Is your website slow or giving errors such as timeout errors? Your server may be maxed out on the disk space.in this article, we will show you the quick way to find out your website disk storage usage and what files or which folder is using the most storage space on your server. You will also know how much disk space your website need. We will use Bluehost shared hosting in this demo. However it works almost the same across different cPanel web hosting service providers, such as HostGator, Arvixe hosting, InMotion hosting and many others.
How to View Disk Space Usage in cPanel?
Log in your cPanel, browse to the Files section, and look for the “Disk Space Usage”. See below screenshot.
Note that Bluehost has optimized the cPanel, thus you may find it differs in layout and appearance. Some cPanel hosting providers may put the Disk Space Usage in other sections, such as the Statistics.
At the upper section of the Disk Space Usage, you can see the graph with all sub-folders in the home directory and their storage sorted by the folder names. You will see a tablet at the lower section of this Disk Space Usage screen. In this table, you can find out the directories’ contained disk usage. It is very easy to find out which folder or directory consumes how much storage space in both MB and Bytes. You also have the options to sort directories by name and disk usage so you can easily check out what is using the most disk space on your web server. If you click a folder in the graph, you will open it in the File Manager. If you click to open a folder in the table, you will open all sub-folders with their storage usage details.
Find out files & disk space usage in cPanel
Above “Disk Space Usage” only allow you to find out the storage space used by directories. If you like to see the usage data for individual files, you can go to cPanel >> File Manager. Also for database space usage, you need to use the database tools. For example, if you like to find all your MySQL databases and their data usage in cPanel, you can go to cPanel >> Database Tools >> MySQL databases. Again we are using Bluehost shared hosting in the demo. If you use other cPanel hosting services, you may find the same or similar tools from different sections of your cPanel.
Unlimited web hosting
Many of you may have already heard of “unlimited hosting”. It is the most popular shared web hosting solution in the industry. Check out follow guide to hosting multiple websites with Bluehost for free. They do not limit the domains you can host on one hosting account. There will be no limit of data transfer and web disk space. However it does not mean you can get unlimited storage space or there is no limitations of the content you can host. For example, you can not spam the server, some files will not be allowed to be hosted with an unlimited web hosting. Check out more about unlimited space web hosting here.
How much disk space do I need for my Websites?
Now you know how much space your websites need. If you are running out of space on your current web hosting server, you can try to locate those files that are using the most disk space on server, delete those unnecessary files from your server. For example, if you have saved several copies of your site backups, you can download them from server to your computer, and delete the backup files from server, this can help you shrink the storage space and free up a lot of space for new website files.
If the size of your site is growing rapidly and you can’t reduce down the size by downloading or removing unnecessary files, uninstalling unnecessary plugins, deleting old themes and so on, you can upgrade to a higher hosting package for more storage space. Make sure to get a new hosting account with plenty of room to host your files, backups and some spare room to grow.
If you want to upgrade from a shared hosting to a VPS hosting, such as Knownhost VPS hosting. You need to quadrupedal your current usage to make sure you have room for daily, weekly and monthly backups. Since the backups of VPS accounts will be done on the same server with your hosting account. Unlike those shared hosting accounts, backups will be saved to a separate backup server.