Choosing a Web Host: How to Calculate Bandwidth for Your Website

Jonesen TeamIndustry Insights

You’re finally making your business “official” by setting up a website. But do you know how much bandwidth you’ll need to make your dream website a reality?

The truth is, the wrong bandwidth amount can be quite detrimental. For one, you may end up having to turn customers away — the last thing you want to do as a business owner. And two, you might face some significant penalties if you exceed your allotted bandwidth amount.

Given the above, you need to know how to calculate bandwidth for your website as you shop around for a web host. Fortunately, we’ve created a comprehensive guide on estimating your bandwidth needs.

Let’s jump in!

What Is Bandwidth in Web Hosting, and How Much Bandwidth Does My Website Need?

Bandwidth refers to the quantity of data that you can transfer from a web server and to the server each month. This quantity of data includes all of your downloads and uploads.

If you’re asking yourself, “How much bandwidth do I need for web hosting,” note that this depends on multiple factors, including:

  • Your web page’s size
  • How many people are visiting your website
  • How many pages your visitors visit

So, is 10GB of bandwidth enough for a website, for example? In many situations, the answer to this is yes. And here’s why.

The average size of a web page is 50KB. Let’s say that you draw 20,000 visitors each month, and each visitor visits five pages. In this situation, you’ll need around 5GB (or 5000MB) of bandwidth each month.

How to Calculate Bandwidth

To calculate the exact bandwidth you need for your website, you’ll first need to estimate your site’s average page size in KB. Consider using Pingdom’s Load Time test on a handful of your site pages and then figure out the average.

Second, multiply this average value by your projected average visitor number each month. Finally, multiply this result by the number of page views per visitor on average.

Additional Website Bandwidth Considerations

Note that you may need more bandwidth — for example, more than 10GB — if you’ll be hosting big media files or doing a great deal of streaming.

Also, if you plan to grow your site in the future, be sure to provide yourself with plenty of room for growth when choosing a bandwidth amount.

How We Can Help

We offer top-of-the-line web hosting and web design services.

We stand out in the industry in that we can do more than just host your business website. Instead, we can set you up with a robust Jonesen curated website.

This means we will handle all of the essential details that the majority of web hosts leave for you to do. For instance, we will provide improved security measures and perform software updates.

We will also calculate bandwidth for you so that you’ll have exactly what you need to keep your site operational.

In addition, we can design for you a new site that will reflect your company and communicate your service or product. You can rest assured that your website will look excellent on all screen sizes and will be responsive.

Get in touch with us to learn more about how our hosting and design services can help you to put your best foot forward online long term.