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What Does Bandwidth Limit Exceeded Mean?

Here is the scenario:  one day you head to your website and when you open it, you get an error message saying that the bandwidth limit has been exceeded.  What does that mean and can it be fixed?

Data Transfer

Data transfer refers to the amount of data that is actually being transferred.  This data is transferred between the computer and the internet.  Data transfer is measured in megabytes or gigabytes.  When you get a message that says your bandwidth has been exceeded in relation to your data transfer, think about prepaid minutes on a cell phone, as an example.  If you have 250 minutes on your cell phone and the minutes run out, your cell service will stop working.  The same holds true for bandwidth.  Once your allotted bandwidth runs out, you will no longer have access to your website. 

Speed Transfer

In relation to speed transfer, bandwidth is the amount of data which is able to be transferred in a certain amount of time.  Speed transfer is measured in megabyte per second.  The hosting service provider that you use will sell you a plan based on speed.  The more bandwidth that you have, the more money you will spend on the plan.  However, the advantage is that you will have faster speeds.  In relation to speed transfer, think about highway lanes and vehicles.  If there are more vehicles than lanes, you run into a problem. 

Exceeding your bandwidth usually occurs on a popular site with low bandwidth.  The solution to exceeding your bandwidth is to increase your bandwidth.

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