HostGator Review - Unlimited Disk Space Really?

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I never cared about HostGator’s “Unlimited Disk Space” feature until recently.  I use the web hosting provider for my blog and lately I have been uploading huge video files.  The files are 300MB to 2GB in size.  I have uploaded more than 50 files and there are more to go.  These are videos for my clients to download after I have finished editing.

As I continue to upload huge files, I am anticipating Hostgator to send me a warning message.  To clear the doubt, I researched truth behind HostGator’s claim for giving ”Unlimited Disk Space” web hosting.

Will uploading huge files slow down the server for everyone?

How can I prove that I can store any realistic amount of data without penalty?

“Yes, you truly get unlimited disk space and bandwidth. Of course, this is not the same as infinite disk space and bandwidth, which would be impossible to believe.

Since we do not limit disk space and bandwidth on those accounts, there are some other limitations. Those are completely outlined in section 7 of our TOS.”

We will not limit your account based on how much disk space you use, nor will we require you to reduce your account’s disk space usage to a determined ceiling.

We will not limit your account based on how much disk space you use, nor will we require you to reduce your account’s disk space usage to a determined ceiling.

We do limit other factors, and expect that you will follow the TOS regarding acceptable material. This means we can require you to reduce the number of files (inodes), and we can require you to remove file dumps and illegal files (such as copyrighted by someone else).

We also discontinue the courtesy weekly backup of your account if you exceed 20 GB of disk space, but we still do not force you to get below 20 GB.

Then there is inodes and cpu time.

An inode is a count of every file and folder. Shared plans have one primary user that adds content.

The higher the inode count, the higher the file system overhead and more resources are used.

Reseller accounts do not have unlimited.

Unlimited reseller accounts aren’t feasible in the same way that they are feasible for shared hosting.

If there was a reliable unlimited reseller account available, we’d move all of our accounts over to it and our millions of dollars per year in server fees would go down to $25 per month.

 

http://blog.hostgator.com/2008/10/20/all-you-can-eat-hosting/

http://support.hostgator.com/articles/pre-sales-policies/billing-account-changes/can-i-get-extra-bandwidth-and-space



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