Web Hosting Bandwidth Explained
Are you looking to start your own website but are confused
over the issue of web hosting bandwidth? Fear not, you dont need the mind of Al Gore
to understand the Internet. Lets break down what bandwidth means and how much you
Bandwidth refers to the amount of traffic between your
website and the rest of the Internet that your provider allows. Obviously, if things were
so simple there would be no restrictions on bandwidth. However, your provider will only be
able to offer you as much bandwidth as allowed by their own network connections. The
Internet is not a godlike being with unlimited omniscience. Rather, it refers to the
connection of millions of individual computers that are connected by networks. These
individual connections may be large or small, depending on each users equipment.
However large or small your providers connections are will ultimately determine how
much bandwidth is available to the user for his or her future Web project. The provider
must have enough bandwidth to serve your needs while also serving the rest of their
Some Internet experts have compared bandwidth to
"highways" for cars and trucks. Bandwidth could be thought of as the number of
lanes on the highway. Its not the same thing as the total traffic (which would be
the cars) but is directly related to the flow of traffic. The total number of highways
would determine the flow of traffic, either how slow your commute was yesterday morning or
how quickly you traveled. In like manner, you could consider traffic to be the number of
bits that will be transferred on the network connections. The speed of ones
searching or downloading will be directly affected by how many other people are likewise
using those connections.
Understanding the basics of bandwidth still doesnt
help you determine what you need for your business. So what is the answer? How much
bandwidth do you need? There is no definite answer, sorry folks. The truth of the matter
is that how much bandwidth you need is tied in with your business vision, how successful
your launch will be, and other important marketing factors. The more money you are willing
to pay your host provider, the more bandwidth you will have. That means you can
accommodate more customers.
If you over-guess the bandwidth you need, you will be
paying top dollar for empty lanes on a deserted highway. If you under-guess, then you will
be stuck with two small lanes for a whole citys worth of morning traffic! Just know
that most people over-guess rather than under-guess. Phenomenal openings that test the
bandwidth of an emerging company are rare. Most small businesses, even ones with moderate
traffic, will probably not use more than 1GB of bandwidth, unless of course they have tons
of video content or audio downloads.
Remember that if you go over your bandwidth limits, your
hosting company will probably charge you extra or block the site completely. You can see
how in this case careful research will pay off.
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