Managing Your Web Hosting Space

Managing your web hosting disk space sounds like a very mind-numbing task. However, if conducted properly, the process results in significant improvement in your website and/or your system?s performance.

The cornerstone of your hosting space management strategy is to have enough space for your requirements. It?s not as much of an issue if all what you are storing on the system is a small number of web pages and files. However, with the passage of time, the magnitude of files kept on the server increases, every new page, database records and emails received counts and disk utilization ratio increases.

Before we go deeper into the concept of disk management, it?s important to distinguish between temporary information that is made available via memory and permanent information that is stored over hard disk drives. When the hard disk drive nears its maximum usage, problems start to arise.

The signs of troubles start showing up because anytime you want to save a new file in your web hosting space, it takes longer for the operating system to find a corner of free space. That?s because operating systems work in such a way that they save any new or modified file right where they spot free space first. The more utilized your drive becomes the fewer of these free spaces the system will encounter and it will slow down in performance.

This situation may lead you to think that the more you get rid of older files from the system, the faster it should become. Theoretically it should, but there?s a catch. The space made free by deleting useless files would be found all over the drive in a random fashion. So even though you?ll be having more of free space, new files that constitute a single web page will be stored in a scattered fashion resulting in slight delays when called upon by visitors.

The above makes it very clear that it is as important to keep your files in an order as important is it to make room for them. This order can be created via a special utility that is called ?de-fragger?, also known as defragmentation software. You?ll either need the help of your system admin to run Disk Defragmenter for you or if your user account is authorized to do so, you may run the utility on your own. This will make sure that your files are in order.

Therefore we learn that disk management involves three steps. The first is to have enough space based on your requirements right from the start. Secondly you need to keep enough room for useful stuff by letting go of useless files from the server, and last but not the least, keep your files in order so they are retrieved faster when requested.

Once again, the effort is only worth it when you have lots of data and files in storage. The more gigabytes of data that are involved and the more improvement in performance that you can feel after implementing disk management system in action. Fortunately you can escape most of the manual work via making use of disk management utilities. Files past certain dates can be automatically deleted, perhaps archive log entries, as well as Disk Defragmenter can be set to run at fixed intervals. Have a conversation with your system admin and seek his help keeping your website in shape.

Hopefully this overview will help you better manage your web hosting space and keep your site up and running fast!

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