What is Bandwidth in Web Hosting?

Website Development Estimated Reading Time 3 mins
Updated November 25, 2023Published September 05, 2016
Author: Visibee

You might have heard of the term ‘bandwidth’ but do not really comprehend what it is and how it works. Well, to better understand the term, you have to recall how the Internet works.

The Internet is a system of interconnecting computer networks comprising millions of users. Its network is linked through wires and optical networking cables. This bunch of wires that connect servers to the network is called bandwidth.

Moreover, bandwidth is the sum of the amount of data your site can transfer in bits or seconds. Bandwidth controls the speed of downloading a video or any file from one website to another. It also determines the loading speed of the website.

Bandwidth is essential in building a website and in choosing a web hosting service. In this era of technology, people want everything fast. For this reason, web owners need to have higher bandwidth speeds to cater to the needs of the visitors. If you are the owner of the website, you wouldn’t want to keep your audience waiting due to your crawling connection. Also, consider the possibility that your website may be visited by many visitors at the same time. So, you need to have a faster speed.

Some web hosting companies offer hosting packages with limited amount of bandwidth while others have enough servers that offer unlimited bandwidth. It’s up to you to choose. But, if you want to secure the speed of your webpage, then, go for the unlimited bandwidth. It will spare you from spending too much time and money in the near future.


So, how do you calculate the sum of bandwidth? For instance, if your webpage is 10k in file size and you have 1,000 visitors per month, then your bandwidth limit will be 10 MB. As just mentioned, there are web hosting companies that offer limited and unlimited amounts of bandwidth. To set the record straight, the amount of bandwidth in your site will depend on the type of web hosting plan you choose.

Now, here’s a tip. Before choosing a web hosting plan, you have to know how much amount of bandwidth the hosting company will provide you. Make sure the bandwidth they offer you is enough for your website.

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