Don’t Be a Space Waster, Understand How Storage Works

Your current storage capacity is probably not something that you think about very often — at least, not until you run out of it. It’s important to keep track of your current level of available storage, how much you have left, and what types of files will eat it up. Otherwise, you might find yourself running out of storage space when you least expect it.

So, what is storage? What are the available storage options? What counts and what doesn’t count towards your storage limit? And when should you consider upgrading your storage plan?

Think of the following information as your need-to-know guide on storage space.

What is storage?

Your storage capacity is the amount of disk space available when uploading various files and images to your website. It’s similar to the disk space on your desktop computer, but is located on’s servers instead of inside your computer.

With that out of the way, let’s tackle a handful of frequently asked questions regarding storage.

How much storage do you have left?

To check how much storage space you have, navigate to your My Site (or My Sites if you have more than one) on and select Media on the left sidebar. This will display your storage limit and the amount that you already consumed.

Your Storage is displayed on the top right of your Media page

The total amount of storage space available depends on your plan. Different plans come with different storage capacities. The most important thing to know is that once you start approaching your storage limit, will not allow you to upload any additional files or images. Naturally, you don’t want to find yourself in this situation.

What counts toward your storage limit?

Most file types consume some amount of storage space. The ones that use the most include:

  • All image files and GIFs uploaded to your media library (including images that are used in blog posts, pages, and backgrounds).
  • All document files, including PDFs, Microsoft Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, Excel sheets, OpenOffice documents, and Apple Keynote presentations.
  • All ZIP archives, or files with multiple compressed files within.
  • All audio and video files.

You check out a complete list of every file type that you can upload to your website. It’s important to stress that your blog posts and website pages don’t count toward your storage limit — you can publish as many of those as you want! It’s only the media that you upload to your site that matters.

Files that are hosted on external platforms do not count towards your storage limit. This includes YouTube videos, SoundCloud music, or Flickr images. Basically, if the file already exists on the internet, it doesn’t count towards your storage limit. Even if a file is embedded into your website with a shortcode, it won’t impact your storage space.

How can you add storage space?

Your standard free account comes with 3GB of storage space. If you need additional storage space, upgrade your account to any of the paid plans. Here’s a comparison of the amount of storage space you get with each plan:

  • Personal plan: 6GB of storage space
  • Premium plan: 13GB of storage space
  • plugin-enabled plans: 200GB of storage space

When should you upgrade for additional storage?

You’ll want to upgrade your storage space if you begin to run out. When you upgrade to a paid plan, you are given additional storage space along with the ability to upload more types of files and media.

With the free subscription, you can upload images and standard document files. Each of the paid plans allow you to take this a step further with the ability to upload audio and video files in addition to ZIP archives.

This opens up more doors. For example, you can use your website to host files, assets, and documents that you create for business projects. You can then allow visitors to access those files directly through your website. This is a very useful feature for photographers, consultants, designers, and anyone who works with multimedia contracts.

Ultimately, the amount of storage space that you choose depends on the demands of your website. Use this overview to determine how much storage you need in order to best serve your website.


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