FWS (unofficial) Free Request Guide:
If you have taken the time to browse these forums a bit before requesting, you will doubtless know that many hosts take ill to people who request large amounts of hosting, especially if they dont need the space they ask for.
The purpose of this (unofficial) Guide is to inform the requester of a few base facts. Please read this, it will put you in good stead when you do request.
It doesn't seem to occur to most of those who request free hosting, that what they are infact requesting is for someone to provide you with a service
that would, under normal circumstances, cost you money - totally free of charge.
Now you will find that free web hosts don't mind doing this, we would be in the wrong job if we did. However what we DO
mind is people who come to these forums and demanding free hosting without any courtesy or thought spared for the provider. As if they consider it their right. Lets just get one thing straight...... Free Hosting is NOT
a right !
If you want to know what i mean by this, well that should be pretty obvious:
I want free hosting 5gb space and 50gb bandwidth, I Wont Post2Host and I wont put up any ads, as i NEED to place my own.
I NEED this fast
SO, any offers...?
Did you know that thousands of sites open everyday? From the amount of space you are requesting, I'm Guessing you guys all think you are going to be the next Myspace in a Weekend. While i am not denying that you may succeed, something of that size will take years to develop, and you wont be running it off free hosting. The Chances are that your idea has been tried before and you will be heading into a competative market, you wont always be a hit success.
When you are requesting your space and Bandwidth, please consider how much space you will infact be using. To give you a small guidline, one of my newest sites has 150 members, and while admittedly the forum isnt hosted with the rest of my site, ive never used more than 1 GB a month on hits, Uploading images is the only time at which i have used more.
You will Find that hosts will probably offer you more space than you ask for anyway, but if they see you asking for a lot to begin with, they may be less kind.
Finally, i have often found, that ( with a few exceptions, and i am not pointing any fingers!) a host that is willing to provide you with 20gb space and 200gb of bandwidth for free, will probably not be around for very long, I suppose this is also a message to those hosts out there, unless you are Very confiedent in your ability to maintain your service while providing that much, don't offer it.
1 GB B/w per month = 100,000 Pageviews
50GB B/W per month = 60,000,000 Pageviews per annum.
One application will on MOST occasions use no more than 1 MySQL Databases
Infact many applications will allow multiple installation on 1 DB
A 15 page website (minus addons) should take up no more than 2 MB
A high quality picture will take up 2 MB while most will take up a mere 70 KB
1024 KB = 1 MB 1024 MB = 1 GB
Frequently Asked Questions:
How much space will I need for a forum?
- 100 MB MAX
How much space will i need for a Picture forum?
- Assuming you dont all have $700+ Cameras then no more than 500 MB
- If your Cameras are that powerful then you should be changing the pictures to .GIF anyway
How much will I need for phpNuke with full addons?
- 100 MB MAX
(the same applies to most other CMS scripts)
How much space will a personal site with few Logos/images use?
- 5-10 MB MAX
My site gets 300,000 PageViews a Month how much B/W do i need?
- To be safe I will say 5GB MAX
for other figures see the guide earlier on in the post.
How Much will a Flash file Use?
- 50 MB MAX
(i've never seen one that big and that includes games)
I want to host direct downloads for my site, how much space will i need?
- Forget it
. Get out your Check Book.
about something, ask the person offering to host you, they will be more than happy to help you out.
I hope you found this guide useful to you.... (happy host hunting