Every website needs to be stored on a webserver to be available online. You can either buy one and keep it on-premise or look for a web hosting plan. Different web hosting plans are available, like Shared Web Hosting, Cloud Hosting, VPS Hosting, Dedicated Hosting, etc.
A Shared Hosting service is highly popular among site owners since it is highly affordable and easy to use. Each hosting plan offers resources like disk space, bandwidth, etc., to help the site load all its resources and perform optimally.
Here’s a video that talks about Shared Hosting resource requirements:
However, every site is unique and needs specific resources. In this post, we’ll try to determine the right amount of space for your site.
A website can have a lot of files like videos, images, HTML files, text files, etc. It could also have applications to offer a unique site experience to visitors. These are the major factors that decide how much space your website is going to need.
How much hosting space does your site need?
To calculate the hosting space requirement of your site, you need to determine the average size of a page and multiply it by the total number of pages.
Therefore, if the average page size is 100MB and you have five pages on your website, your current space requirement would be around 500MB (100×5).
When buying web hosting in India, make sure to factor in future expansion and choose a plan with adequate storage space.
Here are some points to keep in mind while determining the hosting space requirements of your site:
- If you have a static website, then the calculation of web space can be straightforward. Also, such sites require less space. On the other hand, for dynamic websites, the optimal space requirement is usually higher.
- If you have a blogging site, you must consider the type of content you plan to upload since the content is updated regularly on such sites; if you have images or videos to be uploaded and you need a hosting plan with a higher webspace allotment.
- Ecommerce sites need more web space since there are multiple high-resolution pictures of each product that can demand a lot of space. Similarly, websites dedicated to music or videos will also need a hosting plan with large data space.
- Websites with multiple email accounts, high email traffic, or heavy exchange files will also need more disk space.
Another important aspect you need to consider is the amount of traffic the site is expected to get. This can have an impact on the disk space requirement too.
In a nutshell, the best way to determine the hosting space needed for a website is to estimate the average size of a webpage. You must also factor in your plans and additional storage requirements like emails, videos, or downloads before making a decision. Remember, having lesser space than required can impact your site’s performance. Choose wisely!
The author, Dr. David K Simson is a trained radiation oncologist specializing in advanced radiation techniques such as intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT), volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) / Rapid Arc, stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT), stereotactic radiotherapy (SRT), stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). He is also experienced in interstitial, intracavitary, and intraluminal brachytherapy.