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I am hosting a 1GB web site (all of the heavy content is quicktime movies) on my dedicated server. Since launching the website 20 days ago 200GB of my 512GB limit has been eaten by eager web surfers! Guess I screwed that one up, eh? When I go over my limit I get charged £1 per GB.
Rather than pay another £3000-ish a year for the extra bandwidth I considered buying "normal" web space (at £586 a year for 10GB web space and 250GB a month bandwidth). Then I could keep my movies (which constitue 95% of the data) on this site and link to them from my dedicated server's site. Does this make sense or am I talking nonsense? Would it work?
Hope you can help, otherwise I'm screwed! :)
You might also consider using smaller file sizes, or if you have a technically savvy userbase and aren't selling access to the files, you could try something like Bittorrent for distribution.
Either way I would not be paying those types of fees for bandwidth!
So we converted them to Macromedia Flash movies and this lowered their size to around 4.2mb each...
Not a huge difference but when you multiply it out it dropped his bandwidth to around 19GB.
I am currently in negotiation with my server provider for a 3 terabyte per year deal that I hope will come in at considerably less than £3000 a year.
Also, I am looking into bandwidth limiting software for the webserver. I currently have mod_bwshare (the only bandwidth limiting module for Apache 2 I could find) but it does not provide enough control for my needs. I am currently looking into writing my own module to control the download rate of movies.
If you have any other suggestions I'd appreciate your help.
And thanks a lot for your time! :-)
Otherwise consider distributed downloading such as
Can't use BitTorrent either - the clients are very far from tech savvy! It's amazing they manage to get to the web site at all.
Have negotiated a really good deal with my current provider which brings the whole 3TB a year dedicated server deal to around £1200 a year. Maybe there are better deals in the US but my client is very happy with that price and it makes everything a lot easier for me.
Bandwidth limiting at the OS level : I am using Redhat linux 8, is this possible? Can I limit the bandwidth just on port 80?
Thanks guys! :-)
However, as another UK based web business I should echo the sentiment that UK bandwidth charges are very high. I recommend looking at North American hosts, we get 500gB a month transfer for $99 US (about £58 currently) a month with our dedicated server.
, we get 500gB a month transfer for $99 US
P 2.4 ( more or less )
512mb or 1 gig ram
around 80 gigs HD ( sometimes two 80 gig discs ) ...
without going into all the details of what else should be on offer for $99 ..you need to look further ..
can get this for $50 and up ...less HD space even cheaper ...
I think you must be dealing with a reseller ...