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hostgator unlimited disk space and bandwith?

Discussion in 'Web Hosting' started by cane2991, Jul 28, 2013.

  1. cane2991

    cane2991 Newbie

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    does hostgator really provide unlimited disk space and bandwith? they say for $5 a month you can get unlimited. is that true? so that means i can run my own video hosting website off this with no problems?
     
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  2. BadyBoySEO

    BadyBoySEO Regular Member

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    No, other things matter CPU for instance. Also when they say unlimited they don't mean truly unlimited, there is a fair usage policy (as do many unlimited 'broadband' packages). If your site negatively effects others using the shared server, they will make you upgrade/cancel your subscription, whatever you end up choosing. If you are serious about running a large video hosting website, you will probably want to get a dedicated server.
     
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  3. mazgalici

    mazgalici Supreme Member

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    there is no such thing as unlimited, they will suspend you when you will have a spike of traffic and that's available for all the shared hosting providers
     
  4. andishm

    andishm Regular Member Premium Member

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    I agree to what BadyBoySEO said. In shared hosting donot aspect to use lots of resources even may be after few GB VIDEOS uploaded they send you warning / TOS violation email and it is normal for shared hosting.

    Or may be you can try with shared hosting if they allow video site later on when usages gets high you can upgrade to your own VPS/ dedicated server like that.
     
  5. Zuuuu

    Zuuuu Regular Member

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    They have good packages and very good prices
    you can get first month with 0.01 if i remember exactly
     
  6. blackhataffiliate

    blackhataffiliate Senior Member

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    Think about what you are asking. Have you ever seen an unlimited space hard drive for sale anywhere? No, because it does not exist. So, if it does not exist, how can they offer it? This is marketing and they do this knowing that you will probably never hit 1-2 Gb, but if you do, you will find your self suspended for "abusing resources" such as CPU or other shit.

    Also, while the disk space is "unlimited", they do limit you by inodes. What is an inode? A file on your hard drive! So your "unlimited disk space" is now limited to 250,000 (i think) inodes or files.
     
  7. Kaistar

    Kaistar Power Member

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    If you want to use the tube site style scripts you'll need Mencoder or ffmpeg codecs installed and Hostgator shared hosting doesn't support that.

    If you are going to self host the videos then you can do it but HG will probably pull you for it if you use too many server resources.

    Pretty sure this just means that anything over this limit simply won't be backed up automatically, but you still have access to the unrestricted web space.
     
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  8. Brainiac101

    Brainiac101 Newbie

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    There is no such thing as unlimted just like everyone else here has stated
     
  9. Bokva

    Bokva Regular Member

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    Memory and CPU utilization are usually first things to go short, not disk and bandwidth, that's just marketing...
     
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    imperial444 Elite Member

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    Nope, once you take CPU/Bandwidth resources that overdue some standard ones, they will be contacting you ASAP. It's called Over-Selling.
     
  11. isnotcomplete

    isnotcomplete Newbie

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    Maybe I can provide you with some clarity to what they really mean by unlimited.

    Let me start out by telling you, the unlimited plan, is generally spoken about when it comes to their shared server accounts.

    On a dedicated server at hostgator, there are between 200 to 400 shared accounts. I've actually seen almost 500 shared accounts on 1 dedi at one point. Moving on. They use a dedicated server, to serve as a shared server which hosts' all of those accounts.

    The meaning of unlimited is limited by what the server can handle. Although, they do mean "unlimited". You can have as many domains as you like, as main websites as you like, databases, bandwidth, and etc..

    however, you can only have that, if the server allows it. You are allotted a certain amount of nodes per shared server. Nodes are files.
    each file equals 1 node. They say that you are allowed unlimited nodes, however, if the amount of nodes you have on the server are causing problems with the server and other accounts, then they will email and let you know about it, and ask that you do some clean up and remove some of the files.

    AS for bandwidth goes, you are allowed unlimited bandwidth, but theres a catch, like always. The shared servers, allow for 25 simultaneous connections. Which means, you can only have 25 connections per domain at any given time. This doesn't mean that you can have only 25 people on your site at a time. this just means, that the connections are limited to 25. Example, Lets say that 100 people are viewing the main page of your site. None of them are connected to your site. The site gets loaded in their browser, then disconnects, but when interaction, or navigation, or any action occurs by the user, that invokes a connection to the server. Don't misinterpret that.

    Disk space is unlimited, but they may ask that you remove some files if it becomes a problem as I said before. Also, they have automatic backups. Which only back a certain amount of files/nodes up.

    If your nodes go over, and on the cpanel, you see that bar turn red. Dont worry, it just means that the most recent nodes will be backed up and nothing more.
    Although, they were talking about changing it, so that the backups don't run if you are over the limit. That part is heresay for now though.


    My personal opinion, I wouldn't run a video hosting site from a hostgator server for several reasons.

    They do not have ffmpeg installed of their shared servers.
    Connection limit is 25; and videos generally have a buffer zone;

    I know that arvixe has ffmpeg installed on their shared servers, but they aren't as reliable as hg is.
     
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  12. dkh1978

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    That´s pretty good info by isnotcomplete.

    Just wanted to add that while HG prohibits image sharing sites in their TOS, I did not find a direct reference to video sharing sites, streaming is mentioned questionable, and file storage is also prohibited.

    So basically unlimited = you have to take other users into consideration.
     
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  13. monkid

    monkid Power Member

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    I just come across this thread and this is one of the best explanation I ever read ;)

    +rep added
     
  14. Kaistar

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    If there is a clause in the TOS about image sharing sites they don't enforce it.
    I had a HG rep on ticket support for ages doing his best to find a way around making my image site script use less resources.
    Went into massive detail about what the problem was and made some recommendations about fixing it that worked. There was no doubt whatsoever that he knew what type of site it is, he even had the login details for my script admin panel to look at the coding and make decisions.

    Gotta love HG support...

    Sorry, back on topic :)
     
  15. dkh1978

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    I agree, their support is one reason why I always recommend them.

    I have no experience on how do they actually deal with sites which have content that they supposedly don´t accept, that was just something that was in their TOS. When I first began hosting with them, I just wanted to know what do they actually mean with "unlimited", so took a brief look on their TOS as well.

    Although, the image hosting sites are only mentioned with shared and reseller hosting, with anything heavier than that they might be more flexible. The TOS might also be something, with which they are careful, but might be flexible with shared as well, just like you mentioned.