Unlimited Disk Space and Bandwidth
All InMotion Hosting business hosting accounts come with unlimited disk space and bandwidth. The term unlimited as it relates to your hosting account is mentioned in our terms of service as the following:
"While IMH does not meter disk space & bandwidth, the purpose of an IMH hosting account is to host web sites. Using a hosting account primarily for online file storage or archiving electronic files is prohibited.
IMH Personal & Business Class hosting are shared hosting environments, so to ensure fast & reliable service to all of our clients, accounts that adversely affect server or network performance must correct these issues or will be asked to upgrade to a virtual or dedicated server."
What files can I store on the web-server?
As long as your files tie directly into your website, are legal under US law, and are linked to and displayed on your website, then you can store them on your account.
Where possible issues arise is when one user attempts to offload all of their storage needs onto the web-server. It's important to realize that a web-server, and our hosting network is optimized to handle website related files.
For instance if you have a folder with 25GB worth of pictures you've taken with your camera over the years. simply uploading these thousands upon thousands of images to your /public_ftp directory for storage is not related to your website. At that point you'd simply be utilizing the web-server as a file repository.
Why don't I want to store everything on the web-server?
One important factor why you don't want to cluter up your web-hosting account with un-related files is that our automatic remote backup service is only free on accounts under 10GB in size.
As a shared-hosting customer you share the total web-server resources such as disk space with other customers. As such if everyone decided to upload all of their home photos to the web-server, things could quickly fill up, and you might not have room for store logos, or actual website related content.
Also last but not least, there are storage services available online where the specific purpose of those networks are to store mass volumes of backup data. Offloading your online storage needs to these types of services is generally easier to manage and keep track of than managing your files over FTP.
Online file storage services
If you spend a few minutes searching online you can find a ton of great online storage services that specialize in allowing you to upload non-website related files onto their networks. Here are a few we've heard customers use:
|Storage Service||Free storage||Upgraded storage|
|Google Drive||15GB||100GB $4.99/month|
Content Delivery Networks
If you have a lot of traffic to your website, having your static content like images, and videos hosted on a CDN or Content Delivery Network can help ensure that your website loads faster for visitors, by loading this content from a closer geographical location to them.
Here are a few popular CDNS we've seen customers use:
Hopefully you now have a clearer understanding of what files you can store on your account, and at times when you might need to seek out a 3rd party service for further online storage needs.
If you have any good or bad experiences from any of the services listed above, or have used one we don't mention here, please comment below and share your experiences with us!
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