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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
Dropbox 15GB 100GB $9.99/month
Box 10GB 100GB $5/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:

Amazon CloudFront

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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2014-06-11 10:47 am

CDN is a gaff, in the sense that you pay a about 1,000 to 5,000 times your normal hosting fee for some service you can only hope is helping. CD is sketchy at the best of times. At home, my PC publishing machine opens my InMotion site in 0.5 seconds. Same room, same network cable, my Mac takes 30 seconds. Wander across street to Stabucks and load time is almost two minutes. Same ISP company and service provisions, three different access devices.

InMotion support was very helpful in getting a grip on such disparity. InMotion pointed me to where my overall speed result is A, but a few of my scores are F's. Must be that rotten download times correspond with access where local environmental factors cull 'F' score server behaviors, thus resulting poor download speed. Factors that no CDN can control.

Given a specfifc device on a specific connection, connection speeds are more stable than ever before. Still, CDN can never account for extrinsic local environmental factors that so obviously govern download speed. Becuase quite simply, no one yet understands even what those factors are. Let alone, have the ability to control their influence.

9,968 Points
2014-06-28 3:58 am
Hello Mark,

A CDN can be very useful if you have visitors from all around the globe. They help distribute your content to datacenters that are closer geographically to where a visitor is requesting your site from, and they also reduce the need for a single web-server to handle all content requests.

Local network speed is always going to be a big factor with how quickly your website is loaded, but a CDN can help greatly in normalizing the server to client response time the average visitor to your website achieves.

- Jacob
n/a Points
2014-11-06 4:44 pm

Jacob, Yes, I was short-sighted. I guess it stand to reason that if they are lamenting their Starbuck 250Kb connection, they would prefer all websites to use CDN! 

Yet, CDN has limitations. For example, if we want to "edge" the CDN (create a dedicated site where all content is optimized, we immediately limit service to IE8+ browsers. Whishs in the real world means IE9+ on Windows Pro. However, the edged platform delivers four (4) times as fast. Which makes our Stabuck visitors feel like they are connecting at 2mbps. 2007 cable Internet connection speed!

Another important limitation is lack of streaming service. In response to the globle economic downturn, CDN services have stopped providing "edge" hosting as a standard service. So CDN fees dropped $40 a month. Now visitors and their Server Support staff have to look after the CDN storage headaches.

Edge is still available, but that puts your cost right back up. Oh, don't forget that to host edge service for the CDN, you need a security certificate from your web server, or for about a hundred CDN will both certify your security and host your goods.

2014-10-18 11:50 am
am having problems with my amazon cloudfront
19,934 Points
2014-10-19 9:34 pm
Hello Iamkingsleyf,

Thank you for your question. We are happy to help, but need more detailed information to really assist you.

What problems are you having?

Are you getting errors? What errors are they?

Can you provide a link to the error?

Thank you,
n/a Points
2015-09-20 4:38 am

Is there any way for the backup to selectively target only what's needed?  For example, if I'm running a photo-heavy site that has a total of 35Gb but 30 of that is the photos that are static and don't really need to be backed up (since I have copies on my PC or a cloud storage service), can the other 5Gb still be backed up?

For that matter, would that 35Gb going to run afoul of the "unlimited" limit, even if it's all part of the web site?

31,840 Points
2015-09-21 2:28 pm
Hello Robert,

The server backup system backs up the entire account, it cannot separate sections. You may be able to code one that does, however. The total size of the account is what is included when looking to the backup limit. So 35GB would be 25GB above the 10GB 'free' limit. This would require purchasing 30GB of backups (10GB free + 25GB of additional).

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
2015-10-28 11:59 am
I have 2 domains and 2 sites an the power plan, one will use very little bandwidth or storage, the other could exceed 30 gig and have large downloads, probably only 20 people tops would ever download the files and not all at once, and I am not worried about the backup, but is there any chance the one with 30 gigs and large downloads could affect the smaller one? I mean if by some chance I have 200 gigs of data for download on the big one, is there any scenario where it could cause the smaller website to go down or be offline due to my heavy usage of the big one?
28,466 Points
2015-10-28 12:26 pm
Hello Shawnhar,

If you're talking about ONE account, then yes, the disk usage of one account will affect the other domain. If they were on separate accounts, then the disk space from one account would not affect the space on the other. However, if they're on the same account, then yes, one account can affect the other. I hope this helps to answer your question, please let us know if you require any further assistance.

Arnel C.

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