Right now, much of Wild in Japan looks like this:
When I first started Wild in Japan, I was (in retrospect, foolishly) concerned about the amount of storage on the free WordPress sites – I thought I would run out of storage very quickly and so instead uploaded my photos to an online photo hosting site I already had an account for.
The photo hosting site was often slow, its user interface was sometimes unresponsive, and it kept opening ads. I was willing to overlook these simply because it was free. Then, as of June 27th, that hosting site ceased to allow free third party hosting – i.e. displaying a photo stored there on another website (such as Wild in Japan). For that, I would have to pay for one of their plans.
Wild in Japan is just a little hobby on the side – I can’t justify putting any real money into it. I was maybe willing to pay a few hundred yen per month to keep it up and running. However, the hosting site wanted US $399.99 per year to allow third party hosting!
I actually considered closing the site or deleting all my old posts and starting again from scratch – most of my posts represent and investment of only an hour or so. However, a few are the result of considerable research and work.
The other option was the long and tedious task of relocating all the photos to another hosting site and re-linking them, one by one… and hoping that whatever site I hosted them on would not suddenly and arbitrarily change its terms of service.
WordPress currently offers 3GB of media storage on its free sites. After some calculating, I have concluded that my best option is to move all my media content over to WordPress and keep everything on the one site. If I run into storage issues, I can consider a low-cost plan.
So please bear with me as the images are moved and re-linked. This will take some time.