Busting the Myth: Unlimited Space and Bandwidth

Busting the Myth: Unlimited Space and Bandwidth

Looking around for a new hosting provider, there are plenty of factors you can compare. Undoubtedly, essential server resources like disk space and bandwidth would be a prime consideration for any web project. If this is your first time searching for the right host, it’s very easy to get allured by the promises of Unlimited server resources that some providers like to flaunt.

Let’s be real for a moment – “Unlimited” is a lie, and you should forget about it right now.

But don’t just take our word for it. Here is some very logical explanation…

Web Hosting Explained

Understanding the gimmick behind Unlimited deals takes us way back to the very nature of hosting. Depending on the chosen service, you have one or more customers occupying a server machine and utilizing its resources. When we talk about shared hosting, the most popular type of service, the number of users per server can easily exceed 100.

So why should that matter? It all boils down to the host’s hardware configuration.

Think of the web server as your personal computer. As your PC has a set of system resources – CPU, RAM, hard disk space, etc. – so does your server. And those resources have a set capacity. You can’t just download a million videos because, at some point, you will run out of space. The same goes with opening a hundred apps at once – you can only operate with as much as the system can take.

A web server is pretty much the same.

Unlimited Space

А quantitative resource like Disk Space can never be unlimited. Have you ever heard of a manufacturer selling HDD or SSD drives with no capacity limit? Or a server that magically grows more disks when it runs out of what’s available?

There is another thing that should ring your alarm.

How come Unlimited is only advertized when offering shared hosting services? Those are typically the ones that accommodate mostly smaller websites and house the most users per server. So how come they are also the most affordable and generous?

Easy answer – they’re not.

In reality, hosting providers can find many ways to limit your account without breaking the Unlimited promise directly. The Terms of Service often cleverly hide clauses that restrict you from adding more than X files or Y files from the same type. It makes some sense business-wise, as this way hosts can get rid of users who just use their servers for storage, overloading the machines for all other clients.

But as a customer – it’s not really fair, and we get it.

Unlimited Bandwidth

This one is a bit tricky as Bandwidth is something that can theoretically be unmetered. While many hosts can’t really guarantee such an environment, some configurations allow for scalable upgrades when needed. Burstable RAM is one such technology, helping the provider handle sudden traffic spikes.

Remember that it’s always good the check the more important parts of the host’s Terms of Service – fair usage policies, SLA guarantees, upgrade options. This will give you a clear picture of what stands behind the buzzword Unlimited Bandwidth and what you can expect in terms of performance.

Possible Solutions

Now that we’ve learned not to get so easily distracted by grand promises, here are some tips you can have in mind to avoid surprising limitations and forced account blocks.

  • Careful Host Research – Look for providers with clearly stated account limits – such transparency speaks a lot about the company and its way of doing business. Additionally, you can check user reviews for the shortlisted hosts. Try different platforms to avoid stumbling upon paid or sponsored testimonials.
  • Go for a VPS Platform – There are many benefits of a VPS solution compared to a shared hosting service – better performance, stronger security, full account isolation. A great thing about the virtual server is that you’ll always have clear limits that you can easily monitor in real time. In addition, VPS hosts often allow you to scale your resources up or down, so you only pay for what you’re currently using.

Conclusion

ScalaHosting firmly believes in transparency and integrity, so all our offers come with clearly set limits. What’s more – our support team is always happy to meet you over live chat, phone, and email to discuss your website plans and find the best possible solution.

The only thing Unlimited with Scala is your opportunities!

Vlad G.

Author

Vlad has 20 years of experience in the web hosting industry. He wants to make the Internet a safer place for everyone by allowing every online business to have their own fully managed VPS with a control panel and daily backups at the same price as shared hosting. Vlad is a performance-driven individual who is passionate about technology, innovations, and leadership. He believes that every website should be hosted on its own server as that is the only way to achieve maximum security, speed, and reliability. Vlad is currently a co-founder and CEO of Scala Hosting LLC and SPanel LLC.

14 Comments

  1. Judy

    July 17, 2012 / 10:14

    Thanks for the great article. I will most certainly be paraphrasing some of what you said here in my promotional materials to my clients. Please don’t ever give up your honesty and integrity. You guys are the best!

  2. rob haskell

    July 17, 2012 / 10:16

    Nicely put. In my experience the real limit has been RAM. Though I hear Google is working on an unlimited space server :0)

  3. ConstantM

    July 17, 2012 / 11:29

    Thanks Vince. I’ve only received amazing service from you guys, keep it up!

