 12-09-2005
Location: Singapore
Posts: 202
gtbnetsys is on a distinguished road
in essense, if you want to save but want an insurance to it, go for dedicated with burstable option. ie: dedicated bandwidth burstable to twice your committed bandwidth, you will stand to gain and again have some forms of sla.

many providers practise that now even for local loop service, so many DCs are offering now as well.
gtbnetsys is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2005, 00:15   #8
speedlight
SGWHT Newbie
 
Join Date: 13-01-2004
Posts: 62
speedlight is on a distinguished road
dedicated is usually more expensive. There is a lot of talking of burstable bandwidth, but in fact do you all know what result in a "burstable" bandwidth?

anyway i would suggest ppl to go for shared bandwidth for starter and monitor your traffic from mrtg.

Who can tell me what is a "burstable" bandwidth and what result it? Then you decide which is a better choice.
speedlight is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2005, 11:50   #9
alanwoo
SGWHT Senior Member
 
Join Date: 15-10-2003
Location: Singapore
Posts: 575
alanwoo is on a distinguished road
There is guaranteed or non-guaranteed burstable bandwidth.

Non-guaranteed burstable mostly come for free, some provider will create a pool of shared bandwidth and allow user to have some room to burst.
eg. 1Mbps committed, busrtable up to 10Mbps, no guaranteed burstable bandwidth. you only pay for your 1Mbps committed.

Guaranteed burstable bandwidth you have to pay for it, at the rate agreed between user and the provider.
eg. 1Mbps committed, burstable up to 10Mbps. For each additional 1Mbps you burst, you pay for X dollar.

Alan
__________________
Alan Woo

NewMedia Express Pte Ltd (AS38001)
Web Hosting Singapore
http://www.speedtest.com.sg
Tel: +65 63967188
alanwoo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2005, 12:24   #10
speedlight
SGWHT Newbie
 
Join Date: 13-01-2004
Posts: 62
speedlight is on a distinguished road
okie. Technically what will result in a burstable traffic? Any examples?
speedlight is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2005, 13:06   #11
alanwoo
SGWHT Senior Member
 
Join Date: 15-10-2003
Location: Singapore
Posts: 575
alanwoo is on a distinguished road
Example 1: Committed bandwidth 1Mbps (no burstable).
The maximum you can reach is 1Mbps (depends on provider, I assume this is raw speed), or maybe lesser depends on the protocol, some protocol have higher overhead.

If you monitor from the MRTG graph, you will see your bandwidth never shot over 1Mbps mark. If you performing an FTP download, from a high speed 2Mbps connection, you will notice, your bandwidth cap at 1Mbps, and the MRTG show a straight line on the 1Mbps mark.

Example 2: Committed bandwidth 1Mbps + burstable up to 10Mbps
The maximum you can reach is 10Mbps.

If you monitor from the MRTG graph, the bandwidth is cap at 10Mbps.
Burstable means you can use more than your committed bandwidth, whether it is chargable or not, is another case.

Example 3: Committed bandwidth 1Mbps + busrtable up to 10Mbps "Shared".
Take note on the word "Shared". This means the 10Mbps connection is shared by multiple user, if nobody is using the 10Mbps connection, Yes, you can burst full speed to 10Mbps. Again depends on the sharing algorithm use by the provider, is may use a fifo, round robin, stochastic, weight round robin etc.

This is how I configure my "Shared" bandwidth, other provider maybe difference, just for your reference.

I create a 10Mbps shared bandwidth pool. Shared by X number of user.
If your committed bandwidth is 1Mbps, and you need more bandwidth, you will borrow the bandwidth from the 10Mbps shared pool automatically. All this is handle by my bandwidth management server.

It is based of stochastic fair share algorithm. If there are 2 user want to borrow bandwidth from the 10Mbps pool, each user will maximum get 5Mbps each if both user want as much as possible. If user A only borrow 2Mbps, then user B may borrow up to 8Mbps.

How many user is going to shared within the 10Mbps pool ? the number may vary, very much depends on the utilization and the economical value.

Alan
__________________
Alan Woo

NewMedia Express Pte Ltd (AS38001)
Web Hosting Singapore
http://www.speedtest.com.sg
Tel: +65 63967188
alanwoo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2005, 21:46   #12
oshortkid
SGWHT Newbie
 
Join Date: 28-08-2005
Posts: 34
oshortkid is on a distinguished road
how do u actually calculate the average monthly bandwidth actually? could u provide sum examples alan? thanks
oshortkid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2005, 00:22   #13
alanwoo
SGWHT Senior Member
 
Join Date: 15-10-2003
Location: Singapore
Posts: 575
alanwoo is on a distinguished road
Let say the example of 95 percentile monthly bandwidth usage.

