Bandwidth (Monthly Traffic) is measured in Mb per month resulting from the size of your website in Mb and the the volume of visits to each page.
All our Linux hosting plans have unlimited bandwidth. Some of our Windows IIS hosting plans have a bandwidth quota.
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.