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Images: Reducing Bandwidth By Outsourcing

Posted on 5.04.2007
Once your site explodes with popularity, you'll quickly find yourself researching ways to reduce your bandwidth. Go over the bandwidth limit offered by your hosting company, and you may not be so pleased with the additional fees you have to pay. While you may be able to forecast an increase in bandwidth based on marketing campaigns you are starting, in today's age of social media - one insightful blog post or article could result in thousands of people arriving at your site resulting in you quickly exceeding your bandwidth limits and paying a hefty price.

One easy way to reduce your bandwidth usage is to consider utilizing external image hosting providers. There is no greater drain on bandwidth than the presence (and corresponding download) of images, so do yourself a favor and explore solutions such as PhotoBucket, Flickr, or ImageShack. Amazon also has a program called Amazon S3 which lets you link directly to files for some unbelievably low rates.

New pricing for Amazon S3 starts June 1st, 2007 with storage costing just $0.15 per GB-Month and data transfer at just $0.10 per GB.
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