How to economize your bandwidth and space for your web? If it’s all about images and videos storage, I count on Google products. I always uploaded photos first on Google+, not directly on my blog (unless it’s a free blog like this), then hotlinked them with a simple img src html code.
But, a friend of mine told me that Google has a limit. “So, it’s not a very good solution,” he said.
A limit? A quota?
I browsed to find out. And, yes, every account in Google has 15 GB storage maximum, except Google Drive. It’s really not unlimited, even in the social network like Google+. Meanwhile in Facebook, I never heard such issue. You can upload and keep as many photos and videos as you want in Facebook. Too bad, Google is not like that.
- Google Drive stores your files up to 1 TB each. Anything you create with Docs, Sheets, or Slides won’t use up any of your storage. The problem is, do you work the documents directly on Google? Me, no. I worked it mostly offline, then uploaded it.
- Google Mail. Messages and attachments you’ve sent and received in Gmail use your storage. This is inevitable, especially when your email is active and frequently sends or receives attachments.
- Google Plus. Photos larger than 2048 x 2048 pixels use your storage. Everything smaller than that is free. So, if you can keep the photo you upload 2048 x 2048 or tinier, you’ll be okay.
Then, I checked my storage status in Google. I smiled seeing my account is still virgin. It means there are still 15 GB free! I think it’s because every photo I uploaded to Google+ never reached 2048 x 2048 pixels. And also, my Google account doesn’t use Gmail.
I then logged out. And logged in with another account. This is account, which I actively use Gmail. Then I went to my storage status. There said, I already used 3% of my 15 GB space quota. No wonder, I did many messages and attachment since 2009 with that email.
But I’m sure somehow that Google will always add the quota. I remember in 2009, the quota of Gmail is 2 GB only. And now it’s 15 GB 🙂 Though it’s shared with your Google+ storage.
The conclusion, I would keep economize my bandwidth and host with Google Plus. As long as I don’t upload big photos, using my Google+ then hotlink from it is superefficient and won’t take my 15 GB quota. Trust me.