Every one has heard it or read it somewhere. Maybe your friend at work told you about his new hosting plan that gives him unlimited transfer or disk space. My own mother told me the other day that her new email account on her ISP gave her unlimited email space. Well, as you can imagine I was taken back by my own mother falling for the biggest lie ever to be perpetrated on the hosting clients of the world.
The main elements of hosting lately appear only to revolve around how much space and bandwidth is your provider providing. How insane is this?
It really boils down to a few simple truths. The network lines that carry data around the web (optic fiber, cable, copper wire etc) have a finite capacity. There is a limit to the amount of data that can be transferred at any point in time. Likewise, the hard drive of a web server has a limited amount of space determined by the physical size of the hard drive.
So how can companies offer such unlimited plans. They are tricksters. Truth be told, read the fine print. These companies limit the amount of upload time, CPU Cycle Usage, place limits on INODE Usage, and so on and so on.
Now when you read our policies you will find none of these limits. We do not limit your CPU cycles, or your the amount of files you can store, or limit your FTP sessions to 5 minutes.
My father always told me, some things in life are not what they appear to be.
A few good articles on Unlimited myths can be found here: