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If the Internet is a highway, then bandwidth is the motor in our cars. Without it, we’re not going anywhere.

It’s also an important thing to consider when creating your own website. How much bandwidth do you need? How can you choose a web hosting plan that gives you enough? It isn’t as complicated as it sounds – it all comes down to site design and knowing the numbers. Let’s take a look at bandwidth in general and how it affects you.

How Much Bandwidth Do I Need?

Your bandwidth needs will depend on several factors, including the size of your site and the amount of traffic – visitors – you expect to have. Before making a decision, consider the following questions:

How big is your site?
Do you have a lot of videos or graphics that will require more than the average amount of bandwidth?
How long does the average person remain on your site?
How many page views do you anticipate daily?

A few arithmetic problems can help give you a general idea of your bandwidth requirements. Simply take the size of your site (in KB) and multiply it with your number of daily visitors and daily page views (more on that below). Then multiply that whole number by 31, since bandwidth is measured by the month, and your result will be in GB.

Size x daily visitors x daily page views x 31

For example, if your site is 20kb and you have 2000 visitors a day with an average of 10 page views, your math will look like this:

20 x 2000 x 10 x 31

And your bandwidth requirements are 1.24GB per month, best rounded up to 1.5GB – just in case!

Remember, it’s better to have excess bandwidth than not enough. The last thing you want is to drive away new friends/customers/readers just because you didn’t have enough bandwidth to cover your traffic.

What’s The Difference Between Visitors and Page Views?

Just because your site is, say, 20 pages in total, doesn’t mean the average visitor will browse all 20. Consider your website like a menu – people are only there for what they’re interested in and they’ll ignore the rest. This is actually a good thing for your bandwidth.

How Much Will It Cost?

Bandwidth costs vary to the extent that it’s no use trying to give an estimate. It all depends on your web host, your service provider, your country, etc.

If you’ve already designed your site:
Do some research on popular hosts and see what the going rate is for your area, then tweak your site as necessary to stay under the limit you’ve chosen.

If you haven’t designed your site:
Decide on the best monthly plan for your budget, then create your site to fit.

If you’re looking for a few ways to keep your overhead low, consider downsizing your site, eliminating unnecessary graphics or videos, replacing pictures with text, etc. You can also outsource a lot of your content – for example, hosting your images on a free photo site and simply linking back to them instead of hosting them yourself.

What Is Data Transfer?

When a web hosting provider mentions data transfer, it simply means the rate at which bandwidth is measured. Remember the car analogy? Your data transfer rate is the speedometer while your bandwidth is running.

Data transfer is calculated by the amount of date coming in and out of your site. For example, if a visitor comes to your site and uses 2MB of your bandwidth while browsing, that’s 2MB of data transferred. If 10 visitors use the same amount, it’s 20MB.

How Do I Choose A Web Host?

Again, this is something entirely dependent on personal factors like taste and budget. The best thing is do is simply research. Make a list of web hosting providers you like and cross-reference those with ones you can afford. Remember – bandwidth is everything!

If the internet is a highway, then
bandwidth is the motor in our cars. Without it, we’re not going
anywhere.

It’s also an important thing to consider when
creating your own website. How much bandwidth do you need? How can
you choose a web hosting
plan that gives you enough? It isn’t as complicated as it sounds – it
all comes down to site design and knowing the numbers. Let’s take a
look at bandwidth in general and how it affects you.

How Much Bandwidth Do I
Need?

Your bandwidth needs will depend on several factors,
including the size of your site and the amount of traffic – visitors
– you expect to have. Before making a decision, consider the
following questions:

How big is your site?
Do you have a
lot of videos or graphics that will require more than the average
amount of bandwidth?
How long does the average person remain on
your site?
How many page views do you anticipate daily?

A
few arithmetic problems can help give you a general idea of your
bandwidth requirements. Simply take the size of your site (in KB) and
multiply it with your number of daily visitors and daily page views
(more on that below). Then multiply that whole number by 31, since
bandwidth is measured by the month, and your result will be in
GB.

Size x daily visitors x daily page views x 31

For
example, if your site is 20kb and you have 2000 visitors a day with
an average of 10 page views, your math will look like this:

20
x 2000 x 10 x 31

And your bandwidth requirements are 1.24GB
per month, best rounded up to 1.5GB – just in case!

Remember,
it’s better to have excess bandwidth than not enough. The last thing
you want is to drive away new friends/customers/readers just because
you didn’t have enough bandwidth to cover your traffic.

What’s
The Difference Between Visitors and Page Views?

Just because
your site is, say, 20 pages in total, doesn’t mean the average
visitor will browse all 20. Consider your website like a menu –
people are only there for what they’re interested in and they’ll
ignore the rest. This is actually a good thing for your
bandwidth.

How Much Will It Cost?

Bandwidth
costs vary to the extent that it’s no use trying to give an estimate.
It all depends on your web host, your service provider, your country,
etc.

If you’ve already designed your site:
Do some
research on popular hosts and see what the going rate is for your
area, then tweak your site as necessary to stay under the limit
you’ve chosen.

If you haven’t designed your site:
Decide
on the best monthly plan for your budget, then create your site to
fit.

If you’re looking for a few ways to keep your overhead
low, consider downsizing your site, eliminating unnecessary graphics
or videos, replacing pictures with text, etc. You can also outsource
a lot of your content – for example, hosting your images on a free
photo site and simply linking back to them instead of hosting them
yourself.

What Is Data Transfer?

When a web
hosting provider
mentions data transfer, it simply means the rate at which bandwidth
is measured. Remember the car analogy? Your data transfer rate is the
speedometer while your bandwidth is running. Data transfer is calculated by the amount of date coming in and out of your site. For example, if a visitor comes to your site and uses 2MB of your bandwidth while browsing, that’s 2MB of data transferred. If 10 visitors use the same amount, it’s 20MB.

How Do I Choose A Web Host?

Again, this is something entirely dependent on personal factors like taste and budget. The best thing is do is simply research. Make a list of web hosting providers you like and cross-reference those with ones you can afford. Remember – bandwidth is everything!