Resolved Bandwidth Usage for Link to Externally Hosted .zip File

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  1. SR20DETDOG, Mar 10, 2011
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    SR20DETDOG macrumors regular

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    Hi everyone,

    At the moment I'm developing a website and am hosting it on Webs for free (I'm very tight on money, saving for first car, new Mac etc) but this gives me a very limited amount of storage space and bandwidth. While it will be fine for a while I think it will run out reasonable fast as more and more content will go on the website.

    My Idea is to host the bigger files (All .zip files for people to download) some where else and simply have a link to them on the website as I would have anyway.

    This will obviously solve the problem of limited storage space, but will it also help to use less bandwidth? Or would hosting them with Webs not have used much anyway?
     
  2. Laird Knox macrumors 68000

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    You are basically moving the bandwidth requirements to another server. It depends on what the second host allows.
     
  3. SR20DETDOG thread starter macrumors regular

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    That sounds promising.
    My plan is to host the files from my Dropbox, giving me a good 2GB of space from the 40MB I think I have now. I'm not sure how bandwidth works with Dropbox since it's not a web host. I assume it will work fine, otherwise I'll just have to cough up some money :(
     
  4. Laird Knox macrumors 68000

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    Are Dropbox items accessible from a browser?
     
  5. SR20DETDOG thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes, there are. Dropbox has a public folder that allows files to be accessed and downloaded by anyone.
     
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  7. kakle macrumors newbie

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    https://www.dropbox.com/help/45

    10GB/day bandwidth transfer for basic accounts, that's pretty impressive.
     
  8. SR20DETDOG thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah, I ended up reading a lot on their forums ,didn't know they even had a forum. It's a huge step up from the 100MB :D
    Hopefully Dropbox is cool with me doing this.
     

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