What is File Usage (INODE) Limits in cPanel

At MonsterMegs we limit the number of Inodes per cPanel account based on your hosting package limits. The soft limit is displayed in cpanel stats panel under 'File Usage'.

What is an inode and why is it limited?

An inode is a data structure in a Unix-style file system that describes a filesystem object such as a file or a directory. Each inode stores the attributes and disk block location(s) of the object’s data. Filesystem object attributes may include metadata (times of last change, access, modification), as well as owner and permission data.  Directories are lists of names assigned to inodes. A directory contains an entry for itself, its parent, and each of its children.

That’s the best definition I could get provided by Wikipedia.  But in short, every file/folder within your cpanel is counted as 1 inode.

We place these type of limits on our hosting packages to optimize for performance. If we didn’t have such limits in place, we wouldn’t be able to provide servers with blazing fast speed.

How many inodes does the average website use?

The average small business WordPress website uses around 10,000 Inodes.  This amount greatly increases if you utilize email on your web hosting account.

The majority of websites looking for hosting won’t ever have to worry about this limit.  However websites with a lot of files that aren’t properly maintained will run into these type of issues.

Keep your file structure clean

Especially for those that have had their website online for many years, it’s easy to start accumulating files that are no longer needed.

If you utilize a caching plugin for WordPress, it’s possible you need to truncate your caching directory a couple of times a month to keep things clean and organized.

Another big reason for increased Inodes is storing large amounts of email on the server.  Users should download these emails to their computer or at least make sure to truncate / clean their spam box regularly.

Limit the number of add-on domains

This is the biggest reason why you should invest in a Reseller hosting package if you’re wanting to host more than one website as the Inode limit will be separate with each cPanel account you create.

If you have lots of add-on and sub domains, you’ll quickly increase the number of Inodes on your account.

What happens if you hit the limit?

We have two limits.  The first is a soft limit, meaning the account will still function but you’ll have a warning message in your cPanel.

At this point in time there isn’t a need to panic, but it should serve as a reminder to start doing some basic website “house keeping” to reduce the limit.  As stated above, this may include deleting some old files and/or emails.

Once you hit the hard limit (advertised limits on website) the account will cease to function.  Meaning you’ll no longer be able to upload new files, receive emails, etc. until you bring that number down.

Upgrades available

Most customers that reach the hard limit find that cleaning up their file structure solves their problem.  For those that still have an issue, an account upgrade maybe needed.

Websites that reach their inode limits for standard shared hosting and may need to upgrade to our Semi-Dedicated Hosting that offers inode limits in the millions

We’re here to help

As said above, we place these type of limits on our accounts to keep our servers running at optimal performance.  When first started MonsterMegs, we did not impose such limits, but quickly learned that wasn’t a reality if we wanted to be able to offer extremely fast web hosting coupled with 99.9% uptime.

Therefore if you have any questions over these limits or would like to know how you can clean-up your account, feel free to reach out and we’d be happy to help!

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