From the computer to the tabletop, this is all about games. Updated each week-end.
In between articles a line on my blog stats suddenly went from being halfway full to being full and red:
The free WordPress option used to come with 3GB for storage space.
Above is an image I found on a WordPress page that already seems to have been deleted while I was writing this. It shows what the limit used to be.
That has now been reduced to 500MB. At the moment, I can still upload new images, but I’m expecting that to stop soon.
There has been no announcement that I can see, but this is the new ‘free’ option. It has been drastically reduced. I also notice the 10,000 monthly views limit. I’m getting more than that, and so are many others I know.
At some point, something is going to happen, as in I won’t be able to upload new images, and people won’t be able to visit my site after a couple of weeks each month. I also notice these changes are propagating on the first of the month (April Fool’s!) so I’m going to assume it starts now.
I have to assume, since there has been no announcement and no contact.
What is likely to happen is that I will shut this blog down. If these new limits are real I won’t be continuing on the platform. If I move content to blogger and restart there I will post a (text only!) update and link, so at least the first 10,000 viewers each month will know what is happening.
3 April update
I asked a few times about what the 10,000 monthly limit is and what it applies to, and received this response via the WordPress forums:
At the moment I can’t tell you whether that will be based on pageviews or unique visitors – those details are still being worked out, along with the work on the add-ons that will allow you to increase this limit. Once those details are finalised they’ll be indicated either on the Pricing page, or on a dedicated support page.
I see you have a site that has steady traffic of over 10000 views a month, so I’d expect someone will also be in touch with you directly to discuss your options once we have those in place.
But I want to make it clear that this is a soft limit, and your site won’t be taken offline or blocked without warning because your views have gone over that limit.
So they have invented a limit but they haven’t yet decided what this invented limit is based on. Doesn’t exactly fill me with confidence. I’ll keep everyone updated should I ever have someone from WordPress “be in touch” with me to discuss my “options”.
4 April update
5 April update
They have walked back some of the changes, mainly the view limits, but storage for free sites is still massively reduced and the cheaper paid plans are still gone. Here’s their article.