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Hi,

Let's say I have a friend who has a website, and got the cheapest web hosting place (5.99 a month). What happens if the website becomes really popular one day and you start getting like 100,000,0 hits. Does the hosting company automatically increase your bandwidth, then charge you crazy amounts for it? Not quite sure how this works,

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DJ, you're having fun today!
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this is a serious question!
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Did I say your question(s) weren't serious?
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I could have sworn you did, did you edit the response!
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Would i do that to you?
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I think I'm freaking out,
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Different web hosts generally have different policies concerning sudden surges of traffic. You should check your TOS to see how this is handled, or call/e-mail the company and ask them directly.

If you're looking for a template as to what type of policy you should create in such circumstances if you are the service provider, you need to decide whether you
a) have a server capable of sudden surges of traffic
b) want to put the burden of cost of such extreme surges on yourself or your customer. You could also cap the monthly (weekly, annual, etc.) maximum bandwidth your hosting service provides. You could even have a tiered price system that allows higher caps for customers paying higher prices. This kind of set up is not at all unusual for web hosting companies. Just keep in mind that people will generally shop around and will pay attention to the provided services as well as price point.
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