Bandwidth is relative to the amount of visitors (traffic) you have to your site. 99% of web sites currently on the web use no more than 5 GB of bandwidth a month. It’s only sites that are expected to produce a large amount of traffic that will require a larger rate of monthly bandwidth, like adult sites, or large search engines like Google and Yahoo.

Bandwidth and Disk Space Calculations

Average page sizeNumber of PagesDisk Space NeededNumber of Daily PageloadsNumber of Monthly PageloadsBandwidth Needed
2 MB100200 MB10030006 GB
2 MB5001 GB5001500030 GB
2 MB10002 GB10003000060 GB
2 MB20004 GB200060000120 GB

Unlimited Bandwidth?

So don’t fall foul of those Unlimited bandwidth offers, for a starters it’s a myth. All Web Hosting Providers have to pay for their bandwidth, so to offer an unlimited service is just crazy talk. By unlimited, they mean that for the average user it really is unlimited since they will never reach the limit. And don’t be wowed over by providers offering large rates of bandwidth, more doesn’t necessarily mean better. Unless you know your site is going to enjoy a lot of traffic, stick to the basics.

Unlimited Disk Space?

As for Disk space, well that really is solely dependent on the content of your web site. Most web sites average around 150 MB with a single web page taking up around 40-50KB. Many Web Hosting providers will offer unlimited disk space. In my opinion 5 GB is more then enough for most individuals and small to medium businesses.

However, it is worth considering just what the content of your website will be. Will there be banner ads, will you have a lot of graphics, video media and or photo’s? Will your web site be database driven, or have downloadable software? For the average advanced user 50GB is usually plenty.

Basically the more advanced and media rich your web site is, the more disk space and probably bandwidth you’ll need. But again, a reminder, you don’t have to go crazy.

I might put together a calculator ind the future, that can estimate your traffic needs. Check back if you are interested!

For everyday usage up to a couple thousand pageviews a day I usually recommend eHost. They are very good in every respect.