All our Linus hosting plans have unlimited bandwidth. Some of our Windows IIS hosting plans have bandwidth limits.
Bandwidth reported is the traffic in Megabytes or Gigabytes per month.
High bandwidth results from high traffic and / or images not optimized. If you know that you will have high monthly traffic make sure that your images are optimised and your web pages load fast. See Optimising photos
Bandwidth is the rate at which data is allowed to flow between your website and your visitors. The bigger your bandwidth, the faster the loading times for your clients.
Bandwidth is not data transfer. Data transfer is the amount of data that can be transferred, while bandwidth is the amount of data that can be transferred within a specific time.
Bandwidth is measured in Gbps, or billions of bits per second. The more bits per second, the faster your content will load.
If you want to maximize loading times and minimize hosting costs, bandwidth is definitely something you should consider carefully. No one has the time to wait around staring at a loading screen.
Optimising your web page loading times helps your website ranking on Google. Google favours web pages with a two-second or less loading time,
Unlimited bandwidth provides better loading times. A website that loads quickly offers an excellent user experience and performs in search engine optimisation.
Bandwidth becomes an especially important factor during peak times when your website has abnormally high numbers of simultaneous visitors. With a higher bandwidth rate, you’ll be able to include high-quality content without the risk of your website failing in peak times.
No online business can survive without website speed optimization. A slow website can kill a business, driving away potential customers to the competition. Sites that load within seconds ensure visitor engagement and generally create a loyal audience. This is what website businesses aim for.
Increases are normally welcome if they mean your website is attracting more visitors.
However there are other reasons for excess bandwidth usage. You need to check your web stats in your control panel to see why.
- Have you uploaded images which are larger than necessary
You need to load images that fit the space you allow for them. Of course you can code the image size to show smaller than the actual image, but the actual image will be counted in the bandwidth usage.
A further problem is that the larger image takes longer to load – annoying for a visitor. Ask us about a graphics program which resizes and compresses images.
- Is your website being opened by a spam site.
If the traffic has suddenly jumped compared to previous months, check the number of visits at the top of the stats of countries which visited you. Australia should be at the top of the list.
- In AWStats you can see the number of unique visitors and the number of visits. If the number of visits is very high compared to the number of unique visitors, then you have hackers attempting to login. The server blocks the IP address where a number of failed logins occur, but the hacker then tries again with another IP address.
- In WordPress you can install security plugins with firewalls. We recommend WordFence. Then you can see numbers of genuine traffic.