Unlimited web hosting

Fri, 27th September 2013, 21:12

Unlimited can, and is, clearly defined using adjectives such as unrestricted; unconfined: boundless; infinite; That is, unless you are referencing unlimited webhosting where many owners have decided that since there are unlimited wants, stuff must be rationed somehow.

All webhosting companies have stipulated how much data users can store, and/or transfer with their hosting account. Some have chosen the refreshing candor that comes with being open and honest. They clearly define plan limits, or the lack thereof. Other companies have chosen to craft carefully worded restrictions in the terms of service (ToS) that every client agrees to when signing up.

Only companies offering 'unmetered' services (or some derivative thereof) can be considered 'Unlimited'. Every other company has limits. Often you’ll find terms such as: 

  • A large percentage of your files must be viewable on the web.
  • Files cannot exceed ### MB in size
  • Any video/audio must be created by the site owner
  • All files must be linked from webpages in your site
  • Limits on the time cron jobs can run
  • Resource usage can not exceed a percentage of the server capacity 

Indeed all these denote a limitation. Some limits ensure a hosting plan is being utilized for its intended purpose and are not necessarily deceptive. Don’t rent a studio apartment in a residential neighborhood if you intend to run a industrial warehouse.


A Small Sampling 

HostJury decided to dig around the terms of service, plans, and/or packages of a number of popular web hosting companies. We have endeavored to paste abbreviated snippets from each company that fairly reflects their offering and the terms of the ToS.

We encourage anyone researching a possible webhost candidate to read the complete ToS of the company (and their webhosting reviews). Plans do change, and we make no guarantee that our little chart will remain accurate. As is the HostJury custom, this list is presented in no particular order and we makes no recommendation or endorsement of any web hosting providers...


Bandwidth Transfer

Resource Usage

Diskspace, file or inode limits



Bandwidth is unmetered, with no restrictions. Go ahead and burst.

Processes are limited to 600 seconds for execution, Memory limits vary.

Allocated preset plans.

Varies with package purchased.


Unlimited Traffic

Fair Use policy applies. If contents of your Space regularly generate more traffic than deemed acceptable to the detriment of other SiteGround customers, you get the email warning!  

Use of resources may not exceed that of similarly situated customers.


applies to use of web pages only (html, php, etc.), Backup/storage of movies, pictures or MP3 files is not permitted.



Do not have any peak/off-peak settings nor any bandwidth limitations in place. We utilize 100Mbit ports on shared servers for optimal traffic flow.

CPU: 25%

Memory: 1GB

25 Concurrent Connections

Unlimited is literal although technically still limited by the harddrive size.



For vast majority if the web hosting service are used appropriately, visitors to website will be able to view, download, and add as much content as they wish. In certain rare circumstances, our server processing power, server memory, or anti-abuse controls could limit downloads or access from your site.

To ensure our hosting is first-class, reliable, and available to all customers within that server community, an individual customer's website usage cannot adversely affect the performance of other customers' sites.


Create a website as large as you like; you will not be penalized for exceeding any upper or ceiling limit...

No Storage not directly related to the website.



Reseller & VPS plans are preset limits. No restrictions on peak


No set MySQL usage. Cron jobs are restricted to 5 minutes of run time to prevent overloading. Each PersonalClass

account has access to two physical CPUs


There is no file or inode limitations that are set.

No Storage not directly related to the website.


Basic plan has allocated monthly limits.

Very liberal allowances but amount varies with package purchased.

Larger packages do become unlimited.

Use of account must be reasonable and not place excessive burdens on servers. Shared services are suitable for most customers still there comes a time that website(s) are better suited to larger hosting package, which allows for more dedicated CPU and memory resources.

Allocated preset plans.

Varies with package purchased.

Heart Internet


Websites that allow

downloading of video, audio or other files we reserve the right to impose a bandwidth limit of 25 gigabytes per month. Non-file-distribution usage will remain unaffected by any limit imposed on downloading of video, audio or other files.

Allowed to use a maximum 5% of server's processing capacity


All our Hosting Service packages come with an unlimited web space allowance.

No Storage not directly related to the website.

InMotion Hosting


Bandwidth is unmetered, with no restrictions.

Personal & Business Class hosting are shared hosting environments. To ensure fast & reliable service to all clients, accounts that adversely affect server or network performance must correct issues or upgrade to a virtual or dedicated server


Does not meter disk space but the purpose of an IMH hosting account is to host web sites.

No Storage not directly related to the website.



Doteasy does not set an arbitrary limit on the amount of resources an account can use

Account found adversely affecting server performance by excessively using network bandwidth, server storage, memory or CPU resources, will be asked to consider VPS or Dedicated


No Storage not directly related to the website.



No set limits on bandwidth

Account is considered using excessive amounts of resources when it consumes 100% of 1 CPU core, and/or 1 GB Memory and/or 20 concurrent connections


No set limits on disk space.



means you don’t have to worry about network transfer when your site gets popular.

If your site isn’t optimized and is causing issues pounding the CPU, hogging RAM, or doing tons of disk I/O, you may be asked to sign up for a VPS

Unlimited plus 50GB

allows 50GB of space for backups use free. The rest of your disk space may only be used by files needed for your websites directly.



There appear to be a numerous  limits but to be truthful, there is no clear or concise way to figure them out!

Allocated preset plans.

account cannot hold more than 500,000 files and folders (Windows) or inodes (Linux)

A2 Hosting


"unlimited" and "unmetered" are defined by the use of resources and  may not exceed that of similarly situated customers.

35 concurrent HTTP connections to the server.

Bandwidth, connection speeds and other similar indices of capacity are maximum numbers. Consistently reaching these capacity numbers may result our need to place restrictions on your use of the Services.


Maximum of 300,000 inodes

No Storage not directly related to the website. No Backups of sites larger than 50 GB limited.



No restrictions on how much bandwidth you may use as long as it is not against Terms Of Service.

- Use 25% or more of system resources for longer then 90 seconds.

- Run any MySQL queries longer than 15 seconds.

- Run cron entries with intervals of less than 15 minutes


More than 250,000 inodes on shared account may get warning.

Accounts exceeding 100 K inode are removed from backup system to avoid over-usage. Databases will still be backed up.



Clients will not use more than 30% of  systems resource for longer than 1 minute or more than 150,000 inodes on any single account. Clients reaching or exceeding limit will be contacted to evaluate their needs and if necessary make other arrangements.


Accounts start with 50 GB of disk space quota. Request more via button cpanel when you have used 80% of your allowance. System automatically increase quota. You can request more every time you reach 80% usage.

IX Web Hosting


"Fair-Use" Resource Assignment. Any single account is entitled to utilize server resources, within reason, up to what is allotted or by what is physically available. If resources become scarce, IX Web Hosting reserves right to limit users to lower limit to preserve effectiveness of the service for all users.


File quota limits are enforced to ensure system operating integrity and reliability and are limited to 100,000 files on Windows plans and 300,000 files on Linux plans.

1&1 UK



Basic plans have allocated monthly limits.

Slightly larger plans are unlimited and come with 30 gb. When 75% space is used the capacity is automatically increased in 1gb increments without charge

Network Solutions



Basic plans have preset limits.

Varies with package purchased. Slightly larger plan is available with unlimited diskspace.



but then limit that stating 'HostUpon offers a generous amount of data transfer per month'


Considered using "Excessive amounts of resources" when it monopolies the resources available using 10% or more of system resources for longer than 60 seconds.


Possibly may want to reference the bandwidth and resource sections of the ToS