How to minimize the cost of hosting services

In the current internet age, almost everybody is familiar with the term "hosting". In basic terms, hosting is a service which provides a platform where you can publish your webpage or business for the world to see. This platform is provided by professional companies and organisations which, most of the times, take a yearly or monthly fee for hosting and maintaining your website, which depends on a number of factors:

Size of the project
The size of your website determines the storage space you need on a server (obviously, the more space you need the more money you have to pay). Typically, a website which primarily has text only along with a few images takes up about 20MB of disk space. When you insert elements like high resolution images, videos and audio, the website gets bigger and would need much more space. You can optimize the cost of hosting by making sure you include only the essential files.

The traffic to your website determines the amount of data transferred from your site to the users that access it. Most companies have a pre-defined monthly limit for data transfer and anything above that limit is chargeable. Always ask a hosting provider beforehand about the applicable charges for extra data transfer. To get a rough idea for the amount of traffic for your website, multiply the size of your webpage with the estimated page views. As an example, if the size of a single webpage is 50kb and you are expecting 25,000 hits per month, the data transfer is calculated as 0.05MB * 25,000= 1250, which is 1.25 GB.

The speed of a server refers to the length of time it takes to download your webpage from your hosting server to a remote user. Compared to the earlier days of the Internet, server speed has increased substantially, thanks to better technology. Here too, the rule of proportion applies - the better the speed of a server the more money it costs. The speed of a server is calculated in Kb per second, Mb per second and Gb per second. A server with a speed of 64 Kb per second can typically transfer about 2 to 5 web pages per second, depending on page size. Typically, it is advisable to go for hosting providers with fast servers if you have a business. In other cases, a server with a speed of 64kb per second does the job perfectly.