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14
How to Know the Amount of Bandwidth Your Website Needs
Posted by Paul Nesbitt on 14 July 2016 03:49 PM

Bandwidth

How to Know the Amount of Bandwidth Your Website Needs

After setting up your website and growing an audience, the amount of bandwidth your website requires can easily add up. According to Hosting Manual, 99% of websites use no more than 5GB of transfer bandwidth per month, but there are various factors that can influence this.

Before we begin, let’s explain what bandwidth is. Bandwidth refers to the speed at which data is transferred from a web host to a visitor in a given period, and is measured in seconds. Transfer bandwidth, on the other hand, refers to the amount of data your website is allowed to send and receive as part of your web hosting package and is allocated monthly.

Here at PAC Web Hosting, we’ve rounded up some tips for working out how much bandwidth you will need.

 

The type of website you're working on

How much bandwidth you use will depend on the type of website you are working on. If you’re running a small blog, you are likely to use a lot less bandwidth than if you were running an online store, which requires more data to be transferred.

Typically, the more multimedia you use on a website, such as high-resolution images or videos uploaded to the server, the more bandwidth you will use. If your website offers direct downloads, such as software packages, expect this to use a significant amount of your bandwidth.

The traffic to your website

Your website traffic is another vital consideration when deciding on the amount of bandwidth you need. If your website has peak times or spikes, try to estimate when they will be and how many people will visit your website; will you run out of your month’s dedicated bandwidth if your blog gets an unexpected spike in traffic? For this reason, it’s important to overestimate, rather than underestimate the amount of bandwidth that you require.

The design of your website

If your website relies heavily on big images or advanced CSS, it may impact on the amount of data transferred to your visitors. To reduce the size of your web pages and boost your site's all-round efficiency, try open-source projects such as Bootstrap that offer free tools for creating stripped-back designs. This, in turn, will reduce the amount of transfer bandwidth that your website uses throughout the month.

How your website is optimised

Your website will use less transfer bandwidth if it is well optimised. Tools such as the W3 Total Cache plugin for WordPress reduce your page sizes, thereby decreasing the amount of bandwidth used.

If your website receives a significant amount of traffic, Content Delivery Networks such as CloudFlare and Amazon Cloudfront could be an option. By acting as a ‘third party’ between your web host and your visitor, they will reduce the time that it takes to serve a page, as well as the transfer bandwidth used when a visitor logs onto your site.

The size of your pages

Online tools such as Pingdom analyse your web pages to find out how much data they require. From this information, you can work out a rough estimate of how much transfer bandwidth you need.

Beware: "unlimited" bandwidth doesn't exist

When choosing the right web host for your site, beware of companies offering 'unlimited' bandwidth. It is impossible for any web host to offer truly unlimited bandwidth, as bandwidth is a costly part of the web hosting process. To avoid expensive add-on or 'overuse' fees, choose a web host that offers a set amount of bandwidth so that you can prepare your website for this. Here at PAC Web Hosting, all of our plans come with generous transfer bandwidth allowances to give you ultimate peace of mind.


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Jul
11
A Guide To Web Hosting Storage Space
Posted by Paul Nesbitt on 11 July 2016 01:03 PM

Web Hosting Space

A Guide To Web Hosting Storage Space

Once you’ve decided on the right host for your new website, the next step is to work out exactly how much space you’ll need. According to SitePoint, the average page size was 2,262kb in 2015, up 15% on the year prior. As web technologies continue to develop and internet speeds increase, web designers are using more disk space than ever to make their websites great.

Here at PAC Web Hosting, we’ve rounded up some key points to consider when deciding how much hosting storage space you will need for your website.

Type of website

The amount of space your website needs depends on what type of website it is. If your website is small and isn’t regularly updated, it won’t require as much space as a blog, for example, where space will be used up over time as more content is added.

Websites which rely on multimedia content such as images or videos will also require more disk space. To save on space, consider uploading videos to sharing websites such as YouTube.

