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Determining How Much Disk Space Your Website Needs

Determining How Much Disk Space Your Website Needs

Disk space is the amount of space that your webpage uses. Any files that will be uploaded to your page need to be stored with your web host in order for your page to load and function properly. The more space you need, the more your host will need you to pay because you are using a greater percentage of their web server resources.

You can often save a lot of money by determining how much space your webpage will need before you pick a web host and begin uploading your files. This is often very easy to determine and easy to monitor so you can work with accurate numbers throughout the web building process. Being able to anticipate your future storage needs is also important to keeping your website functional so that one fine day you do not find out that you cannot upload data you have worked hard to create for your page.

Evaluating Your Needs

Disk space will be used to store all of the necessary files for your web page, so it’s important to evaluate how much is necessary for your business.

  • The amount of space your page is taking up on your hard drive is often quite similar to the amount it will take from your web host
  • The more complex your page, and the more items displayed on each, the more space you will need for storage
  • HTML pages will require less storage space on average than CSS or Java files

Remember, your page will probably expand over time, meaning you will need more space to fit everything. Web hosts recommend you get at least 50 percent more space than you are currently using to anticipate this need. Otherwise you can wind up paying hefty fees to get more storage room later.

Cutting Down On Usage

If you find you are spending too much on disk space for your webpage, there are ways to cut down on your usage.

  • Take down pages that are getting little or no traffic, or condense your sitemap for easier loading
  • Delete old or extraneous files that are not displaying properly or are no longer relevant to the design of your page
  • Condense files whenever possible so they take up fewer bytes, but will still display the same way
  • Store any backup files on a drive or personal cloud space so you can cut down on the amount of purchased space

In short, taking the time to manually review all of the items being stored on your disk space will give you the opportunity to cut down on any unnecessary usage that may be driving up the cost of your bill. The more practical you are with the use of your space, the cleaner and more efficient your webpage will be.

Overall, the amount of disk space you need will be directly related to how advanced you want your web design to be and how large you want your sitemap to become.

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