When you’re hosting your website on SiteGround, one of the essential things you should know about is the inode usage. But for many website owners, it may be a new thing that they are not familiar with. So what exactly are inodes, and why is it essential for you to track your SiteGround inode usage? More importantly, how can you reduce the inode usage for your website?

All these things will be explained in this guide, so read on till the end.

What are Inodes?

So first things first, what exactly is an inode? An inode is a data structure – an organized collection of data – for Linux-based systems. It stores information for files in the system, such as file size, device ID, timestamps for every time the file was modified, and more. Every file in a Linux system has its respective inode that holds the data for that file.

However, there are a fixed number of inodes in Linux systems. Whenever a new file is created, a unique inode number is assigned to it. Thus, as more and more files are created, the system can run out of inodes. When that happens, more files cannot be created as there won’t be any inode number left in the system to assign to those files.

What Is Inode Usage In Siteground?

SiteGround’s hosting solutions with both their shared and cloud servers use Fedora, which is a Linux OS. So when you’re hosting your website with SiteGround, the files and folders of your website will be using inodes from their server. And as explained before, there are a fixed number of inodes in the server, so they will limit the total number of inodes your website uses.

In shared servers, Siteground will allocate a certain number of inodes to your account based on the hosting plan you purchase, as they also need to allot the total inodes on the system to all websites that share the server. Therefore, your inode usage in SiteGround is simply the number of inodes used by your website’s files and folders. In other words, the number of inodes you have used is also the number of files and folders on your website.

Now the main thing you need to understand is that due to limits in inode usage, you might run out of inodes at some point if you keep adding new files to your website data. If you do run out of inodes, it means you can’t add more files to your site even if there is storage space available on your hosting plan. That is why it’s essential to keep track of your inode usage and reduce it as much as possible. So the next thing you should know is how you can decrease the use of inodes in SiteGround.

How Can You Reduce Inode Usage In Siteground?

From everything discussed so far, the way to reduce inode usage is by removing your website’s files and folders. Of course, you can’t just delete any file, so the main thing is to understand what files to keep and which ones to remove. Here are various ways to reduce your inode usage in SiteGround:

Removing Backups

Plugins and third-party services that you use on your website can create automatic backups from time to time, which are also stored on your website’s servers. These backups will take storage space and also use up inodes, so you should download them to external storage and then delete them from the web servers to free up some inodes.

Removing Unused Plugins

The files associated with plugins that you install on your WordPress site will also use inodes on the webserver. If there are some inactive plugins and you are no longer using them, they are just using up inodes for no reason. So by deleting all unused and inactive plugins on your WordPress site, you can reduce the total number of used inodes.

Removing Unused Image Files

Images are an integral part of every website. If your site has many images, it’s essential to keep track of them and monitor them from time to time. There may be many duplicated images or pictures that aren’t being displayed on your site. Such unused images also use up inodes unnecessarily, so check your image files from time to time and delete all images that are not being used or displayed on the site.

Monitor Your Cache Files

If your website is not just static content but a dynamic web application, it will create a lot of cache files and use up inodes in the system. You can locate the unnecessary cache files either in your website’s ‘cache’ folder or in the wp-content folder if it’s a WordPress site. You can free up inodes by regularly checking and deleting these files.

Remove Unnecessary Emails

Emails are also files that will use inodes in the system. So keeping your email clean is essential to reduce your inode usage. Delete emails in your trash folders, sort the junk or spam folders by removing any mails that are not needed, and avoid subscribing to newsletters that are not important.

How Do You Check Your Inodes Usage In Siteground?

It’s straightforward to check your inodes usage in SiteGround. Just head over to the Client Area in your SiteGround account. Then click on Services > Manage > Statistics, and here you can see how many inodes you have used.

Final Notes

If you run out of inodes, you can’t create or add more files to your website. So it’s not just the total storage space but also the inode usage that you must track on your SiteGround account. If your inode usage increases, follow the tips mentioned above to decrease the total amount of used inodes. However, if you follow those steps but still need more inodes, you can upgrade to a higher tier hosting plan on SiteGround, which offers more inode quota.