If you are blogging just for fun to share your opinions, then free blogging platforms like WordPress, Tumblr and Medium is more than enough. However, if you want to be more serious with your blog, having a self-hosted blog is a must. Having a self-hosted blog allowing you to have a full control over your blog.
One of the serious issues with self-hosted blog is the storage capacity. Especially if should upload multiple images on a single post. If you rent a low capacity hosting package, there is no other way to keep keep going but to save your storage capacity.
There are two simple ways that you can try to save your hosting space. Please note, this example is run in WordPress.
Method one: Compressing your images
This is the most plausible method to save your hosting storage capacity. By compressing images before you upload them meaning that you prevented your storage from being over capacity. What if you already have many posts with uncompressed images?. You can keep compress them without affecting your post using a useful plugin called WP Smush.
Once you have this plugin installed on your WordPress, your images will automatically be compressed before be appeared on your post. Follow these steps to install the plugin.
- From your WordPress dashboard, go to Plugins –> Add New. Search for WP Smush from the search bar and click the Install Now button. Activate the plugin immediately.
- Once you activated the plugin you will be brought to its page. You can also go to the plugin page by your self by going to Media –> WP Smush.
- To start compressing the images, click on the BULK SMUCH NOW button.
- WP Smush available in free and paid version. If you use its free service you will be limited to 50 images. Meanwhile, paid version allows you to compress images as many as you want.
Method two: Using third party image hosting
The other clever way to save your hosting storage is by putting your images to the third party image hosting service. Postimage is the best option in this term. Take a look at the example below how use Postimage as your image hosting.
- Prepare the images you want to upload and visit https://postimage.io. Click on the Choose Images button.
- Copy the direct link of your image.
- On your WordPress dashboard go to Posts –> Add New to create a new article.
- Click on the Add Media button on the WordPress editor to insert your image. Choose Insert from URL option and paste your image link and press the Insert into post button.