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Disk Space and Traffic

What is web space (disk space) and network transfer (Traffic or Bandwidth)?

Disk space is measured in Megabytes (MB) or Gigabytes (GB). Megabyte roughly means 1 024 000 characters and Gigabyte roughly means 1 024 Million characters. Imagine a character as one key on your keyboard. These amounts determine how many files, documents, or data you can have on your web site.

Network Transfer is also measured in Megabytes or gigabytes which determines how much data (how many of your files, documents or data) can be downloaded (transferred to) people accessing your web site. The more people, or the more data each person accesses on your web site the more data is transferred on the network.

How much web space allowance do I need?

The web space you need is the sum total of the size of all the files you want to put on your web site. In general these will be E-mail accounts, HTML files, log files, image files and possibly program files or scripts. If you have a database(s) then there will also be database files and all the stuff round the edges that supports a database. If your site is going to offer the opportunity to download files then the files for downloading come into the equation also.

The HTML files are usually pretty small and there is usually only one per page on the site. Image files are often more numerous, several per page, and a single image file can easily be as big as a whole web page's HTML file. So if you expect to have lots of pictures on the site then you might use a fair bit of web space and generated traffic. A database might have prices for ten types of coffee cup which would be very small file or it might include descriptions and prices in 35 languages and 125 currencies for a range of 50,000 different types of designer bed-socks which would be a very big file indeed.

Our smallest, lowest-cost packages includes 10 MB, the next size up gives 25 MB, and so it increases through the range of our packages. Bear in mind that a typical HTML file is probably between 15 KB (0.015 MB) and 45 KB (0.045 MB), an image file shouldn't really ever be more than 50 to 100 KB (0.05 to 0.1 MB) as it will cause your web pages to load too slowly, and that visitors don’t like to wait more then 5 to 6 seconds for a page to load on their screen.

Example:
25 MB WebSpace = 1666 pages at 15 KB (0.015 MB) HTML pages
25 MB WebSpace = 500 pages at 50 KB (0.05 MB) HTML pages

To give you an idea... PJMCo.ca’s web site runs comfortably with 50 MB of Webspace and uses an average of 250 MB Traffic/Mo. You will usually have more web space than you really need. Most websites only require between 2 to 5 MB of WebSpace, some even less.

Did you know?

Most websites only require between 2 to 5 MB of WebSpace, some even less.

How much traffic allowance will I need?

Traffic (Data Transfer) is the amount of data generated by your hosting account.
For instance, a 15 KB (0.015 MB) HTML page that is viewed 10 times in one day uses 150 KB (0.150 MB) data transfer for that day.

Example:
300 MB (0.3 GB) traffic allowance per month = 20000 (15 KB) page views per month.
3000 MB (3 GB) traffic allowance per month = 200000 (15 KB) page views per month.
6000 MB (6 GB) traffic allowance per month = 400000 (15 KB) page views per month.

Did you know?

Most websites only require between 100 to 250 MB of Traffic per month, some even less.

Why do I get an Alert Icon in my PSA Control Panel?

If you see the following...
Disk Space and/or Traffic Limits are exceeded on the domain. Domain is Active. Domain yourdomain.ca of Your Name

It means that you have gone over your allowed disk space or traffic (data transfer) allowance. You will need to clear some webspace or upgrade your package.  For more details on your usage, click on "Report" within your PSA panel to view your usage statistics.  If ever you go over either limits, you and PJMCo will receive a “Notification of problem domains” e-mail alert message from the server. Your hosting service will NOT be interrupted but please reply to the e-mail alert (explained below) to acknowledge your awareness of the alert. If you do not get in touch with us within a reasonable time, we will try contacting you. And if you do not respond within 5 days, your account may be suspended.

I received a “Notification of problem domains” E-mail... What is that?

It means that you have gone over your allowed disk space or traffic (data transfer) allowance. You will need to clear some webspace or upgrade your package.  For more details on your usage, click on "Report" within your PSA panel to view your usage statistics.  If ever you go over either limits, you and PJMCo will receive a “Notification of problem domains” e-mail alert message from the server. Your hosting service will NOT be interrupted but please reply to the e-mail alert (explained below) to acknowledge your awareness of the alert.  If you do not get in touch with us within a reasonable time, we will try contacting you.  And if you do not respond within 5 days, your account may be suspended.

The alert E-mail message will look similar to the following...

Limit has been exceeded on domain 'yourdomain.ca' owned by client 'yourname':
Disk space usage: 203.11 M
Disk space limit: 200.00 M
Traffic: 2.85 M
Traffic limit: 1.95 G

M=MB
G=GB
1024MB=1GB

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