If you have a profitable business plan, starting a website can generate new revenue streams. There are some costs involved in running a website.

This article will help new website owners make informed decisions about how much space they need by looking at examples of websites and analyzing some of the available services.

First of all, What is disk space in a hosting plan?

Disk space refers to the space on the server that can be used for the storage of the site’s content. These contents include pages, images, videos, and files as well as databases. It can be used to store email addresses in some cases too.

All your content that is stored on your website uses disk space. 

Hosting companies offer different types of disk space. This space is split between clients who share the same server in shared hosting. It can be either limited by the client or unlimited. In the case of a Dedicated Server or VPS server, the space is fixed and limited to the size of the hard drive installed on the server.

Mythbuster: Disk Space is not Bandwidth

Disk space and bandwidth are two different things. The amount of data transferred from your disk space to the internet is called bandwidth. This means that disk space will stay the same regardless of how many people access your website.

How to estimate your website disk usage?

Calculating disk space usage can be difficult when the site is not yet online. So assessing the exact storage volume you’re going to use is not necessary, as at this point in time you only need to decide which type of hosting you want depending on probable usage.

If you’re creating an ideal business web page, You can fit approximately 20 pages onto 1Mb of space if your page size averages 50KB. You can store 200 pages if you have 100MB of disk space. But yes, depending on how many media assets you’re using on every single page, the usage is going to vary heavily.

Multimedia content and email are two of the most important things to take into account when estimating disk space. But keep in mind that the vast majority of web hosting plans allow you to host thousands of images.

So depending on your project, the disk space is going to vary. As a web hosting provider ourselves, we have seen over a million websites and their usage. Usually, a small blog with few 100 posts along with images, databases, etc., would consume no more than 1 to 2GB of space. An eCommerce website with over a thousand users and a few hundred products would consume anywhere around 4-9GB of space. An online forum with thousands of posts along with few hundred users might require 30-40GB of storage in total. 

Estimating exact usage would be a Mission Impossible task

It’s hard to know how much space you will need for your project if you don’t have a website yet. You might find that storage space requirements increase faster than you anticipated in some cases and vice-versa. If you are locked into a plan with limited storage, make sure your website is hosted with a decent web hosting provider where you can always expand the space instantly if necessary.