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Do you know what is bandwidth in web hosting and how much bandwidth does your website need?

If you are a newbie blogger, then you must be aware about all the web hosting terms & definitions to understand your hosting need.

How much bandwidth do I need for my website – this is the question of many starter bloggers. Because this is the most important factor while choosing the best hosting provider for your blog/ website. So, in this article, we will discuss about the definition of bandwidth and the bandwidth requirements for a website.

How Much Bandwidth does your Website Need

What is Bandwidth in Web Hosting?

When you host your website on any server, your website is usually stored in their server’s database, word to word and images and all other files, that is your complete website is stored there. You can even access it offline if you have access to the server manually.

So, whenever someone visits your site or you yourself visit your site or your content management system, then each and every word that is displayed to you is downloaded from your server and projected to you, the same way when you create new content or upload a media to your site, then it’s uploaded to your server.

When this process takes place, the amount of data transferred from your end to the server’s end or the vice versa, is calculated and is denoted as Bandwidth. It’s the amount of data transferred from you or any user of your site and your server.

How much bandwidth does your website need?

Everything about bandwidth depends on the type and amount of the content of your site and the number of visitors you get. For example, you have a web page in your site which is 200 kilo byte and you had 10 visitors to that page, then the bandwidth consumed by them is 200 times of 10, which is equal 2000 kilobytes.

Now, how much bandwidth does a website use? Minimum bandwidth for a website depends on few factors like your average page views, visitors etc. If you are building a new site, it may not be possible for you to calculate the actual bandwidth need for your site. So you must keep a track of your site usage for next few weeks to understand the exact requirements of your website.

Usually, all web host providers quote bandwidth in some gigabytes per month. Assume that your website has 100 pages where each page is 20 kilo bytes and you have 100 visitors per day. Now for example, if your web hosting company provides you 60 megabytes of bandwidth, then you may have a problem, if your visitor count increases.

Bandwidth may be affected indirectly also, such as changing your site layout can increase your page size and lead you to trouble or may decrease the page size and favor you. If your traffic increases suddenly then also you might have a problem. If you have an event blog or something similar which will have a sudden increase of traffic on a particular day, then all your bandwidth may be consumed on that day itself!

How to calculate bandwidth requirements for website?

You will find many bandwidth calculator tools. However, there is actually a small formula, which you can use to calculate the bandwidth.

Bandwidth required = Average Page Views x Average Page Size x Average Visitors x Safety Factor.

This will work out to some extent to calculate your bandwidth with which you can operate your website without any hitches.

I hope you are now clear about the typical website bandwidth usage and will be able to choose the best web host as per your need. Please feel free to share your first experience of understanding the bandwidth need for your website.

What is Bandwidth | How Much Bandwidth does your Website Need?
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  • Hey Manidipa,

    Websites are generally categorized as huge, medium and small websites. Huge websites categorically has large amount of content on it and attract enormous traffic wherein small websites have lesser amount of data mostly in terms of text and has less pages. The traffic for the slow websites can be slighter. Based on the size of your website and a foresight of how many visitors will be visiting to our website, we can arrive at the bandwidth limit.

    Website bandwidth is miscalculated resulting in a misinterpreting the web hosting plan resulting in either having too much bandwidth or too less of it to cope up with the actual traffic of the website.

    If we are considering an unlimited plan, dig carefully to learn the allowed bandwidth that they will accommodate in that plan. You know many hosting providers not share their exact threshold upfront you may have to dig and, even then, some will not quantify it for you. I always believe that transparency is important in business so if you can’t learn the allowed bandwidth included in the unlimited plan, you may want to raise a red flag. Thanks for your great support with the help of this informative post.

    With best regards,

    Amar kumar

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    • Hi Amar,

      You are very right in saying that. Calculating the exact bandwidth need is one of the most important factor in choosing the right web hosting plan. Thank you so much for adding value to this article and making it more useful. Have a great day, everyday 🙂

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  • Hello Manidipa,

    Very nice information about Bandwidth. I really liked the post as it clarifies the details about bandwidth which I don’t see everyone writing about.

    Enjoy the weekends!
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    • Hey Atish,

      Glad to read that you found the post useful. In my starting days, I have faced challenges while understanding these basic concepts. Hope the newbies will be benefited from this article series. Thank you for taking time to share your comment.

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  • Hello Manidipa,

    This is completely a new post for me on this subject and I loved the way you explained it. Happy to learn something about bandwidth a little further from this post. Thanks for sharing the post and have a great day!
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