Can my pictures be hosted on a separate cloud service?

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  • #3063730

    whimsicalv
    Member

    I have a lot of pictures that I want uploaded at large sizes that will show up on my website, maybe compressed if needed. I figured out that the best way, financially, to do this would be to host it separately on a cloud service like Google photos or Amazon Prime Photos. If I do this, will that work perfectly fine, directly linking on my website and the pictures will show up, viewers none the wiser as to them being hosted somewhere else?

    If I purchased one of the higher-end plans, does it mean that I can upload any size photos? Up to however many gigabytes or terabytes I purchase?

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

    #3063848

    Uploading on third-party photo service and linking to photos is not recommended. For example, Google Photos is not public by default unless you set the folder to – media visibility might not always be public with these services.

    Also, for SEO concerns, it’s recommended that you host the images on your domain.

    If I purchased one of the higher-end plans, does it mean that I can upload any size photos? Up to however many gigabytes or terabytes I purchase?

    Yes, when you buy the WordPress.com Business plan, you will receive unlimited storage space. It’s mentioned on the WordPress.com pricing page. https://wordpress.com/pricing/

    Does it clarify things for you? Feel free to get back if you have questions.

    #3063850

    whimsicalv
    Member

    Well, I wanted to make sure that “unlimited” actually meant unlimited. Because a lot of picture hosting websites or domains say “unlimited” but they still will only let you host up to a certain size for each picture, automatically compressing them. I will need actual unlimited space, not “unlimited”. Do you understand what I am saying? My pictures may even be RAW and I want to make sure that “unlimited” actually means unlimited; whatever I want including any length video?

    #3063852

    Yes, it’s truly unlimited with no restrictions.

    I had a word with a WordPress.com Happiness Engineer and they had to say “Yes we do offer unlimited storage. We may ask for specific reasons for very large space requirements above certain limits. Those are granted too if the reason is legitimate.”

    Does it clarify things for you? Feel free to get back if you have questions.

    #3063858

    whimsicalv
    Member

    I appreciate your assistance. I understand you are saying this for legal purposes? The problem is that I am short on funds right now and it would be far less expensive to host from the third party. You really think this will be a serious problem?

    #3063860

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    Hello there, hope you don’t mind me adding something here.

    Regardless of the plan you have, the maximum upload size for any single media item is around 1GB.

    Also, any image you hotlink from another source will likely also be uploaded to your own site’s media library. This is done in order to cut down on page load time and keep control over the image in your hands. When hotlinking images, you give control over that content to someone else. If there are connection problems at the image source your site will be affected.

    Since page loading time is also a factor in SEO, you’ll want to keep that in mind when inserting images in your posts and pages.

    RAW images are not displayed on the web, only JPG, JPEG, PNG, GIF only. https://en.support.wordpress.com/accepted-filetypes/ If you want someone to be able to download your RAW image, then you should host these elsewhere and then provide a link to the RAW file.

    Hope that helps.

    #3063870

    whimsicalv
    Member

    Member Strikebuys, do you stand corrected? I have now received two answers. I wish I could talk to someone directly from WordPress, because https://en.support.wordpress.com/images/ does seem to indicate the limit is 1GB. But did someone from WordPress tell you they could make an exception?

    Also, two more questions. Is there a limit on videos, anyone? Either in length or size?

    How do I speak to someone directly from WordPress?

    #3063872

    whimsicalv
    Member

    Can someone explain to me in layman’s terms how third party hosting will effect search engine optimization? I appreciate anyone’s assistance.

    #3063873

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    I’ve tagged this thread for a Staff reply. Thanks for your patience while they get back to you.

    #3063874

    yoga1103
    Member

    Hi whimsicalv,

    To get an answer from WordPress.com staff, add ‘modlook’ tag in the right-hand sidebar.

    https://en.support.wordpress.com/images/ does seem to indicate the limit is 1GB.

    : the said document mentions at the bottom

    Maximum file size

    We’ve had good success with file sizes up to 1 GB. Remember, uploading big files can take a long time!

    – bests,

    #3063876

    whimsicalv
    Member

    Still wondering on a video limit?

    #3063888

    kokkieh
    Staff

    Hi there,

    As our documentation and our moderator in this thread have said, there is a maximum file size limit of 1GB per file. So while the Business Plan has unlimited storage, meaning there’s no limit to the total file size of all files you upload, no single file bigger than 1GB can be uploaded.

    Is there a limit on videos, anyone? Either in length or size?

    The 1GB limit mostly applies to videos, as it’s highly unlikely that you’d want to upload either images or audio files at that size. An image that has been properly optimised for the web before uploading shouldn’t be any bigger than around 300kb, and then it’s likely already bigger than you really need for display on a standard computer monitor.

    > Can someone explain to me in layman’s terms how third party hosting will effect search engine optimization?

    Hosting your images with third-party services can potentially increase your site’s loading time, which can have an impact on your SEO.

    But the bigger issue is that if the site where your images are hosted go offline, the images will also disappear from your WordPress.com site, and we won’t have any way to retrieve the images for you.

    #3063896

    whimsicalv
    Member

    However, if I am willing to take the responsibility that if the third party hosting site goes offline (I would likely be using Google Drive + find this write unlikely), the pictures will disappear and want to use a third party hosting site that allows me to upload the full size, will they show up on my site on WordPress in its original size (larger than 1 GB, though it will take longer to load)? Am I allowed to do that, as long as they do fully belong to me?

    (The reason is financial. I want to back up my full sizes on a cloud service, and until further notice, I would not be able to afford a Business WordPress plan in addition to cloud storage for the amount I need.)

    #3063903

    kokkieh
    Staff

    will they show up on my site on WordPress in its original size (larger than 1 GB, though it will take longer to load)?

    It is impossible for a single image file to be 1GB. Even a RAW image won’t be that size, and it’s not possible to either upload or embed RAW images on a WordPress.com site in any case.

    If you embed an image from another service, we will display it on your site at the maximum size possible according to your theme, and the content area width of our themes are determined by the width of most computer monitors.

    You can link back to the full size version of the image wherever it’s hosted, you can’t display an image at bigger dimensions than the computer monitor on which it loads.

    To use image on a website it’s necessary to optimise them – resize the image to the actual size it will display on the site, and use compressing tools to further reduce the file size of the resized image. You can still upload the originals to whatever cloud storage you want, but use an optimised version of the image for your website.

    If you use optimised images, the 3GB free storage on WordPress.com will last you years before you run out of space.

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