This blog post was first published on Extreme Web Technologies’ Blog.
We come across many customers who are looking for unlimited hosting. This article is aimed to explain why we do not offer unlimited hosting, and why you shouldn’t look for a host that does offer unlimited hosting.
Unlimited hosting is a marketing gimmick, that claims to give you unlimited resources: disk space, bandwidth and features at a very cheap price which is governed by their fair usage policy buried somewhere in their fine print.
Say, for example, you spent millions of shillings planning your campaign, getting all the creative right, and started your marketing campaign only to find out that your website is suspended by the fair usage policy.
A fair usage policy is put in place to ensure that you are not overusing the server resources. You may be hosting a website that consumes a small percentage of CPU for a couple of seconds every time someone visits your website. And when your site starts getting a lot of visitors, you may start seeing your site become sluggish as the server becomes busy. In such cases, a web host may decide to suspend your site for sometime to make sure their other customers are not affected.
On a shared hosting environment, one server is setup to ideally accommodate between 250 to 500 hosting websites. A web hosting company can only provide you with unlimited hosting when they are overselling it. This means that they are actually hosting 2 – 3 times more accounts on a server.
Realistically, there is nothing like unlimited hosting! If you think about it, your hard drive has a capacity limit, your internet bundle has a capacity limit, everything has some sort of limit which makes “Unlimited Hosting” limited too!
Finding a good host may be slightly more expensive than the unlimited ones, but you are rest assured to get what you are paying for. When you are looking for a new web hosting company, you should be looking at the following three things:
- How long have they been in business?
- What their customers think of their support?
- What are their uptime statistics?
Extreme Web Technologies has been providing top notch quality web hosting since 2004 with exceptional 24/7 friendly customer support.
We monitor all our servers through a third party monitoring service which probes our servers through out the day. We have an uptime report of over 99.5%!
Our entire team is notified when an outage is detected, and everyone is hands on deck to ensure the server is back up & running as soon as possible. In the event of a downtime, we have a backup mail servers that holds your emails waiting to deliver it as soon as the server is back online.
What do you think of unlimited hosting? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Editors Note: This article was written by Mohsin Sumar (@mohsinsumar) and serves as the Technical Director of Extreme Web Technologies. Mohsin with his Customer Happiness team constantly strive to deliver top notch quality web hosting in Tanzania.