Did you search your cPanel account to find an option that would clear the “File Usage” cache in order to increase “File Usage” disk space, but unable to find an option? Don’t worry, you’re in the right place. We will guide you step-by-step to how to clear your “File Usage” cache directly from your WordPress dashboard without visiting your cPanel account.
In cPanel there used to be an option to clear “File Usage” cache, but now it is not available in most of the accounts. Whenever your hosting account reaches or crosses its “File Usage” disk quota you have to request your web hosting to clear the “File Usage” cache, which is quite a hectic thing to contact them again-and-again.
The “File Usage” refers to disk inodes or in other words they are the number of files uploaded to your web hosting account. Every Shared Hosting offers a limited disk quota for a single hosting account to make sure that server resources are not consumed by few websites.
The real problem occurs when your “File Usage” quota reaches its maximum limit. It effects the overall performance of your website. You might not be able to send/receive emails, you might not be able to upload new files, you might not be able to install plugins, etc.
The best solution to decrease your “File Usage” is to delete the unnecessary files and emails from your web hosting account. Remove the inactive and unnecessary plugins from your website. Normally one inode is created for one file. When you delete a file you are actually deleting an inode.
Sometimes even after removing your emails or unnecessary files your “File Usage” disk quota crosses its limit. It happens because your “File Usage” cache contains spam or unnecessary files. To resolve this issue you have to clear the “File Usage” cache.
This is one such example of overloaded “File Usage”. You can check “File Usage” on right side of your cPanel account under the “Statistics” section. Here “150,000” is the allocated disk quota or number of disk inodes that this account can use, and “186,183” are used disk inodes. The percentage is above 100% i.e 124.12%.
How To Clear “File Usage” Cache
- First of all install “W3 Total Cache” plugin. It is one of the most complete WordPress performance plugins.
- Go to “Plugins” from your WordPress Dashboard.
- Click “Add New”.
- Search “W3 Total Cache” in plugins search bar.
- Install and activate the plugin.
- Click “Performance” from your dashboard sidebar.
- Click “Dashboard”.
- Click “empty all caches”.
- It will show you a message, “All caches successfully emptied”.
- Now login to your cPanel account to check the “File Usage” statistics.
- Here you can see that the “File Usage” has been reduced to 53.6% from 124.12%.
- Repeat the process of “clearing cache” from time-to-time at least 4 to 5 times a month.
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