Web Hosting FAQs: What is bandwidth? Unlimited Bandwidth?

What is unlimited bandwidthHi I’m Paul Steinbrueck of OurChurch.com. In this series of videos I am answering common web hosting questions. One of the common questions that we get here at ourchurch.com is what is bandwidth? Along with that do you offer unlimited bandwidth with your web hosting service? Well let’s tackle both of those at the same time.

First of all what is bandwidth?

Well bandwidth is the amount of data that is transferred usually over the course of the month. So let’s just say for example you have a web page that is 1MB with all of its images and so forth on it. Well if 50 people view that webpage in the course of the month then that is 50MB of data transfer that’s been used for that one page. So that’s what bandwidth is.

Unlimited bandwidth

Now many web hosting companies these days they are promising unlimited bandwidth with their web hosting services. The fact of the matter is that’s just not true. If YouTube came to them and said, “Hey we want an account with you for five bucks a month; we want unlimited transfer of all of our videos.” They’re obviously not going to be able to do that.

So what they do is they are just basically not telling you what the limit is. At some point if you use too much bandwidth they’re either going to slow down your connection or they’re going to cut you off and discontinue your account.

Now at OurChurch.com we tell you exactly how much bandwidth you get with each of our hosting packages. So if your site get’s really busy and you’re really successful and you need more bandwidth you can just upgrade to another package. So that is what bandwidth and why we don’t offer unlimited bandwidth.

We hope that if you’re considering web hosting services for your Christian church school, ministry or business you’ll consider OurChurch.com. Thank you very much.

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Paul Steinbrueck is co-founder and CEO of OurChurch.Com, elder of CypressMeadows.org, husband, father of 3, blogger. You can follow him on Twitter at @PaulSteinbrueck and add him to your circles at Google+ as .

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