Actually, the data transfer limit on a free account is what you
quoted: about 4.2 MB per hour.
Yahoo! advertises the limit as 3 GB for free sites (see
, and yes,
3 GB divided by the number of hours in a month is how they got the 4.2
MB), but this is misleading because it's almost impossible to achieve
it, since they enforce that hourly limit. In order to get close to 3
GB, your site would have to exceed its hourly limit every hour of
every day for the entire month, and that is very unlikely to occur.
In practice the monthly limit for a free GeoCities site is probably
between 1.5 and 2 GB, and even that would probably involve a lot of
turmoil, with the site being shut down several times a day.
A big problem, in my opinion, with the way Yahoo! handles the data
transfer limit is that instead of encouraging users to optimize their
files, their images and music and such, and telling them how to do
that, what tools are recommended, what principles to keep in mind,
what to watch out for, etc., they just show you how you can spend lots
of money by either upgrading to a more expensive account or buying
more bandwidth or both. Any such expense is almost always a waste.
Here in the group, we have tried to explain the cost-effective ways to
deal with the problem, which will generally also help improve the
appearance and performance of the site for all its visitors.
Ron in Phoenix
--- In email@example.com
, "Mike Scott"
> What is the monthly data transfer on a free account? Geo Plus is
> and Geo Pro is 100GB, but they don't say what it is for a free site,
> except to say it's 4MB per hour. Do you just times that by the
> of hrs in a month?