Warning: If you are not using Blogger, do not read this post. It contains information you really don’t want to know. Trust me on this.
After Val asked me what to do about running out of storage on her blogger blog, I made some discoveries while looking into the issue.
File Size Matters
Blogger gives 1 gigabyte storage on their free blogs. Most people get into trouble using up the allotted space because of the large images they upload. Most bloggers don’t realize that an image size can be rather small and still look good on a computer screen. I show an example of this in an earlier post, Resize Your Photos. As a rule of thumb upload photos that are 150 to 300kb in size or 900×600 pixels. Which one you use depends on which photo editor you have.
Side benefits to resizing is faster uploading of the images for you and quicker site loading for your readers.
Where’s the limit?
Blogger uses Picasa Web Albums to store images. The following is a quote from google support.
Picasa Web Albums offers 1 GB of free storage for photos and videos. However, files under certain size limits don’t count towards this free storage limit. This applies to uploads for other Google product that store photos and videos in Picasa Web Albums, including Blogger, Google+ and Google Maps.
Photos up to 800 x 800 pixels and videos up to 15 minutes won’t count towards your free storage.
What does this mean? That if you upload your images under the above mentioned size, you shouldn’t run out of storage! Isn’t that cool? But is it true? Let’s find out.
Find Your Number
Did you know you can check how much space you have used of the 1gb storage? Go to Picasa Web Albums and log in with your google password. At the bottom of the page you will see something similar to this…
This number is my storage amount for all my google images of which there are 1,397. That’s right. I have 1,397 images and have used 0%. This is impressive but there is something else…
The Other Limit
Besides the storage limits there are Account Upload limits.
Maximum number of photos per web album: 1,000
Every time you add a photo to your blog it is assigned to an album with your blog’s name as the album title. Each album’s capacity is 1000 photos.
Once you go over that 1000 limit, Picasa Web should create a new album for your blog to store another 1000 pictures. Here’s a catch: adding that 1001st picture has to be done with your computer NOT your smart phone. (Are you pulling your hair out yet?)
What Have We Learned?
I have spent more time researching this than I care to admit. Once I learned one thing I would click to another page and find out more. Then I would search forums and blogs to know if there were ways around the limits. It is never ending really. So, I’ll break it down into two things to remember:
- Reduce the size of your pictures to be uploaded to 800×800 pixels. This will not be counted in your storage limit.
- When you come to the album’s 1000 photo limit, upload the next photo with your computer (not your smartphone or tablet just to be safe)
There is this from google support:
When you reach your storage limit, any new photos you upload to Picasa Web larger than the free size limit will be automatically resized to 800 pixels (on their longest edge).
So if you are over the 1gb limit and can’t upload any more photos to blogger, try reducing the size to less than 800 pixels before uploading. From what the support states, you should be able to.
If you’ve done all that I have prescribed above and continue to get the “Photo Limit Reached” box, you will have to use a photo link from a new Picasa Web album or Photobucket. I described this in my previous post.
For those who didn’t heed my warning: In the next post, I’ll cover wordpress.com’s storage limit.
Tell me: Has this helped or confused you Blogger bloggers?