Each web hosting account has an predetermined amount of resources that effect each website that is hosted on the account. With cPanel and x10Hosting, you can easily check your web hosting account’s current resource usage as well as review past resource usage. Knowing how to check your resource usage can help you trouble shoot issues that you may be experiencing with your websites and can help you monitor changes to your account.
Accessing Your Resource Usage
After you log into your cPanel account, you’ll see a small run down of your resource usage and account’s general information in the table that is on the left side of the page. This is a good quick over view for your website, and can alert you to look into your usage in more detail. You can access more details under Logs > Resource Usage.
The first page you’ll land at is the Resource Usage Overview. If you’ve hit any resource limits in the past 24 hours, you’ll be informed of which limit your account hit and how many times your account hit that limit on this page. Knowing what resources you may have hit the limit for will tell you which resources to look at more closely on the next page. Click on details to see more information about your current and past usage.
On the following page, you’ll see your Current Usage at the top of the screen and below that some graphs will be generated based on your past resource usage. By default, cPanel loads the last 24 hours but you can change this with the drop down menu next to Timeframe. With this, you can limit the graphs to only the last ten minutes, or up to the last 30 days. After you’ve selected a timeframe you would like to look at, cPanel will generate new graphs for your account.
Looking at the graphs gives you a quick visual look at your account’s usage for each resource. Monitoring these graphs can greatly help you understand your website’s needs and activity. With them you can learn when your website has the most visitors, when it is the least active, and know what your account’s normal usage is. Knowing your account’s normal usage can help alert you to when a website may have been compromised. If you see that your CPU usage or Entry Process usage is much higher than normal for a long period of time, one of your websites may have been compromised.
Below the graphs, there is a table with more information about each resource. With this table, you’ll be able to look and see what time you’ve hit the limit for any of the resources available to your account. Looking at in the screenshot above, you can see that this account used 5 Entry Processes between 5 AM to 6 AM on September 24th.
By default, this table will be arranged from earliest time period to the most recent time period. When looking in the past 24 hours, each row represents an hour. If you know which resource you’ve maxed out, you can have cPanel rearrange the table so that the max of the particular resource is listed at the top.
To do this, click on the little square next to the m underneath the resource you want to look at. You will need to click it twice, until it turns into a triangle facing upwards, like in the image above. This means that the table is currently arranged from the top down by the max of the related resource. In example table above, the table is arranged from the highest number of Entry Processes at one time decending down to the least number at a single time. If you find you’re hitting a resource limit constantly at a certain time period each day, it is likely that is when your websites have the most traffic and you may want to consider upgrading to a better web hosting plan or better optimizing your websites.
With this information, you’ll be able to keep a close eye on your web hosting account’s resource usage, check what resources your account may be hitting, and find out when your website’s have the most traffic. Be sure you are following our Facebook and Twitter pages to stay up to date with the latest in webmaster tips, updates for web software, everything x10Hosting, and more!