More often times than not, you will come across the term “Unlimited Storage” or “Unlimited Space” when looking for a web hosting package. Now, don’t be fooled, unlimited space doesn’t mean what you might think. Web hosting companies will use this bait to lure you into thinking you can store all your heart desires on your shared hosting space, but wait there’s a catch.
The Fine Print Of Unlimited Space
Nearly 100% of the time you will see an asterisk * next to the term Unlimited Space. This marker indicates that there is fine print somewhere, usually at the bottom of the page. What this usually states is that you have unlimited space up to a set amount. Wait a minute, limited unlimited space? That’s right you read it correctly, hosting companies will pull you in by betting on the fact your brain only picks up on and process the big keywords such as unlimited expediting the process to purchase the hosting. Furthermore, there is more often than not fine print that explicitly forbids you from storing your files and using the hosting as a means of backup. If you violate this term, they will terminate your account.
What Should You Do?
While we obviously would love to obtain your business, this is not what this article is for. There are several things you should look out for in order to avoid any hassles or terminations. Look for the following in the footer of the page:
- Setup fee and other terms and conditions may apply.
- * Offers valid for a limited time only.
- For the first month and $XX.XX thereafter
- Monthly maintenance fee required.
If you see any of these, you may want to take your business elsewhere.
The Promotional Plug
If you are wanting to build a website, create an e-commerce store, or even use hosting as a backup to your local files, The Official Geeks covers that. We have no fine print or restrictions and feel that you have the right to store whatever you want, as long as it doesn’t violate any laws. Check out our hosting plans if you are interested, if not thanks for reading this and we hope it can help you make smarter decisions when it comes to your web hosting.