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2/02/2015 – How to Monitor Your cPanel Bandwidth

Posted by Jamison on 02 02 2015.

A website’s performance depends heavily on its bandwidth allocation. In a much simpler term a bandwidth is the rate at which a certain amount of data is able to transfer from the user’s computer going to the server and vice versa.


What is Bandwidth?


In web hosting bandwidth is usually described in terms of data transmission volume over time. Depending on companies, it may either be measured in gigabytes per month, gigabytes per week or gigabytes per day. In most web hosting companies, bandwidth is measured in terms of months, thus it is also known as monthly data transfer.


Managing Bandwidth Usage?


Let us say a group of people passing by an alley for example. If the alley is narrow it would take that group of people a longer time for all of them to exit that alley. But, if it the alley was wider, then the group could exit that alley in a much shorter time. The same principle applies with internet connectivity. If you get a bigger bandwidth, then you can transfer data faster.


If you own or manage a website, it is important that you manage your bandwidth usage as there are sanctions given to those who exceed their monthly limit. Depending on your hosting company, they may automatically bump up your subscription or put it on hold. Either way, it may not be what you are looking forward to. To prevent this from happening, you’ll have to monitor your bandwidth usage.


How to Monitor Your Bandwidth.


One way of monitoring your bandwidth is though the cPanel account page. You’ll have to use a web browser and open your cPanel account. From there, you should be able to see your account status located on the left side of the screen. Indicated within your account stats are the main domain name, home directory, last login IP address, disk space usage, monthly bandwidth transfer, e-mail accounts, parked domains, ftp accounts, SQL databases, and mailing list.


You can also view your previous bandwidth usage by navigating through your cPanel logs section. From the logs section, you’ll need to click on the bandwidth icon and viola! A graphical presentation of your current and previous bandwidth usage. You can also scroll through your previous bandwidth usage either by day, month, or year. This convenient monitoring feature is already included in your cPanel account page.


However, some people may find that this graphical presentation provided by cPanel is not sufficient enough for them. In that case you can use other bandwidth monitoring programs that can do just the same. Some programs can be installed with cPanel while others are a standalone program which does not require any installation within cPanel. Here are a few programs you may want to check out.


  • MTRG
  • Ntop
  • Iptraf
  • Htop
  • Vnstat
  • Nagios
  • Mytop


These are some programs you can use to monitor your bandwidth usage. Monitoring your bandwidth with cPanel is very easy and effortless. So that’s pretty much it! Piece of cake, right?