Have you ever seen hosting providers offering unlimited space or unlimited bandwidth in their hosting package? We bet you have seen it. Some hosting providers use those two terms as marketing traps to attract their customers. We use the term â€œtrapsâ€ because the term unlimited for space & bandwidth surely donâ€™t exist.
How do we prove it?
Simple, have you ever heard about harddisk with unlimited capacity?
No such thing ever existed. Never! So how can the hosting providers claim that they can host your website with unlimited disk space quota?
So how about unlimited bandwidth?
Every hosting providers have their own contract with ISP that provide their internet connections. ISPs have the price for internet connections based on bandwidth. The higher the bandwidth, the higher the price would be. However, no ISP has ever offered a package for unlimited bandwidth.
ISPs offer only unlimited access with limited bandwidth, not unlimited bandwidth. So, how can hosting providers can have hosting packages with unlimited bandwidth while they have limited bandwidth from their ISP?
What if there is really a hosting provider that can provide hosting package with unlimited space or unlimited bandwidth?
If you really insist trying their service then go ahead. To prove their claim of unlimited space, you can simply upload a lot of big files such as linux iso files or even your personal dvd movies. Make sure all those files are legal so you will not break their TOS.
To prove the unlimited bandwidth thing, simply ask your friends to download those files. That, will definitely consume a lot of bandwidth
Soon enough, the hosting provider will suspend your hosting account or ask you to get your own dedicated server as your website has taken too much resources from their server.
Now what? What would you do?
You did not break their TOS. You just wanted to use the unlimited space & bandwidth as what they offer in their hosting package but you could not.
What does it for having unlimited space and unlimited bandwidth but in fact it has limit?
After reading this, we hope that customers / webmasters will be able to choose their hosting providers wisely based on their own requirements of disk space and bandwidth and not because fallen in such unlimited space & bandwidth traps.