To understand what siteground Inodes are, you’ll first have to grasp the entire concept of Inodes. Inodes are data structures that Linux uses to store up information about a file, the structure is basically there to keep information about files stored up in your server. The number of Inodes has a high correlation with the number of files you have, what this means is that the number of files or folders you have is a high indication of the number of Inodes, simply put: the more the number of files and folders you have in your server, the higher your Inodes and its usage are.
What are Inodes siteground? Siteground terms their Inodes as information about a file or folder that is recorded in a disk table. An Inodes is basically a record about these files and folders and usually, they contain information like the size, device node, owner and so much more info about the file. The number of Inodes you have on your account is equal to the number of files of folders you have.
As a siteground customer, you are also given an opportunity to see the number of Inodes you are actually using, to make that possible, you will have to visit your client area, go to services, manage, and then, statistics.
An Inodes is short for index code, each inode has a code that has its own ID which is used to identify a file or any other object in the Linux file system. The inode is said to contain information like the type of file, folder or even the executable program.
The Inodes serve as a great indication of how many files or folders you have, whenever you open a file, the file Inodes is read by the server’s kernel. The system works in a way that creates a work cycle, the more files you have, the more Inodes you make use of and the more Inodes you make use of, the more system resources your account consumes. The files, the Inodes, and your account’s consumption are all connected through this entire system that is highly essential.
Siteground makes it an essential feature to limit the number of Inodes on shared servers, this is in order to avoid any situation where one account uses the system resources and leaves no power for other accounts.
With siteground, if your account reaches its maximum limit of Inodes, it might be excluded from the backup system or your account might encounter other problems, problems that could involve your file uploads or problems when you send emails and even when you try accessing your website.
Reducing Siteground Accounts Inodes
The Inodes of your siteground account is directly a representation of how many files or folders you have in your hosting account, so in order to reduce the number of Inodes your account uses ,you will have to first of all reduce the number of files and folders in your website hosting account.
There are a few ways recommended by siteground when trying to reduce the number of Inodes, you will have to use the file manager tool to access your account and delete the files and folders you don’t need anymore.
The first step to reduce the Inodes would be to delete or remove unused image sizes ,what this means is that sometimes when you make use of hosting services like wordpress, you might have a theme that produces numerous copies of various uploaded images and some of these images may not even be use.
You would have to check your theme settings and get rid of the images that you’re not making use of in your site,to get rid of them, you will have to regenerate thumbnails and delete unused sizes with the help of a plugin.
Cleaning out your email account will also help you reach the desired outcome you need, emails are stored in your account so they are an addition to your total Inodes quota, in order to avoid an unhealthy pile of useless emails, you will have to clean your junk files that contribute largely to the number of emails you have, you will have to empty out the trash folder or anything else that will trigger your Inodes to exceed the limit of your hosting account.
Backups are also a huge part of the number of files and folders you have, especially when it is files that stem from external backups, they can occupy a large part of your storage and then lead to the increase in your Inodes number you will have to delete backups that are unused and free some disk space and help your Inodes count.
Your cache files or at least the number of cache files you have also play a part , there might be a lot of application that make use of a caching system and that might lead to a high level of cache files in your account. You will need to check your website’s cache folders and reduce the amount of cache files you have stored up
There are a lot of other siteground recommendations when it comes to reducing the number of Inodes, the very last suggestion would be for you to upgrade your hosting plan to one that has a higher Inodes quota, but before that, you could try a couple other ways like :
- Delete Inactive Plugins
- Delete the opcache folder in your account.
- Siteground Hosting Plan Inodes
With each siteground hosting plan or WordPress hosting plans as well, there are certain Inodes quota that each hosting plan has, and when the limits are exceeded, there are usually repercussions for your website, usually you get a warning when your Inodes quota is about to be exceeded , each siteground shared hosting plan has its own number of Inodes as seen below :
- The startup plan has 150000 Inodes
- The GrowBig plan has 300000 Inodes
- The GoGeek plan has 450000 Inodes
All the Inodes are set in place in order to avoid any issues that come with exceeding the expected Inodes quota.