The monthly site traffic characteristic is usually known as data transfer or bandwidth as well, however all of these terms have to do with the very same thing - what amount of data can be transferred to and from a shared web hosting account. The traffic can be generated in just two ways, the more obvious one being site visits. When somebody loads your site, their Internet browser requests and downloads the webpages from your website hosting server and then displays them on their end. The more site visitors you have, the more outbound traffic is generated from your website hosting account. Due to the fact that this characteristic includes the entire website traffic, not only your website visits, you shouldn't forget that inward traffic is measured as well. Which means site content and other files that you upload to the account via a file manager or an FTP program are measured towards the account allowance. Your transfer is generally monitored every month and the counter resets on the very first day of every month irrespective of your actual date of signup.