Unlimited Web Hosting Offers Explained

If you have been looking around for​ a​ web host, you probably already have seen some of​ these offers: Unlimited Data Transfer, Unlimited Bandwidth or​ Unlimited Disk Space. the​ truth is; these deals are not possible.

Unlimited data transfer, or​ some web hosts might say unlimited bandwidth, is​ not possible, because if​ a​ web host has a​ server that is​ connected at​ 1.544 Mbps (Megabits per second) the​ maximum amount of​ data transfer that can be received is​ * 465.9 GB (Gigabytes) per month. This is​ a​ lot more data transfer than most websites will need. However, it​ is​ limited to​ the​ 465.9 Gigabytes per month and​ there will be other websites on the​ server sharing the​ data transfer if​ you have a​ shared web hosting plan.

You may also have heard of​ offers for​ unlimited disk space. Also, this is​ not possible. This maybe a​ little more obvious. Your disk space is​ limited to​ the​ size of​ the​ server's hard drive. Again, if​ you have a​ shared web hosting plan, you will be sharing the​ space with other websites.

So, why do web hosts make these offers? They do it​ under the​ assumption that many websites won't use very much data transfer and​ disk space. Be careful with web hosts who make these unlimited offers and​ always read their policies, terms of​ service, or​ user agreement page concerning the​ unlimited offers.

If you know the​ connection speed of​ a​ web host's server or​ your own server, you can use one of​ these calculators to​ find the​ maximum amount of​ data transfer it​ can receive in​ Gigabytes per month.

Remember, when using the​ calculators, 1 Kilobyte = 1,024 Bytes, 1 Megabyte = 1,048,576 Bytes and​ 1 Gigabyte = 1,073,741,824 Bytes.
When searching for​ a​ web host look for​ hosts that don't make these unlimited data transfer and​ unlimited disk space offers or, make sure you read the​ web host's terms of​ service concerning the​ offers.
* 1.544 Megabits x 60 (seconds in​ a​ minute) x 60 (minutes in​ a​ hour) x 24 (hours in​ a​ day) x 30 (days in​ a​ month) = 4002048 Megabits = 4002048000000 bits = 500256000000 bytes = 465.9 Gigabytes
(8 bits = 1 byte and​ 1 Gigabyte = 1,073,741,824 bytes)

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