You need to look at a few important aspects when it comes to finding the perfect Hosting solution. One of these aspects is the actual storage size that you “hire”. Either on an annual or monthly basis.
What you require from your storage capacity t just as important as getting the actual website, with all your information, on the internet.
Let’s dig a little deeper into what storage space. We will also look into the difference between storage space and bandwidth, and estimating your storage space needs.
Yes, this is all relevant and important when making your decision. Please bear with me as I unfold all the IT-Jibber and make it understandable chunks of info for you to consume.
Until 1991, the Internet was restricted to use only …for research and education in the sciences and engineering… and was used for email, telnet, FTP and USENET traffic – but only a tiny number of web pages.
What is Storage Size?
So, according to TechTerms.com storage space refers to how much disk space one or more storage devices provide. Meaning, a server with a 500GB hard drive has a storage capacity(space) of 500 gigabytes.
There is always storage space linked to hosting package. So when you are ready to acquire hosting, please remember to compare the different hosting supplier packages (you can read up on our 5 important aspects to consider when making a decision here).
What does this mean? The space linked to a hosting package limits the amount of content you can upload to your website. These packages normally give you 2GB or 5GB (depending on what you choose) to store your information on (by loading your website content, images and design on).
Don’t be confused, in IT – Jibber storage space, storage capacity, and disk space are generally the same term. So, if someone asks you; “What disk space is your hosting?” be sure to know that they are refereeing to the hosting storage space capacity (2GB / 5GB)
Storage Size VS Bandwidth?
The total amount of space on a server where you are able to store files, especially those used to create your website, is exactly what storage space is.
Bandwidth, simply put, is the amount of data transfer that occurs between your website and end users (browsers on your website).
This bandwidth amount needed, depends totally on the individual or business and the popularity of the website itself.
Eg. a website like an online university has major popularity as students browse course availability, enroll for courses and also create accounts on the website when studying online with the university.
Bandwidth is also used when your back-up your website or when someone downloads a file (e-book/pdf documents) from your website. The most important factor about bandwidth is when you start sending emails from, you’re your hosted email account. This affects the sending and receiving of emails when the files are large and you send to multiple people, the transfer from the server will count towards your bandwidth usage.
Estimating your hosting needs
The most basic requirement for you is to have a website on the internet. To determine the amount of storage space and bandwidth you need is certainly apart of this basic requirement.
When checking the bandwidth and storage space on hosting there are three things to remember;
- Text is very economical and occupies very little space
- Images / Flash are more expensive and require more disk space
- Use of website
These three factors need to be taken into account when deciding on the storage space and bandwidth needed to power your website.
Take time and ask yourself the following quesitons:
- Will you only be adding text or would you like to add images and slide shows and e-books/pdf documents?
- Are you creating a website where users will be allowed to create a membership account – as this will require more bandwidth as well as storage space.
Also try to Remember; you can always start off small and increase your storage or bandwidth as the need arises.