Every consumer wants the maximum juice for his money. More space, more bandwidth, more databases and more of every other thing. But where do we draw the line? In reality, there is nothing like Unlimited Hosting Space, because the physical medium that the data will be stored on has a limit. You may call it scalable or even elastic, but it is surely not unlimited in the true sense of the word. Unlimited Hosting providers often give a clarification or explanation of the meaning of their Unlimited Hosting Plans and who they are meant for. This article discusses the trend of people avoiding unlimited plans and instead looking for transparent web hosting packages.
The most important reason why people prefer the vanilla shared hosting plans with clearly demarcated limits on space and bandwidth, is because those place offer more certainty and transparency. Giving defined limits and offering clarity of plans indicates that the provider aims to be more transparent and offer a fair deal. There are numerous Hosting Providers who aim to cut costs and try to serve as many customers as possible by using unethical means. The Unlimited Hosting plan was designed to tackle customers who haggle over the Price – Space ratio. By giving Unlimited Space, there is no further argument possible.
Resource allocation in Unlimited Plans is often skewed. While you may get “Unlimited” Disk Space or Bandwidth, your account will be restricted by other limits like Memory usage, CPU usage, Rate of Transfer and maybe even load time. This is pointless when your aim of taking an unlimited hosting plan is to be more ambitious and use more resources. Many providers put up a clear notification on their website, indicating that resources are not really Unlimited i.e. they are restricted to a maximum of 20 GB. In fact Big Rock India, a leading web host in India states on their website that
“….we have determined that anyone using over 20 GB of disk space is likely to be using our server as a backup device or to serve video content and such and that is not an acceptable use case for our shared hosting service. We have similar limits for other parameters.”
This is a primary reason, why people would prefer to take a 20 GB account rather than take an Unlimited Hosting account which ends up being the same price.
Many a time, we don’t need a lot of space, but due to our consumerist mentality, we end up buying the bigger plan with more space – as much as we can hoard. This leads to us believing that we have got the maximum benefit for the payment we made. We never use all of the space and that is exactly the case for the bulk of users who buy the Unlimited Hosting Plans. A large number of buyers don’t do the math properly. Its probably just laziness rather than ignorance. They will purchase an Unlimited Hosting Plan at a higher price, when they only need about 1 GB of space, although the 1 GB plan is cheaper. The price and space illusion draws them into choosing the wrong plan. As people get smarter and realize that what they need is not Unlimited and they are able to clearly define their requirement,
In an Unlimited Plan, the user is always on tenterhooks that his account maybe throttled or get suspended for excessive resource usage. Some providers allow you to see the Resource Usage of your account, while others arbitrarily turn off your account or prevent it from using any further resources. As mentioned earlier, Unlimited Plans have skewed resources, which is why the chances of exceeding resources on them will always play on the minds of a professional user. A serious web designer or webmaster will never take an Unlimited Plan and will prefer to opt for a transparent plan which clearly defines the limits of the account.