Five Years, Upgrades, Donations

Park Preview is just two months shy of its 5th anniversary and it finally happened. I ran out of space.

For 5 years my only costs for running this blog have been time and gas money, and an occasional admission or parking fee. But now the WordPress free ride has come to an end.

For those who don’t know how the WordPress blog platform works, anyone can sign up and run a blog for free. The catch is that ads not of your choosing appear on your posts and you only get 3 GB of storage space.

Text takes up almost no storage, but photos do. I reduce the resolution of my photos before uploading so they use less space, but the previews have 10-20 photos each on average so it all adds up eventually.

WordPress offers three paid plans, with each tier offering more storage space and more features. Currently the cheapest plan is $53 per year. ($48 plus tax.) With that plan you get your own unique domain name, 6 GB of storage, and the ads are removed.

I’ve always hated the hideous ads. But I couldn’t justify paying an annual fee to remove them when I’m low income and this blog is a labor of love, not a source of income. However, running out of storage space meant my only choices were to either pay up or stop adding new content. So I paid.

The benefit to my readers is you’ll no longer see those horrid ads on my posts. Yay!

The new domain name is: parkpreview.blog

It turns out that one of those predatory domain name resellers bought up parkpreview.com two years ago, which really ticks me off. Though I suppose it’s a compliment that statistics indicated my site was successful enough to bother with.

The .com extension is the most commonly used one, and thus the default when people try to find a website. Which is of course why I wanted to use it now, and why they registered it before I could. Those [expletive deleted] want me to pay $1900 to buy back my own name! Never gonna happen.

You don’t need to change browser bookmarks or email subscriptions to the new domain name. The old web address that includes WordPress in the name will continue to work just fine. But if you ever need to recommend this blog to anyone at least parkpreview.blog is a lot easier to remember and pass on. Yay!

For $53 per year I now have 6 GB of storage for all the photos. Hopefully the additional 3 GB will last me another 5 years before I’m faced with the decision to quit or pay $100 per year for even more storage. Yikes!

Even though I abhor asking anyone for money, I decided to add a donation button to the Park Preview sidebar anyway.

If you find my park information useful and feel so inclined, donating a dollar or two to go towards paying the annual fee to keep the blog going would be much appreciated. No pressure though! This blog remains a labor of love and I certainly do not expect payment.

And since we’re here, even though we’re two months early, I want to sincerely thank all of my subscribers for helping to make the first five years of this blog a success.

I had no idea what I was getting into when I posted my first park preview in March 2015. Things have evolved a lot since then, and sometimes gone in unexpected directions to keep things interesting for me. It has been a lot of fun. Here’s to another five years!

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2 thoughts on “Five Years, Upgrades, Donations

  1. Hey Robin, I’ll donate this week when I get paid. This is so weird because I’ve had the MWCR blog for a long time and have never run out of space and I post pictures each month of dogs that were adopted and ones that died. I suppose I should go back and look at how much space I have. I think I’ve gone i to the library and deleted older stuff though.

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    • I couldn’t find a stat for how many photos I currently have uploaded, but it’s more than 1,000 between previews, trip reports, and photography posts. I suspect your dog pics are a fraction of that. 😀

      Over the past year and a half I did go through old content twice and delete a lot of photos from photography posts to squeeze out more room. But most of them only had one or two pics so only cleared a small amount of space.

      Depending on which page you use to upload images there should be a message at the top that states what percentage of your storage allowance you’ve used so far. I just dropped from 99% to 48% with the upgrade. The page I see that on is when I click on Admin on the side bar, then media, then add new.

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