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Required Disk Space and Bandwidth for a Website
In these days, web hosting companies are generally offering large or unlimited disk space and bandwidth for websites because they know very well that small firms will never use the offered disk space and bandwidth. The interesting question is: does a normal business website really need so big disk space and so much bandwidth?
How much disk space and bandwidth a website requires surely depends upon the type of the website but generally speaking 80% websites do not use even 50 MB hosting and 500 bandwidth (per month). Generally A4 page takes not more than 5KB, a thumbnail 5 KB and a full photo around 50-100 Kb (Remember your photograph should not be 100 Kb otherwise it will take longer time to load). Mostly well designed website front page weight does not exceed 100 kb.
Similarly, normal business websites do not even use 200 MB per month. If your website is using around 120 MB it means that you are approximately getting 3000 visitors per month. Each visit averagely consumes 40 Kb. However, if you have installed live chat, even if it is offline most of the time, you can calculate approximately 300 MB per visit. Mostly business websites do not need a live chat.
The above calculation depicts that most of business websites use very little bandwidth and disk space because neither they have so much material to upload nor attracting so many visitors, not even 200 visitors per month.
Readers must note that this is just a rough calculation of disk space and bandwidth. When you are buying hosting you should calculate approximate weight of your website and expected visitors. If you wish to develop database driven interactive website, you will need bigger disk space and bandwidth. It is important to remember, especially for interactive site owners, if you run short of bandwidth, visitors will not be able to see your website.
Moreover, you should calculate how many email addresses you need and how big each mail box should be. Size of email box depends upon expected incoming emails and attachments. When you are buying disk space you must know that space for email boxes you will allocate from your total disk space. If you are buying small disk space, you can always forward emails from the company email boxes to free email services, which offer big email boxes in these days.
In short, it can be said that 200 MB with 1000 Bandwidth will be sufficient for small companies, if they find a hosting company that offers small disk space but low price, although finding such a company is getting difficult in these days.
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