Explaining Bandwidth in Simple English

January 29, 2009 in Success blognet Tools and Resources Guide by admin

How many of you have ever seen this message when you have gone to your blog to post an article?

509 Bandwidth Limit Exceeded

Trying to figure out how to explain bandwidth to people is not easy, considering how everything is very  technical.  So I searched around asking different people to help me come up with a way to explain in words what is bandwidth ,what is exceeded bandwidth and what can be done to save yourself from having to see 509 Bandwidth Limit Exceeded.

Tim Southernwood the CEO of this site as well as BlogNet Awards came up with this analogy.

“Compare it to a funnel. As long as the amount of liquid (data) flowing through the funnel isn’t so excessive that it flows over.. all is well!

If it flows over..you’ve exceeded bandwidth  – it’s a drain on server resources and accounts are structured with specific allotments for obvious reasons. So those with the most information flowing carry a greater share of cost.  If you exceed your allotment, your site is disabled until the flow is reduced, or the pipe (your bandwidth) is enlarged (increased).”

For those of you  who would like to know more about  bandwidth and the speed of bandwidth I found this great article by Leo Notenboom that you should read.  It is called ” What is bandwidth?”

One simple way of reducing your bandwidth is by minimizing the size of images. By minimizing the size of your images, whether by resizing, cropping, or altering quality settings, this method will result in a direct decrease in bandwidth.

If you have other tips or tricks, then be sure to let us know :-)

To Your Success,

Success BlogNet  Team