Sometimes we run out of disc space in a web hosting account point it usually happens when we are using the cheap or free web hosting service point. So in this article, we are about to discuss the 6 effective ways to save good amount of disk space in your WordPress website.
Let’s see what these methods are>>
6 methods to save disk space in self-hosted WordPress:
- Using smushing plugins
- Deleting Plugins and themes which you don’t use
- Using media with low resolution
- Deleting low traffic content
- Use images only where required
- Hosting media on other server or host
Now we will discuss each of the above methods, one-by-one, in detail.
Using Smushing plugins:
This means, using plugins which can compress or “smush” the image files, so that they take less space on the host.
Smushing usually doesn’t cause any noticeable quality loss. Only the size of image is reduced.
But which smushing plugin to use?
In our opinion, the 2 best smushing plugin available for free on wordpress.org are:
Both are great, and do the required work without any problems. So, you can just go ahead and use either of them. Just as a fact, we at ProTechTips use WP SmushIT, because it has a better and friendlier interface.
Deleting Unused Plugins and themes:
This, of course, means that if you keep inactive plugins and themes installed, then they continue to take up space on the host. So, unistalling them will get you some easy free space.
If you are worried about the settings of the plugin, then you can just go to your web host’s file manager, and download the plugin’s ot theme’s folder in your PC. Next time when you want to use it, just upload the folder where it was, no need to even re-download the plugin/theme from the admin panel.
Long story short, keep only active plugins and themes installed, which you actually need.
Using Low resolution media:
It’s not always necessary to upload full HD photos and videos in your website. It actually only matters if you run a site related to photography etc.
High quality photos and videos can take a huge amount of disk space.
I personally prefer images of size less then 500 kb. If you are worried about photos looking poor on the site, then you can adjust their height and width so that they don’t look outsized and torn.
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Removing Content with less traffic:
As the title says, delete the post and pages which don’t get much traffic. So you should just go ahead and clean up all the mess.
Firstly, take a look at the stats, and find out the posts which got the least views. These stats can be found by using any popular stats plugin. If you use JetPack by Automattic, then no need to go anywhere else, just look at its stats widget on dashboard. Or JetPack users can also go to wordpress.com to view enhanced stats.
Than, of course, start deleting the content. Remember, that just pushing that red trash button will not work. It just moves content to trash, out of main list, but does not delete it.
To delete posts or pages permanently, you need to click the Trash tab above the list and than delete the contents in it.
Use images only where required:
Use only those images which are relevant to the article, and where they are required.
You should strictly avoid using extra images. One image per heading is enough in most of the cases.
Remember, using a lot of images negatively impacts your site as,
- It will waste your disk space
- It will make you website slower, thus harming the SEO.
- Sometimes, alot of images can actually disturb the users reading your article. So, it harms the user experience.
So, you should use light and relevant images only, and it will surely save up your disk space and improve the SEO.
Hosting media on other server or host:
Well, this method should be used when you need to save every bit of space.
In this method, you have to host any of your media in some other host. And when you need it in any post you have to use the permalink of that media file from wp-content.
Ex: You upload an image in media library of some other WordPress site and copy its permalink. Then use the <img src”..”> to get that image in your required post or page.
If you need a host for your media, i recommend using a free blog at WordPress.com as they give 5 GB storage and are reliable of course.
While this method is time taking, it saves up both the storage and bandwidth by great amount.
Do you have any other ideas to save up web space? Tell us about it in the comments!
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