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Mathematics of cost for webhosting pics etc?

Discussion in 'Web Hosting' started by Therookie, Nov 5, 2008.

  1. Therookie

    Therookie BANNED BANNED

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    Does it matter to work out cost of hosting a lot of pics on webhosting?

    Will the webhost charge me more for thousand of pics and the rest like stats and lots of traffic as on an auction site?

    (I had idea to use Photobucket links for the pics part.)
     
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    I really depends on how much space the hosting account offers, as well as your monthly bandwidth allotment. What do you mean by "work out cost?"
     
  3. mattstrike

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    On most Webhosts you really only have to worry about disk space and monthly transfer. While it is technically true that many hosts also have hidden limits on the number of files, you are talking about many more files than you are looking at doing.

    To figure it out, take the estimated number of monthly visitors, times the average number of images they view, times the average size of the image, plus 10-20% "fudge factor", and you have a rough idea of your required monthly transfer, which you can compare to the plan of a given Web host.

    Note that most shared hosting providers are seriously overselling though, so it will be damn hard to get near the limits, and if you somehow do, they will probably suspend your account for being a resource hog.

    If it looks like you are going to push a lot of bandwidth, then I would go VPS or dedicated, because then you will actually have the traffic that you need.

    I would advise against using an external photo hosting service - they often shut down images that get too much traffic, or pull other crap.
     
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  4. Therookie

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    So

    if I put Ebay type auction site on Hostgator with unlimited bandwidth account and use Ebay type fees for hosting pictures that should be OK??

    Man thanks peeps
     
  5. mattstrike

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    I would be really careful about using any shared hosting, even HG, for a site that you think will be getting a lot of traffic. Under heavy load, your script will stop responding, your customers will get white screens, and HG might suspend that script (or your account) for using too many resources on a shared account.

    It really depends on how many visitors you will get to your site at any given time. If you are getting a few hundred a day, or less, then HG should be fine. If you are getting more than that, then I would find an inexpensive VPS solution, because your site will be far less likely to take a nap when the concurrent visits start increasing.
     
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  6. Therookie

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    Who do yo uthink is the best reliable VPS host?
    I looked at top ten vps host and it said VPSNext

    however looking at webhosts top ten Hostgator is usually the top but in these charts Hostgator is down the list many times at number five or so.
    Another question is cpanel or plesk?
     
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    Yap, I'd definitely use VPS instead of shared host.
    Good VPS providers I know are jaguarpc, bodhost (awesome 24/7 live support).
    Stay away from Cirtex lol.
    Plesk for VPS is good choice, because it will take less RAM then Plesk if you're going for small-medium plan. Also, its always cheaper then Cpanel or even offered for free (1 domain license).
     
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    Plesk isn't bad, although Cpanel is probably going to be easier to work with for most people.
     
  9. Therookie

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    OK

    Thanks peeps

    I think its Eb0undhost (see my other thread on host reviews) scouring GOogle reviews course some of these could be self reviews but there are a lot of good ones

    THis is for my Egay type site where you great people can make money ad its not a regular clone biz of Egay.

    IF the coder I have can modify script and do good site skin OK I hope to be running next week.
    Rookie
     
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    It could be cheapest to use Amazon for hosting pictures
     
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    You could use a cache like coral cache and setup your .htaccess file to make the user's browser pull from them instead of your site. That way your pics or whatever are only uploaded once and then they pull from the cache thereafter. I have heard that this can cause lag sometimes though so you would want to experiment first.