Unlimited vs Unmetered


What is Unlimited ?

You will see the ” unlimited ” word at almost all web hosting website. Most websites are offering unlimited bandwidth, disk space, subdomain, parked domain and website on 1 account, MySQL Database, Email account, FTP account, etc. That means you can grow your website contents as much as you can. They offer you unlimited monthly data transfer so you can draw the visitors as many as possible. You can park as many domains or subdomain under your account. You can create many many emails for your company employee. The package is promoted such as way to attract most of the targeted web developers. 

What is Unmetered?

Some of the web hosting company may put this word ” unmetered” for hosting  means that the data transfer usage isn’t tracked or followed. Another meaning, the amount of data downloading or uploading from your website will not be cap limited or charged by hosting . It is because the hosting do not monitor the data usage at all. 

How does Unlimited limits?

Before we talk about the webhosting, lets talk about the International buffet lunch that you used to eat with your colleagues. You go with 5 Male colleagues and 4 female colleagues. The hotel buffet offer unlimited prawns, unlimited spicy chicken, unlimited grill fish, unlimited lamb chop, and other great menus . You and your colleagues try to eat as much as you can. However, Have you ever think that how the business works? Do you think you are able to eat over the price you paid? If you eat the same dishes in another restaurant, you might need to pay double or triple by eating the same food.

First of all, for the buffet business,their raw material costs are cheaper due to the high volume they purchase. Then 99% visitors will come in group. Based on the average statistic, most people is only able to eat 40% of the total price spend. Even though male can eat much but in balance, most ladies and old people eat less.  That is how the buffet business offer unlimited food eat all you can . 

Webhosting normally do not set limits on the disk space , data transfer and so on in order to attract the majority “normal usage” customer. They believe the clients should have all the required resources to build a great online website and 99.95% of customers will have more than enough disk space and bandwidth to meet their needs. 




Compare to Web Hosting, this is something different from eating the buffet. Although they had specified that it is unlimited disk space bandwidth, as long as the webhosting found that you the usage is exceed the agreed usage or other improper storage or usage, they are actually having the rights to suspend the account without paying the refund. Everything is stated in the terms of service before purchasing the hosting. But normally those terms of service agreement are filled words, most people may not interested to read it. 

Let us show some example, 

Bluehost does NOT provide unlimited space for online storage, backups, or archiving of electronic files, documents, log files, etc., and any such prohibited use of the Services will result in the termination of Subscriber’s account, with or without notice. Accounts with a large number of files (inode count in excess of 200,000) can have an adverse affect on server performance. Similarly, accounts with an excessive number of MySQL/PostgreSQL tables (i.e., in excess of 1000 database tables) or of database size (i.e., in excess of 3GB total MySQL/PostgreSQL usage or 2GB MySQL/PostgreSQL usage in a single database) negatively affect the performance of the server. Bluehost may request that the number of files/inodes, database tables, or total database usage be reduced to ensure proper performance or may terminate the Subscriber’s account, with or without notice.- by Bluehost

 Shared hosting space may only be used for web files, active email and content of User Websites. Shared hosting space may not be used for storage (whether of media, emails, or other data), including, as offsite storage of electronic files, email or FTP hosts. HostGator expressly reserves the right to review every shared account for excessive usage of CPU, disk space and other resources that may be caused by a violation of this Agreement or the Acceptable Use Policy. HostGator may, in our sole discretion, terminate access to the Services, apply additional fees, or remove or delete User Content for those accounts that are found to be in violation of HostGator’s terms and conditions. – by Hostgator

 iPage will monitor User’s use of bandwidth, disk usage and other resources. iPage, in its sole discretion, shall have the right to take any corrective action if User’s utilization of bandwidth, disk usage or other resources exceeds the Agreed Usage, normal usage, or is used for other improper storage or usage. Such corrective action may include the assessment of additional charges, disconnection or discontinuance of any and all Services, removal or deletion of User’s Web site, User Content, User’s electronic mail and e-mail services and/or other materials and services or termination the User’s account and of this Agreement, which actions may be taken in iPage’s sole and absolute discretion. – by iPage

What is the special of Unmetered?

Unmetered is a slightly different than unlimited. In web hosting business standpoint, they are betting against the customer’s that they won’t exceed the specific limit. Moreover, the a specified amount of data transfer costs a hosting company from their internet service provider therefore if they go over this, additional charge will be incurred . Means that if a hosting company is limited by their provider, how can they offer unlimited data transfer? The probability of user exceed the reasonable usage bandwidth does not affect the overall server performance . Based on the calculation, the web hosting company decided to let the customer to enjoy the unmetered bandwidth service. 

However, there are still a restriction policy, lets look at one of the example

While IMH does not meter disk space & bandwidth, the purpose of an IMH hosting account is to host web sites. Using a hosting account primarily for online file storage or archiving electronic files is prohibited.
IMH Personal & Business Class hosting are shared hosting environments, so to ensure fast & reliable service to all of our clients, accounts that adversely affect server or network performance must correct these issues or will be asked to upgrade to a virtual or dedicated server.
-by InMotionhosting

InMotion Hosting

InMotion Hosting is one of the Top 10 Webhosting. They do provide unmetered bandwidth and disk space which are different than what other webhosting offer. InMotion Hosting is a not bad choice, The stability and service support has better advantage.