The Mrtg server will probe the switch port using SNMP protocol at 5 minute interval.

1 day = 60min/5 * 24 hour = 288 samples taken.
1 Month(30 day) = 288 x 30 = 8640 samples taken.

The top 5% is discarded, the remaining will be billed.

Alan
__________________
Alan Woo

NewMedia Express Pte Ltd (AS38001)
Web Hosting Singapore
http://www.speedtest.com.sg
Tel: +65 63967188
alanwoo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27-02-2006, 23:01   #14
bigband
SGWHT Newbie
 
Join Date: 25-02-2006
Location: Malaysia
Posts: 28
bigband is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by shawnho
Too often web hosts talk about bandwidth and data transfer in the same breath but truth be known they are different although very closely related. Bandwidth is how much data can be transferred at a time and data transfer is how much data is being transferred.

Think of it this way. If bandwidth were a bridge, then the bigger the bridge is the more vehicles can pass through it. While data transfer is the number of vehicles allowed on the bridge in say a month. In essence, data transfer is the consumption of bandwidth.

How It Affects Your Site

The less bandwidth you have, the slower your site takes to load regardless of the visitor’s connection type. If you have more visitors, some of them will have to wait their turn. The least data transfer you have, the more often you’ll find your site unavailable because you’re reached the maximum allowed until a new month rolls by or you upgrade your account.

Determining Your Requirements

Usually when a host talks about bandwidth, they are referring to your transfer. So you need to figure out what is sufficient for your site to function. You’ll need to gather some information; fairly easy if you already have a site. Most of this information is available from your traffic history. If you don’t have an existing site, provide an optimistic estimate if you intend to heavily promote the site. Then get ready for some math.

Find out the daily averages of: -

• Number of visitors / expected number of visitors
• Page size including the graphics of the page
• Page views / expected pages viewed by each visitor

Then, multiply them as follows:

Visitors x Page size x Page views x 30 days = Monthly Website Transfer

You should also throw in a small margin or error there to take into account email traffic and your own uploads to the server. If you offer downloads, then you should add the following:

Average/Expected downloads x File Size x 30 days = Monthly Download Transfer

Unlimited Plans

Bandwidth is very expensive. All hosts are limited by their own allocations. Thinking back to the bridge. What happens is each visitor to your site will be given a smaller lane to transfer the data, creating many tiny lanes therefore “unlimited”. The more visitors you have the smaller each lane will be, which makes each visitor wait for the page to load.

More often than not there is little choice over your bandwidth as your host controls this. Some hosts may limit the number of simultaneous connections so in affect slowing down your site and refusing some visitors. This is called throttling. If you’re concerned about this, you should ask the host how they control bandwidth usage or purchase a package with more data transfer. If you use HostVoice.net, this information is easily obtainable with one request.

Reducing Transfers

On the other hand, you can reduce your transfer amount by building simpler, more efficient websites and optimizing your graphics. Refrain from fancy flash presentations or streaming audio. Use CSS, call JavaScript externally instead of embedding in every page. Remove unwanted tags, white space and comments.
Limit your META tags to those absolutely necessary. Having too many keywords is not search engine friendly. Besides many search engines will only review the first few and ignore the rest.

Another good idea is to cache your website but you might want to set an expiry date in the HTTP headers so the browser will refresh the content after a certain time. Use mod-gzip. It could save you as much as 40% of your bandwidth. Out of control robots can also suck down your bandwidth like a black hole. So use robots.txt to keep spiders in check.




