What is Bandwidth and Data Transfer?
Simply put, bandwidth and data transfer are synonomous,
referring to the amount of data sent to and from visitors and
your website. It is calculated by the size of your web page and
includes all scripting and images on a page. For example, if you
have a page totalling 20KB in file size, then when a visitor
loads that page on their browser, they are receiving 20KB of
This means to calculate bandwidth, you need to consider a) the
size of your pages (or website) b) the number of visitors to
your website c) the kind of files you offer your visitors.
Most personal websites have only a small amount of data
transfer, as their websites are small in file size and they do
not have a lot of visitors. Business and professional sites are
larger with more visitors and therefore use more data transfer.
Breal's entire site is under 2 MB in file size. Some sites may
be significantly larger, especially if they offer many graphics,
audio, video or download files.
Using Breal as an example, if 1,000 visitors viewed every page
on the site, the total data transfer would be 2 GB (1,000 x 2 MB
= 2,000 MB) or a single 10 KB file could be viewed 200,000 times
and the data transfer would be 2 GB. Most professional level
websites will use less than 2 GB bandwidth per month.
Why do some companies charge for bandwidth and data transfer,
while others claim you can have unlimited bandwith and data
Strangely enough, free on the Internet often means fee. Look
closely at many of the unlimited offers and you will discover
that there is a limit to bandwidth. You may need to contact the
company and ask them to define what they mean by 'unlimited'.
About The Author|
Breal provides cost effective web site design and hosting with a full 30 day money back guarantee. Web hosting even comes with six months free hosting on yearly accounts. To find out more visit http://www.brealweb.com.
Dreamhost offers high-quality, low cost web hosting with a dedication to free speech.
· unlimited web space
· 50 gigs personal file space
· unlimited bandwidth
· unlimited email boxes (POP3/IMAP)
· unlimited ftp/shell accounts
· unlimited domains/subdomains
· php5, cgi, python, fastcgi, ssi
· zend optimizer, ruby on rails
· unlimited MySQL 5 databases
· announcement lists
· discussion (aka mailing) lists
· Jabber server, Custom DNS
· Crontab and Shell access
· Web-based Control Panel
· One-Click installs of the Wordpress blog & others
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