How Much Disk Space Does Your WordPress Hosting Plan Need?

 

Identifying your required disk space can be challenging when searching for the Best WordPress hosting plan. Often, users severely overestimate their needs, impacting their decision-making. 

In this blog, with a thorough tutorial, we will cover all methods to estimate your actual disk space requirements, discover your current usage, and provide real-world examples to assist you in selecting the most suitable hosting plan.

How Much Disk Space Does AccuWeb Offer?

Disk space refers to the storage capacity allocated by a web host for a website and all its associated files on a server. It resembles the disk space concept on your computer’s hard drive.

Let’s swiftly examine the total space v/s the number of sites provided in AccuWeb’s Managed WordPress Hosting plans. All our plans have been assigned resources and limitations based on the average disk space usage observed from our diverse client base, encompassing small and large entities.

WordPress Plans

WordPress Startup ++

WordPress Professional ++

WordPress Advanced ++

Storage/ Disk space 50 GB 75 GB 100 GB
Websites 5 Unlimited Unlimited
INODE 250,000 250,000 250,000

 

Average WordPress Site Usage

Let’s do some calculations based on the average usage of a WordPress site. The following data represents the average disk space usage derived from a selection of production WordPress sites that have been operational for over 5+ years with AccuWeb Hosting.

Directory

Path

Size

WordPress core 7.6 MB
Average theme directory /wp-content/themes 19 MB
Average plugins directory /wp-content/plugins 100 MB
Average uploads directory /wp-content/uploads 969 MB
Average MySQL database 67 MB

 

Scenarios

Let’s examine a few examples from our clients. The websites mentioned below are currently in production, including businesses, blogs, and e-commerce sites.

Scenario 1

A client manages 45 WordPress sites and has consumed 69 GB of their allocated 100 GB disk usage.

Resource Usage:

 

Scenario 2

A client that manages 17 WordPress sites has consumed 47 GB of their allocated 75 GB disk usage

Resource usage:

WordPress Hosting Plan

 

Scenario 3

A client that manages two WordPress sites has consumed 37 GB of their allocated 50 GB disk usage.

Resource usage:

Accuweb’s Disk Space Add-ons

10 GB

20 GB

Monthly USD 6.00 USD 12.00
Annually USD 72.00 USD 144.00
Triennially USD 216.00 USD 432.00

 

How Much Disk Space Are You Using?

Here are some quick ways to check how much disk space you use.

1. Check Disk Usage and Database Size in cPanel

If your hosting provider uses cPanel, you can view a summary of your overall disk usage and MySQL database directly from the sidebar.

You can also check the usage of all files inside the Files > Disk Usage section.

Scroll down the page and choose Disk Usage.

To check your MySQL database’s size, click “MySQL Databases” within the Databases section.

Under the “Current Databases” section, you will find the total size of the database displayed.

2. Check Disk and Database Usage with Site Health Tool

 

Navigate to “Tools > Site Health > Info” in your WordPress dashboard. Under the “Directories and Sizes” tab, you’ll discover the following information about your site:

  • WordPress directory size
  • Uploads directory size
  • Themes directory size
  • Plugins directory size
  • Database size
  • Total installation size

From here, you can check the usage.

 

3. Check Database Size with phpMyAdmin

You can also assess your database size and examine your tables using phpMyAdmin.

You can also check it from the Databases > phpMyAdmin section.

You can effortlessly remove these unused tables by selecting them and choosing “Drop” from the drop-down menu.

How Much Disk Space Does Your Important Plugin Occupy?

1. Yoast SEO

Yoast SEO, a WordPress plugin, enhances your site’s search engine performance through its diverse features. It handles the technical aspects of SEO, allowing you to focus on refining your posts and pages using SEO and readability analyses.

Size: 13.7 MB

 

2. Smush

Smush is an image optimization tool that uses lossless compression to save disk storage and accelerate website performance. By extracting unnecessary data from image files, Smush reduces space usage, resizes large images, and enhances speed while maintaining image quality.

Size: 5 MB 

Pro Version: 32 MB

Smush

3. Jetpack

Jetpack is a WordPress plugin that provides WordPress sites with security, performance, and growth tools. It enhances security by safeguarding logins, protecting against brute force attacks, and optimizing page load times for quicker performance.

Size: 21.4 MB

Jetpack

How to Save Disk Space?

Here are some instant tips to save disk space and ensure your hosting plan has sufficient space for growth.

1. Use optimized images: 

As of March 2018, images constitute an average of 51% of a webpage’s total weight, according to the HTTP Archive. 

You can use various tools to decrease the image size without compromising quality. Additionally, altering the file format (PNG, JPEG, GIF) and dimensions can lead to an 80% reduction in image size. 

It will enhance website loading speed, accelerate backups, and boost SEO rankings.

2. Clear cache and old backup files:

Cache plugins are crucial in speeding up your WordPress website and enhancing the user experience.

Nevertheless, if not monitored, these plugins can generate several cache files, consequently utilizing inodes in WordPress. Hence, it is advisable to clear the WordPress cache to minimize inode usage and maintain optimal performance.

Ensure a thorough assessment of your old backups, which might increase the size of your entire WordPress site. Such accumulation could influence your hosting plan decision. If you want to retain additional backups, store them elsewhere, like on your local machine.

3. Delete inactive plugins and themes:

Having inactive WordPress themes and plugins means they use inodes and occupy disk space. Removing these unused plugins and themes is essential to free up disk space and reduce inode usage.

To remove plugins, 

Navigate to Plugins > Installed Plugins in your WordPress admin panel. Then, click the ‘Delete’ button for any plugin that is not in use.

For Themes, 

First, go to Appearance > Themes in your WordPress dashboard.

Select the theme you want to delete.

A new popup window will emerge, displaying the details of your WordPress theme. Proceed to click the ‘Delete’ button at the bottom right corner.

4. Delete Draft Blog Pages and Posts 

Navigate to Pages > All Pages in your WordPress dashboard.

After that, click the ‘Trash’ button under any draft blog page.

You can apply the same process for draft posts on your website.

5. Clean your WordPress media library:

Clearing your WordPress media library is an effective method to enhance disk space and reduce inodes in WordPress.

Removing unused media files, redundant copies of the same image, or pictures in incorrect sizes will help free up space.

Typically, visit Media > Library in the WordPress dashboard, select an image you want to remove, and click the ‘Delete permanently’ option.

Conclusion

We hope this blog clarifies any concerns you may have when choosing the appropriate WordPress hosting plan for your business. Often, you need less disk space than you assume. Evaluate your current space usage using the methods outlined above, optimize your site, and you can effortlessly cut down on hosting expenses.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How much disk space does WordPress need?

WordPress requires very little disk space, around 1GB for a basic installation. However, this doesn’t include themes, plugins, media like images and videos, and content like blog posts and pages.

When should I consider upgrading my hosting plan?

If you’re approaching your disk space limit or experiencing performance issues due to storage constraints, it’s time to consider upgrading your plan.

Are there specific suggestions for the amount of disk space needed based on the type of website?

Small blogs or personal websites necessitate a few gigabytes, whereas large e-commerce sites with extensive media content may require several hundred gigabytes. It depends on the site.

How frequently should I review and evaluate the disk space usage of my website?

It is advisable to regularly check your disk space usage, particularly during content updates or when implementing new features, to avoid reaching storage limits.

Is there a method to optimize disk space utilization on WordPress?

Certainly, explore options such as optimizing images, removing unused plugins and themes, and regularly deleting unnecessary files.

 

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