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    Unlimited Bandwidth in Web Hosting

    Bandwidth explained

    Bandwidth is the amount of data transfer that you are allowed to have for a hosting package i.e. lets say you have a web page that is 48KB in size, now each time a user opens your site and goes to that page S/he downloads 48 KB of information on to his computer. If a 100 users view that page 100 times then there has been a total of 4800 KB of data transferred from the server on which your files are stored for the computer of users.

    Size of web Page: 48 KB
    Number of users who viewed the web page: 100
    Total amount of data transferred: 48KB * 100 = 4800 KB

    Bandwidth is the term that is used to denote the amount of data that has been transferred from your web space.

    The amount of bandwidth that you require while choosing a host depends on two factors:

     The size of your site.
     The popularity of your site.

    If your site is not very huge and you do not have any audio/video downloads and itís not very popular i.e. not a lot of people visit your site then you do not really require a lot of bandwidth, on a average a web site uses up only 500 MB of bandwidth per month. Or if your site is small but extremely popular then you might have to go for a web hosting package that offers high bandwidth.

    On the other hand if your web site is huge and you are providing audio/video downloads and your site is very popular then you would certainly require a huge amount of bandwidth. Letís say you have a video file that is 150 MB in size and in a single day a 100 visitors download that file that means that 15 GB of bandwidth will be used. If you multiply that with 30 days for the month it comes to 450 GB.

    The unlimited bandwidth controversy

    For some time now a lot of hosting companies are supposedly providing "unlimited bandwidth" for their web hosting packages.

    And itís absolutely true, you can have unlimited bandwidth, but you will need unlimited amount of money by your side. Jokes apart, if you ever run into such a host, it would be best to turn and run back the way you came from.

    Just think that if you can get unlimited bandwidth for $25-30 a month then why arenít big companies like sun, Microsoft etc. not hosted there, in fact why isn't everyone hosted there or for that matter if unlimited is a standard feature then why donít all the hosts offer that.

    Is it because it is expensive and requires better hardware? No itís because some hosts are honest. And donít give in to such gimmicks.

    There are a lot of ways you can be duped by unlimited hosts; here are just a few of them:

    The secret of unlimited is actually buried in the Terms of Service of the host, do not be surprised to find that unlimited = 15 GB.

    The host may restrict the sort of files that you can host on their server, generally image galleries and audio/video files attract a lot of more downloads thereby resulting in higher bandwidth consumption. So if there are no files of this type your site wonít really require a lot of bandwidth.

    Some newly opened hosts use it for a scam, they take your money and after a few months when their server starts to become slow or reaches its limit, they runÖ with your money.

    Some hosts outline in their Terms of Service that you can have unlimited bandwidth, as long as you qualify for it i.e. your site must use less then, lets say 2 GB of bandwidth in order to qualify for the unlimited bandwidth feature, as soon as your site goes over that limit they either start charging you for it or cut off your downloads.

    You always get what you pay for, itís a universal truth and itís no different for web hosting.

    If a host is using a cheap advertising gimmick like unlimited bandwidth they maybe lying about a few other things too, their dedicated support team could be a single person (the hoster itself in most cases) sitting in front of a computer and taking your calls.

    Do you really want unlimited bandwidth hosting from hosts that have very limited resources at their disposal? Or do you want to go for a host that has spent thousands of dollars on setting up a good network infrastructure, servers and a highly qualified and dedicated support team? The choice ultimately is yours and yours alone.


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    . I found a really good offer for web hosting with a company called Digital Media Solutions BOX.
    . They have some good deals on hosting packages even for personal pages. They offer small price hosting with unlimited BW ,email accounts and web mail, just perfect for personal pages or small business pages at just 2 $ on 12 months contract.
    . The company looks promising offering Hosting and Web Design, having a good loading page speed, offering Online Support, and very important, 30 DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE.
    . They are an Australian Company. Worth to take a look at:

    main page http://www.dmsbox.com

    hosting page http://hosting.dmsbox.com

    Their special offer:

    Special offers
    Hosting Value ! Price $ 2 AUD / Mo ! 12 Mo contract !
    Best for personal or small business web pages.

    - Everything is Unlimited only the WebSpace is limited.
    - 20 MB Web Space
    - Unlimited Web Transfer
    - Ftp, Mysql, PHP, Subdomains, etc
    - Control panel cPanel
    Digital Media Solutions BOX, Melbourne, Australia

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    Full Member Ackoo is on a distinguished road
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    isaia, this is the second post that I have seen by you for this site. Its spam! Quit spamming these forums. This is my first time to this site and I can already tell that this particular section of the forums is spammed by slimey hosts like yourself. Your site isn't even finished for crying out loud. And if you consider it finished, its pathetic to say the least.
    Ackoo Solutions, LLC - Web Solutions for the Web Professional
    "We deceive ourselves when we fancy that only weakness needs support. Strength needs it far more."

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    Full Member Ackoo is on a distinguished road
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    ashish, thank you very much for that very well explained description of unlimited bandwidth. I wish that this along with many other things in the hosting industry was common knowledge. However, the skeezeball hosts out there have ruined the perception of many customers.

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