So the other day, I noticed a concerning thing: I’ve currently used up 35% of my allotted upload limit here on WordPress.com.
This may not seem like a lot, but if we were to do some simple projections based on my average usage, I will outgrow my blog home in 2 years. And this is assuming I don’t do crazy things like store enormous media files in the meantime.
Now, WordPress.com does offer upgrades. For a mere $20 a year, I can go from 3 GB storage to 10 GB, but that only extends the life of my blog an extra 7 years (if we consider my growth to be 1 GB/year). On the other hand, Bluehost – a company that WordPress itself endorses – offers Unlimited Domain Hosting, Unlimited Hosting Space, Unlimited File Transfer, Unlimited Email Accounts, Free Domain Name, Free Site Builder with templates, and Free Instant Set-up (yeah, I copy/pasted that sucker; I’m just in lazy summer mode).
Bluehost’s starting price is around $7.99/month for basic stuff. They’re advertising $3.95/month but there’s a sly little asterisk that says this price is only good for the first term. So let’s go worst-case scenario and do $8. That’s $96 a year. A helluva lot more pricey than sticking with WordPress.com but, barring inflation, a pretty solid rate that has no appreciable expiration date for storage. Unlimited, remember?
Besides the storage, another consideration are the plug-ins. Staying with WordPress.com does not allow me to use plug-ins at all. Not a big deal ‘coz I’m not a super techie? Sure, but I need plug-in capability to use DISQUS and I really want to use DISQUS. Like, a lot. DISQUS sends me a digest of all the comments I’ve made on other blogs and it’s so convenient and I’m telling ya – I actually am more inclined to leave comments on blogs that use it than not. I want that for my blog. (Whine, whine.)
At this point, my Blogger friends are laughing and pointing and saying “I told you so”. Let’s not go there.
So the big question is this: will I even be blogging long enough for this to even be an issue? Should I just ride it out and see where the tide takes me? I do still have 2 years, DISQUS notwithstanding. Or should I be proactive and get myself to a self-hosting site and not worry about it anymore?
If this was a Common Core math problem, what answer would you leave on your computer screen?