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PIE, Maximizing your storage space

Tips for getting the most out of your storage space including optimizing images,embedding videos from their source, an alternative storage solutions.

You have a limited amount of storage space available on p.i.e, and we want to encourage you to make the most of it.


If you put the occasional image into your posts, you can actually store quite a few images before getting to your limit. The width of the content area in most of the available themes is between 400 and 600 pixels. A picture taken with a smartphone is probably at least 2056 pixels wide, sometimes bigger and sometimes smaller. When you insert that picture into a post, Wordpress resizes it for you, but the original is still there taking up space. If you resize the image before uploading, you can save a lot of space.

The following image was originally 2056 x 1536 and took up 961 KB, almost an entire MB. Using the free tool, I resized the image to 25% of its original size or 514 x 384, and the file is now 58 KB. The image is still large enough to get a lot of detail, but I can now upload 16 images for the same amount of space as the single bigger image. The size savings are even more dramatic if you are using pictures from a more traditional camera. I could make the image even smaller if I wanted to have it just be to the side of the text.

Resized Example Image

Videos and Other Files

WordPress uses a standard called oEmbed which allows you to easily embed items from other sites like YouTube, Vimeo, and SlideShare. To use it, just put the address for what you would like to embed on a line all by itself in your post. WordPress will do the rest. If you are curious if another service will work, WordPress maintains a list of supported sites.


The Illinois Data Bank ( is a self-deposit repository designed to store and serve data produced by Illinois researchers. IDB publishes metadata about the datasets to aggregation services that serve search engines and provides you with a persistent URL & DOI for your data. Simply use this unique URL within your PIE site instead of hosting it within WordPress and avoid using up your storage space. Individual files up to 15GB are accepted via self-deposit and larger files may be deposited with curation assistance. Contact with any questions or concerns.

Downloadable Files

If you have PDFs, presentations, and other files you would like to share with your site visitors as a download, all faculty, students, and staff can use the U of I Box cloud storage service to store the files. Once you upload your file, you can use the sharing options in U of I Box to grab a link you can paste into your Publish site.

Keywords:PIE, publish, pictures, video   Doc ID:60362
Owner:Web H.Group:University of Illinois Technology Services
Created:2016-02-02 11:35 CDTUpdated:2019-10-08 07:52 CDT
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