Lately, I’ve noticed many newbie web hosting customers falling for the sneaky terminologies of the biggest companies in this industry. One such misleading term is the popular “unlimited hosting”. However, is it really unlimited? Better put, is it possible for a web hosting provider to allot unlimited resources for your website, so much so that this usually applies to shared hosting which basically means you get a little slice of a bigger server. How unlimited is “unlimited hosting”? I’ll be trying to clarify this matter as detailed as possible throughout this article.
Table of Content
- Is Unlimited Disk Storage and Bandwidth Allocation Feasible?
- How is Unlimited Hosting Even Possible?
- Should You Choose Unlimited Hosting?
- How Can I Pick the Right Web Host Company?
- Quick Recap
First of all, most companies will refer to “unlimited hosting” as is, but other ones will actually use a more honest term to describe it, which is “unmetered hosting”. Either of the two you see, they mean the same thing. However, the latter should probably be more relevantory as to what expectations to have.
Now, in order to prove the fact that unlimited hosting was, is and will never be feasible, it’s enough to look at the type of hosting solution it’s usually assigned to, which is shared hosting. If you’re familiar with how shared hosting works, you should know that, given the fact you are most of the times allotted quite a little slice of the server, the resources themselves are very low. Let alone reliability and server uptime.
What happens here specifically is that web hosting companies are willing to bet on the fact you will never use up even a quarter of the “unseen” allotted resources, so promising you a myriad of unlimited features in order to entice you to push that fancy call-to-action button is quick – and sometimes dishonest – cash for them.
I’ve personally tried using up a lot of server resources in order to see how my preferred host reacts, and guess what, they sternly warned me that they would permanently terminate my account if I continued using up that much storage and bandwidth. I did not even get to use more than 20 GB of each. That’s pretty far from “unlimited” I’d say.
Plus, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that the term itself is quite far-fetched. Who would in their right minds give out unlimited resources for only $5? I don’t think that amount even pays the monthly electricity bill for your slice of the server, let alone their cut. The web hosts are not there to help you, but to turn a profit. And most of them would go to great lengths for that.
I don’t want to scare you here. Some hosts do indeed offer unlimited hosting, but that comes with a very high price. We’re talking about at least $50 per month for the benefit. They will never say a word if you use up too many resources. Not all of them are dishonest, but if you see a web hosting provider trying to sell you unlimited resources for $1, look away, you’ll do yourself a huge favor.
In all practical sense, it’s possible to provide unlimited resources for a single website for many reasons.
First of all, as I said before, companies are willing to bet you’ll never use many resources of your server slice anyway. And most of the times, they end up winning the bet quite effortlessly. What remains unused of your server is usually resold to other customers, a practice going by the name of overselling. I personally believe this is an unethical business practice because they turn a profit from essentially the same thing sold to various customers.
However, this is such a big deal that HostGator, a web hosting provider which is part of the notorious EIG group, had been preparing for a whole year prior to launching “unlimited” hosting because they expected huge demand. They were not mistaken.
Brent Oxley, ex-owner of HostGator, himself said this:
“I along with my staff were very eager to launch our unlimited plans on the market, but had to postpone it due to staffing constraints. I believe we wouldn’t have managed to keep up with the demand if we had started it that time. A year later, after spending more money on hiring staff than on advertising our company, we were overstaffed and ready to launch our product. Our sales have increased by 30% since then.”
So, as you can see, “unlimited” plans bring in a lot of cold cash.
I would say yes or no depending on your needs. If you need a very straightforward plan which clearly outlines your rights and your contractual obligations and limits, with an inherent higher cost of course, then unlimited hosting is your last option. However, if you are really confident you will never, ever exceed the unseen allotted resources to your slice of the server, go with unlimited hosting definitely, and end up paying very little at the same time.
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Bluntly put, you really can’t unless you read some reviews or, better yet, test the service for yourself and see whether you like it. There are many ways you can approach this. Namely, subscribe to a trial period (if any), create the website, use as many resources as you can and see where they end. If you don’t like what you see, cancel the subscription and leave full-pocketed.
Or, read reviews (like this one!) that do the hard work for you so you can sit back, relax and invest money wisely.
Regardless of what approach you end up choosing, it’s safe to assume that unlimited hosting is only a little portion of what really matters in the offering of whatever host, and you should realize it after reading this review.
- Unmetered is the right term;
- There’s no unlimited things in our world;
- Unlimited hosting is a term used to exploit newbies’ lack of technical knowledge;
- Overselling makes hosts even more money;
- Analyze other aspects as well, such as customer support reliability, uptime guarantee, refund policy etc.
- Read many reviews about the respective company and determine whether they’re honest based on said review.