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  Post #1 (permalink)   04-28-2014, 07:44 PM
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One of the most common concerns people have when deciding to host a web site is figuring out how much bandwidth they’ll need.

If you get too little bandwidth you might be hit with overage fees or have your web site shut off altogether. Get too much and you’re paying for bandwidth that you don’t really need. So how do you know how much bandwidth to get when selecting a plan?

Easy. A simple multiplication formula which uses size of your website, number of pages your website has and number of visitors your expect for your website in a day will derive the monthly bandwidth required for the website.

So for example: You have 4 pages on your site and your page size is around 40KB. Suppose you expect about 60 visitors a day with each visitor viewing each page; the bandwidth of your website per day should be:

40KB x 60 visitors x 4 pages=9600 KB
 
 
 
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So for example: You have 4 pages on your site and your page size is around 40KB. Suppose you expect about 60 visitors a day with each visitor viewing each page; the bandwidth of your website per day should be:

40KB x 60 visitors x 4 pages=9600 KB
Nice example. That would be about 0.28 GB a month. Not very much!

I would like to add that your site can be 100 pages and the bw would be the same if there is an average of 4 page views per day.

This is why I don't bother limiting bw in a multi-tiered quota-based arrangement. 99.5% of all sites suitable for a shared hosting environment will fall well within reasonable values. And when you consider that the web pages in today's modern web sites are generated on the fly by scripts there is really no need to limit disk space either.

So your question:" How do you know how much bandwidth to get when selecting a plan "does not have to be asked in a so-called unlimited plan
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Nice example, but I suggest also a second simple formula to add downloadable file weight (for example a free ebook).

[40KB x 60 visitors x 4 pages] + [10 files downloaded per day * 750 KB (average file size)]

This add 7.5 MB everyday, so it's about 232 MB more every month...
 
 
 
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One of the most common concerns people have when deciding to host a web site is figuring out how much bandwidth they’ll need.

So for example: You have 4 pages on your site and your page size is around 40KB. Suppose you expect about 60 visitors a day with each visitor viewing each page; the bandwidth of your website per day should be:

40KB x 60 visitors x 4 pages=9600 KB

Which gives 9600x30= 28000 Kbit a month approximately. Even the cheapest hosting solutions offer many times more usually, I fully agree to Collabora on this one.
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Remember the term 'bandwidth' and 'traffic' have totally different meanings when used in correct term.

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Remember the term 'bandwidth' and 'traffic' have totally different meanings when used in correct term.

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Please elaborate where there seemed to be confusion between bandwidth and traffic.
 
 
 


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Please elaborate where there seemed to be confusion between bandwidth and traffic.
Generally speaking, bandwidth is the size of the network pipe while traffic is the amount of data transferred. The terms are often used interchangeably, but should not be, technically speaking. The calculations above are really traffic calculations. Bandwidth limits traffic.

On the other hand, "web traffic" may simply be the visitors, page views, etc independent of any bandwidth issues.
 
 
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Unfortunately, CPanel, DirectAdmin et al have used the term bandwidth incorrectly, so everyone uses the term incorrectly.
So much so that many firms now refer to bandwidth as transit.
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In today's market it doesn't matter if you get more than you need. Majority of hosts offer enough bandwidth that will keep you solid for a while. Space is normally the issue.
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In today's market it doesn't matter if you get more than you need. Majority of hosts offer enough bandwidth that will keep you solid for a while. Space is normally the issue.
As a host, I find that cpu, ram and disk i/o are the biggest issue. 99% of sites suitable for a shared environment are less than a couple of gigs. Modern web sites are created by server-side scripting and pages are created on the fly when requested by browser. This is where cpu and ram become the limiting factor. And disk space is relatively cheap.

Throw in imap email, and then inodes/files numbers become an issue.

Thus between diskspace and "bandwidth" almost all web sites suitable for a shared environment can be hosted on most host's "Plan A." Plan B and Plan C are rarely needed.

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Yes, unless you are doing some time of ffmpeg or image hosting, then most of the images are cached when the first page loads, and then the rest is mostly text download on the rest of the pages.

5gb month is more than suitable for 80-90% of the websites out there.

So, I was tell people don't really worry about the bandwidth for one website or even 10 websites and if you need a little more bandwidth to keep up with your website, some host will throw you an extra 5GB of transfer for free.

But yes that formula does give a slight hint of needs.
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To be honest for a small website / one newly opened 10 GB Bandwidth is more then enough to be on the safe side.
 
 
 


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It depends on how popular is your site. For small sites 20Gb should be suffice.
 
 
 


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It is difficult to calculate the traffic because if your website is being attacked, you will see traffic spike and it will change your bandwidth calculation. In shared hosting, you can get enough bandwidth from the most of the providers. If you are reaching to your limit, it is time to think about VPS because in shared hosting resources are limited and if your account uses more resources, your service may be interrupted by your provider.
 
 
 


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Based on my shared hosting's statistics, most websites don't need more than 1 GB of bandwidth. Sadly most websites don't receive any traffic.
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