Understanding inode Limit

In a Unix-style file system, an inode (index node) is a data structure that represents a file-system object such as a file or directory. The properties and memory block locations of the object's data are stored in each inode. Metadata (latest change, access, modification times), as well as owner and permission info, may be found in file-system object properties.

The inode counter in your hosting account displays the number of files and folders in your website. These are the only files and folders that can be accessed using FTP and the file manager. The inode limit does not apply to databases or emails.

You won't be able to create any new files or folders on your account once the limit is reached. For the most part, your website will continue to function. However, certain functions that require the creation or upload of a file will no longer function. As a result, making sure your account stays below the inode limit is a smart idea.

How can inode usage be reduced?

Because inodes are simply files and directories, lowering your inode consumption is simple: eliminate files and directories from your account.

  • Here are a few ideas on how you might be able to free up some space:
  • Do you have several domain names associated with your account? If that's the case, you might be able to relocate those domains to other hosting accounts while keeping the same client area profile. Please keep in mind that you are limited to three hosting accounts.
  • Have you previously removed a domain name from your account? Please keep in mind that this does not mean the files on that site are automatically deleted. As a result, any old domain names can be removed from the directories.
  • Look for any outdated code that is no longer in use on your existing websites. Have you tried out another piece of software or uploaded plugins and themes that you no longer use? Usually, they can be removed.
  • Do you have a lot of uploaded files, such as photographs for a photo gallery? If that's the case, consider using a file or picture hosting service instead.

On free hosting, the inode limit cannot be extended. ProFreeHost Premium hosting, on the other hand, does not have an inode restriction, therefore you may upgrade your account to eliminate it. Please keep in mind that the control panel's inode counter is not a live counter. It's just sampled once in a while. So, if you've just added or removed a lot of files and aren't sure why your inode use hasn't changed, simply wait for the counter to refresh.