Matt Mullenweg recently posted on the WordPress.com blog about how Automattic does a fair bit of their work behind the scenes, on infrastructure and other improvements, and he has proved that today with an upload storage space on WordPress.com accounts increasing from 50 megabytes to 3 gigabytes, or an increase of sixty-fold.
From the post:
Today, one of those developments comes to fruition – everyone’s free upload space has been increased 60x from 50mb to 3,000mb. To get half that much space (1GB) at our nearest competitor, Typepad, you’d pay at least $300 a year. We’re doing the same thing for free.
Our hope is that much in the same way Gmail transformed the way people think about email, we’ll give people the freedom to blog rich media without having to worry about how many kilobytes are left in their upload space.
For those of you that have paid for the one gigabyte of space, you should now have five gigabytes of storage space, for all of your multimedia needs. I haven’t even used up all my Gmail storage space, and won’t any time soon, so I doubt there will be too many people that will need five or more gigabytes of WordPress.com storage space.
This is a great move for the community, but an expensive one for Automattic’s bottom line. With this kind of value being added to WordPress.com, it makes me wonder how long until we see full blog networks moving to WordPress.com to host and manage them? (I think monetization constraints would be the only thing holding sites back).