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Are you a pet owner, animal rescuer or private animal shelter desiring a website to tell about and share pictures of your pets, rescue or animals needing homes?

The average website does not use much disk space or bandwidth. Most website hosting packages charge for more disk space and bandwidth than most people will ever use, and include many features and scripts that won't be used for a basic, personal website or animal rescue/shelter website. Why pay for what you won't use, and might not understand how to use anyway? For people new to websites, figuring out what you will need for a basic website can be confusing.

There are web hosting companies offering "unlimited" as a plan feature. It is, in fact, impossible for any provider to actually provide an unlimited amount of bandwidth or disk space since the server has a finite amount of space. And, unless you have paid for a dedicated server plan, (which is expensive and unnecessary for most websites), your website is sharing a server with thousands of other websites. Since most websites only use a very small amount of bandwidth and disk space, web hosting companies that provide unlimited anything as a plan feature are planning on the fact that you won't use very much. "Unlimited" is a marketing trick to get your business, which winds up with you paying for more disk space and bandwidth than you will ever need.

Disk Space

Disk space (sometimes called Quota or Storage Space), is the amount of space you have allotted on the web server to store your website. This includes your website files, all the pages of your website, images, log files, email and any system files located within your account.

The average small website of up to approximately 15 pages, with some pictures, only uses at most approximately 1MB (megabyte) of disk space, but usually not even that much. One basic web page with limited graphics is usually only around 20kb (kilobytes). (1024 kb = 1 MB).

If your web page has a large number of heavy graphics (such as animations, or many large pictures per page), you can estimate the size of the page at up to 50 kb.

To calculate the amount of space you will need for your website simply multiply the numbers of pages in your site by the average file size of your web pages.

Example 1: A website of 10 pages, with some pictures on each page, will need approximately 200kb of disk space.

Example 2: A website of 25 pages of average size (20kb each page) and 10 pages of heavy size (50kb) would require approximately 0.5 MB (megabytes, or "megs") of disk space.

Since most people with a personal website or a rescue website won't make more than 25 pages, 1MB of webspace is generally all that will be needed. You see many website hosting plans offering, and charging for, disk space of 5 or more GB (gigabytes)! 5GB equals 5120MB. That amount of space is needed for some websites, but not a small, personal website.

Keep in mind, that with most all website hosts, you can always upgrade to a higher level plan to get more disk space and bandwidth. So, even though you think you will make a large personal website, you do not, in fact, need a lot of disk space, certainly not space measured in GB! "Large", in terms of websites, would be over 100 pages. Even so, basic text pages (without images, or hardly any images) takes up very little space.

Bandwidth

Bandwidth (also called Data Transfer) refers to the amount of data that moves into and out of your web hosting account. This includes each time someone goes to one of your web pages, each time your website email account is used, FTP requests, FTP uploads, and multimedia and file transfers. In other words, bandwidth is the amount of data that can be transmitted at a given moment to a server. Each account is allocated a fixed quota of bandwidth per month.

While most people envision their website becoming so popular as to get thousands of views per day, that is not the reality for most personall websites. That is not to say your website won't be popular amongst a select group of people, or won't get a decent amount of pageviews, but it is not going to need the bandwidth of a commercial website such as Amazon.com! Most personal websites don't even have 2,000 visitors per month, and it can take months or even years before that happens, since it takes time for a website to become known about and found by people on the internet.

A typical small personal website (that is not offering file downloads, or hosting several multimedia files such as videos) will not need more than 1 GB (1024 MB) of bandwidth per month, with most small sites not even needing that much.

A measurement conversion program is available at http://www.convertunits.com/from/MB/to/GB

 
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