Is There Really Something Called Unlimited Bandwidth in Web Hosting?

The short answer is “No,” but that’s because there are actually two answers to this question. First, it is important to understand what bandwidth truly is. In reference to the specific width of a “portal”, it means the amount of data that can be transferred at once. Without the industry jaron, how “wide is the pipe”?

Most web hosting sites refer, somewhat incorrectly, to the amount of data transferred over a period of time. For example, a site may say that it will allow 30 GB of traffic, or that there is an option for “unlimited bandwidth.” What this usually refers to (incorrectly) is the amount of data transferred over the billing period, usually a month. So, for the purposes of most users, Unlimited Bandwidth in web hosting indicates how much traffic a site can handle every month.

It begs the very next question: how much does one site need? Unless a customer is actually planning on starting a very large internet ecommerce or retail site, the issue will probably not come into play. But even if it does, many web hosting services offer “scalable” (able to be adapted to any size business) plans for reasonable rates. The real question is going to be, again, how much traffic is expected.

Unlimited Bandwidth in Web Hosting

In the old Internet framework, webmasters uploaded a collection of files and launched a website. Then, browsers would come to that location, find the root page and navigate from there. The architecture has not changed much, but the execution of it has. A site can be uploaded to a single location, but when the browser searches for it, the download could happen from any of a number of locations. This is called Virtual hosting. Virtual hosting allows the site to be “mirrored” (copied) onto several locations allowing an almost unlimited number of browsers to view it simultaneously. In this way, bandwidth could be considered unlimited because it can be downloaded from many locations at once.

So, the next question is, how unlimited is this “unlimited bandwidth?” What most hosting services mean is, for all intents and purposes, there won’t be a cap on the traffic going to a website.  However, they will have some fine print in the terms of service to accommodate someone who might be trying to start the next eBay.

Most people creating a website are not going to need virtual hosting or unlimited bandwidth because, again, only very large sites have tens of thousands of unique hits every day. Even a small business site with regular unique visits will fit well under the specifications of these two particular web hosting services.

The most important thing to look at is what they promise. Find out what sort of other unlimited or top-of-the-line guarantees to they make.

Some web hosting services will promise 99.9% uptime. That may sound like a lot, but that allows them nearly 9 hours of downtime per year while staying well within their contracted Terms of Service. If those 9 hours are on Cyber Monday, the biggest online shopping day in the Western world that would be very bad for your business. Or they my promise unlimited URLs, which a user would need to reroute traffic to different sectors of a site if they had a main site and then a forum and then a shop, for example. In reality, there are sometimes limits on virtual hosting space after a certain amount of traffic, so, again, read the fine print carefully.

Finally, unless a web master is planning to create a very large online sales presence, or a very popular chat board, or has content that might go viral, there really is no reason to worry about the upper limits of unlimited bandwidth. The best thing to do is have a plan for the content and traffic of the site and build in a “best possible scenario.” If good fortune favors the website and it becomes so popular that traffic skyrockets, make sure to have the proper web hosting service. Many of them have options for explosions in business and will even tell you all about it if you simply ask. Make sure you do that, and you should have no problem choosing the right web hosting package for you.

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The article describes the details of unlimited bandwidth in web hosting. The writer Leo Preston tries to describe the fact about this. She is a well known technology blogger and already wrote about directory listing reviews, web hosting, technology etc.

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