16 Ways to Optimize Hosting Space Usage
You have purchased a web hosting package that you think will be sufficient for the needs of your site. Perhaps you knew that unlimited web hosting is more like a chimera, and you went to several GB plans with some decent bandwidth.
It sounds good. But where are the problems?
After several months of careful management, for some unknown reason, your quota on a web drive looks terribly small, while this percentage of use dangerously approaches 100%.
You are a few steps away from buying upgrades , aren’t you?
Before you even think about buying, stop for a moment and analyze the situation. What could have gone wrong?
- Installed software. Are script updates increasing?
- Your databases: do they grow larger in size as your content and user reviews grow?
- Your email accounts. Have you checked if they have reached the designated quota?
- Your sites. Have you added additional subsites to your account (in subfolders, subdomains, or addon domains)?
Some, all or more of the above, may cause the unpredictability of your sudden package.
The following 16 tips will help you solve this problem by suggesting what and how to optimize your web hosting account. Leave an update as a last resort, if none of the tips work, want to make a bet? 🙂
1. Clear the installation of WordPress (or another script)
Unused theme files, plugins, hacks: if you are not going to use them in the future, get rid of them. Free up your database by deleting all spam comments, spam users, broken links, old drafts and WordPress fixes.
2. Delete old emails from your email accounts
They eat a web drive and do not affect the health of your site. Download the old letters that you want to keep, and save them from leftovers.
3. Get rid of the test files.
You no longer use them, so why keep them? Always delete test files and installations after testing is complete.
4. Disable Awstats, Webalizer and other traffic scenarios.
And delete the current files and their folders. These traffic analysis tools are excellent in performance, but they need a few megabytes, and you cannot be too generous if the disk quota is limited. You can replace these tools with online services, such as Google Analytics , Mixpanel View Web Analytics .
If you cannot disable scripts, your host may have denied your permissions, so contact them and ask for help.
5. Consider replacing the script, not the update.
That is, if the update is too hard for your servers. I had to switch to FanUpdate and Chyrp for small hosting accounts that could not withstand the 20 + MB WordPress update. If you cannot make the switch, hide the installation (see Tip # 1 on this list).
6. Consider moving your subsites to a different location.
Second hosting account, Blogger blog or WordPress.com, free package from another hosting provider , Customize your priorities: your personal blog can certainly use a less expensive or free package than your business website.
7. Consider moving email accounts elsewhere.
For example, a computer’s email client (POP or IMAP) or email applications offered by Google. What about email senders? All of them are great ways to reduce the load on your hosting account.
8. Placement of all media on external services
Videos, images, music files and downloadable packages can be uploaded to YouTube , Photobucket orMediaFire . Please note that these files are the main factor when reaching the quota of your web drive.
9. Delete log files
Log files are useful because they allow you to track the activity of your hosting account while you are away, but there is no reason for them to remain on the server. After downloading and viewing the log files, you can safely delete them and free the web disk megabytes.
10. Delete old / unused installations.
It makes no sense to store these files on the server. Old versions of scripts and ghost files from remote installations only eat disk quotas and do not serve your needs of your site, so get rid of them.
11. Delete backups for installation
Scripts such as WordPress and phpBB leave backup copies on the server with each update. These files, usually in the compressed .zip or .tar.gz format, are only useful if you need to reinstall everything that was lost during the upgrade, or if you want to restore the old version. If you do not, they will be a candidate for removal.
12. Delete installation document files
When you install a script manually or through a pre-configured installer of your host (for example, Fantastico, Softaculous), the procedure copies the “doc” folder (or other name) containing the user manual. Although this guide may be a useful reference, it is not necessary for the well-being of the script, so you can safely remove it and free up some web space by a few kilobytes. However, you must keep the README.txt and license.txt files in case the author requires them for legitimate use of the script.
13. Do not allow user downloads.
If tip # 8 suggests refraining from placing your own media on the server, the tip is even more suitable for user downloads. Do not allow your blog readers or forum users to upload photos and videos. Your disk space and bandwidth are limited and valuable.
14. Using cloud services for ordinary scripts (for example, jQuery)
15. Minimize your CSS and make it look external.
You can effectively improve the efficiency of your site using external style sheets, because your pages will load much faster, and you will save several kilobytes of disk space.
To make CSS files even easier, minimize the code by removing indents and non-essential spaces. Single-line style sheets may not be easy to manage, but if you save a user-friendly version on your computer and leave the minimum version on the server, you will win in additional space and download speeds.
16. Brighten your HTML pages by removing Flash
Do not use Flash to include video on your web pages: it is heavy for the server and for your web disk. The valid alternative is an HTML5 HTML tag , which is easy and efficient.