“Unlimited” Web Hosting & Myths You Should Know About
H.G. Wells once said that advertising is legalized lying. This conclusion sounds more like an echo of some harsh experiences and makes you wonder, “Have you dealt, too, with fake offers, Wells?”. And let’s be honest: who didn’t?
It’s hard to ignore catchy words like “unlimited” when it comes to buying a web hosting plan for your website. We’re only humans, after all. But the redder the ocean for a particular service or product is, the more you will be exposed to falling into the traps.
Is that the case for web hosting, too? Yes, (unfortunately) it is.
So, without wasting any more lines, take a look at some risky but popular myths (like ”unlimited” web hosting) that you should know about until launching an online order.
“Unlimited” Web Hosting is Oversold
Unlimited storage (disk space). Is this for real? And, if not, how the ”unlimited” web hosting lie could impact your website’s performance?
Busting the myth: If your business relies a lot on online activities, you should know that choosing the wrong hosting offer could become pretty costly for you. A slow-loading website is annoying and time-consuming, so prospects will rather leave your site and look on competitors’ offers than wait patiently until a page is loaded.
So, what I’m trying to say is that there is no such thing as ”unlimited storage”. Storage is limited, like any other physical space. Data transmission is limited by infrastructure. And the price that you’ll pay for a web hosting service reflects limited possibilities.
”Unlimited storage” is in fact, a marketing hook designed to draw your attention and to convince you to buy. Behind this attractive marketing-package stands an intuitive prerequisite. According to that, sites’ storage needs are very different from one to another. While your website requires a large storage amount, others’ will hardly need half of that.
When it comes to reseller hosting, a common practice is to offer you unlimited storage and bandwidth but in reality, you will be limited by the number of cPanel accounts you can create on your reseller.
At ChemiCloud, we prefer designing our strategy based on blue ocean theory: we offer reliable web hosting at fair prices.
We don’t believe in offering you “unlimited plans” that actually require costly upgrades sooner or later. We have clear terms of service and absolutely no hidden fees.
Checklist – to wisely choose your web hosting provider
- over 80% of reviews are positive;
- confirmed reliable support – by customers;
- 99,99% Uptime guarantee;
- no “unlimited storage” offers;
- money-back policy;
- allows you to migrate or build your website easily;
- fast loading speed;
- multiple server locations;
- 24/7 server monitoring;
- easy to use client area.
So, is unlimited hosting that bad? Most likely, but that does not mean you should fear it. My point behind this article is to explain to you that while choosing a web hosting provider, you should not fall for marketing gimmicks that rely on over-using the word ‘Unlimited.’ Instead, your focus should be on web hosts who offer excellent support and a solid uptime guarantee.
Keeping all other features constant, a web host who promises you a limited GB of disk space for $7 per month is often better than a host who gives you “Unlimited Disk Space” for $3 per month.