I just checked my annual WordPress stats and saw that I uploaded a total of 9 blog posts this year. That’s awful. In fact it’s wasteful given I’m paying WordPress about $300 per year in order to directly host video and audio content. That amount of money is clearly wasteful. Going forward I’m going to try two new services for hosting video and audio and revamp this entire site. My fear is that downgrading WordPress will wreak havoc on my current content. Let’s look at what I’m considering.
Soundcloud seems to be the way to go with pure audio. Here’s their three levels of service.
I think that currently I have under an hour of songs on my blog now. Since I would be linking or embedding the audio content to my blog, I don’t see the reason to immediately go with their “Pro” or “Unlimited” tiers of service. This would be a great way for anyone to include audio on their free WordPress blog. I’ll try this option and see how it goes.
That leaves video. One of my main sticking points with YouTube is the embedded ads. I flat out refuse to go there. Vimeo seems to be the ticket here and they too offer tiers of service.
As with Soundcloud, I think I’m going with the free service here first. It could very well be that I’ll quickly upgrade to the “Plus” category, but why not see what happens first? What I suspect I’ll find here is that I will only get 720p video with the free service and I’d prefer 1080p. Clarity of presentation is very important to me and size does sometimes matter!
Finally there are the WordPress plans. Two things are most important to me: no ads, and a custom domain. That forces me into the “Premium” category. What I can’t figure out is how to downgrade, but I’m sure I’ll manage.
So basically I’m trying to improve things here while trying to save money at the same time. My WordPress account doesn’t renew until February 23, 2015, so that gives me time to experiment with Soundcloud and Vimeo. The trick here will be to embed video and audio rather than simply link to them. Hopefully that will be easy. Not knowing how makes things seem impossible even though it might be easy. We’ll see.