Understanding Bandwidth/Traffic And How Much You Need

Understanding Bandwidth/Traffic And How Much You Need

One of the more difficult technology issues to wrap your head around when planning a website and choosing a web hosting service is bandwidth: What is it? How much do you need? Even if you have owned several websites in the past, when it comes to understanding bandwidth offers from hosting companies, it is easy to become overwhelmed. You will get to understand everything on this page.

  1. You need to find the right bandwidth option for your needs.
  2. Failure to do so will result in an underperforming website, additional charges, or both.

What is Bandwidth?

In its most basic definition, bandwidth describes the level of traffic and data allowed to travel and transfer between your site, users, and the Internet. Each web hosting company will offer a particular level of bandwidth with limit, unlike GCThost.com, we offer unlimited. This is often a good indication of which hosting companies have the best of three essential components: Networks, connections and systems.

Usually, the more bandwidth a web host can provide, the faster and the better these three factors will be.

Bandwidth and the Relationship With Web Traffic

Bandwidth is like a number of tables in a restaurant, and the web traffic is the diners. The more tables in the restaurant, the more patrons can dine there at a time.

Assuring Site Performance Under High Traffic Conditions

Translate this back to the Internet: The higher your bandwidth, the more people can visit your site at the same time and fully enjoy the peak experience you created for them. Remember, however, that it takes a very special restaurant with skilled employees to manage operations when the venue is full to capacity. How your site operates under the stress of high traffic will be crucial to your success. What is the use of limited bandwidth that might not let your site cope as it grows? You might be able to facilitate 400 visitors a day. What would happen if they all turned up at once?

Understanding traffic patterns is an important consideration when choosing a bandwidth option. Taking the time now to conduct detailed research into your likely visitor demographics will result in a fact-based approach to determining your bandwidth needs. The most likely outcome? You will decide to pay for more bandwidth to assure consistency in your website performance throughout the day for all visitors.

Considering Bandwidth and Web Design

Do not fall prey to the common misconception that downloading data is only associated with popular entertainment sites such as YouTube or iTunes. Almost every action a person takes online involves downloading some amount of data. The bigger and more complicated your web design, the more bandwidth will be used up whenever someone visits your site, even if they dont get past your homepage. Thankfully, GCThost modern web design trends are moving toward simplistic, minimalist designs. This means your own site can present a professionally designed, contemporary look without appearing to be a budget compromise.

We would be happy to speak with you about the impact of your website design on bandwidth needs. Contact us for a free consultation.

The Big Question: How Much Bandwidth Do You Need?

The answer to this question depends on a variety of factors. Fortunately, we have a formula you can apply that will sort out these factors and help you nail down how much bandwidth you really need to support the traffic on your site. In most occation, this calculation might seem complicated, this is why we offer unlimited bandwidth on all our plans, so you have nothing to worry about

The Bandwidth Formula

As long as you do not offer file downloads from your website, the following formula will tell you how much bandwidth you need:

Daily visitors x Daily page views x Average page size x 31 x Tolerance number

The formula gets a little more complicated if your website does contain downloadable content, but is still a reasonably straightforward equation. If your school math is rusty, remember that you have to solve the formulas in the brackets first!

(Daily visitors x Daily page views x Average page size) + (Daily file downloads x Average file size) x 31 x Tolerance number


It’s highly recommended choosing unlimited web hosting as the number of your website visitors will keep growing everyday. Not only human visit your website but Googlebot, Yahoo Slurp, MSNbot and similar spiders, bots, and crawlers programs that harvest information for search engines. When you are on limited hosting, there are chances of seen “bandwidth limit exceeded” on your website when you have a huge flop of traffics on your site at a time.

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