Storage Space Limits

You may have noticed that your WordPress dashboard says that you are limited to 200MB of storage.  We know that some people out there plan to upload a lot of media (images, videos, ect.) to their site and we don’t want to discourage that.  However we do want to encourage good web media habits.

If you are going to be uploading a lot of images to your site and giving students the ability to do so as well I would highly recommend using the “Resize Images on Upload” plugin.  This will ensure that you and your students are not uploading enormous images to your sites and needlessly wasting space.  Many times people will not resize or crop images before uploading them to a site which causes their pages to load much slower than they should. By using this plugin any image uploaded will automatically be resized based on the dimensions you set so that you don’t have to worry about running low on space.

Also we highly recommend using youtube.com for you video hosting needs as their service will automatically convert your videos to web safe and web friendly formats.  In addition adding youtube videos to your WordPress site is extremely easy.

If, in the end, you do end up needing more space please send us a request and will be happy to expand your resource allocation.

 

Embeding YouTube videos in post and pages

There is an easy way for you to embed YouTube videos in your WordPress sites.  Many people have sent in questions asking for help with iframes and embed codes but for YouTube and some other sources iframes and embed codes are not necessary.  All you need to do is simple copy the URL to the video you want and paste it into WordPress post. 

For example:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ut8rL0n_yQ#t=19

becomes…

The great thing about this is that it will embed the video using the flash object method. The reason this is good is because YouTube recently decided to encrypt all of their sites traffic using SSL. This makes the embedding less desirable as it can cause issues on pages that do not use SSL encryption.