If your website allows user generated content or interactivity, such as a forum or comments section, you must take into consideration how much content other people will upload. Buying more space than you need is a sensible solution, as these websites will always grow in terms of disk space.

Design and structure of your website

The design and structure of your website also play a role in how much space you use. If your website has optimised CSS and PHP to reduce page sizes, you’re likely to require less space than if every page requires a different set of resources.

The structure of your website is also an important factor. If your files and folders are organised well to avoid duplication and unused content, you’ll be able to cut the amount of space you’ll need. If you’re not using a particular plugin or script, be sure to delete it to save on space.

Plans for your website

If you’re starting off a new website, the chances are you won’t require a large amount of disk space to begin with. However, taking future plans into consideration is a sensible idea. Will you be planning on expanding your website in the near future? If so, buying a larger package space will ensure you can freely expand without the worry of running out of space. Our web hosting packages include generous disk space allowances, so there’s always room to grow.

Reseller accounts

If you want to sell on space and start your own web hosting company, be sure to section off what others can use to save on disk space. You can make hosting packages on cPanel to determine how much space your clients can use. At PAC, our reseller packages come with up to 120GB of space to sell on to clients, giving you flexibility to offer large web hosting packages.

Extra considerations

Other factors such as email accounts, databases and subdomains play a role in how much space you’ll need. If you have a large email account full of attachments, or you have lots of subdomains redirecting to your main website, you’ll add unnecessary bloat to your web hosting account.

If you’re moving from one host to another, you’ll be able to find out how much space you’re already using in your control panel, which you can use to determine which package is right for you.

 


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Jul
4
Domain Name FAQ & Advice
Posted by Paul Nesbitt on 04 July 2016 10:37 AM

Domain Name FAQ

Domain Name FAQ & Advice

After deciding on an idea and finding a great host, the most difficult step of starting your own website is often choosing the right name. Online ‘domain generators’ can be useful for giving you ideas, but the process is more complicated than putting together some words. Here at PAC Web Hosting, we’ve answered some frequently asked questions and offer advice for finding the perfect domain name.

 

How do I find the right name for me?

Finding the right name can be the most challenging part of starting your own website. Ideally, your domain name should be short, memorable and easy to type. Hyphens and numbers don’t work well in domain names, so avoid them if you can. If possible, try to add in some keywords relevant to your website – this will help with the SEO of your website further down the line.

                                                                                                                                   

What is the right domain name extension for me?

Over the last several years, there has been an explosion in new domain name extensions with names like .london, .careers, .tickets and .you providing new ways to connect with audiences. While these extensions are useful for niche websites, more traditional extensions work best.

 

Good quality .com, .org and .net names are sought after as they’re the most commonly accepted extensions. Moz argues that .com should be your only choice if you’re serious about building a successful website because it is the most well-respected and memorable extension.

 

Of course, there is no harm in purchasing multiple domain names and directing them back to your website. Many businesses purchase all of the key extensions, such as .com, .net, .info, .org to ensure they protect their name and add new ways of people to connect to their website.

 

My name has been taken. What should I do?

The internet is a big place and so short, memorable domain names are usually hard to find. If your first choice has been taken, consider buying a different extension (such as.org or .net) or go back to the drawing board and come up with another name.

 

In some occasions, companies buy domain names with the intention to sell on. Visit the website you want to purchase and see if it is available for sale. Alternatively, if the domain is no longer in use, try who.is and find out how long the owner has left – if the domain is up for renewal soon, try and buy it as soon as it expires.

 

Do I need to transfer my domain name to move to a new web host?

A domain transfer is the moving of your domain from one registrar to another. 

Domains and web hosting are two separate products, so you don’t need to transfer your domain name to move to a new host. However, if you prefer to have your web hosting and domain name all in one place, you can transfer your domain name to PAC.    

                                                                                                                            

Why should I buy multiple years on my domain name?      

Extending the duration of your domain name prevents others from buying it, should it expire without you realising. Having a long life on your domain name also shows that you’re committed to your website, which can be a useful selling point when dealing with clients. 

