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!