WordPress boosts free blog storage to 3GB

IT upgrades help company increase capacity from previous 50MB limit

Automattic plans to boost the free storage capacity available to users of its WordPress blog-hosting site from 50MB to 3GB, according to a blog post by company founder Matthew Mullenweg.

Mullenweg yesterday outlined the company's plans to increase the the storage available to its users by 60 times. He said that the move comes after the vendor made an assortment of IT infrastructure upgrades during 2007.

"Over the past year, we've developed our file infrastructure, replication, backup, caching and [Amazon.com's] S3-backed storage to the point where we don't feel like we need to artificially limit what you folks are able to upload just to keep up with growth. We're ready for you," wrote Mulleweg.

According to Mullenweg, bloggers would have to fork over at least US$300 per year to acquire the same amount of storage from WordPress.com rival Typepad, a hosted blogging service offered by Six Apart. The Six Apart Web site confirms the pricing claim. Another competitor competing with WordPress.com for blogger attention is Google Inc.'s Blogger service, which currently provides up to 1GB of free storage.

Mullenweg said he hoped that his company's hosted storage expansion would give end users more flexibility to incorporate different forms of rich media into their blogs without being squeezed by shrinking capacity. However, he did say that extra storage would still be needed for bloggers to upload larger files, including movies.

Bloggers interested in buying extra storage capacity from WordPress.com will also receive new storage benefits from Automattic in the near future. For example, Mullenweg said, bloggers who already purchased a 1GB upgrade will receive up to 5GB of storage from WordPress.com for no extra charge.

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