When purchasing hosting plans, many people make the mistake of thinking that ‘unlimited’ is synonymous with ‘infinite’. While the hosting plans do not have restrictions on hard disk and traffic usage, it is important to remember that there are physical limits to the amount of data that a web server’s hard drive can store. The same applies with the amount of data that can be transmitted at any moment in time through the server’s Internet connection. Almost all ‘unlimited’ offerings are for shared or virtual servers and as such will be on the same physical machine(s) as other websites and users.
You should also consider that unlimited hosting plans are normally subject to ‘fair use’ policies. Very busy sites could have their bandwidth restricted or even have their service deactivated if they use a large amount of resources that could affect the service for other sites.
Before you purchase a hosting plan, you should think about the site or sites you will be hosting. If you are looking to host a number of small, low traffic websites then an unlimited plan is ideal as you won’t have to worry about being billed for unanticipated additional traffic usage, and disk space should never be an issue.
If on the other hand, your site has high traffic (e.g. from offering downloads or streaming audio/video content, or a very high number of visitors), or you are running e-commerce and/or enterprise level mission critical applications, a £30 per month hosting plan is going to give you £30 a month of service. You should always invest in your hosting according to the value of your website. A multi million pound, million hits a day ecommerce package would be much better suited on a complex hosting platform then a shared server, even if it offers unlimited everything.Return to blog page