Whenever any information is uploaded to a shared hosting account or downloaded from it, some traffic is generated and that is a characteristic that each hosting plan comes with. It's moreover among the features it is important to check out, as the amount of traffic allowance you will need depends upon what exactly you need the account for. The traffic is primarily produced by downloads and this includes web site visits. In simple terms, every time somebody goes to your website, the web pages are downloaded from the server to their computer system and they are subsequently displayed by their web browser. It's also important to know that uploads matter too, therefore every time you back up larger files from your laptop or computer to the server, some web site traffic will be generated too. Different companies can have different names for this particular feature, like traffic, bandwidth, data transfer, but all of them refer to the very same thing - the total amount of incoming & outgoing information produced for a given period of time.