What is data transfer?
Data transfer is a
measure of the activity of a given Website in megabytes (or sometimes
gigabytes) per month. When a browsing client (the Web browser of the
visiting person) views your Webpage their browser first sends a request
for information about your Webpage. The Webserver software (on the
dedicated machine on which your Website is located) will then begin
sending the HTML file requested to the browsing client. As this HTML
document is sent from the Webserver any graphics necessary for that
Webpage will also be sent. Streaming video, Java, and many other
applications may also contribute to data transfer.
We use data
transfer as a measure of your domain activity instead of "hits" because
"hits" are not an accurate measure of our concern. A typical "hit" will
transfer an average of 50,000 bytes (50 kilobytes) of data. Your account
includes 1000 megabytes (1 gigabyte) of data transfer aproximately 20,000
hits available per month.
Data transfer is as much a commodity as
is any other. Someone, or some organization, must pay for data transfer.
Very active Websites can require a great deal of data transfer. Some
Websites, like http://www.microsoft.com/ or http://www.cnn.com/ can
require several T1s (1.55 megabits per second costing between $3000 and
$5000 per month) or even T3s (45 megabits per second costing between
$50,000 and $150,000 per month) and dozens of dedicated Web servers just
to host a single Websites URL. The companies that run these extremely
active Websites can sometimes pay many tens of thousands of dollars per
month for the data transfer their Website uses.
Your Website, on
the other hand, will probably not require anywhere near that amount of
data transfer. On average, less than 1/2 of one percent of the Web domains
we host exceed their data transfer for any given month. The sites that do
are usually very active. When one of our clients happens to exceed their
data transfer, we first notify the client and see what the client would
like to do. We generally give them the option of upgrading to the next
level account, or we let them stay where they are if they think it was
just an unusually active month. We never invoice our clients for excess
data transfer for the first month it occurs. We always attempt to contact
you first and work out a agreeable solution for both of