Controlling the space occupied by websites, emails and other files in a Hosting is crucial to maintain a balance between space and functionality of the hosted sites and other associated services, that’s why I want to tell you about cPanel’s Disk Usage.
This mantra is sure what you have heard many times in your Support or from the mouth of who advises you in the management of your web projects, I have taken it very seriously, analyzing what you occupy, how and where, or simply you have passed on tiptoe with the excuse of “another day I look at it, now I’m going to @!” Does it ring a bell?
Well, postponing is going to end, and with this brief but concentrated guide I intend that you understand the importance of controlling the space of your Hosting account and how to know where that space is occupied, who does it and how to eliminate what is not necessary to clean up your accommodation.
How to find out the space occupied in the Hosting
Regardless of whether you have hired a
1GB Hosting disk space or a 10GB XL Hosting Plan (referring to plans offered by Websites Are Us) disk space is always limited and therefore keeping the hosting account healthy so as not to store unnecessary files is a user task that you should not neglect.
It is true that cPanel, like many other website administration panels, sends notifications to users when their disk quota is at 80%, so that corrective measures can be taken to avoid running out of space, but this does not imply that there is no need to control the available space.
There are some ways to find out what space is used in the Hosting in general, without details, for example:
From the Client Area, in the Hosting top menu, the option Hired servicesby clicking on the cogwheel icon of the desired Hosting (if you have several contracted), and clicking on the tabs Use of resources You will see some graphs with data on occupied space and consumed bandwidth.
Keep in mind that the quota and bandwidth information shown in this section is updated every 24 hours and not immediately.
From the cPanel Hosting Panel, accessing Files, Disk usage You will be able to obtain global and detailed information on the consumption of disk space, either by files from your websites, backups, emails or other files that are stored in your Hosting account.
Consulting the right side widget of cPanel called Statistics you can get a quick overview of the space available and consumed in a fairly graphic line.
Basically with these 3 options you can get quick information about the space that the different files, emails and others occupy in your Hosting.
Also, if you are a Websites Are Us customer, from your Customer Area you have access to the assistant Stephan that returns a lot of information about your Hosting account, including the space occupied.
He even reports in a short report those files that occupy more than 10MB in your Hosting or email accounts that are storing a lot of mail, in case you want to empty any of them, especially if you keep many attachments in the emails.
As you can see, there are many ways to know the space occupied and the available in a Hosting, especially as a Websites Are Us client, which does not mean that other providers do not implement similar or similar verification measures to keep their users / clients informed.
But now it is time to know how to obtain in detail what is taking up the most space in the Hosting to be able to apply corrective measures, either by deleting it or by applying scheduled tasks in the case of files that are generated with certain frequency.
Disk usage how does it work?
Of the various options shown in the previous section, the Disk usage cPanel is the most recommended tool for obtaining reliable information and detailed of the space occupied and who or what occupies it.
The information shown in this section of cPanel could be said to be “the most reliable” in terms of space occupied and for being the most rapidly updated, always offering very recent data.
The visual block for “Disk usage” shows a table with information on:
- Location: Location of the folder / directory containing files.
- Size: Expressed in MB, of what each reported folder occupies.
- Disk usage: Horizontal graph that simulates the percentage occupied.
For example, in this image you can see that 241.60 MB (possibly 2 or 3 webs) are being used in files on websites and yet in folders such as .appdata (the dot in front of the name means it is a hidden folder) 263.75 MB, possibly files / folders, are being occupied .bak (copies of originals
The most interesting thing about the “Disk Usage” tool is right at the end, like dessert after a good meal, and in this case it is precisely the functionality that gives you the most information to know exactly which folders in your Hosting are the heaviest , and which WordPress installation (or the PHP script you use) is the one that is destroying your space.
As you internalize a little with this functionality of the disk viewer you will see that detecting folders with many files that occupy an important part of the space of your hosting account is an easy task to perform.
CPanel Disk Usage Video
In the following video I give a detailed overview of the “Disk Usage” tool of cPanel-based Hosting so you can see how it works and how to detect folders with large files.
The space of a Hosting Plan is not unlimited since all files, web, and email are stored in a finite physical device, that is, it has a beginning and an end that limits it.
Having a control of the space that your websites, emails and other files occupy in your Hosting account is essential to keep the accommodation on a diet and use it for what is important, your websites and your emails. If you need to save other files, remember that there are cloud services such as Google Drive, Dropbox, etc., designed for this purpose.
If you regularly take care and control the space of your Hosting account, you are helping to keep your accommodation healthy and that your websites and emails are always operational.
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