What is an “Unlimited Hosting Package”

Unlimited Hosting
UPDATE: The article mentions that it is alright if your needs are not intensive. However, 100,000 File limitations can pose a problem if one is running a Content Management System like Word Press, Joomla, Xoops, Drupal etc… In this case it is always better to go for hosting which does not have *hidden* terms and conditions, that say: “You cannot use more than 5% of the server’s resources for more than six minutes at a stretch and not more than 3 instances in a period of 30 days.”
Having said that, this is not an endorsement for limited packages, nor a blasting for unlimited packages, this is just for your info. Taking an informed decision is better than a blind one. Here is an extract of the terms and conditions from one of the popular “unlimited” hosting companies here in India.
– Use over 25% of system resources, including but not limited to Memory, CPU, Disk, Network, and Bandwidth capacity, for longer than 90 seconds in any consecutive 6 hour period.
– Run any type of web spiders or indexers.
– Use the email service for sending or receiving unsolicited emails.
– Use the email service for sending or receiving emails through automated scripts hosted on your website. This would lead to immediate cessation of mail sending capabilities for the user or the domain name. Frequent violation would lead to permanent suspension of the domain name.
– Sending mails to invalid recipient email addresses. On receipt of too many bounce back messages due to invalid recipient email addresses, the user sending such mails would get blocked. Frequent violation would lead to permanent suspension of the domain name.
– Cannot be used as a backup/storage device.
– Store over 100,000 files (including mails, logs, error logs, cache, temporary files)
– Constantly create and delete large numbers of files on a regular basis.
– Run any MySQL queries longer than 15 seconds. (Dude! Seriously, this is like saying the most important group of people are on my site, and they requesting large amounts of information about my business and the server will block me out when I need it the most!?)
– Store a large number of media files (audio, video, etc.), wherein the limit is at Parent’s sole discretion. (So maybe you are saying say 100 images? oh wait, you are saying you can make it 50 images whenever you feel like.)
– Send over 100 messages per hour per user and/or 300 messages per hour for a domain name. Receive a high volume of emails, by a user or domain name, in any given period of time. (HAHAHAAA)
Well, this is a part of our ongoing educational endeavor to educate and empower the end user. Unlimited Hosting is like the unlimited Internet, after your download limit, you will go to 128 Kbps.

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