What is Bandwidth on a Website?

Summary of “What is Bandwidth on a Website?”

Many people who are new to website creating and hosting, do not know what bandwidth is. So, what is bandwidth on a website?

Bandwidth is the amount of data that is transferred over a period of one month.
If a person has a web page that has 1 MB of content on it, each viewer, will use up 1 MB of transfer or bandwidth when they go to that page.  In other words, 10 people will use 10 MB if each person views that page once.  Depending on the activity and popularity of the site, the website owner will need to have enough bandwidth to maintain the viewers.  If bandwidth has exceeded, the website will either have a slower load rate or can be shut down.

The Myth of Unlimited Bandwidth
Paul Steinbrueck from OurChurch.Com says that unlimited bandwidth is not necessarily true due to the fact that you can have too many pictures or videos on your page and it will use up more bandwidth than what they are really going to allow.  Their servers have limits and so does your site, they just aren’t telling you what those limits are.

Better to be Up-Front About It
Due to this fact, OurChurch.Com displays the amount of bandwidth included with all hosting packages so our clients can be sure of how much they will need and how much they can expand if their site traffic is steadily growing so that they don’t exceed their bandwidth.

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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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