Unlimited Web Hosting – Is It Only a Gimmick

With increase in demand for web hosting, many companies are coming up with a promise of best package at pocket-comfortable price. But with an aim to get the lion’s share of the market, many companies are using advertisement gimmicks to entice the unsuspecting customers who are on lookout for a provider to host their websites. One of the most common tricks put into use is a promise of “Unlimited Web Hosting Services” for whoever registers with the hosting companies.

“Unlimited Web Hosting’ conveys a different meaning to the account holder and the web hosting provider. Let us first consider what the web hosting companies mean by it while trying to trap the customers. Having a clear hang of their true intention will be of great help for you to analyze before you sign up with them for this “bumper offer”. Prior to providing you with unlimited hosting facility, the companies consider two main factors – the size of your website and the requirement of bandwidth for every customer visit.

Unlimited web hosting is usually the best choice for personal and starter websites or small business websites which do not have a larger amount of visitors that can produce significant impact on storage space and bandwidth allocated by the hosting provider. If your website contains graphic and video files, is of big size and receives higher number of visitors every day, going with ‘unlimited’ option will put extra burden on your network infrastructure, thereby preventing it from providing top-notch service to your customers. A web hosting company always considers the potentials of the websites as well as estimated growth of the same to figure out how much resources these might need to be at the peak of their performance.

If your website needs more than the “allocated optimum features”, the hosting provider will come up with a suggestion that you need to make a switch from ‘unlimited web host account’ to a bigger, special offer which will cater to the needs of your overgrown website. Obviously, you have to pay extra for higher bandwidth usage and more storage space. Remember that the web hosting companies are too into business and without considering the economic feasibility of their investment, no company will provide a plan.

Even if you have made up your mind to go with unlimited web hosting, make sure to have details about the technology supporting the plan. Also consider if there is any hidden cost involved, available features in other kinds of accounts and whether the technical support is available round the clock. Having thorough knowledge about the promised features is important; otherwise you may find out that quality of actual service is much below the standard.