If you’ve been researching web hosts, you’ve probably come across some of the following offers: Unlimited data transfer, Unlimited bandwidth or Unlimited disk space. The reality is that these deals just don’t work. First of all, unlimited data transfer isn’t possible. Some web hosts claim unlimited bandwidth, but that’s not the case. If you’re using a web host with a server that’s connected at 1,544 megabit per second (Mbps), you’ll only be able to receive * 465,9 GB (GB) of data per month. That’s what more than most websites need. Second, you’ll have limited disk space. This might be a bit more obvious, but your disk space is only available on the server’s hard drive. You’ll have to share it with other websites if you’re on a shared hosting plan.
Why do web hosts offer unlimited data transfers? Web hosts make unlimited data transfer offers based on the premise that many websites don’t consume a lot of data transfer or disk space. Be wary of web hosts who offer unlimited data transfers and always check their policies, Terms of Service, or User Agreement page for information about unlimited data transfers. You can also use one of the calculators below to determine the maximum number of data transfers a web host’s server (or your own server) can receive in gigabytes per month.
Keep in mind that 1 kilobyte is 1,024 bytes, 1 megabyte is 1,048 bytes, and 1 gigabyte is 1,073.741.824 bytes. When looking for a web host, look for one that doesn’t offer unlimited data transfer, unlimited disk space offers, or read the web host’s terms of service regarding the offers.
* 1.544 Megabits x 60 (seconds in a minute) x 60 (minutes in a hour) x 24 (hours in a day) x 30 (days in a month) = 4002048 Megabits = 4002048000000 bits = 500256000000 bytes = 465.9 Gigabytes (8 bits = 1 byte and 1 Gigabyte = 1,073,741,824 bytes)