Files that are loaded to or from servers uses internet
bandwidth to push files along the network at various speeds. Every time you upload a file to your ISP, surf the
web or use an audio application, you are using bandwidth.
Bandwidth measures the volume of data transmitted over an
internet connection. You have to know how much bandwidth you need while choosing hosting plans.
Bandwidth is a bunch of wires or fibres connecting servers to
a network. Depending on the grade of the wire it determines how much data is coming across the network where
your web-site is hosted. When someone attempts to get more data than can be handled by the network, the whole
network slows down.
Be careful when someone claims they provide unlimited
bandwidth or monthly transfer. Anyone claiming "Unlimited Bandwidth" is simply lying. There's no such thing as
ISP’s can put a limitation on bandwidth at certain times
during peak periods or charge you a flat fee per month for bandwidth usage. If you go over the flat fee, then
they charge you extra for using extra bandwidth.
Some ISP’s will shut down the transmissions until traffic is
more stable on the network. Most of the
time, high bandwidth sites on these "Unlimited" plans will be disconnected, and no refund given. Normally, the
web hosting company will say that the site violated its Acceptable Use Policy or Terms of
Whenever you visit a site promoting "Unlimited Bandwidth" as
one of the account features, be sure to visit the Acceptable Use Policy, or the Terms of Service. Read the fine
text about the so-called "Unlimited" disclaimer.
When you first look for web hosting services (those who state
clearly bandwidth offered), you have to make your best estimation and watch your usage carefully in the first
You can load most files (images, sound files, videos and
flash scripts and other programs) in your web site. This excludes, of course, banners and pop ups and specific
documents and images which are supposed to be loaded from a central server.
Large audio/video files, computer programs, and file
downloads require more bandwidth. Flash web sites use tons of bandwidth. Virtual Reality (VR) and full-length
three-dimensional audio/visual presentations require the most bandwidth of all.
Bandwidth bandits link to images and other files directly to
some other server instead of putting them on their local server. There are various reasons as to why they do
this but one reason is to get as much bandwidth as possible to show their links and images. So, they “steal”
images or audio files each time the site is initialized meaning that they steal the
There are certain ways that you can stop the person from
stealing your bandwidth allocation. If they have an email, I would contact them personally or go through Network
Solutions and do an IP lookup which will give you information on the person and who the site is registered to.
You can always get in touch with the company that hosts their site too.
Bandwidth can be expensive and the last thing that you want
is someone stealing it.