How Much Bandwidth Do You Use?

I was doing some research into my various Web hosting accounts the other day to see what services we absolutely need from a host. I noticed that, according to our log files, we are using between 125 and 175 gigabytes of bandwidth each month on one of our accounts and at least 175 gigs/mo. on our other account. We’re averaging approximately 300-500 visits each day.

Granted, on both of our sites, we offer a lot of large downloads, so that accounts for a great deal of our bandwidth. Still, though, I cannot even imagine what we would be paying for that type of usage if we were stuck in an older hosting plan.

How much bandwidth are you using on an average basis? Do the numbers mentioned above sound utrageous, or are they fairly standard? What are your thoughts?

Web Development Links for February 19

Here are some great resources for today:

What Does a Web Site Have to Have?

Everyone has their own opinions on the most important elements of a Web site. Most will say that content is king. Some will say that usability and accessibility are most important. Others will tell you that the design of the site is the most crucial part of the process. However, it’s rare that you see someone discuss what pages a site really needs to have.

Kyle James, a consultant for HubSpot and the founder of dotEduGuru, a Web site dedicated to discussing all aspects of Web site development at higher education institutions, made a post a few weeks ago about the three pages that every Web site needs. He claims that every Web site (whether it’s a corporate site, a college Web site or just a personal site) must include an “About” page, a “Contact” page and a site map.

I agree wholeheartedly with his assessment. Some of the first pages I begin developing for any Web site I create are the “About” and “Contact” pages. Then, for any site that includes more than a handful of pages, I begin working on the site map.

What do you think? Do you always try to include these pages? Are there other pages you have to have on a Web site?

Dive Into Accessibility – A Good Accessibility Resource

While doing some research on accessibility this evening, I came across a free e-book on accessibility called Dive Into Accessibility (available in HTML and PDF format).

Although the book appears to have been written in 2002, it still offers a great deal of good, valid information for today’s Web developer. Some of the information is a bit outdated, but the majority of it still holds up today. If you’re looking for resources on accessibility, be sure to check this one out.

KDE 4.2 Released

The latest version of the K Desktop Environment (KDE) for Linux has been released. Early reports seem to indicate that this version (version 4.2.0) is a huge improvement over the earlier versions of KDE 4.x.

I am still waiting for Linux Mint to release KDE 4.2 in their repositories; but once they do, I will be installing it and checking it out. I am also planning on booting into my Mandriva installation later today to see if KDE 4.2 is available there, yet.

If you’re using a Linux distribution with KDE 4.2 installed, please share your experiences with the new desktop environment.

Would You Like to see a Boxee Set-Top Box?

The Boxee team reported a little over a week ago that, while at CES, they were approached by a few hardward manufacturers about potentially integrating boxee into various types of hardware.

I’m curious; would you like to see an all-in-one media player like boxee (similar to Windows Media Center, but with more integration of Web-based technologies like YouTube, Hulu and more) available as a set-top box? If so, what features would you expect to see in that device?