Is there such a thing as Unlimited Hosting?

Is there such a thing as Unlimited Hosting?It seems every Web Hosting company out there is offering unlimited hosting for ridiculous prices.  So what gives?  Is there such a thing as Unlimited Hosting?  Are they really offering unlimited hosting?

The quick answer is NO WAY!  If you go to the bottom of the page on any of these sites, you will find the Terms of service button.  Read it carefully.  Buried in there somewhere will be something like this:

Unlimited Features: What do you mean by “unlimited disk space and bandwidth/data transfer” We do not set limits on the disk space and bandwidth (data transfer) that we provide in plans that are marked “Unlimited”. We want you to have the resources available to you to build a great online presence.Even though we want you to succeed, we need to ensure that we’re providing all of our customers with optimum service. As such we do require all of our customers to be fully compliant with our Excessive Resource User Policy/Terms of Service and utilize disk space and bandwidth related to normal operation of a personal or small business web site.If a customer’s hosting account is found to have violated the client content, excessive resource user policy and/or is storing files for archiving purposes, the contents will be removed and while we make best effort to contact customers before hand, can occur without notice.

Excessive Resource User Policy:
Resources are defined as disk space, bandwidth, and/or computing resources (cpu, memory, disk i/o) utilization. Unnamed Hosting offers a shared hosting service in which environment customers may share resources with other customers, therefore it is imperative that Unnamed Hosting control any excessive usage by customers so that they do not disrupt the service quality of other customers using the same resources. A hosting account is considered using “Excessive amounts of resources” when it consumes 100% of 1 CPU core, and/or 1 GB Memory and/or 20 concurrent connections also known as “Computing Resources”, and/or “Resources”, and/or “Resource Usage”. There are numerous issues that could cause such problems, including but not limited to: cgi scripts, FTP, HTTP, etc. To prevent service disruption for other customers, a hosting account which exceeds the included computing resources will be slowed down automatically for as long as the resources are being overused. Unnamed Hosting will make every reasonable effort to notify customer prior to suspension, however, Unnamed Hosting may suspend any offending hosting account prior to notifying the customer of the account in the event that service disruption to other customers was/is caused. The customer whom is using “excessive resources” may be asked toupgrade his/her package to a more suitable hosting package,such as but not limited to a premium account, virtual private server or dedicated server. Unnamed Hosting will be the sole and final arbitrator as to what constitutes as a violation of this policy. Customers have access to their Resource Usage within their control panel.

Huh, I didn’t get about half of that even though I have been doing my own hosting for over 10 years!  What I did get is that there is no such thing as unlimited server space or bandwidth.  How much is too much?  They aren’t real clear on that point, but they’ll let you know when you get there.

Here’s another small excerpt from the Terms of service from a different Unnamed Hosting Company:

Storage and Plan Limits.  All Web Hosting and WordPress Hosting plans, including the unlimited plans, are subject to a limit of no more than 500,000 inodes per account for Linux® hosting accounts or 500,000 files and folders per account for Windows® hosting accounts. The plans are also limited to no more than 1,000 tables per database and no more than one gigabyte of storage per database. Any account or database that exceeds these limits will be issued a network violation warning and will be subject to suspension if no action is taken to reduce the number of inodes or files and folders, tables or gigabytes (as the case may be).

Whoa!  I’m pretty techie, but what what the heck is an inode? They don’t even attempt to explain any of this stuff.  And how do I count my database tables?  So, I can have 500,000 folders with one file in each one?  Again, I guess they would let me know I go over my inode quota!  According to Wikipedia this is an inode:

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In computing, an inode (index node) is a data structure found in many Unix file systems. Each inode stores all the information about a file system
object (
filedevice nodesocketpipe, etc.). It does not store the file’s data content and file name except for certain cases in modern file systems.

Check a few hosting company’s Terms of Service and you’ll see something similar on each and every one of them.  You will be required to click the box that that says you agree to their terms of service before you pay for then hosting, and you will at that time be offered a link to view it, but who is going to read a freaking novel to sign up for a simple website hosting account?

Another thing I found interesting is that these companies advertise low prices like $4.95 a month.  Once you get to the checkout, you’ll find that it’s only $4.95 if you pay for five years in advance!  If you want to pay for one year, it’s more like $14.95 a month for not-so-unlimited hosting. What ever happened to honest pricing?

If you want good, reliable, non-deceptive web hosting, go to Sacramento Website Hosting.  You’ll get what you need and not have to worry about what “too much resource usage” is.