How to choose the right bandwidth for your website

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How to choose the right bandwidth for your website

Bandwidth is the amount of data your website can transfer from the web hosting server to the client or web browser when your page is requested and rendered. Most web hosting companies will grant you a fixed or unlimited amount of data to transfer in a month depending on what type of plan you sign up for.

If your bandwidth is a fixed amount, you’ll be required to pay extra fees in the case you go over your limit. Other companies that offer unlimited bandwidth, do so as a marketing tool mostly, but they will not let you go over a certain undisclosed limit. Normally with unlimited bandwidth, you sould get a pretty decent amount of data transfer under normal usage for an average blog or website. I recommend visiting the websites and talking with the personel to find out if their allocation of bandwidth will be able to sustain the type of site you’re running. If you’re running a personal website, a small online store, or a blog, you won’t probably exceed the limit. If however you’re planning to unload large video files, or have your users upload large files, you may get penalized once your site gets a lot of traffic. Note that every request a user makes on your site, whether requesting stylesheets, javascripts, or images will use the bandwidth, unless the file has been cached on the browser. Caching will tell the browser to use the saved copy, that’ll save a trip to the server, and put some money in your pocket.

Moreover, it is the developer responsibility to write code to make good use of the bandwidth. So making sure you’re implementing a good caching strategy, or spreading your files across multiple servers (i.e place your images on a image hosting website and your scripts elsewhere). Not only will it increase the rendering speed of your site, but it’ll create a better browsing user experience.

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