Recently, I answered a question on the website “Quora“, about how to “Estimate web hosting expenses for a project.” The answer I supplied was so detailed, I felt the need to re-write it for a blog post to share with the world.
Your hosting expenses all depend on what type of hosting you choose to use.
You may be able to save money by offloading some of the traffic to a CDN (Images, CSS, File Downloads, Profile Pictures, etc)
If you decide to use Virtual Servers (“Cloud” Servers), ensure you perform all the optimizations you can, as best as you can. When it comes to virtual servers, thankfully have the ability to change the amount of RAM allocated to your server, which coincides with your CPU allocation, as well as your port speed ( A 256MB Cloud Server may have a 10Mbit Connection, whereas you should be able to get a Gigabit out of a 16 GB Cloud Server, in theory)
If you choose to use something like Cloud Sites, then your main factors are Bandwidth, and “Compute Cycles”, which I can’t get into legally (NDAs), but basically it’s how much CPU usage your site uses, based off of the traffic. You get the equivalent of what they say is a “2.8 GHZ Dual Core Server” (If I recall correctly) with Cloud Sites.
However, once again, I HIGHLY recommend setting up your own virtual servers. They are more cost effective, secure, and you can predict your usage easier (Avg. Bandwidth, CPU Usage, RAM, etc)
If you don’t control your servers, you leave your websites security, and performance in the hands of a team that has hundreds of thousands of other websites they’re also worrying about.
If you have questions, feel free to reach out to me! I specialize in this area, and through my company I can offer services setting/maintaining/consulting.