How to Calculate Your Hosting Bandwidth Requirements?
With the rise of the digital, website has become one of the most critical factors for any business. Selecting the right hosting plan that ensures faster page load time and maximum up-time becomes critical. If the website is slow or incapable of handling the traffic it receives, your company will soon start losing customers. It is essential that you select the right hosting package that provides sufficient bandwidth, storage space, and data transfer speed.
Bandwidth is the measure used to quantify the amount of data that can be transferred between your user and the website at any given point in time. Bandwidth influences the loading time of your website and user experience. If you have a hosting plan with low bandwidth, there are high chances that your website will not load if there are a high number of visitors on your website resulting in your bandwidth being exhausted. Therefore, it is very important to calculate the bandwidth before finalizing on Cloud Hosting, Shared Hosting, or any hosting plans for that matter.
So, here is a guideline showing how you can calculate the bandwidth for your website and select the best hosting package.
1. Determine the average page size of the website in kilobytes (kB) –
The average page size in terms of kilobytes (KB) needs to be calculated in order to ascertain the bandwidth. This is the foremost step of calculating bandwidth. Moreover, make sure to optimize your website pages with compressed images and graphics for better bandwidth and speed. There are certain tools available online for free, which help in ascertaining the average page size.
2. Multiply the average page size (in KB) by the monthly average number of visitors to your website –
After ascertaining the average page size, the next step is to find out the average number of visitors on the website. The average number of visitors can be easily found out by using analytical tools available online. Google Analytics is one of the tools for finding the average number of visitors. The two values need to be multiplied for taking a step further to ascertain bandwidth.
3. After obtaining the result from Step 2, multiply the answer with the average number of page views per visitor –
It is crucial to know the average page views by each visitor for calculating the bandwidth of the page. This is the final step of calculating the website bandwidth which you can use to select your hosting package.
It is always best if you select at least 50% more bandwidth than required. This buffer is primarily required for any seasonal variation in traffic, the result of your marketing activities, and potential growth of your business in the near future. You can also opt for web hosting packages that come with unlimited bandwidth or the ones that offer unmetered bandwidth. The latter ensures that even if you go beyond the allocated bandwidth, your website will continue to function without any lag. On the contrary, the terms & conditions for unlimited bandwidth plans would vary from one hosting service provider to another.