About Web Hosting Bandwidth and File Transfer Protocol
What Is Bandwidth?
Bandwidth is the measure of maximum data that can be transferred by your hosting account in a given time, usually measured in seconds.
The term “bandwidth” should not be mixed up with “data transfer” as they are two very different things. Data transfer refers to the consumption of bandwidth. In layman terms, the amount of data being transferred is ‘data transfer’; while the rate of data being transferred is ‘bandwidth’.
Data transfer and bandwidth limit used to be a big thing when it comes to choosing a good web host in the past. Not now anymore. As the average cost of data transfer go lower and lower, hosting companies nowadays are very generous in term of data transfer limit. So, unless you are running a large movie download sites, I wouldn’t stretch myself too thin on bandwidth and data transfer when selecting a web hosting service.
What Is File Transfer Protocol (FTP)?
FTP is a standard network protocol used to transfer files from one computer to another over Internet. Webmasters use FTP clients like FTP Pro and Cute FTP to upload and download files to/from their hosting server.
The name is client but what it actually does is to connect to your server using FTP and allow you to easily browse and transfer files online.