Bandwidth is the amount of data transfer that you are allowed
to have for a hosting package i.e. Let's say you have a web
page that is 48KB in size, now each time a user opens your
site and goes to that page S/he downloads 48 KB of information
on to their computer. If a 100 users view that page one time
each then there has been a total of 4800 KB of data transferred
from the server on which your files are stored for the computer
Size of web Page: 48 KB
Number of users who viewed the web page: 100
Total amount of data transferred: 48KB * 100 = 4800 KB
Bandwidth is the term that is used to denote the amount of
data that has been transferred from your web space.
The amount of bandwidth that you require while choosing a
host depends on two factors:
> The size of your site.
> The popularity of your site.
If your site is not very huge and you do not have any audio/video
downloads and it's not very popular i.e. not a lot of people
visit your site then you do not really require a lot of bandwidth,
on a average a web site uses up only 500 MB of bandwidth per
month. Or if your site is small but extremely popular then
you might have to go for a web hosting package that offers
On the other hand if your web site is huge, providing audio/video
downloads, as well as being very popular then you would certainly
require a huge amount of bandwidth. Let's say you have a video
file that is 150 MB in size and in a single day a 100 visitors
download the file. This means that 15 GB of bandwidth will
have been used. If you multiply that by 30 days for the month
it comes to 450 GB.
The unlimited bandwidth controversy
For some time now a lot of hosting companies are supposedly
providing "unlimited bandwidth" for their web hosting packages.
It's absolutely true, you can have unlimited bandwidth. However,
you will need an unlimited amount of money by your side! Jokes
apart, if you ever come across such a host it would be best
to turn around and run back the way you came from.
Just think, if you can get unlimited bandwidth for $25-30
a month then why aren't big companies like Sun, Microsoft
etc. not hosted there? In fact, why isn't everyone hosted
there? For that matter, if unlimited is a standard feature
then why don't all the hosts offer it? Is it because it is
expensive and requires better hardware? No, it's because some
hosts are honest and don't give in to such gimmicks.
Statistically speaking, a T1 Internet connection (huge broadband)
equals approximately 500GB per month and costs around $1200
per month. So how can it be possible to get the same or unlimited
for $30 a month?
There are a lot of ways you can be duped by these ' unlimited'
hosts; here are just a few of them:
The secret of 'unlimited' is actually buried in the Terms
of Service by the host. Do not be surprised to find that unlimited
= 15 GB.
The host may restrict the sort of files that you can host
on their server. Generally image galleries and audio/video
files attract a lot more downloads thereby resulting in higher
bandwidth consumption. So if there are no files of this type,
your site won't really require a lot of bandwidth.
Some newly opened hosts use it as a scam. They take your money
and after a few months when their server starts to become
slow or reaches its limit, they runů with your money!
Some hosts outline in their Terms of Service that you can
have unlimited bandwidth as long as you qualify for it. i.e.
Your site must use less then, let's say 2 GB of bandwidth
in order to qualify for the unlimited bandwidth feature. As
soon as your site goes over that limit they either start charging
you for it or cut off your downloads altogether.
In life it's a universal truth that you always get what you
pay for, and it's no different for web hosting.
If a host is using a cheap advertising gimmick like 'unlimited'
bandwidth they maybe lying about a few other things too. Their
'dedicated' support team could be a single person (the hoster
itself in most cases) sitting in front of a computer and taking
Do you really want unlimited bandwidth hosting from hosts
that have very limited resources at their disposal? Or, do
you want to go for a host that has spent thousands of dollars
on setting up a good network infrastructure, servers, and
a highly qualified and dedicated support team? The choice
ultimately is yours and yours alone.
About the author:
Ashish Jain M6.Net Web Helpers http://www.m6.net