What is Data transfer/Bandwidth?

Bandwidth, also called data transfer, is the amount of information transferred to or from a website or server given a prescribed period of time. It is usually measured in bytes (megabytes, gigabytes, etc.).

Monthly bandwidth is the amount of data that is accessed on your website each time a visitor visits your website. Each time a visitor views a page, the size of the page is added to the monthly bandwidth.

 

In this article you will learn:

Bandwidth by the Numbers

Real world factors that affects bandwidth

Room for Growth

 

Unlike Disk Usage referring to Storage Space, which can easily be controlled by deleting unused content as needed, bandwidth requires flexibility and subtle calculation. You don’t want to pay overages for more than you need, but you also don’t want to turn customers away or deal with the sometimes significant penalties for going over your allotted amount.

 


Bandwidth by the Numbers

If you’re launching your PinnacleCart for your business, estimating your bandwidth is something you will never be certain of. Keeping careful track of your site’s activity for the first few months after it goes live is absolutely best approach, so you can begin to discern your actual monthly bandwidth usage, and upgrade your plan as needed.

Unlike Huge Corporate sites, calculating your estimated bandwidth is not entirely straight up difficult, but you’ll need to consider real-world factors, that include but not limited to site visitor, web crawler behavior and etc., You may even try simple calculations just to give you a basic idea of how much bandwidth your cart might be using.

 


Real world factors that affects bandwidth

Several factors can affect the bandwidth your site consumes.

Layout Changes: If you change your site’s layout, you may increase the size of your page and use more bandwidth.

Traffic Growth: With any luck, traffic to your site will grow.

Site Scans: Scans that includes scans that are done by Web Crawlers (Google Bots), Web Spiders (SEO), by Security firms, etc.,

 

Room for Growth

Most business Carts/website hosted by PinnacleCart does not take up too much bandwidth. If you don’t host large image files or downloadable products, one can get by with just 2 GB per month or less.

But Of course, if you don't want to keep changing plans or paying overages every time your data shifts, you need to plan for the future and give Cart room for growth.

 

Room to Grow: As you add more products, categories, more product images, the number of page-views will gradually increase.

Though typically a Cart will never use more than a fraction of it's allotted bandwidth, you’ll be spared overage bills from even the heaviest traffic. Plus, since extra bandwidth is extremely affordable when built into a service plan (PinnacleCart's Standard Plan) (way cheaper than paying overages or the cost of your site going down during a peak hours), it’s well worth the price.

By acquiring extra bandwidth (by getting at least the Standard Plan), you’re not just future-proofing your Cart, but also having the peace of mind from knowing your business site is well prepared for whatever comes its way.

 

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