Save storage space on your blog

On WordPress.com, a basic subscription has 6GB of storage space. The space may vary based on the subscription level or the platform used. However, it’s still limited. One important hint is to host your media (photos, videos, and files) on different platforms and link to them on your blog. This way, the media won’t be calculated against your blog’s quota.

Photos:

Flickr

For me, this is the best place to store pictures and embed them into my website(s). It’s easy and there are a lot of flexible options… I also find it useful to have photos’ comments, if any, in one place no matter where I embed the photos.

FlickrEmbed

You need to paste the Embed code into your post in HTML section as illustrated below:

PostHTML

OneDrive Photos offer the option of embedding pictures but it’s less flexible and a little bit complicated in comparing to Flickr – not to mention the cost.

Unfortunately, Google Photos doesn’t offer the option of embedding pictures. There are indirect ways to do it though.

Files:

Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, … Some cloud storage’s, such as OneDrive, have bandwidth limit for free accounts!

Videos:

YouTube, Dailymotion, Vimeo, … You may like to check my other post: YouTube vs Dailymotion.

Do you use any of the above? Have you encountered a shortage in your blog’s storage?

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32 thoughts on “Save storage space on your blog

  1. dtills

    Hi Mohammad,
    I keep getting a notice that my startup drive on my MacBook is near full. I pay for storage and use iCloud so I don’t understand why this happens. I have used a Mac cleaner program to remove junk and duplicate photos, but your article now has me thinking about flicker. Do you think that would help my computer storage or is that just for blog storage issues?
    Thanks! 🙏

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    1. Mohamad Al Karbi Post author

      Dear Dee Dee, I believe and I invest a lot in cloud storage. I lived more than one year with Chromebook as my main computer; it’s 32GB only! Theoretically speaking, cloud storage, Flickr in case of photos, could help. However, you still need to clean your computer. You may want to read this article too:
      https://computers.tutsplus.com/tutorials/what-to-do-when-your-macs-startup-disk-is-almost-full–mac-31780
      Please don’t hesitate contacting if the problem persists…

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      1. Mohamad Al Karbi Post author

        Flickr is very flexible with a lot of options when sharing. However, some privacy level requires Yahoo account! Yes, you can edit the photo in cloud using Flickr editor. Personally, in order to keep off line backup, I do all the editing (and meta tags) offline before uploading. P.S., editing meta info online won’t be reflected into the pictures itself, i.e., when you download it.
        I consider web browsing is fast. However, their Android’s app is not very fast in comparing to Google Photos. You may check my old post: My Photos to OneDrive.

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    1. Mohamad Al Karbi Post author

      Thank you very much, Sherron. Photos nowadays are an important part of life and what we do. Their sizes are increasing with the better phones (cameras) entering the market. Storing, sharing, … are other important issues. I think photos cloud storage could help here better than blog hosting.

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    1. Mohamad Al Karbi Post author

      Thank you very much, Kathleen. I’ve updated the post with extra illustrating pictures. Once your photo is uploaded to Flickr, you’ll have a sharing option. Choose Embed tab and copy the code there. On your post, paste the code into the HTML section of your post’s editor and that is it! If i can be of any further assistance here, please don’t hesitate contacting…

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      1. KathleenBDuncan

        Now I need to learn Flickr!

        I’m amazed at how much I’ve had to (been able to) learn since I started blogging!

        One of my goals for spring is to learn to self-host my blog and use add-ins, Flickr, smart pins, Trailwind, and much more. I guess this old dog can learn new tricks.

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  2. mariemclean

    Interesting. I heard about this storage idea in a blogging podcast recently. Do you have to go through each post already published and edit them individually – transferring each affected photo that is already stored in your WordPress blog to whatever new storage solution you’ve set up?
    Or would you just start off using this system for new blog posts?

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    1. Mohamad Al Karbi Post author

      Thank you very much, Marie. I think this depends on your preferences and willing to spend time re-editing… Personally, I’d go with this for new posts; and get back to old posts as time allows.

      Please note that changing pictures in your old posts might affect fetched ones in social media. My recommendation is to always keep the feature image hosted on WordPress just in case you wanted later to re-change the location of your photos’ cloud storage.

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