I’ve been working on several established websites lately and must say, I’m going mad! Not because the client is picky (picky is good!) but because the client is somewhat careless. And I don’t mean that they go in and try to hack things and make a royal cluster mess. No, I mean careless with their disk space.
On all hosting packages you’re set with a certain limit of space in which you can upload images, files and whatever. These can range from a few hundred MB to maybe a couple GB. I’m sure you’ve seen a number like 500MB and didn’t think much of it.
Well now is the time to think about this!
For instance, you’re a prolific blogger. You love to post stuff. Great! However you also love adding images. This is where you can run in to maxing out your disk space.
I’m not saying not to upload images. Shoot no! Images give posts the added flare to make something interesting. What I am saying is use photos that are large enough to showcase what you want your readers to see.
What do I mean?
Example: You have a great photo of your garden that you’ve uploaded from your camera. Your camera creates photos ready to print in a standard size of 4x6inches. You don’t need a 4×6 picutre on your blog! Resize that baby! And not with wordpress either. Resize it before you upload it.
This is where you’ll save space! Resize the images before you upload them to your site or wordpress and you’ll save a ton of space.
The typical “straight from the camera” image is around 2.50MB. That doesn’t seem big, but some photos that you take off your camera could be even larger. Plus when you add one per post (or more) they tend to add up quickly.
A good size image for you blog/site shouldn’t be any larger than around 50KB.
There are always exceptions to this but if you want to keep a busy blog without having to upgrade your hosting package, check out the images you’re uploading.