Web hosting bandwidth describes the rate at which data can be transferred between a website and computers connected to it within a specific time. Normally it is the calculated monthly in hosting packages by many website hosts, e.g. 1g bandwidth each month, or 5g bandwidth each month.
The amount of bandwidth you have determines how quickly your website can deliver content to your visitors during peak traffic times. It is a vital part of growing your audience and increasing your sales.
Higher bandwidths allow website owners to have more dynamic features and content on their websites which can be more appealing to their visitors.
What’s The Difference Between Bandwidth And Traffic?
Web hosting bandwidth vs traffic just like highways vs cars. Bandwidth is the number of lanes on the highway and traffic is the number of cars on the highway. Traffic is simply the number of bits that are transferred on network connections. Bandwidth is the number of bits can be transferred on network connections within a given period of time.
If you have 100MB website bandwidth and you host a 40MB video on the website for visitors to download. Each download will create 40MB traffic between the web server and local computer. Two downloads will create 80 MB traffic, three downloads will create 120 MB traffic. If all the three downloads occur at the same time, all the bandwidth will be used up. In such case, someone will have to wait. Your hosting company will cycle through each person downloading the file and transfer a small portion at a time so each person’s file transfer can take place, but the transfer for everyone downloading the video will be slower. The more visitors at the same time, the slower the transfers would be.