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Hi, I am planning on launching a site where users can come test exams online.  I don't know how many users will be accessing the site at one time, but I want to make a smooth experience for the user. I was wondering how to judge the speed or bandwidth of different servers and make sure I get the fastest possible server for my money.  Any tips?

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You're planning on launching a site. That's great, but we have to know is it a business site (meant to generate revenue somehow) or is it a hobby site just for fun? The answer defines the differences in terms of what you may need.

Since we don't know how many visitors will access the site (and we have to know how similar such sites generate revenue if that is important to you, how they promote their online business best, how they advertise, and what their SEO is as it relates to what they offer), the easiest way to proceed is simply get professional hosting through GoDaddy, (which is the largest hosting provider on Earth) and simply ask them for greater bandwidth support when or if you come to the point that you need increased bandwidth. Right now, worrying about bandwidth is putting the cart in front of the horse.

If you're thinking of having some kind of online educational site, keep in mind that the market for such sites right now is huge, with sites such as Udemy.com, and literally thousands of other exam and educational sites seeking more of the consumer market.

Good luck!

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David Somerfleck

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I've been developing professional-level websites for small-to-medium businesses since (at least) 1998. I can answer any questions related to WordPress, website development, training, eCommerce, set up, marketing, social media integration, business management, and small business development as it pertains to integrating internet marketing, and Search Engine Optimization.

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I have 10 years' experience developing websites for small to medium sized businesses, have successfully started two profitable businesses on my own, and have been training people from all walks of life in web design, SEO, and WordPress since 2010. I have a BA in English, and also have worked as a professional journalist, copywriter, editor, and educator.

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Aurora Chamber of Commerce Colorado Technology Association The Internet Society Freelancers Union International Webmasters Association Denver Better Business Bureau Colorado Small Business Development Center Network Denver Metro Volunteers SCORE Denver Foothills United Way Denver IT Alliance former member Society of Professional Journalists Investigative Reporters and Editors American Federation of Teachers

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Gulfshore Business magazine Naples Daily News Cape Coral Daily Breeze Fort Myers Neighbor newspaper

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BA, English 10 years' experience in web design 10 years' experience in educational program management and teaching Training people in WordPress, web design, and SEO best practices since 2010

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Published in over 50 periodicals

Past/Present Clients
AOL Caribou Coffee Ruby Moon Investigations Even Flow Coffee small to medium businesses and startups across the US

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