Unlimited Hosting

What do you think of unlimited hosting? I think it is really just a marketing ploy. There is really no such thing as unlimited hosting. When you read most hosting companies' terms of service, they even state that you can't use up their resources. They always have strict rules and limitations. Now, don't get me wrong, I've used these plans with no problems, but I also wasn't running a site with five thousand unique visitors a month either.

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I Prefer the Term Unmetered

How it generally works is that they tell you that it is "unlimited" for certain resources because they know that you will run out of the limited resources long before you get to use the unlimited resources.

For example, for shared hosting, they know you will run out of CPU, processes, number of files and RAM long before you run out of bandwidth and disk space.

Having been in the industry for a long time, I understand the logic behind it, and understand what "unlimited" really means, but people new to web hosting sometimes get confused by the terminology, and think unlimited means infinite, which it, of course, does not. Although most consumers are smart enough to expect that there is a "catch" somewhere. The problem is that thanks to jargon, most novices wouldn't know what the actual "catch" is.

I prefer the term "unmetered" because it conveys that the web hosting is not measuring that particular resources. The term, unlimited, while accurate, sometimes confuses some people.

Scott M. Stolz
Complete Hosting Guide, Editor-in-Chief
WisTex, Director & CEO