What is disk space? How much do I really need?

What is disk space? How much do I really need?

If you look at my article on web hosting I had mentioned a few basics of web hosting and disk space was one of them. It is the disk space allocated to you on your web hosting plan where all your files, content and information is stored. For example, if you choose to download Word Press which is one of the leading content management systems (CMS) for bloggers and websites then the file size of that application as well as the theme you choose, will be used  from your disk space. But not to worry, these files aren’t very big and one really has to use a lot of content to use up a good amount of disk space.

Another thing which takes space is all the content on the website. That is all articles, photos, videos and audio that is on the website. On a standard business website, 50mb to 100mb of disk space is more than enough. While on magazine or serious news blogs 250mb up to 500mb can be used. Dedicated email accounts are created via the web hosting panel and each mailbox also takes up disk space. So it is best that mail boxes are filtered out often, leaving only that which is important.

Some host companies offer unlimited disk space and unlimited bandwidth, should I take that option instead?

In retrospect there is no such thing as unlimited on the World Wide Web. Host companies are possibly offering the unlimited tag as a sales tactic to gain clients who want to have assurance that they have enough space available. Also, many companies offering these unlimited services generally have a clause in the terms and conditions stating that clients should not exceed a certain number of disk space or bandwidth. This is expected because it is not possible to offer unlimited space for every client.

If one has to monitor the disk space used, you would see that most websites, especially small business websites use very little disk space. And while an ‘unlimited’ amount is offered on their package, web hosting companies relay on the possibility of it not being used.