“Is Unlimited Hosting Good or Bad?”
According to an article on TheWhir.com”When It Comes to Backups Not All Content is Created Equal,” the cost of Unlimited Hosting plans is the major reason most consumers contract with Unlimited Plans. Prices range from $9.95 per month and up depending on the hosting company. The writer, Rich Wilson, suggests consideration of the questions below when comparing an Unlimited Plan vs. another form of hosting such as Dedicated Hosting, Cloud Hosting, or VPS Hosting.
- Is it CRITICAL to back up information on tape every day and store it off site from your hosting provider?
- Does the information need to ALWAYS be available?
- How detrimental is it for this information to occasionally be on a slow server?
Here’s an example:
The total online retail spending for ebay.com was $29.1 billion for November and December 2009 according to Bloomberg Business week.
How much profit would Ebay.com lose without a backup on the server their website hosted on?
How important is the decision in choosing between Unlimited Hosting verses other hosting?
What would the consequences be if information on the ebay.com website was lost?
(29.1 Billion In sales would be drastically reduced to nothing.)
What would the consequences be if the Ebay.com server ran slowly? How many customers would stay on the site to make a purchase?
Unlimited plans are desirable for those sites which can tolerate the risk of losing data or which are backing up data themselves and those who desire budget hosting. A recommendation is to use Unlimited Hosting Plans on a server with some type of Raid.