    1. MOURAD

      July 22, 2012 / 12:15

      As a Scala client for more than 3 years since I started to lose my clients due to my old company with bad reputation that called radix hosting, as quickly as possible searching for other hosting company to protect my investments and keep my clients, using google search I found Scala discovered that prices are quite good after using their services I can tell they are great, however they need to allow more server resources.

  4. Anirban

    July 17, 2012 / 13:45

    After being with you guys for over 3yrs now. Yes, I do feel that I don’t need to move anywhere else. But, I also feel you guys could give some special discount for the existing customers on their existing plans as well. Pl, kindly let me know if you guys do come up with something like that.

    Otherwise you guys rock!!

    1. Vlad. G.
      ScalaHosting Staff

      July 17, 2012 / 14:00

      We will have specials for the existing packages too. That will happen in the future and we will send an e-mail to all clients once they are available.

    2. Anirban

      July 17, 2012 / 14:36

      That’d be awesome Vince! Looking forward for you guys to make those happen.

  5. José

    July 17, 2012 / 14:32

    congratulations great service is providing
    fantastic

  6. miktham

    July 17, 2012 / 22:11

    With my past 11 years experience all around SCALA make me feel ultra comfortable without any issues.

    their flexibility in-terms of payments & support are really humanity.

    I grow myself steadily with SCALA year by year 🙂

    PEACE
    Miktham

  7. phillwv

    July 18, 2012 / 01:27

    Hey Vince, you reminded me of the searching and sorting I used to do looking for hosts.
    Let me say two things to prospective clients looking here for unbiased opinion about Scala.
    1. I’m biased because I stopped searching and Scala is the easiest and most proactive host I’ve had since 2003. Been here a few years now (3, 4,5 I forget. That’s good).
    2. Scala still made the short list all those years ago comparing hosts, and I only shortlisted the ‘unlimited’ ones. Except Scala had the reseller plan (and I DON’T RESELL) that, other than lacking “unlimited,” matched all other essentials in similar packages: price, bandwidth, space.

    In other words the bandwidth and space were more than I knew I had ever/would ever need, and the plans were all competive or the same price as the unlimited crowd.

    So, to newbies, if your comparing limited with unlimited, you are comparing real with imaginary – and as Vince so nicely puts it “the unlimited drive hasn’t been invented.”

    And no, Scala don’t pay as regular cheer squad. This is an excellent hosting company.

  8. Vlad. G.
    ScalaHosting Staff

    July 18, 2012 / 08:08

    Thank you very much guys! We will keep on improving our services and adding new ones so that we can increase the variety of services you can use and sell to your own customers.

  9. .COM kinda guy

    July 18, 2012 / 11:21

    Thanks for the explanation and I fully agree with Vince.

    Unlimited space and bandwidth does not exist. Hosting companies that claim their offering is “unlimited” places limits on inodes. What’s the point of that?

    I’d much rather prefer that servers are not overloaded.

    My main business site is with Scala. The site resolves really fast. Or to be quite frank-instantly! Clients who visit your site don’t want to wait for a page to resolve. They will leave before they even hit your home page! This is certainly not good. And this is what’s happening with sites hosted by other hosting companies with “unlimited” promises and offerings. This is what they hide. They don’t tell you about what they really doing-and they pretty much don’t care as long as they have you with them. It’s unfortunate that they take advantage of their customers lack of knowledge in this regard.

    With other hosts, the burden is placed is on the servers: the very servers that’s supposed to serve your business needs! The result is that your sites do not enjoy the speed and take long to resolve because of the overload.

    The trade off is quantity vs quality. I prefer quality. Scala differentiates themselves from these other hosts.
    The packages at Scala is priced perfectly and is much more affordable than any other host.

    I like the transparency with Scala Hosting’s services. Great service, speed, professionalism-everything you want when your business is online!

    The price you pay for Scala packages and what you actually get: clearly, is true Value-for-Money. Top Notch, in my opinion. Scala serves my business needs more than I could ask for.

    For my business, it is extremely important that I come across as professional-and Scala allows me to come across as exactly that.

    I look forward to many more years with Scala Hosting!

    🙂

  10. lucy

    July 24, 2012 / 12:45

    It is great to know that there are people who truly offer services without reservations.

  11. Andres Cataño

    September 10, 2012 / 16:59

    Hi. I´m with you since 2008, your service is great. I´m really happy with you. My clients are happy, i am happy.

    PD: sorry, but my english is not good.

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