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    **Important** - this is only a rough concept

    Often I am asked "how much bandwidth will i need?" To clear this up for some to roughly estimate bandwidth for a website I like to use the following calculation:


    ((Estimated Monthly Page Views X Average Page Size) + Downloads) x Safety Margin = Estimated Monthly Bandwidth

    ***VERY IMPORTANT NOTE*** all the units must be the same standard, I would suggest KB. At the end remember to change the units into something workable (so either GB or MB) a quick summary of conversion is as follows:

    1MB = 1024KB
    1GB = 1024MB


    A brief explanation of each item in the calculation is a follows:


    Estimated Monthly Page Views - How many pages are opened in a monthly period (total across the entire site).

    Average Page Size - exactly as it says is the average page size of viewable pages.

    Downloads - This is optional really and only applies if you have downloadable content so you estimate how many downloads and what size they will be on average.

    Safety Margin - This is always >1, this is your safety margin so you don't exceed bandwidth. I would always suggest 1.2 (20%) to 1.5 (50%).


    I hope this is useful to some
    Last edited by eUK.Ed; 21-02-2012, 12:04. Reason: Clarification
    Interesting, let me think on this....... to the think tank!

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    I'm loving the "Fudge Factor" part! . Is that a technical term? .
    David Smith
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      Not sure but it's the best I could come up with
      Interesting, let me think on this....... to the think tank!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by eUK.Ed View Post
        Not sure but it's the best I could come up with
        I like it! I think it could definitely catch on! .
        David Smith
        Managing Director
        DPS Computing Limited

        - Massive update! (September 2011) - It's now not neglected!!
        - New Site (10/2009)

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        • #5
          Originally posted by DPS Computing View Post
          I'm loving the "Fudge Factor" part! . Is that a technical term? .
          Sorry I had to change Fudge Factor to Safety Margin as this made more sense
          Interesting, let me think on this....... to the think tank!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by eUK.Ed View Post
            Sorry I had to change Fudge Factor to Safety Margin as this made more sense
            Oh no!! I really liked fudge factor!! lol .

            But I understand, I guess safety margin does make more sense .
            David Smith
            Managing Director
            DPS Computing Limited

            - Massive update! (September 2011) - It's now not neglected!!
            - New Site (10/2009)

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              Bandwidth Estimate Calculator

              Saw your blog and website, i must say quite informative and impressive work you have done.
              but i havent found any Bandwidth Estimate Calculator

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