When the whole concept of websites and the internet started, did you know that storage spaces were provided in MBs. Yes you heard it right. Back then, there existed websites that managed its operations within 30-50 MBs. But nowadays the amount of disk space required is probably the last factor that you may have to look into while choosing a hosting package.
Additionally, it is nearly impossible to accurately estimate one’s storage needs for a website, and the near impossible gets more tricky when the website is not active yet. However, there are some aspects of data or content that we should know to for a decent estimation of storage space and this estimation should be good enough in your quest.
Note that storage or disk space and bandwidth are two completely different things. While bandwidth is the quantum of data that can follow between your website and visitors, storage is a physical space where all your website content is held. Disk space has no correlation with the number of visitors on your website, while bandwidth has, and it as negative one.
How to estimate your Disk space or Storage requirement?
Before we get on to the whole estimation thing, let us first understand what actually constitute website content. The quantum of web content determines your storage requirement and content includes not just you images, video files, data bases, HTML files etc. but additionally also include access logs, third party applications or scripts, email accounts & files associated with them etc.
During your assessment of storage requirement make sure you are aware of the following –
- Hosting videos and uncompressed images typically take up the largest chunk of your storage space. In such cases, make sure you have optimized (compressed) your content before placing them on the website.
- A typical corporate or institutional websites are usually lighter in comparison with eCommerce stores or blogs.
- Do not ignore that amount of space that email accounts can siphon off your storage. If you have too many email accounts, do allocate storage for them as well. As and when emails are exchanged across accounts, need for storage too does. Opt for hosting plans that offer unlimited disk space in such cases. If you are an organization, it is always best to go with dedicated space for hosting either in-house or from a hosting vendor.
- If you are planning to host videos on your website with download or upload options, then you must definitely not go with shared hosting, even if they offer unlimited storage space. It just doesn’t work. Instead opt for a dedicated or VPN hosting.
- Make use of video embeds that video hosting platforms such as YouTube, Vimeo etc. provide, instead of directly hosting the content on the website.
- In case of eCommerce stores with fewer products ( typically less than 100) any good shared hosting with unlimited storage should suffice. For larger eCommerce with thousands of products and pages, Dedicated server or VPS or Cloud server hosting can only help you.
- Blog or magazine websites with thousands of posts might bump into issues with shared hosting even with unlimited storage.
Now that we have come to this…
If your objective from your website is to scale up for growth, then limited storage can fall short any time for they grow rapidly than you would anticipate. It is best to get hosting plans with unlimited disk space or with limited disk space with option to increase on demand.