My web host offers unlimited bandwidth and storage. Can I host my podcasts on my site?
If you start hosting all your audio files on their servers, you will soon find that their unlimited bandwidth and storage is, to put it mildly, a tad more expensive and/or suddenly very limited.
Lots of web hosts say they have unlimited storage and bandwidth. They don’t.
3 Types of Web Hosting: They can be called different names, but here are 3 main types:
Shared – lots of sites on one server. If one site suddenly gets huge traffic, it shuts down the entire server and every site on it.
Dedicated – one site on a server. The most expensive (other than buying and servicing your own servers) and secure.
VPS (or Virtual Private Server) – a partitioned server for several intermediate clients. If one site increases, the partition keeps it from crashing the other sites on that server.
A fourth new type of hosting is Cloud hosting, in which your information is hosted on a cloud of servers, so if one server goes down, your site doesn’t. As you might imagine, this isn’t a terribly secure option.
The long and short of this episode — Don’t trust the phrase, “Unlimited storage and bandwidth.”