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  • Hi All,

    I know lots of people ask about this, but I can’t extrapolate from those the answer to this question. So I apologize and appreciate any feedback.

    I am considering hosting my own site. I currently run a blog which WordPress says gets about 800-1200 page views a day. Sitemeter tells me the number of actual visitors is much lower, but it is growing rapidly, at least 10,000 unique visitors in the last month, and this grows at a rate of about 30% every month. So let’s assume this level of traffic, and growing.

    I am using only about 10 MG of space for uploads. I can host most of my photos on flickr and link to them. So I need a little space for uploads, room for a forum (fantastico) and the blog.

    Does anyone have any idea how to estimate how much bandwidth and space I need from a web host? I want to keep costs down, but I also would rather have a lot of growing room.


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  • a lot of cheap reliable hosts offer enough bandwidth for a site of your requirement!

    you should worry when you are consuming bandwidths in excess of 100 Gigs a month. and that would still take a lot of time. 😛

    Thanks Sushubh–

    It’s just that all the plans i’ve looked at ask you to choose among options for various amounts of bandwidth. Any idea how much a wordpress blog with 1000 visitors a month would use? (Like I said, I don’t have that many yet, but it is growing fast.)

    I just need a ballpark idea so I don’t select an option that’s too small, and have to pay overcharges.

    Thanks again.

    Rather than speculating on a hypothetical site, I’d suggest just grabbing Analog ( ) and analyzing a week or so worth of logfiles with it. You’ll get a good estimate of your current viewing pattern, and you’ll also get a good estimate of how your bandwidth usage might scale (ie: multiply by whatever factor you think you’ll grow in some amount of time, and there you go).

    Personally, I find it’s easier to just go way overboard and not have to worry about it. Right now I’m on dreamhost — they’ve got pretty insane disk and bandwidth allocations for pretty cheap, and they’re pretty feature-rich as far as shared hosts go.

    Thanks complich8– it looks like a great program, but I am on right now, so I don’t think I have log files and don’t think I can generate any.

    I think you’re right about aiming for more bandwidth, and that’s my plan, though I’d love to have some idea how much was enough. I know that’s probably not possible for someone to answer, but I hope someone will have a similar situation and be able to speculate.

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