__________________________________________________ _______________
Written By HostVoice.net - HostVoice is a free online service which brings hosting companies and consumers together. Submit a free request and receive offers within 15 minutes from qualifying hosts. When hosts compete for your business, you win!

one more important issue is the ratio for dedicated bandwidth.

is your ISP giving you 1:1 ratio or 1:5 or 1:10
take in example, lets say your ISP backbone is 100MB and they applied 2 X 10MB bandwidth from 2 TIER-1 oversea ISP. Then they are selling you 10MB bandwidth, you have to actually ask them whether they are giving you 1 to 1 bandwidth (10MB direct from oversea or 10MB out from their backbone). This is the trick of the ISP's when actually they applied 2 X 10MB bandwidth from USA and UK and then they are selling you 10MB with BGP, are they going to oversell or vice-versa. The Quality is there when you're subscribing 1 to 1 and not 1 to 10. even though that local traffic is circle in their backbone, but going out to oversea is jammed overall.

hope this helps.
__________________
Simon Tan
Business Development Manager
BIG BAND SDN BHD
simon@bigband.net.my
bigband is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19-04-2006, 11:04   #15
hyipjh
SGWHT Newbie
 
Join Date: 19-04-2006
Posts: 1
hyipjh is on a distinguished road
The questions should be how much traffic do we need for our web site? How do you sure when it is enough and when should be increase? Would it be too late when you detected it is run out of bandwidth or your loyaltycustomers may leave your site forever?

My option is always go for unlimited bandwith for any web hosting subscription. Pick your best web hosting from website publish top reviews and rating and this web hosting will give you best support.

Nowadays unlimited bandwith with few gigs of disk space can
go even lower than US$50 dollars.

Remember: You Build It and They NEVER Come. You always need to look for a good ways to generate traffics to your site and hopefully your site will become profitable and not a cost center.
________________
Free to get instant downline of 2,500...in as little as a week!
hyipjh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19-04-2006, 19:08   #16
Oops!
SGWHT Veteran Member
 
Join Date: 23-12-2005
Posts: 1,325
Oops! will become famous soon enough
I think i beg to differ. Although the topic here is more or less un-related, but perhaps to attempt and inspire you with my ideology, i think i'll reply just here.

I will not apply 1 single principle across board that since "unlimited" bandwidth do not exists, therefore do not believe in it, and thus avoid such package at all costs, simply because there are positive stories about customers enjoying "true" unlimited bandwidth in the sense that they really did not need to worry about their usage, just that the negative feedbacks often takes up a larger piece of the pie. One example will be our local ISPs, offering unlimited data transfer connection plans, while poor quality and other related problems faced due to this new strategy is another whole big topic altogether.

Indeed, you can find few GBs of diskspace with unlimited bandwidth for under US$50 per month, and in fact, we do see it being offered for less than US$50.00 per year.

I believe your main cause for worry will be that if you had subscribed to a limited data transfer account, and when the data transfer allocation has been exceeded by the usage, your account may temporarily be shown "suspended" due to system automation to suspend bandwidth exceeding websites. As the website is deemed inaccessible due to this, the unfavourable circumstances may deter your regular visitors from re-visiting again.

I can fully understand your point, and your recommendation is by choice for a larger cause. However, have you considered whether these unlimited bandwidth providers can survive in the long run? If the entire bandwidth-overselling business is properly managed, perhaps by professionals, then it may have a longer span of business continuity. However, in such a business model, it is extremely prone to attract abusers, or people who can really use up high bandwidth, and while the provider cannot terminate their account right away while they are still being contract-bound, perhaps the only short-term solution will be to absorb the costs to themselves. But how long can they last, through absorbing such costs? Sooner or later, even if they are backed by ample fundings, there'll be a day where they can't break even and coerced to fold up the business. In such case, like many that we learn about in various IT discussion forums, customers are the common sufferers.

It is also customers' responsibility to monitor and regulate the usage of the account's resources. I can understand that customers may have other expertise or forte to develop or take care of, but these basic monitoring should be the job of a webmaster. Usage should not burst unexpectedly from 1GB today, till 200GB tomorrow, unless it's a special exception. As such, if these are expected, you can actually work closely with your provider to actuallly monitor your account more closely for overage, and rather than suspending the account upon exceeding usage, they can inform you about it while they still allow the website to be accessible. If you're using cPanel where it is what i'm more familiar with, up to a certain level of usage, i.e. 80%, it'll send you a warning email to inform you that. So actually account control is much more liberate at this stage of technology now.

Generally, marketing gimmicks are largely taken in by consumers, where it inculcates a belief that "more means good", and perhaps this is particular obvious in Singapure where we even have a term for it, "kiasu". For the benefit of those who are not dialect-savvy, it meant "afraid of losing".

Believing that the combination of sellers and buyers' self responsibility, ethical promotion for the former and taking the liberty to realise realistic offers for the latter, the harm from these problems can be reduced to the minimum.

