Hi, I'm the 'Anonymous' who posted this thread, I just registered...
Cheers for the pointers so far. I've had a bit of a read now, so I think I understand a little more than I did, but I still have some questions. So, er... please pardon my ignorance
Ok, so the way I understand it so far is that the bandwidth you're given is an amount of data that can be downloaded from your site each month before you start incuring a 'top up' fee. 'Throttling' is a feature set by me to basically block any further traffic in or out of my site once that limit has been reached, at least until the next month? So firstly, does this mean just literally downloading files (e.g. the MP3s I'm talking about) from the site, or does it literally mean all and any data transfer out of Dreamhost's servers, e.g. whenever someone so much as opens up my homepage and browses the site? The FAQ states "Every time somebody visits your web site, or downloads a file from it, they use a little bit of transfer bandwidth in the process. ", which sounds like the second suspicion to me. Is that right?
Still, even if that is the case I can't see how I would go over the monthly allowance - even the smallest deal has 1TB (1000GB?) of bandwidth. Since my label is very new and very small right now I wouldn't expect to go over that. The amount of visitors wouldn't be immense by most websites standards, and judging by the 135mb size of one 90 minute mix I have here as a 195kbps MP3 I can't really see there being any problem with visitors taking downloads either. Or... am I being naive?
Cheers for the suggestion about having 2 hosting programs, one for the site itself and one just to hold and distribute files. But at the moment that just wouldn't be cost effective, the money simple isn't there.