A few people have asked me recently “how do I save memory on my blog, because I’m nearly out of it”. The answer is not simple, but there are ways to save memory, especially if you post a lot of photographs.
The one thing I notice most people don’t do is save their .jpg (photo) small. I see a lot of people photos taking up well over 1 mb or more of memory. Newer cameras and phones are taking photos well over 10-20 mb of memory per photo. That will use up your memory super fast. Most of your post processing software that comes with your computers or phones will give you an option to save your photo to a smaller size.
For example, the software that comes in the Adobe packages (Camera Raw, in Bridge) when I go to safe a .jpg there is an Image Sizing Option. I standardly size mine for Pixels at 700 wide to 700 height. This means my photo will never been wider or longer than 700 pixels. It will size appropriately depending on the configuration of your photo. Like for this photo (4×6) crop it sized my photo to 700 wide x 467 height. I never put the resolution (if you have that option) lower than 300 pixels per inch.
I’ve been saving my photos this size on my blog for years. I do it for basically two reasons. The first reason is to save memory space. The second reason, if someone wants to download any of my photos, it won’t print clearly if they want to print it bigger than 4×6. That also eliminates the need to watermark my photos. Since you are posting your photos for electronic media, they still come out wonderful.
I have about 8 years of photos on my blog. I have the package that has 13 gb of memory. I’ve only used 40% of my memory.
NOTE: I know I won’t cover them all, space saving ideas, so please feel free to add comments below and tell us how you save memory.
Now more specifically for WordPress (WP) bloggers. There are some decisions you will need to make. Money is a hot topic, especially with the prices going up on everything because of Covid and now world politics and war. I would never encourage you to spend money when you are uncomfortable doing so. I know that WP free blog for new members only has .5 gig of memory. It is obviously not a lot of memory for photographers.
There is a new package that costs $4 a month. That is less than price of a latte or glass of wine. It offers you 6 gig of memory. In today’s society I think that is not a bad option. The 6 gig of memory is probably what I have used up in 8 years of blogging and saving my photos small. So you can kind of judge how much memory you’ll be using if you compare your blog to the amount of photos I post. There are other plans, you may want to check out as well.
One thing I do not do is reuse my photos even if I already have the photo in my wordpress photo gallery. I find I tend to get a lot more spammers if I re-use them. So I simply add a new photo.
I hope this helps out some people who are asking questions. Please feel free to comment and if need be I can come up with a part two to this.
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