Myself and the company I work for have been using a private e-commerce platform for quite some time, and have recently had a number of issues regarding the bandwidth we use.
We exceeded the 50GB bandwidth given to us by our host, and so were given 100GB (at a cost). We are now being told we are likely to exceed this again this month (which will of course cost us more money).
After looking closer at the our website (pinknoise - systems . co. uk) I realised that when looking at the grid of products in a category, the "thumbnails" of the products were actually the full-sized images force-resized on display, instead of PHP-generated genuine thumbnails.
While the e-commerce platforms developers did put a thumbnail-generator in place, which brought down the page sizes quite a bit, we've still been told we're likely to go over 100GB this month.
So, my question is - How much bandwidth should we be expecting to use each month? Looking at alternatives platforms eg: Magento, Bluepark etc. I see that "large businesses" are given around 40-50GB per month in bandwidth.
We are only a small company (5 staff), and get around 50-60,000 page views per month. Please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, but surely there is something uneconomic in either the website's coding/structure or the way we have it set out, that is making us use so much bandwidth each month?!
I would really, really appreciate some assistance with this one, as we're trying to assess our options on where to go next (ie: to migrate to a new, more economic platform, or to optimise our current site in some way so as to drastically bring the bandwidth down).
Thanks in advance for any help,