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What do you pay per gig of overage at your host?



10:48 pm on Dec 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I just got reamed for overage charges. We have some popular videos online, and well we went 80gigs over in Nov. We got charged like $5.00 per gig.

I feel ripped off.

What is the average overage charge (per gig) at most hosts?

Thanks :)


11:26 pm on Dec 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I'm very much at the small end of the market, so bearing that in mind...

One of the hosts I use charges 2/month ($3.54/month) per gig if I exceeded the monthly transfer limit. Another host I use charges two-three times that amount per additional gig with a very small basic transfer limit.

When purchasing hosting always check bandwidth limits and additional cost per gig - if their pricing says $5 per gig then that's how much they are going to charge because that's what you're agreeing to by using their service.

- Tony


11:33 pm on Dec 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

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It seems the couple I have seen are three to five per gig. However, the hosts I use automatically send email to warn you when you are going to exceed the monthly limit. At that time you can upgrade or restrict access to your site till the end of the month.

If your host doesn't provide the email warning service then maybe you should consider switching, especially if you plan on going over at times.


4:59 am on Dec 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

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My host charges $4 per gig of bandwidth over.

They also send a threshold notification that you can set at any percentage. So you can set it to email you when you reach 80% of your bandwidth usage...

Same thing with diskspace. They'll let you have as much diskspace as you want but if you reach the limit of your plan you can be notified if you are getting close. This feature alone saved my butt one month when one of my clients uploaded a bunch of psd files instead of the flattened jpg files.


7:04 am on Dec 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I get charged 1 per gig over my limit if you tell them before if not it is taken off.
I also get the near bandwidth limit e-mail so I can sort it out


1:08 am on Dec 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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My main current host charges $8 per gig.. I'm going to have to move to a dedicated server soon.. 13,000 unique hits a day encourages me to do so..


2:21 am on Dec 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Mine charges $2/Gig over. They often renegotiate terms to a slightly lower amount for those who are constantly going over.


7:43 am on Dec 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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>we went 80gigs over in Nov.

I suggest you look at dedicated server providers that include a high bandwidth allowance. There are several that provide 700 to 900 gigs per month for under $150.

If you go over these allowances the typical cost seems to be about $3 per gig, but before that stage you should definately be adding additional servers so that the overage charge never actually occurs.


12:25 pm on Dec 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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$4.00 bucks USD per gig over alloted amount. Not that bad. When I was with Inter*(*& it was $10.00 bucks USD per month over alloted amount. I guess its the norm for fair hosts. Hosts that want to hijack you, well just keep both eyes open before you sign that dotted line so to speak.



5:08 am on Dec 29, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Just an update: I've bought/rented my own dedicated server. (So excited!), so I now have 1000 gigs of bandwidth a month.. :)

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