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Is ‘Unlimited’ Hosting Really Unlimited? Here’s The Catch


When you are looking for a place to host your website, you would have definitely come across the term ‘unlimited hosting’ being used by many web hosting providers in the plans and pricing page. Many people get fooled by that term and believe that they will be getting access to truly unlimited web hosting services for their website(s). This is one of the most prevalent tricks that is made use of by these web hosting providers.

The Glorious Fake Promise

Most of them promise us with unlimited bandwidth usage, number of visitors, disk space, websites, domains, et cetera. Only some of the smart customers and people with some knowledge in web hosting practices will realize that these perks are not truly unlimited. There is often (in 99% of the cases) a restriction placed upon the user in someway preventing them from making use of the so-called ‘unlimited’ web hosting services.

Reading the Fine Print

If you go through the fine print, you will find that there is a clause mentioning fair and reasonable use explaining their fair usage policy. What it means for any average user is that – you are free to use as much bandwidth and resources as any other normal user and if you cross that limit, you will be shut off and your services and/or subscription can be suspended or terminated.

Customers are Fools

Another way they trick you out is by allowing you to host as many websites as you want with unlimited bandwidth but the disk space, number of inodes, MySQL databases or CPU usage is capped effectively to prevent you from burning their resources and overusing their services. This is not fair and in no way can be termed as an unlimited web hosting service.

Everything is a Marketing Gimmick

To be honest, all these claims of providing you with unlimited hosting is a pure marketing gimmick to attract unwitting customers (mostly newbie bloggers). What use is of having access to unlimited disk space and bandwidth if you are only permitted to use one MySQL database? If you’re using WordPress to build your websites, you will be needing one MySQL database for every site you create. Why choose an unlimited hosting plan if you are not allowed to park unlimited domains?


To be honest, there is no truly unlimited web hosting plans. Such things are done for marketing and acquiring new customers. Instead, you can go for hosts like SiteGround or Bluehost which are upfront about their plans and pricing. Thus I hope this post helps you in understanding what most web hosting providers mean by their unlimited web hosting plans and services. If you found this post useful, please do share it with your friends on social media such as Facebook and Twitter.

3 thoughts on “Is ‘Unlimited’ Hosting Really Unlimited? Here’s The Catch”

  1. This what I call a good article which is of an immense value to multitudes of online writers. The title is apt and draws attention, the content is nicely presented and the points are well discussed. What a marketing gimmick​ and how easily are the customers trapped!
    Well-timed words of caution- one should be careful about choosing a web host. Your article is useful for all those on the internet.
    Good job done, dear young man!

    • Thank you so much for the appreciation Harish. It means a lot to me.
      It is very true and an always existing problem that many customers get trapped with such hosting providers unwittingly. I wrote this post just for those people, in the hope that they might stumble upon my article before getting locked in with such hosting providers, though there is always an option to migrate later to a better host.


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