This tutorial is all about helping you learn how to monitor your website, and or blog web hosting bandwidth usage right from your hosting cPanel. And yes, if your website or blog be it running on Joomla, WordPress, Drupal or any other content management system including those we build from scratch is over consuming your cpanel bandwidth, and or you are simply suspecting it, reading this post will help you find out that information you have been looking out for.
This option is too in real time management. And after, I definitely think that you will be able to monitor stats, and make a choice between what applications, plugins, modules, themes and extensions you’ll keep on your blog. Also you will be able to identify those with exceeded usage and remove, delete or cease using them in order to save your allocated bandwidth.
It is too very important to note that websites which use the shared hosting plans suffer much every time they exceed their timely allocated bandwidth, and this is why you need to learn and know about this.
But before going further, it is necessary for us to know what exactly is meant by hosting bandwidth right? And according to Wikipedia, “bandwidth is the bit-rate of available or consumed information capacity expressed typically in metric multiples of bits per second. In Web hosting service, IT used to describe the amount of data transferred to or from the website or server within a prescribed period of time, for example bandwidth consumption accumulated over a month measured in gigabytes per month”.
Lets take a look at the different ways on how to monitor your webhosting band width usage by day, by week, by month, by year, by plugin, by application and by any other source you use on your site for example, HTTP, IMAP, POP3, SMTP and FTP.
- Via cPanel
- Using P3 (Performance Profiler) Plugin By GoDaddy
Motoring bandwidth through cPanel
- Log in to cPanel using account details
- Go to the site you want to monitor.
- Click on Bandwidth under the Metrics menu as seen in image below.
- Select band width usage you want e.g current day, past 24 hours, last month, current month , weekly and so forth like you see in the image below.
- Scroll down and click on the month you want to track and monitor it usage by day and time or hour or minute for example April 2020 and wait for page to load.
- See a list of days right from the 1st of the month to the current day as seen below.
- Click on the date of that day you want to track in-depth and wait for new page to load.
- Click on the number in the day column for example 18.
- See the current usage and which will help you learn more..
Please note that all the logs you see in control panel will be inclusive of HTTP, IMAP, POP3, SMTP and FTP usage of your data. This information can be used to monitor your usage right from the cPanel of your hosting provider.
Motoring bandwidth usage using P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler)
P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler) is a WordPress plugin impact measuring on your site load, and which is developed and maintained by GoDaddy.com. The plugin achives this by identifying by looking at all plugins and identifying those slowing down your site.
Steps to monitor bandwidth usage by plugin
- Log into your site WordPress dashboard as admin.
- Hover to plugins and click Add New
- Enter “P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler)
- Click on install and wait
- Activate the plugin
- Hover on Tools under menu, and click P3 plugin profiler.
- Click on Scan now, select auto or manual. I recommend an auto scan since you can do other things while it takes on all the scan work on an automatic basis.
- Click on the corresponding menu and see the results for example, below is the detailed timeline including the total plugins loaded, plugins impact, total load time, MySQL database queries by plugins, plugins name and more.
- See the different Run time by plugins on the your site.
When you look at all the above data, you will be able to monitor bandwidth usage, and also track which plugins use much of your bandwidth basing on the time they take, the load on your site and much more.
This will help you make a choice on which ones you have to leave on your WordPress and which ones you should remove. The entire idea is very simple. You can save lots of bandwidth if you finally remove those high consuming plugins and or replacing them with the less users.