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2:00 pm on Nov 18, 2014 (gmt 0)

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I was reading this [theregister.co.uk...] which got me to wondering.

What is the average size of a web site?
Do websites run out of space and need to upgrade storage?

Example: My hobby site resides on a 400mb shared host, and uses 40% (including pages, images, data, email accounts). Some of the commercial sites I work on approach 500gb in size, in house servers, etc.

Where do you fall?
What special operations do you use (if any)?
Are you Shared? Dedicated? Self-hosted?

The chase for more data, customer/user targeting, et al. means larger and larger systems with greater speed and capacity. Analytics on billions of transactions/records requires big solutions, yet very good results can still be obtained on minimalist specifications.
8:35 pm on Nov 18, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Interesting discussion!

I have several websites with lots of content along with websites developed for clients, all on a shared hosting not exceeding 400MB. I took a lot of what I learned to make those websites fast, not heavy and easy to transfer. They also consume very little resources.

I developed so far 4 CMS for my personal and commercial use. Worked on a large newspaper and managed 5 large websites, they were the fastest and low on resources while having like 20K pages all together with like 14K daily uniques together. The rest of websites (not managed by me) were huge specially the ones using wordpress.

Where do you fall?
on the old webmasters rules trying to be fast and practical, small fast websites

What special operations do you use (if any)?
immagemagick for image conversion, then nothing fancy just data and code written by me

Are you Shared? Dedicated? Self-hosted?
Shared. Had 3 servers for A,B, and backup etc. Never had the need for private hosting. Worked on another company where the guys insisted on using several AWS instances... what a waste of time and they insisted on using Ruby on Rails, they were paying a lot of money for resources. I believe on optimization.

Yes I understand a lot of webmasters use diff technologies and some are not optional depending on the task but I don't understand how small sites can use so much resources and so much space.

I'm working on my next CMS on a framework basis trying to put together everything I've learned. Yes I mostly use Perl.
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Uh... Left out of the original message, but no HOST names, please. You can speak of service, package sizes, Cpanel/Emsim, etc, but no name drops or links. The mod has my request to remove such.

Interested in storage (monthly bandwidth, too, if important) and type of host.
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Where do you fall?
It's a CMS that uses apache, php, and MySQL. The database itself is around 35 megabytes, the site is another 30 or so. I use about 11 gigs of a 30 gig SSD "cloud" server. This is Centos 6.6 along with CPanel.

What special operations do you use (if any)?
While the site is a CMS, I would start with a standard like Bootstrap and create my own template. I start from scratch using WAMP server on my pc. I would code in something like Notepad++. The objective is to make the site as responsive (and lightweight) as possible but still conform to today's standard (responsive design).

Are you Shared? Dedicated? Self-hosted?

Cloud server about 15 gig of outbound traffic.
1:39 am on Nov 19, 2014 (gmt 0)

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We have a lot of images- my main site along uses over 650 MB of disk space just for images. The 2nd main site (now the focus for most development) is already up to 550 MB for images. Then there's a new set of sites with a lot of UGC, including images.

We are very DB-intensive and do a lot of logging, so we take up a LOT of disk space. The main sites use close to 100 GB, and that doesn't even include the transaction logs or the backups.

We long ago exceeded any general hosting plans- far cheaper to use our own servers. Currently have 3 servers (one is virtualized with about a half dozen VMs running) in a co-lo facility. We can use as much storage as we are able to shove into the hosting cage (without overloading the power).
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I remember (no kidding) at that company, one of the webmaster (another dept) used to bring a DVD to publish the monthly update of the site he was in charge, ha ha they hated him.

Mine (5) only took 1G of space and they had tons of pages. Paying attention to planning, resources, speed, etc do pays well over the future.
 

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