Hope this is the right forum area to ask about hosting related issues. Bunch of stuff going on through my head, trying to decide where to make my website home.
I have already registered my site with godaddy.com and it's currently parked there. At the time, I just need to get my website name registered and they seemed like a good place to do it. Plus, I was considering that godaddy.com might be a good place to settle down. They're well advertised and I had heard good things. Well, until recently - through web hosting review posting, I have seen that godaddy.com has a bit of a bad rep as well.
Anyways, back on topic... BANDWIDTH... How much do I really need? Well, for starters my website ambitions are pretty high. I am essentially creating an online community that will revolve around several tv/vidcast shows that I am going to produce. People will come to my site to watch various original video content and be able to interact in forums and such. Add to that, blogs from me and my partners, and anything else we come up with for ideas. So the blinding question for you is, how quickly will I go through my bandwidth. How much should I prepare to have available?
Another question... HD STORAGE... If I am doing a (possibly several) video shows, their typical size for a 320x240 quicktime that looks decent and has a rough running time of 40 minutes (+/- whatever) somewhere around 200 mb. Now you have to assume that eventually I'm going to create an archive of shows that are available on the server to the users to go back to watch. So I'm automatically probably needing a lot of disk space for all these movies. Am I right? Or is there a better way (more efficient) to archiving big items and still having them readily available to your users?
Last question... PROVIDER... Who to go with for such a business venture? Ah, the question no one has the perfect answer for I bet? There seems to be 2 different kinds of hosting providers out there. 1) Cheap with lots of HD space and Bandwidth and 2) Expensive with small HD space and lower Bandwidth. Not really any combination of the two, which is weird. So what would you recommend? So far, one person who runs an awesome site with a large forum community has recommended their provider, DreamHost. What do you think?
So I hope you can answer my questions. It certainly will be greatly appreciated.