WordPress Media Storage Solved

The images displayed here are not located in the WordPress Media File. Which means they are not taking up space in the meager 3 gigs of storage that is allotted to the free accounts.

I have discussed this privately, and in the comments, with a few of you over the past year or so. Photo files take up a lot of space. Solutions include scaling your images to a lower resolution (which is recommended if you sell your photos), or linking the images from an external source.

WordPress automatically downsizes your photos to about 82% of scale. Even at a lower resolution, they look just fine in a blog format. Still, it’s not difficult to fill up the storage within 12-18 months.

There are many reasons for someone to prefer the free account — not the least of which is the price of gasoline. Inflation is taking a huge bite out of people’s budgets. A paid upgrade might be considered by professionals, or those who earn a living from photography — in which case, I’d probably own a $10,000 lens as well — but I’m just a hobbyist.

So what do we do?

One solution is to simply start another free blog, but then you have the challenge of migrating your followers to the new address. Plus, the older blog sort of becomes like a dusty old book that no one ever reads. Ideally, all of your content would be displayed in one location.


 I received the following email from WordPress:

Storage does cost money, and if we do catch abuse of that, it would be a violation of our terms of service that can result in a permanent suspension.

To increase your storage properly, you do need a paid plan.

Alternatively, you can host your images elsewhere.

So, basically, there are only the two options — a paid upgrade or external host. Starting a new blog for the purpose indicated is a violation of the Terms and Conditions. Your blog could be shut down if you are caught.

As for an external host, many people use Dropbox. However, the free plan only gives you an extra 2 gigs of storage so it is not a viable long term solution. Last year, I opened a Flickr account. The free plan allows you to store 1,000 images or videos. That should last me five years or better.

How that works is that you simply copy and paste the URL of your Flickr photos into the WordPress text editor. Because the images are not stored in your Media Files, just know that you won’t be able to edit, resize, format or caption them on WordPress.

The images posted here are actually linked to my Blogger account. Google, the owner of Blogger, announced two years ago that it was ending its policy of unlimited free storage. Free accounts would be limited to 15 gigs of storage which is more than the WordPress Premium plan. However, bloggers were excluded from the limitation.

(Lens Artists Low Light Challenge.) The images presented are from my unpublished Sunset Silhouette collection. All photos are original size and in high resolution. 


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12 thoughts on “WordPress Media Storage Solved

  1. Great information David. But, I do have some questions. Is the Google Blogger account the same as WP? Or is it just to store photos? Do you just put the URL of the picture in your WP blog? I may have more questions once you’ve answered these. My solution to the WP gig problem was to take off really old blogs that people aren’t looking at anyway. I have the Premium account.


  2. They are both blogging platforms — Blogger started in 1999, WordPress in 2003. Blogger is a simpler format suited for beginners which is why I started there. It took me 6 months to learn the basics of WordPress, but it has a more robust, interactive community.

    I’ll post images on Blogger as an unpublished draft. Then I copy the HTML code and paste it in the Text editor at WordPress. The images appear on the Visual tab and in the Preview, but not in the Media File because they are linked externally to Blogger. Pasting the URL of a Flickr image achieves the same result.

    I did have a minor glitch, however. The spacing between photos was not uniform because I deleted a couple of images. The HTML code is very long and cluttered so it was difficult to edit in text mode. If I hadn’t deleted the photos, it would have been fine, but there were snippets of code left behind that created the uneven spacing.

    To fix that, I opened WordPress in a second window. In the first window, I had a preview of the draft post showing the Blogger images. In the second window, I opened a New Post in Classic Editor.

    Then I copied each image from the preview page and pasted them into the Visual editor — not the Text — of the new post. It worked like a charm. The spacing is perfect, and it eliminated a ton of unnecessary HTML code.

    Keep in mind that I do not publish the post at Blogger, but save it as a draft file. You can publish it, but Search Engines do not like duplicate files. They will tend to ignore your blog altogether. It’s important to remember that if you close your Blogger account or accidentally delete the images, they will vanish from WordPress as well. The same is true if you use Flickr as the external host.

    It sounds like you’re doing fine just deleting older posts. If you feel the need for more space, I believe that Flickr is a good option because it is a dedicated community of photographers. My best images maybe get 25 likes on WordPress, but over 400 at Flickr.


    1. Yeah, copying and pasting the URL of the Flickr image is a whole lot easier. I mean, you still have to upload your images to the external host whether it be Flickr, Blogger or something like Dropbox.

      I made it more difficult than it had to be.

      You can avoid the complexity of Blogger’s HTML code. Again, it wouldn’t have been an issue if I hadn’t deleted a couple of the images. Deleting an image will always leave a snippet of coding which can be hard to find.

      This will work, instead. Open a new post on Blogger, upload your image to the post editor (Compose View), copy the image and paste it into the Visual editor on WordPress.


      The WordPress Visual editor is called Compose View on Blogger, and the WP Text editor is called HTML view on Blogger. Select “view” at circle on left. Upload image at circle on right.

      Let me know if that helps. Doing it the hard way was so unnecessary.

      You jogged my memory as I began thinking about one of my unrealized projects which is to post How To videos on my YouTube channel. It’s so much easier to explain things when you can actually see the step-by-step instructions. I’ve got the screen recorder to capture the video, but I still need a studio-grade microphone for the audio. Maybe some day. Right?


  3. With WP’s new approach to plans (ie, only 2 and the free one is wicked limited), this solution sounds quite viable. I’ll have to see about integrating it into my routine.
    Do you mind if I link to this post in a rant about WP tomorrow? I understand if you’d rather not, which is why I’m asking.




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