I think to give a good summary, in my opinion, try to avoid unlimited bandwidth providers, but one who offers a realistic amount, and also one that provides you enough to use. However, if you really need to go for an unlimited bandwidth offer, take the liberty to backup your files regularly(actually applies for all sorts of customers), and have a backup plan in case your trusted provider failed you.
Oops! is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19-04-2006, 19:29   #17
alanwoo
SGWHT Senior Member
 
Join Date: 15-10-2003
Location: Singapore
Posts: 575
alanwoo is on a distinguished road
Yes, I totally agreed.

If you want predictable performance on your website, you better go for dedicated bandwidth (or guaranteed bandwidth*) or even dedicated server, otherwise everything is just base on "best effort".

** As Internet is a big shared medium, inter-connecting a bunch of loosely integrated network worldwide, it is hard to guaranteed the connection performance from 1 location to another.

Alan
__________________
Alan Woo

NewMedia Express Pte Ltd (AS38001)
Web Hosting Singapore
http://www.speedtest.com.sg
Tel: +65 63967188
alanwoo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2007, 22:27   #18
darkestnight
SGWHT Newbie
 
Join Date: 05-04-2007
Posts: 1
darkestnight is on a distinguished road
something you must keep in mind is that you should always go for more data transfer than you know you are going to use, just in case. it is not worth spending a bit less, risking your site being inaccessible with an "exceeded monthly bandwidth" message!
darkestnight is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23-04-2007, 22:29   #19
Parka
SGWHT Newbie
 
Join Date: 21-07-2004
Posts: 26
Parka is on a distinguished road
Now I'm really interested to find out how much Youtube is bleeding through bandwidth every month.
__________________
Parkablogs
Parka is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27-11-2007, 17:42   #20
findhost32
SGWHT Newbie
 
Join Date: 27-11-2007
Posts: 5
findhost32 is on a distinguished road
Smile

Quote:
Originally Posted by shawnho
Too often web hosts talk about bandwidth and data transfer in the same breath but truth be known they are different although very closely related. Bandwidth is how much data can be transferred at a time and data transfer is how much data is being transferred.

Think of it this way. If bandwidth were a bridge, then the bigger the bridge is the more vehicles can pass through it. While data transfer is the number of vehicles allowed on the bridge in say a month. In essence, data transfer is the consumption of bandwidth.

How It Affects Your Site

The less bandwidth you have, the slower your site takes to load regardless of the visitor’s connection type. If you have more visitors, some of them will have to wait their turn. The least data transfer you have, the more often you’ll find your site unavailable because you’re reached the maximum allowed until a new month rolls by or you upgrade your account.

Determining Your Requirements

Usually when a host talks about bandwidth, they are referring to your transfer. So you need to figure out what is sufficient for your site to function. You’ll need to gather some information; fairly easy if you already have a site. Most of this information is available from your traffic history. If you don’t have an existing site, provide an optimistic estimate if you intend to heavily promote the site. Then get ready for some math.

Find out the daily averages of: -

• Number of visitors / expected number of visitors
• Page size including the graphics of the page
• Page views / expected pages viewed by each visitor

Then, multiply them as follows:

Visitors x Page size x Page views x 30 days = Monthly Website Transfer

You should also throw in a small margin or error there to take into account email traffic and your own uploads to the server. If you offer downloads, then you should add the following:

Average/Expected downloads x File Size x 30 days = Monthly Download Transfer

Unlimited Plans

Bandwidth is very expensive. All hosts are limited by their own allocations. Thinking back to the bridge. What happens is each visitor to your site will be given a smaller lane to transfer the data, creating many tiny lanes therefore “unlimited”. The more visitors you have the smaller each lane will be, which makes each visitor wait for the page to load.

More often than not there is little choice over your bandwidth as your host controls this. Some hosts may limit the number of simultaneous connections so in affect slowing down your site and refusing some visitors. This is called throttling. If you’re concerned about this, you should ask the host how they control bandwidth usage or purchase a package with more data transfer. If you use HostVoice.net, this information is easily obtainable with one request.

Reducing Transfers

On the other hand, you can reduce your transfer amount by building simpler, more efficient websites and optimizing your graphics. Refrain from fancy flash presentations or streaming audio. Use CSS, call JavaScript externally instead of embedding in every page. Remove unwanted tags, white space and comments.
Limit your META tags to those absolutely necessary. Having too many keywords is not search engine friendly. Besides many search engines will only review the first few and ignore the rest.

