What is overselling?

By default, overselling is disabled for your ScalaHosting reseller hosting account. While overselling is disabled, the disk space usage is calculated based on the space you assign to your accounts. Example below:

If you have 5GB space, you can add five accounts with 1GB space each or ten accounts with 500MB space.

If overselling is enabled, the disk space is calculated based on the used space of your accounts. This is why with overselling enabled, there is a limit of the number of cPanel accounts you can create. At ScalaHosting, the limits are as follows:

Scala1 – 20 accounts
Scala2 – 40 accounts
Scala3 – 60 accounts
Scala4 – 80 accounts

With overselling enabled, the maximum space you can assign to a new account is the free space remaining in your reseller account. For example, if you have 5000MB space and you created five accounts and each of them was given 2000MB space, you can still create more accounts as long as there is free storage space remaining. If the five accounts use 4000MB space, you can create a sixth account, but the maximum space you can assign to it will be 1000MB since 4000MB are already in use by your other accounts.

Basically, with overselling enabled, you can create as many accounts as you want until you reach the number of cPanel accounts allowed for your plan or run out of free space.

Some clients prefer overselling to be disabled since they host multiple small websites with very low space requirements. Others prefer to have overselling enabled because they believe the extra flexibility can make them more competitive.

Although it’s disabled by default, at ScalaHosting, you can choose whether you want to have overselling enabled. All you need to do is get in touch with our technical support experts who will assist you further.

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