Web space is the amount of space all of the files associated with your web site take up. Most web sites do not take a lot of space, so most webmasters never have to worry about the limits of their hosting plan.
However, if you have a huge site, a file archive (i.e. shareware programs), or tons of pictures, you should calculate the amount of space your files take, and find a suitable web hosting plan. If you go over the limit of your plan, typically you pay a nominal monthly fee for the extra space used.
If you don't know how big your web site is and you have a copy of it stored on your PC, it is easy to figure out. Just go into "My Computer" or "Windows Explorer" and find the folder containing your web site. Right click on the folder and select "Properties" from the popup menu. It will tell you how much web space you need to store all the files in your web site.
Our web hosting comparison has a column for web space, so it is easy to compare the web hosts we list based on the amount of web space provided.
If you are now ready to choose a web host, go to our Web Hosting Comparison to find a web host that fits your needs. Otherwise, browse the other sections of our web hosting FAQ to learn more about hosting:
If you want to learn more of the basics about hosting in addition to what was covered in our web hosting FAQ, please see our guide on how to Choose a Web Host.