You might be researching web hosting already. If you started with the cheapest (shared) then you have probably come across some AMAZING deals.
You have, without a doubt, came across deals announcing – UNLIMITED resources for just dollars per month.
UNLIMITED web hosting
UNLIMITED disk space
All for $3.95 a month!!!
Why the heck would you go for any other plan? This is your dream set up. You can host unlimited sites for a ridiculously low cost.
There is a catch though (isn’t there always?). Any shared hosting plan claiming unlimited is never unlimited. How could they ever make their money back? These companies will bury clauses into their fine print making sure that you can never use up too many of their resources. If you do…your sites go down. Simple as that.
Web Hosting Companies do this by limiting things like inodes (inodes store info on files, folders etc…) or by using unclear statements in there terms of service, like:
“Web Hosting ABC’s offering of “unlimited” services is not intended to allow the actions of a single or few subscribers to unfairly or adversely impact the experience of other Subscribers.”
Web Hosting ABC’s reserves the right to limit processor time, bandwidth, processes, or memory in cases where it is necessary to prevent negatively impacting other Subscribers
So basically, Web Hosting ABC won’t tell you exactly how many resources you can use, but if it gets to this unspecified level, then they will shut your site down.
Beware unlimited hosting plans, make sure you read the fine print first