In one of our featured web hosting articles, we covered some of the Unlimited Features in Web Hosting Packages. But have you ever wondered, "How is it possible for a web hosting firm to offer unlimited web hosting space and bandwidth?" When configuring a computer desktop, there is never an offer of "unlimited hard disk". Thus, it is almost no way for web hosting firms, in theory, to offer unlimited web hosting space for customers.
What's the logic behind that?
Imagine you are in a buffet or an all-you-can-eat restaurant. You are entitled to eat as many as you want. In order words, you are offered "unlimited" food. But we all understand that there is a limit on how much we can eat. In fact, there are a lot of people who only eat a plate or two at a buffet. This is how buffet restaurants make their profit; the customers who eat very little compensate for those who eat a lot. This kind of business model is very similar to how web hosting firms operate when offering unlimited web hosting. Even though web hosting firms offer unlimited hosting web storage, there are always low usage customers to balance out the other high usage customers.
Should we choose unlimited hosting?
Now we know the logic behind this, it is pretty safe to say that there are no catches when dealing with unlimited hosting plans offered by some of the established web hosting firms. But it is strongly recommended for you to read the fine print to see how the provider defines unlimited hosting before placing your order. Also, try to estimate how much storage and bandwidth your website actually needs. If you are one of those low usage users, it may be better off for you to choose a hosting packages with fewer storage, since these are generally cheaper, or even free web hosting plans.