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Troubleshooting 2 - About Bandwidth

What your blog will look like if you exceed bandwidth

How this happens

Free accounts on image hosting sites usually have a limit on the number of images you can upload, or the space you can use or the bandwidth you use. Or all of those.

Photobucket limits your bandwidth usage to 10GB per month. That is actually a lot.


if you exceed it, they will politely ask you to get a paid account and then mercilessly shut you down until the month is over Counting from date of creation of the account i.e. if you created the account on the 5th of any given month, bandwidth will be reset on the 5th of every following month..

So what IS this bandwidth thing ?

In this context, bandwidth is the amount of data transferred from photobucket to whichever computer called up a web page that shows one of your photos.

So whenever a web page calls Photobucket for one of your pictures, bandwidth is used - how much depends on the size of the image. (And the number of images of course)

How you can find out your bandwidth usage

In Photobucket click "Account Settings" and then "Account Status".

Why reblogging is NOT good !

If you reblog another person's image without uploading that image to your own photo sharing account, you will be using that person's bandwidth ...

...and however nicely you say thank you, you might just kill that person's account !

...and your blog post will show this instead of the image

How to limit your bandwidth usage

  1. Background Image

    Check the size of your background image.

    The best background images are the small tiles. In that case your browser will do all the work while bandwidth usage is minimal. (See Part Two of the tutorial)

    If you absolutely want a photo or big wallpaper for your background, check the size of the image. Use a photo editor to compress it. NEVER use a bmp file. Use png or jpg.

  2. Posting Photos

    As already mentioned in Part Four of the tutorial, you can set the width of your images with HTML.

    Don't do it.

    Reduce the size of your images in a photo editor. Even Photobucket offers that functionality.

    It really makes no sense to download an image with 1600px width when you have to reduce it to 800px width in your blog post. It takes longer to load and it uses too much bandwidth.