After surviving the labyrinth of information about blogger’s storage limit, it is a relief to report on WordPress.com’s limits.
Simply put, those using wordpress.com have 3GB to store their photo files on their site. Pretty straight forward.
To see how much storage you have used, go to your dashboard — click Media — Library. Your current usage and percentage will be listed at the top.
Like my blogger suggestions, you can significally reduce the speed you use up your limit by reducing the file size of your photos in your editor. For most bloggers 150 to 300kb file size should be the numbers to reduce your photo’s size to.
You should be able to get 84,000 photos that are 300kb in size with in the 3gb limit.
And there is no need to upload pictures that are wider (pixels) than your main content column. Depending on the theme the photo will extend outside the column making it look bad.
Here is a list of most of the wordpress.com themes that lists how wide the content columns are for each theme. This will let you know how many pixels to edit your photos to.
If you are close to 100% of the limit, you have two options
Use a photo hosting site: Photobucket after photo is loaded to photobucket copy direct link by clicking the field. At your wordpress.com site Add Media — insert from URL — paste into top field — make edit preferences — insert into post
If you want, you can go with the default theme. It will work fine. In the tutorial I choose a theme that doesn’t have a header picture. That is a personal preference. I like my sites to be uncluttered. Also headers can take away precious real estate that appears above the fold. I like all the information possible to show without scrolling. But if you have your heart set on a header, choose a theme with a header. Simple as that.
Coming across these two links, I knew the information would be helpful to you. Here’s why:
This first link is what I would consider the definitive post on the different type of links. The article goes so much further than my series on links. Tom Schmitz also answers some questions that readers have asked about link ups and directory links. He tells you which ones to avoid and which to search engines prefer.
The second link is for wordpress users. You know when you are writing a post there’s that row of little icons above the text box. Have you ever wondered what all those little images are for? My friend Craig Grella takes you through each one and shows the magic of the Post Editor. He’s the one who taught be about the Kitchen Sink icon. Thanks, Craig.
I did not intend to make the topic of links a series but it’s funny how things work out. (or is it called snowballing?). In the last post I defined the basic link types. I probably should have written about this posts topic long ago but I didn’t have the information I do now. What I am talking about is permalinks. If you are on a self hosted wordpress blog and your post titles look like ?p=123 in the address bar you are loosing serious search engine favor, priority, and the almighty optimization. That kind of permalink is like a big weight strapped to your ankle while you’re trying to swim upstream. Think about it. Who is searching for ?p=546. And if it does show up on a google search page who will click on it? No one. Because no one will know what the post is about. So, let’s remedy that right now.
This is also important for those who might be moving to a self hosted site sometime in the future, so please listen.
For most blogs this first step is all you need to do. It’s simple and all you do is click.
Dashboard–Settings–Permalinks–select Post Name–Save changes
and you’re set. WordPress will magically redirect all your posts that have links to the old URLs. Yay!
Now for those whose sites don’t magically redirect, you will have to use a plugin.
Dashboard–Plugins–Add New–type in Redirection–follow its directions
I have not used this plugin but from all research I have read that this one works well.
In my next post I will answer the questions about back links and the different ways they are created.
If you are not on a self hosted site, you still need to pay attention to how you title your posts. It is extremely important to how you show up in a search engine and if someone decides to click through to read what you have to say.
Sometime you might want to display a photo or image in your wordpress sidebar. You could use code from an image hosting site such as photobucket or picasa. But I don’t like relying on a third party site to display my images. I have had them stop displaying for no reason. To easily get around this problem, is to hold the images right on your own blog. Follow these easy steps that I show in the video tutorial:
upload the image into your Media tab in your dashboard by clicking Add New. You will want to have the image height and width already to specs. So know what size works best with your sidebar. (the width of the image I uploaded was 224 to give a reference)
Add a new post
Click onUpload/insert media icon and select the image to add to post
Click HTML tab in upper right corner
Paste code in Text widget in sidebar
That’s all there is to it. Now watch the video tutorial.
P.S. I know you don’t pronounce the “s” in Des Moines. It was a slip up. If you add an image to your sidebar, leave a link in the comments. I would love to see it.
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