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    One day I'll have my site up, but although it's unlikely that I'll need to know about bandwidth, it's still possible, and I like to know these things.
    Supposing I had a huge number of page impressions every day - I then get charged for extra bandwidth ?
    I'll be hosted by Freeola.com. I've asked them about this and their reply didn't make sense to me, and I'm following it up.
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    What did their reply say?

    Generally, sites will bill you by your total bandwidth for the month over a certain allotted amount, although, some may have filters in place for peak use. For instance, you might lease a server for bulk e-mailings. 99% of the time their is no traffic. Every so often you send your e-mail with 50,000 recipients, grinding everyone else down to a crawl for several minutes.
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    Hi Westmich,
    This is what I sent and received:


    Question: At what stage do I have to pay for increased bandwidth ? i.e should any site of mine ever become that popular - and how much would that cost be ?

    Cheers!




    Dear Freeola User,

    We do not ofer this service, if you need increased bandwidth you will need to transfer to another host.

    Regards,

    Freeola Customer Support





    Could you explain a bit more?
    At what point will I know if I need more bandwidth? Surely you're not offering unlimited bandwidth for the price of a domain name ? Wonderful if you are!


    Freeola offers cheap domain names with unlimited web space and e-mails and excellent telephone support - but I don't know at what point they're suddenly going to turn round to me and say, 'You owe us....'
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    Gardener,

    This excellent article from Deb Gillespie of FutureQuest should explain what you need to know about bandwidth.
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    That's cool, BC. Slightly worrying.
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    Final update: I contacted Freeola; they sell domain names and host them for free etc., but they're really aiming at Joe Blogg's homepage. If their site gets too popular, they ask them to go elsewhere. They did this in the last couple of weeks for one who was hosting MP3s (easy - they were illegal) and someone who had soft porn ( broke the small print). Just as BC's URL said.
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    Gardener,

    Simply put, that mysterious and and increasingly rare commodity known as bandwidth is how much space you take up on an ISP's communication link to the outside world. The cost of bandwidth fluctuates with the prevailing market, which is why people always cite it as the reason for changing their fees. But in reality, the reason that most people change their fees is because they can get away with it.

    My company currently offers free products which consume a great deal of that mysterious and increasingly rare commodity known as bandwidth, but we recover our out-of-pocket costs through a revenue sharing program that benefits both us and our customers. And by the time someone is consuming enough bandwidth for us to notice, they've usually quit their day jobs and contacted us about the possibility of hosting our applications on their own Web servers.

    In other words, the bottom line is that paying for bandwidth should be the least of your worries.
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    Gotcha, Netesq. I started out knowing nothing, but after posting here and scanning through some of the threads on hosting I've got quite a good idea - and it's dirt cheap, as well. You're quite right - it's definitely the least of my worries with prices as they are.
    Had a look at your (your?) site, too.It's been mentioned in a thread - maybe at www.spider-food.net, or here - anyhow, it looks interesting, the concept. I did wait for the tutorial to load once, and read it, but this time round the 118k Flash download was too much. Hope you don't mind me suggesting -but maybe a non-Flash option would be a good idea ?
    I'd definitely like to quit the day job.
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    Technically, bandwidth really means how big a data-pipe is; that is, how much data you can trasfer (transmit and receive) over the data line per second. Egs; 56Kb (56,000 bits per second) for a standard modem.

    However, it seams to have become confused with data transfer. Therefor, you often read of web hosts offering 3GB of bandwidth per month. What they are referring to is how much data transfer you are allowed over the month.

    Quite annoying really!

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    I agree with the last post about "bandwidth". That is a really horrible term to describe what should be referred to as "usage". That is the term our company landed on because bandwidth doesn't make any sense in that context.

    A 2 channel ISDN line gives you 128KB of bandwidth. A 56K modem gives you (in theory) 56KB of bandwidth.

    A web site hosted by a company that allows up to 1GB of "usage", could be hosted on the 2-channel ISDN line with 128KB of "bandwidth".

    Wait until you have to go to one of the tier-1 or tier-2 ISPs and are faced with figuring out their pricing. It takes a EE to figure them out.

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