If you are looking for a good web hosting company, then you must compare the packages many web hosting company has to offer. But you might see a feature in the package that you do not understand – Bandwidth. What is bandwidth? Who knows how to calculate your bandwidth usage? Let us find out.
Bandwidth is the amount of traffic that is allowed to pass between your website and the rest of the internet. The amount of bandwidth that a reliable web hosting company can provide is determined by their internet connection, both on the internal connection to the data center and the external connection to the public internet. Understanding how to calculate your bandwidth usage would require you to know more about bandwidth and traffic.
To make it easier to understand, imagine that bandwidth is the number of lanes on the highway. The traffic is the number of cars passing. So if you are the only one in the lane, you will travel quickly. But if there are other cars, you will have to slow down.
Traffic, in technical terms, is the number of bits transferred in the network. So for example, if you are downloading a file that is 6mb in size, and if the site hosting that file has a 15mb connection, you can easily download the file since the size is within the bandwidth. But if there are two more people downloading the same file on that site, then the traffic will be 6mb X 3, which is 18mb. Since the bandwidth is only at 15mb, one of the users downloading will have to wait. The equipment of the host will transfer a portion of the file to each people downloading, so that the download for each user can take place. The number of users downloading will determine the size of the portion that the equipment will send, so the more people downloading, the smaller the portion. The download will become slower if this happens.
In web hosting, the traffic is generated by simply viewing a website. Why? That is because the website will be downloaded to your computer and will be displayed on your web browser. Websites are much smaller than files though. Websites are usually less than a megabyte. To know how much bandwidth you need for your site, you need to know how to calculate your bandwidth usage. Why? Because with the different sizes of bandwidth offered for every package, you need to know which one is enough for you so that you can save money. Knowing how to calculate your bandwidth usage will help you determine which package to choose and which web hosting company to choose your package from.
The amount of bandwidth your website will need will depend on the website you have. This includes the size of the website. The size of the website is determined by the number of text and images present in the website. Another factor to consider is file download. If you will allow file download, the computation of bandwidth will change.
Knowing how to calculate your bandwidth usage is easy. If your website does not allow file download, then the formula to use is this: APV X APS X ADV X 31 X FF
For a website that allows download, here is how to calculate your bandwidth usage: (APV X APS X ADV) + (ADFD + AFS) X 31 X FF
Let us explain the formulae acronyms:
– APV (Average Page Views) – The number of pages on your website you expect visitors to view
– APS (Average Page Size) – The average size of the web pages in KB
– ADS (Average Daily Visitor) – The number of visitors you expect to view the site
– ADFD (Average Daily File Download) – Number of downloads you expect to occur on the site
– AFS (Average File Size) – Average size of the files downloadable from your site
– FF (Fudge Factor) – A number greater than 1 that estimates the inaccuracy of your estimates. Using 1.5 would mean that you expect a 50% error on your calculations
With these two formulas, you now know how to calculate your bandwidth usage. Be sure to compute it carefully so that you can choose the best web hosting package for your website and choose the best web hosting company.