Understanding bandwidth and what the bandwidth usage will be like on your website is very important. Not only is it good to understand what you're being charged for, it is important to have a grasp on what consumes bandwidth and limit consumption.

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Bandwidth Explained

It’s important to understand exactly why it’s such a huge factor. The simple explanation of bandwidth is the amount of traffic that passes between your website and other computers connected to the internet. Depending on the quality of the network provided by your hosting company, you will have higher or lower bandwidth limitations.

A basic conceptualization of bandwidth is a great start in understanding what it is, but in order to grasp the importance of it, a more in depth explanation is necessary. The internet, on a basic level, is millions of computers that are interconnected via different networks. The connections between these networks vary in size, and this is what determines the bandwidth of a particular website. “Bits” are the individual measurements that begin to make up the total bandwidth of a page, and represent individual characters. Bits are then grouped together to form words, images, or any other important information that needs to be relayed. Groups of bits are called “Bytes.”

What Uses Bandwidth?

  • Users visiting your website. Each individual visitor will be communicating with your server using data; the more visitors at any given time means higher bandwidth usage.
  • The page views per each separate user. The further that people go into your site, or the more pages they view, drives bandwidth usage up
  • The size of images used throughout the page. To put it simply: bigger images means more data (or bits) being transferred to the user
  • Hosting videos on your website will consume quite a bit of bandwidth, as there is a lot of data being communicated through the server
  • Search engines crawling and indexing your site also consumes a little bit of bandwidth because the bots still have to request the pages from your server

Can Web Design Lower Bandwidth Usage?

An experienced web design team will have the ability to build a lightweight and extremely functional website for you. "Lightweight" in this case doesn't mean lacking in features or exceptionally bare, it means there is no extraneous or unnecessary code built in. This ensures that each page on your website will download quickly and consume the least amount of bandwidth possible. When bandwidth is close to being exceeded by a client of Web Shop Manager, they will be notified before any action is taken on their monthly plan. In order to prevent any unwanted charges, we will discuss the possibility of increasing the amount of bandwidth being paid for.