|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
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
Remember, when using the calculators, 1 Kilobyte = 1,024 Bytes,
1 Megabyte = 1,048,576 Bytes and 1 Gigabyte = 1,073,741,824
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)
About the author:
Brian Shoemaker is the owner of the web hosting services
directory Find-A-Web-Host.com (offering a f
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