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    (I'm not sure if this is the right forum, but I just needed to ask a question before going with a hosting company)

    I'm in the stages of thinking over this whole "should I get serious" on my site thing. But I've never gone with paid hosting so I am not sure how much bandwidth I use usually on my site.

    Recently, I found a really REALLY good plan:

    plan 1: 250 megs and 8000 megs of bandwidth
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    plan 2: 500mb and 17.5 gig bandwidth

    The space seems more than enough, even with both a site and forum hosted...
    But I need a guesstimation on how much bandwidth my type of site would use... because I have NO IDEA. I don't have much money to spare (tuition and books to also think about) so if bandwidth is really going to be costly, I'll just forget this whole venture.

    my site is at http://gmm.host.sk
    A little background: I want to move foremost the forum and then the rest of my site. The only thing that is heavy with the bandwidth is the huge gallery; the sounds/videos/most of the wallpapers are hosted elsewhere. The forum may take up a decent amount of bandwidth, but there will be much more traffic when the show's back on. Usually when the show is ON the air, the entire site gets upwards of 500 visitors daily... and over 1000 if it's on the night after the show's been broadcast. Now with it being not on during NBC's lineup, it gets maybe 150-200+ visitors daily. I'd assume lot of visitors mean bandwidth goes up... I would probably put a script or something to disable image linking from the host...


    So do you guys think that plan 1 would work for me? 8 gig seems like a lot but I am pretty clueless about this kind of thing. I'd rather do plan 1 since it's cheaper heh... but hey, plan 2 isn't THAT bad either.

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    Unless you are serving files like music, video, huge pictures, or running interactive pages like forums (you'd probably be surprised just how much stock vBulletin can use each month), there's no way you need 17.5 GB/month. But, after actually reading your post , you are, so you might even need more.

    What's the price difference? If the videos are big enough (you've asked NBC if you can show them, right?), then you might need an obscene amount of bandwidth; i.e., upwards of 100 GB/month.
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    oh NONE of the videos are from NBC or the show per se, (though NBC aren't as crazy nuts with "Cease & Desist" orders as FOX is...) they are linked from the zap2it.com page (streaming video). And the other ones are trailers/previews from movies (from the official site of the movie). All of which is either streaming video (linked) or uploaded to another webhost...I use tripod fr. Also that's where I host my wav's (sound clips). Ohh..and I also host my HQ/hi res pics (incld wallpapers) on another webhost. Yes, I'm veryyy stingy with my webspace at host.sk cause we don't get much.

    So that sort of multimedia is not going to get in the way.

    It's mainly the site itself, the forum (phpbb) and the picture gallery (I wish I had a estimation of how many pictures there are but I lost track)...

    So you still think that it will need THAT much bandwidth? :cross-eyed: The difference in price is about $70 US a year...$80 plan 1/ $150 plan 2.

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    If most of the massive stuff is remotely hosted as you say, then you should be good with the lower plan. If phpBB has gzip compression like vBulletin does (compresses the HTML output to the browser to save buckets of bandwidth; WDF uses it and you can't even tell), turn it on.
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    FWIW phpbb does have gzip
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    alright then, thanks


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