Bandwidth is the amount of data transmitted over your internet connection. You need to be aware of the amount of bandwidth you need when deciding on your hosting plan. Be wary of any company that claims they offer “unlimited Bandwidth” or “unlimited monthly transfer.” There is no such thing as “Unlimited Bandwidth.” I’ve never heard any broadband company claim their internet connection as “unlimited Megabytes per second”. How can a web hosting company that doesn’t even own their own access lines tell their customers that they’ll give them “unlimited bandwidth”?
In most cases, high-bandwidth sites on these “Unlimited” plans will be disabled and there will be no refund. Typically, the hosting company will inform you that your site violated their “Acceptable Use Policy” or “Terms of Service.” If you’re visiting a site that advertises “unlimited Bandwidth” as one of its account features, make sure to check the “acceptable use policy” or the “terms of service.” Read the fine print about the “unlimited” disclaimer below: When looking for web hosting (those that clearly state what bandwidth they offer), you must make your best guess and carefully monitor your usage in the early days. Consider the following factors when making your estimate:
**How many users will access your web site?
**How many pages to be access?
**How big are the graphic and HTML files?
If you have a large audio/video file, a computer program, or a file to download, then you’ll need more bandwidth. Flash web sites use a lot of bandwidth. VR and Full-Length 3D Audio/Visual presentations use the most bandwidth. Don’t be fooled by the “unlimited bandwidth trap” some companies offer. It’s not 100% accurate, but it gives you some idea until you’ve got your site up and running and you’ve seen real traffic statistics.