Many traditional hosting providers offer huge amounts of storage, with the likes of 100's GB of data. This is a practice known as overselling, which is done in order to make the services seem better/larger than they actually are.

At Servebolt we don't oversell. Our storage solution is optimized for performance. We only use solid state disks (SSD) with a RAID 1 setup. This gives our customers extremely fast read/write performance, both for regular files and for databases. It also allows one drive to fail, and to be replaced, without any service disruption or performance loss.

Our smallest hosting package contains 4 GB of storage. This is more than enough for most of our customers and their websites/e-commerce sites. Sometimes though, a bit of data management can be necessary.

Manage disk usage through SSH

First make sure you have SSH access turned on: Servebolt Helpcenter, Connecting using SSH.

Login using SSH

Start by logging in to your account through SSH.

Check disk usage in directories

Run the following command through the terminal:

du -hd 1

This will give you a list of all underlying directories and the disk usage in each directory. You can then navigate into a directory and repeat the command to exactly "pin down" where most data is being stored.

cd [directoryname]

Find big files

Run the following command through the terminal:

find ~/ -size +10M -ls

This will give you a list of all files larger than 10MB on the host. You can adjust the file size in the command to fit your needs.

Find/remove large files

Once you've found the directory with the most data, and navigated into it using the "cd" command, run the following command to list all files in the directory according to size (with the largest file in the end).

ls -lSr

To remove files, use the rm command like this.

rm -f [filename]

What files can I delete?

Many times, when we've cleaned out customers websites, we've noticed that the following type of files are unnecessary stored.

  • Database and/or file backups, often automatically generated by plugins

- Cache files, in WordPress often stored under /wp-content/cache/
- Manually compressed files/directories, ending with .zip, .tar.gz or .tgz

If you want to clean out files and aren't sure if the files are necessary or not, feel free to contact our customer support. And of course, you can always easily upgrade to an account with more data storage through our control panel.

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