When setting up a website, a would-be webmaster is tasked with considering a multitude of factors from the outset, ranging from the domain name, the type of web server required, the hosting plan, design and responsiveness, and any software programs and plug-ins potentially required. Naturally the list of considerations only increases when creating an e-commerce site, or a site with a sophisticated level of user interaction.
One of the toughest nuts to crack is the question of webspace. How much does any given site need? And what happens when there is not enough?
When choosing a web hosting package, the amount of webspace you require is likely to be one of the defining factors directing your final decision. In fear of running out of space and provoking the site to crash, many end up purchasing expensive packages that provide a lot more webspace than is actually required. Web hosts such as 1&1 are able to provide webspace customized for your site, but this means that you must make the relevant calculations beforehand.
The content and functions of your website are what will determine the amount of webspace that you need. This includes but is not limited to components such as HTML files, images, videos, email accounts and any additional installed programs. All these attributes take up disc space which is provided by the web host, either in the form of a dedicated, shared, or virtual private server (VPS).
Rough approximations of the amount of disc space required can be made by simply assessing what category your website falls into: e.g. personal blog, ecommerce site, audio and video hub.
Naturally it is integral to consider future scaling requirements for your website. A rule of thumb is to multiply your required webpage size by five times so to allow for future expansion. It advisable to purchase this disc space from the outset, as opposed to having to quit your plan in favor of a larger one further down the line.
At the same time, do not be mindlessly seduced by hosting packages that scream out the offer of unlimited space. It is more than likely that you do not require unlimited space, and the extra costs incurred is a waste of monetary resources, no matter what your budget is.