I have been using Awardspace for a long time and only now realise that the 'unlimited' space it offers me is a lie.
They say it applies only to HDD space. Not Database space.
Where they keep the databases I don't know.
They're not kept on Hard Drives?
Where are they kept? Scribbled in notebooks? Joke. Maybe on tape drives?
I don't know. But anyway...
And it seems I get only 70MB for each database. Yep. 70 Mega Bytes. Not gigabytes. Megabytes.
My databases are phpBB forum databases and none of my forums have ever done anything but attract spam. So I've never run into space limitations and never gave it a thought because I've always been thinking that 'unlimited space' covered it.
But now I find 70MB is the limit and I find even an empty forum can use 35MB of space. So if I got popular for a day or two I'd crash for lack of space.
And they tell me I can get 1G if I upgrade to another plan and that's the limit unless I go VPS, virtual private server I suppose that means, they didn't say how much that costs.
This forum, I think, specialises in just this area. So can I ask your advice, please, what should I do, where should I be looking?
Most providers don't set low limits on database size and the disk space allocated to your plan should basically cover the amount of disk space used by your databases. I can imagine why they might set a limit on db size to prevent larger (and busier) sites from being hosted on their shared servers since it will likely require a VPS/dedi. However, I agree 70mb for a db is a bit low.
Some hosts have their MySQL setup on a external server/hard drive. Some have it setup like that to speed up the MySQL by having it on a SSD hard drive or just so its not each up so much memory on the main server. As far as I know, Crocweb hosts their MySQL databases externally so their server is a little more faster and to use up less disk space.
It comes up that 'unlimited' hosts have more limits than the 'limited' ones.
Certainly try to search for a host that has clear limits on disk space, databases, etc.
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That's little sad to hear. Well, there are many hosts which provide your needs. I suggest before investing in any plans read their TOS thoroughly or else ask them is there any limitations/cap on "unlimited" term, I know it sounds weird but ya you need to. Have a good day.
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Most limited plans give equal space of user space to use as database space. So I'd suggest going for limited plans from good hosts. Like all others said, unlimited has so many resource limitations & those are mentioned in TOS or AUP of each hosts.