So you own a wordpress.com site on the free plan and you are worried abouth the 3GB storage space or you are about to start a wordpress.com site and you are concerned about the 3GB storage space? Don’t worry or panic, there is a way to host literally infinite amounts of pictures and videos for free on your site without any plugin or using an “illegal” way.
Adding infinite amount of pictures
No, it’s not so complex as you may thing it is. This is one of the most easiest things to do. Are you ready to hear the secret? It’s called embedding.
What is embedding?
Embedding is simply copying an URL and pasting it back into a paragraph block on your wordpress.com website. You don’t even need to know HTML. WordPress does all the heavy lifting for you and embeds it into your site.
Surprised? Click here for the full list of supported embeds.
For the purposes of including infinite amount of images, think which website allows you to use unlimited uploading?
Was your answer Pintereset? If yes, congradulations! you are on the right path.
Follow the steps below to embed an image to wordpress.com
- Head over to Pinterest and then create an account.
- Now upload a “Pin” (Or several “Pins”)
- Create a “Board” if you want to use several images.
- Copy the URL from your browser tab and copy/paste on a blank paragraph block in your wordpress.com website.
- Bingo! the final outcome should look like this.
See? now how simple was that? Also you may want to add your website URL to your Pin so other people can visit your site.
A word of caution……..
Note that you may find millions of images of stuff on Pinterest but that doesn’t mean you can go on using every image that you get. Images may be copyrighted. It is safe however to use a website like Pexels to make sure you stay free of trouble.
Adding videos to your wordpress.com website
I wanted to upload a video onto this website and when I finally painfully did the editing and tried to upload it, a rude message told me that I had to upgrade to a plan to use videos. However i figured out an alternative way for this and you guessed it! YouTube
Actually there are many ways to do this but the simplest is YouTube.
All you have to do is sign up for a Google account, create a channel and there you go!
Copy/paste the URL and the video should look something like this.
Now the really amazing thing is wordpress.com supports a huge amount of embeds to allow users to use media not in their media library. You can find a list of it here.
Did your perspective of wordpress.com change? do you know any other tricks in wordpress.com? Let us know in the comments below.
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