The Truth About Unlimited Hosting
What is unlimited hosting?
“Unlimited Hosting” refers to web hosting offers that come with unlimited disk storage, data transfer (bandwidth), as well as possibly addon domain name capacity.
In essence, what this means is that these unlimited hosting providers are actually offering you the freedom to host as many websites as you want to at an affordable price (normally below €10/mo).
Is unlimited disk storage and bandwidth possible?
“WOW! Seriously?!” Many of you might scream if this is the first time you heard about unlimited hosting.
Well, this does sound awesome at first, but is it really worth it to scrap your old, reliable hosting service and jump right on board with unlimited hosting? Let’s consider a few things first;
Let’s dig a little deeper into this.
As a smart consumer, you should recognize that hosting companies are in a world of their own, especially in terminology. To the average layman, ‘unlimited’ means exactly that – without limitations. However, that’s not quite so true when it comes to unlimited hosting plans.
If I had a dollar for each email I get from readers asking if they can really store their 1TB or 2TB collection of movies on an unlimited hosting plan, I’d probably be a millionaire.
Wake up and smell the roses, people.
In this world, almost everything is finite and that’s especially true when it comes to hardware. It is simply impossible to have the funds (or even space) to offer everyone unlimited access to storage, CPU power and RAM.
It is also impossible to offer unlimited bandwidth when there is a limited number of cables available to transmit data around the globe; and it is also impossible to hire unlimited manpower resources to maintain servers and networks.
Unlimited is nothing but an imaginary industrial term, liberally sprinkled with caveats (also known as exceptions).
Hosting companies want their piece of cake too
First and foremost, always remember that web hosting companies – even the best ones, are in the business to make money. Some may do it more honestly than others, but ultimately they are all after something you have – your money.
Consider reading an ad for a new all-you-can-eat buffet place and heading over there to try it. Once you get there, there is a note saying you have to weigh less than 70kg before you can enter.
That’s the catch.
The same applies to many unlimited hosting plans – you are welcomed to host unlimited websites and take up unlimited hosting resources as long X or Y conditions are met.
The problem is that these conditions are rarely stated in the marketing area of the web hosting site. That part of the site keeps telling you that you’re getting an unlimited plan.
In small print, usually under the Terms of Service (ToS), there will likely be a million and one limitations and house rules.
- BlueHost and Hostmonster will start throttle your account CPU usage once you hit the house limit (which is extremely low),
- Hostgator will shut you down as soon as you exceed a certain number of inodes,
- iPage will suspend your account if your site eats up excessive amounts of CPU power, and
- WebHostFace users are limited to 150,000 inodes.
These are just few quick examples I can think of while I am writing this article (you can read details of these limitations by researching over the internet for BlueHost, Hostgator, iPage, Web Host Face review or any other provider you thinking to move).
Believe me, every single unlimited hosting provider out there will have its own house rules and server limitations to control their users. These limitations could be in terms of CPU queries, RAM, inodes, number of MySQL databases, number of MySQL database connections, or even FTP uploads – the list goes on.
As soon as your websites hit the red zone; the hosting company will pull the plug on your account, or impose additional charges on you (and BOY will they CHARGE!).
That is how “unlimited hosting” works.
And that’s why DigiXenia, is giving you really the best of all… Of course there are limits… But we set the limits the highest possible providing the most fair hosting ever! Hosting you will never ever find again! Guaranteed!
The Bright Side of Unlimited Web Hosting
“This doesn’t sound fair! I thought I am signing up on an unlimited hosting. These guys are just plain old dishonest and I am quitting on my host!”
Again, do not jump to conclusions too soon. Before you get mad and scream scammers, there is a logic explanation behind these unlimited hosting offers.
The reason why hosting providers are able to offer unlimited hosting plans is simple.
How unlimited hosting is “possible”?
If you’ve gone through the ToS of a site that’s promising you the moon and the stars for the rock bottom price of €2/mo and think you might finally be putting one over the web hosting provider, think again.
Let’s consider the phenomena known as overselling.
What is overselling?
Overselling happens when a hosting company sells more than they have the actual capacity to provide. Large hosting companies normally own incomprehensible amounts of hosting capacity (bandwidth pipes, computer servers, manpower… etc) that would never be exceeded by a single website.
At the same time, most websites need only very few resources to run daily, such as the average corporate website. Seeing that most resources in their servers remain unused, the hosting companies (that offer unlimited hosting) therefore have the ability to just re-sell those unused hosting capacities (aka overselling).
You can argue that selling unlimited hosting plans are unethical, but it does not indicate that the said hosting company is bad.
Should you pick an unlimited hosting?
The truth is, the quality of a hosting deal relies on a number of factors. One of the last things we need to compare nowadays are the basic hosting features, such as data transfer, disk storage, and so on. Technology has evolved so much that much of these factors are now dirt cheap and almost every shared hosting company is giving this same unlimited shit to users these days.
It’s just too difficult to distinguish a good web hosting provider from substandard ones from outside nowadays.
How to select an unlimited web host that does not suck
To pick up a good host, what you need to do is obvious. Stop looking from the outside in and start comparing the hosting service quality from inside. You can:
One, spend some money and sign up with a host on a trial basis. Then track everything you need and if you don’t like what you see, cancel before trial period ends; or,
Two, rely on a great and fair hosting provider like DigiXenia! We will support you 100% and provide the best services assuming that you are also working fair with us! Fair people need always to be on both sides for something to work fairly.
So, are we clear on the topic unlimited hosting?
A quick recap on what you have just read:
- Unlimited hosting is impossible; everything is limited in our world.
- Unlimited is just a marketing term used by hosting companies to win customers.
- Overselling is how they can afford to offer such plans at rock bottom prices.
- The unlimited hosting features, such as disk storage and bandwidth often do not determine the really critical qualities of a hosting deal.
- Make sure you look into details such as site uptime, after sales service, software support, and so on.
This is our difference! To be the fair & honest guys that will work WITH you, for YOUR site, for YOUR success!
Try DigiXenia today, contact us if you need help or suggestions on how to proceed & which package to choose, try our packages and decide your self.
If you will have experience of having a web hosting before, I’m sure you will understand the huge difference!