In honor of 999 WP followers . . .

In honor of getting to the auspicious follower number of 999, I thought I’d pass on a tidbit for any newbies to WP out there.  It will save your life!  Well, not really, but it might save you 20 bucks.

When you start a blog, you get 3 something bites of space for your media files.  Not being particularly techy, I didn’t know that my gargantuan photo files would eat up that amount in no time, plus it made for a slower load time for folks trying to see my posts.  If I had known, I would have made my photos much smaller and saved the space.  I ran out of space and was told I needed to upgrade in order to continue.

Okay, no problem.  For $20 bucks, I bought 10 more of what ever those are–giga, mega, who knows–and I started loading much smaller photos, like 800 X 800-ish.

I could see that I had 73% of the upgrade space left after a year of quite a lot of uploading, so I was a happy camper until I got notified that I needed to pay another $20 this month (year anniversary) to be able continue loading media.

Perplexed was I, so I emailed the WP folks only to find out I don’t read fine print too well.  I assumed 10 bytes was mine till used up, and at the rate I was so economically going, it would last me till Hillary was elected president–which may be never. 🙂  So, see, no worries.

What the deal is though:  You get up to 10 bitty bytey thingys until you need a bigger upgrade, but the renewal of my puny $20 upgrade is up at the anniversary no matter what.  Did you get that?  NO MATTER WHAT!  So I was like a Scrooge hiding my money in my mattress, eating porridge and stale cheese instead of wining and dining, and I died anyway.  Okay, that might be a stretch.  But you get the idea?

So I can’t go back without starting a new blog, but you newbie or semi-newbie folks can learn from my mistake.  Load smaller files to save that initial 3 bitter bites and it will last you longer.  When you must upgrade, know that it will be up at the anniversary of your upgrade, so at that upgrade point stop hoarding and go crazy, but not 11 crazy, only 10 crazy.

Hope this was helpful.  I thought I would post this now because if I get one more follower to make 1000, I may be so overwhelmed with emotion and such that I may be in a dither for quite some time!

About apronheadlilly

wife and mother, musician, composer / poet, teacher, and observer of the world, flawed Christ-follower
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46 Responses to In honor of 999 WP followers . . .

  1. SeasonsWithGod says:

    Good advice, thank you! Make me #1000. 🙂

  2. pattisj says:

    999! What a cool number. I hope it turns over soon. 🙂 Thanks for the info. I’ve been curious if I can delete some of the photos I’ve added, then ended up not using. Any thoughts, ideas or info?

    • As long as you are still working on the first free 3, you should be able to. If you have to upgrade, it doesn’t matter because you are paying a yearly fee. Look on the page where you upload media. It tells you how much room you have left.

  3. dorannrule says:

    This is terrific advice – even for non-newbies! As my mother used to say, “Make hay while the sun shines.” Dunno why that comes to mind. 🙂

  4. randallslack says:

    I”m so confused…

  5. Darla Welchel says:

    Thanks, I think I will go delete some photo files. I have some images on there several times because I don’t want to search and reuse them. 😦 So much for being lazy.

  6. Thank you for the tip – so if I do the upgrade – does that give me unlimited – I am tech unsavvy 😦 this stuff hurts my head (congrats on your 1000!) btw. 🙂

  7. Congrats on reaching 1000! When I grow up I’m going to have 1000 followers. (right?)

  8. I recently became aware of only having so much space for the blog… I thought when it is necessary to buy more that of course it would be until used up..I’ve downloaded a lot of pictures too …but if you delete them from your library or ? won’t it delete them in the post you used them in? …. Diane

    • Yes, it will. If you are not over your free 3, you can go back and replace a pic. Delete it in a post, re-size smaller, then reload. If you are already in an upgrade, it seems from my understanding you are out of luck. You may as well leave the older files alone. I wish I had known this before!

  9. Wow, great advice! Now if I can figure out how to save files smaller!

  10. Besides the WP media library, I use Picasa for photo storage, so I am set. Picasa has 15 of those bite-thingies. 🙂 I had no idea that was a yearly fee. Bummer.

    Congrats on all the followers. I just got four new ones in the last couple days and one is a real person!! The others are fake, spammy, and/or creepy. I try not to think about it. Just like those ticks which are surrounding our house.

    • It’s interesting: After you mentioned that, I started getting them, too. I went to a couple of the Gavatar thingys, and it looks like they are probably using personas to sell stuff. One had a website that was selling workout stuff I think. I have a couple of friends who look the same because they really don’t blog; they just set one up to comment. But I know them. These random faces, I do not know. I guess it’s a way they think they can get past the spam filters.

  11. Thanks for the information-I tend to upload large files so this is good to now-and here’s hoping you hit 1000 real soon! Congratulations-

  12. maybrick2001 says:

    I had no idea the extra space was on a yearly subscription basis, but upon thinking about it I’m not surprised. Cheers for the info:)

  13. Margie says:

    Happy 999!
    Wow, I’m really glad I found out about photo sizing shortly after I started blogging!
    I’ve uploaded almost 900 images and have used only 4% of my 3 GB. I re-size my photos to about 610 by 410 pixels, because the column width of my blog is 640 pixels. This usually makes the photos less than 100 kb in size.

  14. Reblogged this on A p r o n h e a d — Lilly and commented:

    As the renewal once again comes due for my WordPress ability to post pics, I want to reblog this bit of advice to any newbies out there.

  15. Kev says:

    Congratulations! 🙂

  16. I heard about this and started compressing files prior to uploading, but only after I had chewed through quite a bit of storage space. Congrats on the followers!

  17. David Hall says:

    Congrats for your 1000 and thanks for the tip. You can now revert to uploading large files and get your moneys worth 🙂

  18. coastalcrone says:

    Congratulations on 1000 and thanks for the tips!

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