Another good idea is to cache your website but you might want to set an expiry date in the HTTP headers so the browser will refresh the content after a certain time. Use mod-gzip. It could save you as much as 40% of your bandwidth. Out of control robots can also suck down your bandwidth like a black hole. So use robots.txt to keep spiders in check.




__________________________________________________ _______________
Written By HostVoice.net - HostVoice is a free online service which brings hosting companies and consumers together. Submit a free request and receive offers within 15 minutes from qualifying hosts. When hosts compete for your business, you win!
Interesting information. A nice way of explaining the things.
__________________
http://www.findhost32.com/- WEB HOSTING : Compare Prices, Consumer Reviews :: web hosting providers
findhost32 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-02-2008, 03:42   #21
yonghan
SGWHT Senior Member
 
Join Date: 07-12-2005
Posts: 346
yonghan is on a distinguished road
you need to add other factor in... email etc
yonghan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23-03-2008, 16:36   #22
dani88
SGWHT Newbie
 
Join Date: 14-03-2008
Posts: 12
dani88 is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by yonghan
you need to add other factor in... email etc

so is there a quote for email?
dani88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2008, 11:42   #23
joelckw
SGWHT Newbie
 
Join Date: 20-03-2008
Posts: 133
joelckw is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by dani88
so is there a quote for email?
If you are talking about quota. Most web hosting companies will provide the same amount of bandwidth for both the account's email and hosting needs.

meaning to say if 2GB of bandwidth is provided, it is shared for both email and web hosting.


There are hosting companies that seperate the bandwidth for emailing and hosting.
__________________
Jweeb Solutions
Singapore's Premium Web Infrastructure Provider
Web Hosting - Hosted Services - Domain Name Services - Web Management - Web Monitoring
http://www.jweeb.com.sg - Simpler & Better!
joelckw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16-05-2009, 10:35   #24
kenlinux
SGWHT Newbie
 
Join Date: 15-05-2009
Posts: 4
kenlinux is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by shawnho
Too often web hosts talk about bandwidth and data transfer in the same breath but truth be known they are different although very closely related. Bandwidth is how much data can be transferred at a time and data transfer is how much data is being transferred.
This is what I often do to compare:
Type "1Mbps to GB/month" into Google search box
kenlinux is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16-05-2009, 20:16   #25
JFSG
SGWHT Senior Member
 
Join Date: 14-10-2008
Posts: 361
JFSG has a spectacular aura aboutJFSG has a spectacular aura about
This sounds very familiar. Copied somewhere huh?
__________________
LIMENEX WEB HOSTING
Affordable High Performance Web Hosting | Powered by LiteSpeed
United States / United Kingdom / Singapore Web Hosting
Shared Hosting | Reseller Hosting | Virtual Private Servers (VPS)
JFSG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2009, 20:46   #26
SSMaddy
SGWHT Newbie
 
Join Date: 27-04-2009
Posts: 5
SSMaddy is on a distinguished road
Laptopfreak, Shawn did mention where is the article taken from..
SSMaddy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2009, 19:08   #27
JFSG
SGWHT Senior Member
 
Join Date: 14-10-2008
Posts: 361
JFSG has a spectacular aura aboutJFSG has a spectacular aura about
No, I didn't find that article from HostVoice, and that link gives me a 404.
__________________
LIMENEX WEB HOSTING
Affordable High Performance Web Hosting | Powered by LiteSpeed
United States / United Kingdom / Singapore Web Hosting
Shared Hosting | Reseller Hosting | Virtual Private Servers (VPS)
JFSG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2009, 08:59   #28
AlistarGrout
SGWHT Newbie
 
Join Date: 05-06-2009
Posts: 9
AlistarGrout is on a distinguished road
interesting articel, thanks for writing it up..

got a question though, how do you cache your website?
AlistarGrout is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2009, 19:56   #29
mrshawn
SGWHT Newbie
 
Join Date: 06-07-2009
Posts: 3
mrshawn is on a distinguished road
Interesting atricle. The article truly defines the difference between bandwidth and data transfer.
mrshawn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23-03-2010, 10:20   #30
kchui
SGWHT Newbie
 
Join Date: 19-08-2009
Posts: 6
kchui is on a distinguished road
Very informative! Thanks for sharing the knowledge!
kchui is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump




All times are GMT +8. The time now is 01:29.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright (C) 2002-2015 Brought to you by Singapore Web Hosting Talk (SGWHT). All Rights Reserved.