I Exceeded My Photobucket Bandwidth LimitCategory: Personal
If you noticed, some of the images in this web site is replaced by this image at the corner.
This just means that I have already exceeded the bandwidth limit at my free photobucket account. However, this does not mean that they have been deleted. It’s just that the links to my images are temporarily disabled.
What is a bandwidth?
Photobucket explains it as,
Bandwidth is used when digital content is viewed from a link you have posted on another website or in an email (e.g. MySpace, eBay, message boards, etc.). Bandwidth is a measure of the number of bytes passed over time via direct linking. It is calculated by adding up the size of each of your images or videos as they are sent from Photobucket.
So, the more your images are viewed, the more bandwidth is consumed. At my free photobucket account, I have already uploaded 539 images of which most are posted here. That only consumed 22 MB of my free 500 MB storage. However, a free one can only give you 10 GB of bandwidth per month and unfortunately, I have already exceeded it. I attribute this to spikes in traffic at this site.
Below is the screen shot of my Photobucket Account Dashboard:
The links to my images are temporarily disabled. They will be reactivated and the bandwidth will reset on the day I registered which is the 10th of the month which means, on September 10. This also means that I still have to wait for 6 days. Oh my.
You might ask, “Why do you use a free image hosting service? Why not just upload the images to your server?”
Actually, I also upload images to my server but only in small quantities. I don’t want to burden my server too much because I fear that it might contribute to down times whenever spikes in traffic happens. Besides, Photobucket is free so why not? I also use Flickr for more of my personal pictures (no, there are no scandals there). Photobucket actually offers an upgrade which gives you 25 GB of storage and unlimited bandwidth but you have to shell out $24.95/year. I can’t afford that yet so for the meantime, this bandwidth woes will stay.
So to my visitors, sorry for this inconvenience.