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How to maximize Dropmysite backup storage space

When you order Dropmysite for your account, you select a specific and finite amount of backup storage space. Although it may seem like a large amount of storage space, it can fill up quickly if you are not careful.

This article describes how to maximize the Dropmysite backup storage space for your account.

  • For general information about Dropmysite and its features, please see these articles.
  • If your account approaches its backup storage limit, you automatically receive an e-mail notification.

Backup scheduling and retention

The key to maximizing backup storage space is to maintain an efficient backup and retention schedule customized for your site's particular requirements.

For example, if you have a blog that you update infrequently (once or twice a week), then the following settings are likely sufficient:

  • Weekly backup frequency.
  • Retain a greater number of backups. Depending on the size of your site and files,

Alternatively, if you run an online store, then the following settings are probably more suitable for your situation:

  • Daily backup frequency.
  • Retain a smaller number of backups.
For detailed information about how to configure Dropmysite backups, please see this article.

Excluding data from backups

In addition to using an efficient backup schedule, you can exclude unnecessary data from your backups. For example, some things do not need to be backed up, such as caching folders and log files. These items can use very large amounts of disk space, and are not needed to restore a site.

For example, on a default A2 Hosting shared hosting account, the following directories can usually be safely excluded from Dropmysite backups:

  • access-logs
  • cache
  • .cagefs
  • .cpanel
  • tmp
For detailed information about how to exclude files and directories from Dropmysite backups, please see this article.

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