How to Find and Remove Large Files on cPanel Hosting

Most web hosting today will have some limitation on the amount of storage they’ll allow you. Maybe it’s 1GB or 20, but at some point, you’ll get near the border of using too much disk space. When you do, you’ll probably have some large files on a cPanel hosting account. And when that’s true, you’ll want to remove them to get back under your storage quota. But it’s not very clear or intuitive how.

Here’s a video showing how I carry out that on SiteGround, our favorite cPanel hosting option:

Walkthrough of Removing Large Files on cPanel Hosting

  1. You’ll need to log into your hosting panel and get the cPanel in front of you.
  2. From there, you’ll look for the “Disk Space Usage” application.
  3. Once loaded, you’ll want to scroll down, as the folder-level view at the top isn’t informational enough. Under the larger gray box, you’ll want change the “Sort directories by” option in a smaller gray box. You’ll select the “Disk usage” radio button.
  4. Once you’ve selected that, you can drill-down into the largest folders (and files they contain) by clicking into the folder hierarchy using the plus (+) icon.
  5. The biggest files on your cPanel hosting will be at the top. When you decide you want to remove the files, you’ll click the link to the folder. That will open up the file browser.
  6. In the cPanel file browser, select the file or files that are too large. If you want, there’s a helpful “Select All” on the bar at the top. After you do, you’ll click “Delete” (with a large red “X” icon) along the top bar. You will be prompted to confirm deletion, if it’s not in error, click “Yes”. The files will be gone!

And that’s how you delete large files on cPanel hosting. Cheers!


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