How to See your Disk Space and Bandwidth Usage on Shared Servers
The following tutorials will show you how to view your disk space and bandwidth usage for shared server accounts. The information for each website is displayed in the cPanel specific to the account. If you need a breakdown of all of the stats/info in the cPanel, then go to How to find Server Specifications in cPanel.
How to View Disk Space Usage in cPanel
When you view the disk space usage from a shared server account, you will see that it looks like this:
To see this display:
- Login to the cPanel.
- Look at the left hand column when you have logged in. If necessary, click on the triangle next to the word "STATS". This will expand the stats section or contract it. Look for the label Disk Space Usage.
You can also find version numbers or account usage numbers that may help to manage your account. Here's a short list of the other items that you will see in regards to disk space and bandwidth usage:
- Monthly Bandwidth Transfer - directly beneath Disk Space Usage in the left hand column. This is the amount of data that is transferred between the web server and a visitor's internet browser for that day.
- MySQL Disk space - this data is not calculated as part of Disk Space Usage, but is a good number to watch when you are running multiple databases or if a database is getting so large that the website appears to be running slow.
Disk space usage is displayed in units of megabytes in the left hand column. Since shared server accounts do not have a stated limit, you will see the symbol of infinity displayed after the forward slash. Although the web hosting plan states unlimited disk space, the available space is specifically for files that are actively used on your website. It is not to be used for file storage or archival purposes. For a more thorough explanation, please see our article on Unlimited Disk Space and Bandwidth. This article explains the limits as per the terms of service for the account.
How to View your Bandwidth Usage in cPanel
The cPanel provides a few different ways to view the bandwidth being used by your website. When you see this statistic in the stats column on the left, you are looking at the bandwidth consumption for that day. Remember that bandwidth usage is the amount of data (in bits or bytes) transferred between the web server and the visitor's internet browser. You can see even more specific data using the bandwidth tool. The screenshot at right displays shows how the graphs and charts are initially displayed when you open the application.
Here are the steps to see the bandwidth tool in your cPanel:
- Login to the cPanel.
- Scroll to the section of the cPanel labeled Logs, then click on the icon labeled Bandwidth.
The Bandwidth Graphs and Charts
When you click on the icon, it will open and show you two graphs of the website traffic for the present day (labeled Today) and the Past 7 days. After that you will see a 12 month graph and summary pie charts of usage for each of the last 9 months. Each graph is broken down to HTTP, IMAP, POP3, SMTP, and FTP usage. the first two graphs measure activity in bits/second, while the third graph summarizes usage for the year in bytes transferred.
You can also click on each pie graph and then see a breakdown of the month for ALL traffic and just the HTTP traffic.
Using these graphs, you can determine your bandwidth usage and break it down by year, month and each day of the month. If you require further information, you can submit a support ticket.