Bandwidth and You

As you evaluate potential web hosting services, you will undoubtedly run across the term “bandwidth.” It is important to know your web host’s bandwidth offering and as equally important to know the bandwidth your website will require.

Bandwidth refers to the amount of data the website visitor can download from a website. This is determined by the total amount of data required to show your web page to a visitor including the images – don’t forget them; they count, too!  Then multiple that number by the average number of visitors to your site in a month.

This will give you the number of bytes (usually shown in kilobytes -  KB) required to display the information to your visitor.  Divide that number by 1024 to determine the number of megabytes (MB).  Divide your answer by 1024 again to arrive at the number of gigabytes (GB).

If your website goes over its monthly bandwidth limit, you will need to buy more. Careful pre-planning will eliminate getting into this sticky situation. Do not choose a web hosting company that offers too little bandwidth. Bandwidth offered by 10 of the top ranked web hosts range from 2 GB to 6,000 GB. One GB (or gigabyte) equals 1,024 megabytes.

Beware of the sites offering unlimited bandwidth and another common commodity – disk space!  They will tell you unlimited but they will cover this by small print in their terms of service agreement.  By telling you there will be an unspecified charge if your website starts using more than 2% of the server’s resources.

So what sounds great just may not be what you end up paying!  With ViralHost affordable web hosting packages tailored to all budgets, you will be able to find the amount of bandwidth you need at an affordable price!

All our packages have the disk space and bandwidth specified – you know what you will pay!  Plus most packages offer free sequential autoresponders and traffic exchange upgrades at no additional charge.  Live website training and you earn commissions from sales, too!

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