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Determining How Much Bandwidth Your Website Needs to Function Efficiently

Determining How Much Bandwidth Your Website Needs to Function Efficiently

One thing to consider when hosting a website is how much bandwidth will be needed. When one starts to compare plans available for hosting, bandwidth as well as storage space are quite important. The storage space can be controlled easily either by deleting or by arranging content as needed, but bandwidth requires calculation and flexibility. Paying for more than is needed is silly, but not having enough will turn customers away when the website is down or being penalized for going over the amount purchased. So how much bandwidth is needed exactly? All it takes is a bit of time and some calculation to figure it out to balance the budget with the bandwidth.

Determining the Numbers

When launching a new website, calculating the bandwidth is sort of a hit or miss. The best course of action is to track the site’s activity monthly for the first couple of months after it goes live so that the actual monthly usage can be seen. For a website that is a bit more established, it is easy to calculate the estimated bandwidth. To do this:

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  • In kilobytes, estimate the average page size of the site. If this is unknown, a load time test on a few pages can give the information to find the average.
  • This value should then be multiplied by the monthly average number of visitors. The result of that should be multiplied by the average number of page views per visitor.

Do remember that these calculations should be inclusive of every site that is hosted on the server. For example, if 10 domains are run on the same account, add up the size of the pages, the visitors, and the page views. These calculations give a pretty accurate idea of the amount of bandwidth a website needs, but it does require just a bit of math. These numbers don’t give the whole picture so it is important to factor in other challenges that are present.

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Factors to Consider

Many websites do not use much bandwidth if they are not hosting large media files or streaming, and can get away with under 10GB a month. As an example, a decently popular blog with about 1,000 daily visitors, an average page size of 100 KB, and an average of 2 page views per visitor will only need around 8.5 GB per month of bandwidth. This is just an estimate, and the numbers stand true at this point in time. This is the reason to take into account having room to grow to avoid changing hosts or plans every time that the website data shifts.

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Bandwidth consuming levels can change with many things like changes in a layout, growth of traffic, growth room, and spikes in traffic. When changing the layout of a site, it is possible to unknowingly increase the size of the page, which will use more bandwidth to load. Just one social news site mention may cause a traffic spike, possibly catching you off guard and causing the bandwidth to double or triple.

Many website owners look at bandwidth the same way that they look at firewood, when the general rule is to gather as much as you need, and then triple it. Bandwidth needs will want to be multiplied up to tenfold. It is possible that the website will never use more than just a fraction of the bandwidth paid for, but it does spare the user from the overage charges of unexpected heavy traffic. Extra bandwidth is affordable when contained in a service plan, and it ensures a peace of mind to know that the website will be prepared for any future expansion or heavy traffic.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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