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Chapter 7. The Host with the Most: Choos... > A Buyer's Guide to Web Hosting - Pg. 76

The Host with the Most: Choosing a Web Hosting Provider 76 · Storage space--This refers to the amount of room allotted to you on the host's web server to store your files. The amount of acreage you get determines the amount of data you can store. For example, if you get a 1MB (one megabyte) limit, you can't store more than 1MB worth of files on the server. HTML files don't take up much real estate, but large graphics sure do, so you need to watch your limit. Generally speaking, the more you pay for a host, the more storage space you get. Page Pitfalls If you exceed your bandwidth limit, users will still be able to get to your pages. However, almost all web hosts charge you an extra fee for exceeding your bandwidth, so check this out before signing up. The usual penalty is a set fee per megabyte or gigabyte that you exceed your cap. · Bandwidth--This is a measure of how much of your data the server serves. For example, sup- pose the HTML file for your page is 1KB (one kilobyte) and the graphics associated with the page consume 9KB. If someone accesses your page, the server ships out a total of 10KB; if 10 people access the page (either at the same time or over a period of time), the total bandwidth is 100KB. Most hosts give you a bandwidth limit (or "cap"), which is most often a certain number of mega bytes or gigabytes per month. (A gigabyte is equal to 1,000 megabytes.) Again, the more you pay the greater the bandwidth you get.