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Bandwidth Problems

Bandwidth Problems

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Well, I thought 30gb was going to be enough bandwidth, but you all proved me wrong!  I received an email at 5:20pm advising me that I had exceeded 80% of my bandwidth (actually it was 90%) so I immediately applied for an upgrade to unlimited bandwidth.  Then at just after midnight 100% was reached.  I have been given a day’s grace to process the upgrade, so all should be back to normal very soon.

11 comments on “Bandwidth Problems

  1. I don’t understand a thing about bandwidths, but I presume it can be dealt with and that you don’t want us all to abandon ship??!

    1. There are few problems that money can’t resolve, and this isn’t one of them. The bandwidth (total amount of all downloads added together) is now unlimited!

  2. It seems that the ‘Bandwidth Error’ is misleading. The bandwidth used for a website is the limit for the number of people using the site at any time. Think of this as lanes of traffic. A motorway can allow more cars through in 3 lanes than a single carriage-way. Likewise, the greater the bandwidth the more people can use the site at the same time.

    I think that the 30GB limit is the storage space availabe on the server that hosts the website. This is the total amount of space that every page takes up on the server’s hard disks. Generally web hosting services charge for ‘up to’ a certain amount of space. It seems that this is the limit that was approaching and now, thankfully, has been increased.

    I know – it’s pedantic. It may happen to someone else out there some day.

    1. Miles

      You may well me right, but that’s not what the hosting company mean by the term.

      Here is a summary of my stats:


      Main Domain
      Home Directory /home/bigdavec
      Last login from
      CPU Usage 0 / 100 %
      Memory Usage 255132 / 1048576 KB
      Entry Processes 2 / 10
      Disk Space Usage 540.79 / 6500 MB
      Monthly Bandwidth Transfer 30632.65 / ∞ MB
      Email Accounts 1 / ∞
      Subdomains 1 / ∞
      Parked Domains 1 / 25
      Addon Domains 0 / 14
      FTP Accounts 0 / ∞
      Mailing Lists 0 / ∞
      All SQL Databases 2 / 15
      MySQL Databases 2
      Mailing List Disk Space 0 MB
      Hosting package v7-Business
      Server Name sunstorm
      cPanel Version 11.32.2 (build 25)
      Theme x3
      Apache version 2.2.22
      PHP version 5.3.10
      MySQL version 5.5.22-cll
      Architecture x86_64
      Operating system linux
      Shared IP Address
      Path to sendmail /usr/sbin/sendmail
      Path to Perl /usr/bin/perl
      Perl version 5.10.1
      Kernel version 2.6.32-320.4.1.lve1.1.4.el6.x86_64
      cPanel Pro 1.0 (RC1)
      Service Status Click to View

    2. I found this in Wikipedia:

      Bandwidth in web hosting

      In website hosting, the term “bandwidth” is often incorrectly used to describe the amount of data transferred to or from the website or server within a prescribed period of time, for example bandwidth consumption accumulated over a month measured in gigabytes per month. The more accurate phrase used for this meaning of a maximum amount of data transfer each month or given period is monthly data transfer.

      1. You can work out that each page visitor (around 10,000 per day on the views graph) downloads 100kB on average to get the 30GB per month. I bet the stuff on the right hand side I’ve never ever clicked on contributes greatly towards this.

        Moving some of the ‘widgets’ to another page with links to them (I’ve never used the calendar or recent post links, for example) would probably get the data usage down to 3/4 what it currently is, helping Mr BD in the pocket. The in-line pictures are all links so they’re not a problem.

        This would also aid in the latency time where Firefox freezes for several seconds before each page loads.

        1. Thanks for the advice

          I’ve already moved/removed a few of the widgets – I’ll have a look at the others. I might also be able to place some widgets selectively – there’s a lot more that I can do with self-hosting than I could before.

          I did the same calculations as you when I first started but the hosting company reckon I am currently using about 70gb per month – about 20gb of that is taken up by search engines which I didn’t factor into my calculations.

  3. I don’t know anything about any of this – I’m not a technophobe but I am a techno- really can’t do any of it when it goes wrong!
    What I don’t understand at all, apart from the practicalities, is how all this stuff that so many of us absolutely love and depend on to help us with the crosswords, is funded.
    Please keep going BD et al! You are all SO appreciated. :grin:

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