So you’ve stumbled into a hosting registrar and you discover they are offering unlimited web hosting, and at a very cheap rate!
Your jaw drops and your mouth opens like you’ve stumbled into some sort of jackpot.
In your mind, you are probably thinking that you could have so much “unlimited” traffic and pay just a small token. It doesn’t get any better than this!!!. This must be your lucky day. And you feel on top of the world. Heck! This is definitely a turn around for your blogging career.
You were probably contemplating moving to wordpress if you are still on blogger, or you have been weighing and comparing the advantages and disadvantages of wordpress and blogger. And now you think this is a sign! Your blogging destiny lies in the hands of WordPress. WordPress it is then.
Sorry to burst your bubble but lets back up a little.
To better understand this concept, lets adopt this analogy. A shared hosting is like a tank of water supplied to the tenants of a housing complex. The water contained is shared by the tenants and the cost of refilling the tank is equally shared among themselves.
Now assuming the tank is expected to have the capacity to store and supply 100,000 Litres of water for a month before the need for a refill. And there are 100 apartments in this housing complex all occupied by various tenants.
If you do the math well, you will see that it is expected that each apartment is expected not to exceed the usage of 1,000 litres of water on a monthly basis if the water is consumed or distributed equally.
And this is where the difference of unlimited or unmetered shared hosting and limited or metered is centered.
Just as we have calculated, each apartment is entitled to 1,000 litres of water per day. If an automated mechanism is put in place to enforce this, the minute a tenant uses up his ration, water supply gets cut off to his home till the one month cycle is complete for a refill is made. This ensures that the other tenants are not affected.
This is what is done when bandwidth of a given web hosting plan is given, or metered – not “unlimited”. For example, there are 5GB, 10GB, 100GB, etc bandwidths,
I think the right word should be “unmetered” and not “unlimited”. Unlimited gives the idea of “not getting finished”, “no restrictions, etc”.
As the introduction of this post goes, you might think it means there is no limit as far as your bandwidth is concern and so the amount of traffic your blog accrues is not an issue. But unfortunately, that’s not the case.
Back to our tank analogy, when we take away the means to ensure that no tenant exceeds his/her 1,000 litres allocated monthly cap, it therefore means some tenants might end up using up theirs and cut into other tenants allocation as well.
In the upside, there are actually going to be some tenants who won’t be able to consume their supposed 1,000 litres. So instead of that resources going to waste, won’t it be better to have it given to another who seen to be consuming more?
This is how unlimited (unmetered) bandwidth operates. Basically, in unlimited bandwidth, the resources aren’t shared equally.
But this doesn’t mean you get to use so much bandwidth unlimitedly. You are still sharing a server, with a given or certain or limited or metered capacity.
The minute the server capacity gets to its brink, the websites on it will have to share the burden of their sites coming down. Just like the consumption of the 100,000 litres of water before its next refill will have a terrible inpact on all the tenants.
Also to avoid this, a bandwidth throttle may be imposed on those over-stretching the available resources, so as not to cheat others as everybody still share in the cost equally.