Monitoring & Managing your disk usage

Keeping your disk space in order will help you stay on the most cost-effective plan – and regular monitoring can ensure that your web sites stay optimised and quick.

Here are our top three tips for keeping everything in order.

cPanel Disk Usage tool (cPanel > Files > Disk Usage)
This tool is great for helping you spot your biggest directories – and from there you can click the directory name to view the files.

Make sure you’re only hosting your actual web files
We do take regular backups on all plans – and it may be that these are sufficient for your needs. However, we understand that you may want to take more regular or ad-hoc backups (before making changes or upgrading your site for example).

Whilst we allow the use of third party backup plug-ins – we don’t allow the storage of their output – so if you take a backup of your site – as soon as it’s completed move the backup file off your hosting.

If you have a third party backup system that takes scheduled backups make sure it’s setup to immediately store the backups off-site – and not leave a copy on the server.

Optimise your images
Ideally it’s better to do this before you upload images to your website. Make sure they are 72-96dpi resolution and no bigger than required in terms of size (width x height).
All our servers run LiteSpeed as standard, and if you are using WordPress we recommend you install the LiteSpeed caching plug-in (From your WordPress dashboard > Plug-ins > Add New > Search for ‘LiteSpeed’). Included within the LiteSpeed caching plug-in is an image optimisation facility. You can use this to further optimise uploaded images.

This will not only ensure your storage is optimal – but it’ll also speed up the loading of your site – a win-win situation!