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Hey guys,

Just thought I'd pick your brains a little bit. I have my site hosted on TrafficPlanetHosting (dedicated Wordpress hosting). I'm currently subscribed to their Professional plan which allows 100GB monthly bandwidth and 50GB of space for $49.99/month.

However, it seems like I've exceed the 100GB bandwidth limit and I average about 5,000 visitors/day. The host support told me that my daily bandwidth is about 6-9GB/day. Is that normal? Is it a problem with my site being bloated or is the 100GB bandwidth just too little for this amount of traffic?

Just wanted to check with you guys before I upgrade my hosting to a bigger plan with them for $99.99/month for unlimited bandwidth. Or would it be better for me to look for a cheaper and better alternative? VPS perhaps?

Any thoughts in this would be very much appreciated. Thanks in advance.
 

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9GB/5000 = 0.0018GB per user
0.0018GB *1024 = 1.8432Mb per user.

Seems about right to me for that amount of traffic. You're going to need more bandwidth I guess. I'd suggest using a VPS but up to yourself, I've heard good things about dreamhost and liquidweb
https://www.dreamhost.com/hosting/wordpress/
 

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100 GB Bandwith
50 GB Storage
$50 a month...

That seems pretty pricey when you've got well known, trusted, managed VPS's out there for much cheaper. My favorite being Knownhost.

For the same $45 a month with them (less if you go find the 15% off lifetime discount coupon), you can have...

8000 GB Bandwidth (80x what you're getting)
80 GB Storage (30 GB more)
$45 (5+ bucks cheaper, more if you use the coupon).

Heck, even their $25 dollar plan gets you 3000 GB Bandwidth. You're getting ripped.

I just glanced at LiquidWeb and they give you 5 TB and 50 GB storage for $50. I've never used them though, but that's just another example.

Another option is that you could sign up for MaxCDN (I recommend them because I use them happily), or any other CDN and let them serve cached versions of your data and reduce some of the bandwidth usage. But at 100GB you're so severely limited, and at a ridiculous price. I think even Hostgator will give you unlimited bandwidth for $10 a month (crappy shared hosting though).

You gotta switch! They aren't even wining and dining you first!
 
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i agree with @Ryuzaki - knownhost is the place to be and pair with with maxcdn, you have a rock solid hosting platform. i use their ssd-2 package w/ maxcdn and pushing large traffic numbers without missing a beat.
 
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Thanks for the input, gents! @Prentzz @Ryuzaki @red_devil010

Looking at what the other hosting companies are offering, I'm certainly paying much more than I should.

Went with Traffic Planet Hosting (TPH) as they were recommended by a lot of people in terms of their speed but wasn't aware of the bandwidth my site had and didn't foresee it being a problem with TPH. I had just upgraded to them from Bluehost shared hosting actually, so bandwidth wasn't much of an issue ("unlimited") then but speed definitely was.

I am looking at Knownhost's Managed VPS now. Hoping they can do the site migration as easy and seamless as possible.
 
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if you have wordpress, its as simple as installation duplicator and moving 2 files over and browsing to the installer. good luck!
 
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Whey overprized You can have it hosted without limits for about $4-12 if you want to.
I can't remember prices for vps and dedicated hosting but I can check it and post back
 
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Just to update, went ahead with Knownhost's VPS-2 as suggested. Got a 15% lifetime discount too (HOLIDAYS2015). Now I'm scratching my head with migrating the site, support is helping me with it but it seems much more complicated than when I migrated to TPH. They only needed access to cPanel and my Wordpress login details with TPH.

Doesn't seem as straightforward with Knownhost though, not too versed in the database/cpanel back end. Maybe it's not them, just me. Heh..
 

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Just to update, went ahead with Knownhost's VPS-2 as suggested. Got a 15% lifetime discount too (HOLIDAYS2015). Now I'm scratching my head with migrating the site, support is helping me with it but it seems much more complicated than when I migrated to TPH. They only needed access to cPanel and my Wordpress login details with TPH.

Doesn't seem as straightforward with Knownhost though, not too versed in the database/cpanel back end. Maybe it's not them, just me. Heh..
Use BackupBuddy plugin. Export the site on the current host. Set up a blank wordpress install on new host. Install backupbuddy. Import site files. Done.
 

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Use BackupBuddy plugin. Export the site on the current host. Set up a blank wordpress install on new host. Install backupbuddy. Import site files. Done.
This is how I do it now as well. Some hosts make it difficult, but Knownhost does not. If you use BackupBuddy, follow the procedure stackcash described above and you're good to go.

If you don't, you can go to your cPanel on your current host, export your database in PHPMyAdmin, zip and download the wp-content folder in File Manager, and then install a blank wordpress on your new server. Then just upload and unzip the wp-content folder into your new install, and import your old database into the new "blank" one. Done.
 

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This is how I do it now as well. Some hosts make it difficult, but Knownhost does not. If you use BackupBuddy, follow the procedure stackcash described above and you're good to go.

If you don't, you can go to your cPanel on your current host, export your database in PHPMyAdmin, zip and download the wp-content folder in File Manager, and then install a blank wordpress on your new server. Then just upload and unzip the wp-content folder into your new install, and import your old database into the new "blank" one. Done.
Yeah, this is how I used to do it...but I would run into issues from time to time. Usually because of stupid mistake on my part. BB cuts out all the variables so I can continue to be lazy.