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  1. Well, I was in the middle of asking an actual support question, and my topic was closed.

    I'll just copy/paste the content here then, since it goes unanswered.

    ***"It's okay, I understand hectic time management.

    I myself and starting a gaming community/company and have chosen WordPress to do it (after a few long months of deciding, testing, and thinking). I decided on WordPress.com and not WordPress the software, mainly because I trust the servers at WP more than any other webhost at the moment.
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    Which brings me to an "actual" support question...

    Come the time when my site has reached, say, almost half a million views a month or so, aside from domain purchasing, upgrade purchasing, and etc., what would be a good practice to keep my website at WP.com so that the WP servers wouldn't shut down my site?"***

    The blog I need help with is prochoicegaming.wordpress.com.

  2. There are no bandwidth limits of free hosted WordPress.com blogs. There are three HUGE redundant server farms in three separate locations. WordPress.com will not shut down your site unless you breach the ToS. These are what get a free hosted wordpress.com blog suspended:

    http://wordpress.com/types-of-blogs/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/advertising/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/affiliate-links/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/suspended-blogs/
    http://en.wordpress.com/tos/

  3. Hmm. I swear I saw a bandwidth indicator one day under the "storage space used" bar in the admin panel.

    I just thought that if my blog got enough views (even enough to match CNN) that my blog would come down due to a pull on servers.

    Wow. And all this time I was trying to keep my storage space as compact as possible by only keeping one image in there.

  4. A blog here got 145 MILLION hits in 48 hours. It did not go down. There are no bandwidth limits.

  5. There ARE storage limits, but you can buy storage upgrades. As long as your images are optimized for the web, they shouldn't ever reach the normal 3 GB limit.

  6. "storage space used"

    All WordPress.com blogs come with 3000 megabytes (~3 GBs) of space for storing uploaded files and images. The Space Upgrade gives you an additional 10, 25, 50, 100, or 200 gigabytes of storage space, and allows you to upload music and zip files in addition to images. http://en.support.wordpress.com/space-upgrade/

  7. You have 3gb of basic storage space, but that can be upgraded

    On the bandwidth issue - if your Posts are real large and slow loading that will turn off visitors and search engines will downgrade your site - you will not get in trouble here - but your visitors will probably not come back

  8. Picking up on auxclass's point, These are the ways to reduce page loading time:

    1. Insert "the more tag" so only excerpts appear on the fort page. http://en.support.wordpress.com/splitting-content/more-tag/ Or use a theme that provides excerpts on the front page automatically http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/theme-with-automatic-excerpts?replies=13#post-1396410

    2. Reduce the number of posts appearing on the front page here > Settings > Reading
    Blog pages show at most _ posts

    3. Reduce the number of images and or media embeds displayed and/or make them smaller.

    4. Reduce the number of widgets and images in the sidebar and footer areas.

    Generally speaking, keep the blog as pristine as possible. Note you can use this tool Pingdom Website Speed Test

  9. fort page = front page :(

  10. @raincoaster
    @auxclass
    I did an experiment with one cool site re: page loading time
    Note how pristine the site is now. No sidebar tat. Only one image for featured post plus header image. Guess which loaded faster (tested over the course of several days in both modes in two different weeks)
    a. infinite scroll disabled (7 posts and "older posts" button on front page)
    b. infinite scroll enabled

    Yes, indeed b (infinite scroll) was the winner - hands down!
    The difference was significant, not small and I tested from multiple server locations.

  11. Really? that's VERY VERY interesting.

  12. No kidding! I was surprised and I have now made my choice for both blogs. Due to the results, and what I saw in my stats they are on both on infinite scroll now.

  13. Interesting - thanks

  14. Thanks for the feedback... This was assurance that I really needed.

    Now I'm ready to stay with WP for as long as the internet still exists!

    And for assuring me that my site will stay active, I think the very next time I'm paid, I'm gonna get some upgrades! Can't wait to get them now...

    If it's not too technical, I'd like to ask one more question before I'm on my way to building the company...

    I'm using Oxygen currently as my theme (which will look great with that sliding "Showcase Page Template" that shows the 6 sticky posts with featured images that are at least 750px in width).

    Let's say it's been over a year now and the featured images I have uploaded over the time are still uploaded, and still able to be seen with the theme. Wouldn't this mean that eventually, I would have to keep on upgrading my storage space? Or......is there a feature that will delete old posts (***including the featured image file***) automatically so I wouldn't have to spend time figuring out which uploads aren't being used anymore?

    Or is there an even better feature that I'm missing that will automatically manage old archives?

  15. There were many tests from many locations. In a nutshell, the differences ranged from my blog being faster to load than 55% - 59% of all sites to faster than 85% - 91% of all sites.

    I have to chnage themes and remove some images from this time this space to make it load in the same range.

  16. @damiandownfall
    Oxygen is not a pristine theme. It's highly customizable and blogger put lots of tat on it when they use it. Every post has to have a featured image of specific dimensions or you get gray box. Read more about Oxygen here http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/no-pictures-showing-on-my-page?replies=5#post-1446916

    I am a minimalist and I use a responsive width theme with highly readable fonts. I see to it that it loads fast by following my own advice. :)

  17. @damiandownfall
    Let's say it's been over a year now and the featured images I have uploaded over the time are still uploaded, and still able to be seen with the theme. Wouldn't this mean that eventually, I would have to keep on upgrading my storage space?

    Yes.

    But I don't have that issue as I have only one featured image in the latest post and I edit and remove it when I publish the next one.

    Or......is there a feature that will delete old posts (***including the featured image file***) automatically so I wouldn't have to spend time figuring out which uploads aren't being used anymore? Or is there an even better feature that I'm missing that will automatically manage old archives?

    No.
  18. It says it's responsive width, and minimalistic though, in the theme details.

    I chose it because of that, and because I absolutely love the font and showcase....remember, I'm building a gaming community here, lack of images could mean a lack of viewers for me. Most gaming websites are way more advanced than what WP would allow for free.

    I just wondered about managing featured images. Would it be better for me to delete them as time progresses (along with the post) and erase the possibility of viewers seeing old posts, or is it better for me to just keep all the posts and images, and hope that my storage space never gets close to full by purchasing an adequate upgrade?

  19. I guess I'll just have to find a good schedule to go through old posts and old featured image uploads.

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