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I really like Dreamhost. My boss has me set out to research if this is a viable option for our TGP site. Our only concern is the bandwidth such a site will create.

My question is will 3.78 TB+ per month (code monster) be enough for an unknown number of hits to our page full of thumbnails? Essentially it is 48 thumbnails and 9 banners, plus the page graphics for each of the 7 days of the week. There will also be other pages with fewer graphics, and hopefully we can fit a second domain onto the host for our other project.

Alternately, is there a panel to track bandwidth usage so we can increase our plan and not have to pay $.50/GB over the limit? Or a way to automatically cut off access when we reach said limit? Or any other ideas you have, please post them.

Thanks in advance for your responses.

yup you can see it in Status>Bandwidth Usage in control panel.
You can see the bandwidth of every domain you create

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Your description describes the problem pretty well, and the “problem” lies in the “unknown number of hits” coupled with the filesizes of the thumbnails and banners.

There is not way to predict bandwidth usage without knowing the number of hits, or the total bandwidth each “hit” will require, so the best you can do is “guess.” You could make some “basic” assumptions, by using a “for example”. For instance 1 hit = the total number of bytes in the page (the total of all graphics, html, JavaScript, CSS, etc), then do the arithmetic to figure out how many hits will fit in the bandwidth you have. Tune it by making some allowance for page and image caching, and you can get a general idea.

Yes, on both counts. The Control Panel–>Status–>Bandwidth screen will show you your usage (updated daily) and allow you to “throttle” bandwidth in order to help control your usage and resultant charges for extra bandwidth. As it only updates once a day, unless you set the bandwidth to throttle such that you wqill allow for a “heavy day’s” worth of traffic you could still go over - but with careful planning you should be able to stary under your quota or fairly close (within a few GB, and at $.50 per GB, that’s not so bad!) :wink:

There is a lot more about all this on this Dreamhost Wiki page on Bandwidth.


thank you both. will do more homework, and if anyone has any more info to share it is appreciated.

we are really excited with the bandwidth that DH provides. But don’t forget it is on a shared server. The bandwidth is shared with all the users.

It is hard to predict whether it is suitable. It is like whether you want to use fixed adsl internet connection or shared cable connection.

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3.8GB will probably be plenty. Suppose your average thumbnail is 50kB (which is probably even bigger than they are). To get up to 3.8TB that Code Monster provides, you would have to have around 81.5 million hits. That’s a lot!

I really don’t think the bandwidth will be a problem for you. And, if it is, you can always get your money back with the 97 day guarantee!

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What’s your current setup? If you’re on a shared hosting plan somewhere else, and you’re not getting booted for bringing the server down, you’ll probably be okay here. Do you have access to the stats?

If you’re starting a new site with no traffic, and you’re concerned about it being busy in the future, you’ll probably be surprised by how hard it is for the average site to use even 1% of what’s offered.

Image size & optimization will have a lot to do with the bandwidth you use.

Just don’t be one of those people that thinks a thumbnail is resizing a 1024 x 768 pixel image to 80 x 80 by using the img height & width tags. :stuck_out_tongue:

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It’s a new site. I have no idea how many hits we’ll be getting but it is a TGP site, we are trying to attract people who are looking for free porn. The more hits we get the more money we make.

Thank you for answering my questions, I will suggest to my boss that we should use this host. If we are getting enough hits to exceed our limit, we can easily charge more per ad space and go for the bigger plan. Not to mention that we can throttle the bandwidth, so we’ll be fine.

One last question, which promo code allowed you to get more bandwidth? Currently I was playing to use “CRAZY97”.

All promo codes are created by users–the only thing we can control is the discount, which is passing along $0 - $97 of our $97 referral fee. Beyond price, there’s no advantage to using one over another as far as space, bandwidth, etc…

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I’ll also add, since it’s porn-related, keep in mind that you’re still responsible for the content even if there are user uploads… so keep an eye out for copyright problems & illegal stuff like kiddie porn. Basically, if it’s legal, DH is okay with it. Here’s the TOS.

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as seiler said, promo codes does not give you extra server space or bandwith. You can get some discounts when you first sign up an account.

I’ve seen some notices in DH which warns users about porn-related contents. It seems DH is senstitive with poren-related contents. I can’t find the web pages any more. But I’ll suggest you to check with DH support first.

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Are you thinking of the donations page in the panel, where people can help out with your hosting bill? Or something else?

That’s the only thing I can think of where porn is mentioned, other than copyright issues & keeping it legal.

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I believe so – I just meant there wasn’t a difference between promo codes besides price. Meaning, he gets the same space & bandwidth no matter whose code he uses, or how much the code is for.

And it’s a good thing they do because it would have taken me weeks to sign up for all of this stuff! :stuck_out_tongue:

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Your account’s space and bandwith grows every week so I wouldn’t worry about that.
What is important is cpu usage. Be sure that the script is well coded, and light on the server.

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