Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Unlimited Features in Web Hosting Packages

"Unlimited" can be a key word for the web hosting industry. There are many web hosting providers who will give you an "unlimited" feature - unlimited disk space, unlimited bandwidth, unlimited email accounts. These features are included from many very reputable web hosting service providers, but there are also many articles telling you not to work with a web hosting company who offers "unlimited" features.

So, what do you do?

Enjoy it. Unlimited features from a web hosting provider are not a bad thing. Most of the time, it will save you a lot of money - for example, a web hosting provider will give you unlimited disk space so that you don't have to worry about running out of disk space for your web files.

Don't abuse it. Let's look at the most common "unlimited" features.

Can you really create unlimited email accounts? Even if you could, would you want to be managing unlimited email accounts?

Can you really create unlimited web sites? Maybe. But the most difficult part of creating a successful website is how to promote it - the value of a website is no more than how successful it is (search engine ranking, visitor traffic, etc.). Many people only have the time and/or budget to create and promote a few websites.

For unlimited disk space, let say the connection speed to upload files at home is about 8kb/second, that means you have to spend one day to upload 13MB of data. If you don't stop uploading files to your server, in a year, you will have only assumed 25GB of disk space.

Unlimited bandwidth? The same as unlimited disk space, the secret here is connection speed. There is technically no restriction on the bandwidth usage, but you just cannot consume too much because of the connection speed.

So, when choosing a web hosting package for your website, you need to pay more attention to the reliability and customer service rather than the "unlimited" features offered.


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