 

If you have yet to buy your new name, don’t forget that every annual plan at PAC Web Hosting comes with a free domain name.


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Jun
17
The Ten Most Expensive Domain Name Purchases - Infographic
Posted by Sam Thomas on 17 June 2016 02:55 PM

The most expensive domain sales infographic


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May
27
How To Choose The Correct Hosting For Your Website
Posted by Paul Nesbitt on 27 May 2016 01:08 PM

How To Choose The Correct Hosting ​For ​Your Website

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Choosing the right web hosting for your website or business can be a daunting task. With thousands of web hosts all claiming to be the best, each with a multitude of hosting packages offering different things, it’s easy to get lost in a sea of technical jargon and wonder if you’ll ever get your website online. 

Various factors can come into play when deciding which web hosting package is suitable for you, from your business model to budget and from your monthly traffic to the location of your customer base. To help you make an informed decision about which type of web hosting is right for your business, we have put together a handy guide featuring the key features of our three main web hosting packages.

Website hosting

Perhaps the most traditional type of web hosting, ‘shared’ web hosting gives you enough storage space, bandwidth, and enough features like email addresses, databases and FTP accounts to host a website. At PAC, our shared hosting packages include room to host up to twenty domain names, meaning you can host multiple websites under one account. 

‘Shared’ web hosting doesn’t mean you’re sharing an account with other users. It means that there is one server with its resources shared amongst its users. Each account has its own limit on services like disk space and bandwidth and is entirely separate from the next, meaning your data is secure. It’s economical because the cost of running a server is shared between several users so that we can pass on the savings to you. 

Shared hosting is perfect for beginners, or for those who want a stress-free service, as we manage everything, from uptime to support enquiries. If you choose PAC and take an annual plan, we’ll even include a free domain name to get your new website off the ground.

Reseller hosting

Reseller hosting plans are created for those who want to sell web hosting to other people or want to host multiple websites on the same server, each with their own cPanel account. 

Starting your own web hosting business can be very lucrative, and taking out a reseller hosting plan means you can enjoy making a profit from selling on the space and bandwidth you purchase without the worries or stresses of buying and managing your own dedicated server. 

With web hosting companies in the UK generating over £8billion per year, and in USA $16billion per year, starting your own web hosting business is an affordable, risk-free way of making some extra money, with very little technical knowledge needed to succeed. 

At PAC, our reseller packages include their own IP address, allowing your website to be fully white labelled so you can add your branding to the hosting without a trace of PAC. 

Our packages include an unbranded WHMCS license and ENOM domain reseller account, meaning you can automate your web hosting sales, allowing you to sit back and reap the rewards. They also include two SSL certificates to secure your cPanel, WHM and your WHMCS install to maximise security and increase trust amongst your customer base.

VPS hosting

If your website has outgrown standard web hosting and needs the power and flexibility of its own server, then our UK-based VPS packages are perfect for you. 

Setting up and managing a dedicated server is an expensive, time-consuming and technical job. A VPS, which stands for Virtual Private Server, is the step between a shared hosting package and a dedicated server, giving you the flexibility and power of a dedicated server with the same level of required effort as a shared hosting plan - none! 

At PAC, we manage all of our VPS packages to the highest standard for the maximum reliability and uptime possible. We also include 24/7 technical support, as well as seven days of back-ups to give you extra peace of mind. If you are migrating from another server or web host, we’ll even handle the migration free of charge when you sign up for a VPS plan

All of our VPS servers come packaged with an unlimited cPanel license, meaning you can host as many websites on your server as you like. cPanel is a popular choice in providing clients with an easy-to-use, functional control panel. If you’re an advanced user, full SSH access is provided to give you extra flexibility and speed, and of course, your VPS is completely white labelled, meaning you can customise it to your brand in whichever way you like. 

So, why wait any longer? PAC has a web hosting package to suit everyone's needs, from a blogging beginner to a corporate network. Find out more about our packages here.


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