Can you recommend a shared hosting solution with a lot of file storage capacity and php memory limit of 128MB ? Basically , I'm looking for Hostgator alternatives since the 64MB php mem. limit is not enough for me (Drupal websites). I need a cheap hosting solution because the website(s) are for community usage - no profit whatsoever.
Yes 100+GB of space in shared is going to be a lot, and if a host does permit it they may exclude you from backups, red flag your account to look for an excuse to cancel you, etc.
VPS and Cloud Servers (Cloud VPS) are going to be a good next step in the right direction to solve both of your problems, and still remain cost effective. I think you can get what you need for less than $50/mo depending on your bandwidth requirements.
I thought that the only reasonable usage for shared hosting is the storage capacity.You can get a cheap VPS with the same price of a shared hosting. Can you recommend a chep VPS with 100GB storage -cause I don't know any.
Do you remember imeem ? Podcasts were there until MySpace bought imeem and closed the service. I don't know any trusted service for this but if you have any suggestions I will check it out. I am thinking to serve podcasts through Amazon's S3 service if I can make it work.
Don't go for Unlimited shared hosting accounts as ultimately they stop you some way, better move to VPS with 80GB-100GB space, or cloud hosting so that you have no problem in future, when you need upgrade.