Thought I might share this so others don't fall into the trap. Once you exceed your Cloudinary free account limits there is no going back. You receive a number of warnings and if you don't buy a paid account (min $10 a month) your account and all images will be deleted. I just migrated about 700 images back to my server and deleted my Cloudinary plugin.
Here's the reply from Cloudinary support:
"I apologize, regarding your question, once you exceed your plan limits, you receive a number of notifications about this, notifying you that you have exceeded your plan limits, requesting you upgrade your plan, as you have received. There is then a grace period during which you can upgrade and your account will remain fully functional. If these upgrade requests go un-answered and the issue is not taken care of, you are notified that your account will be cancelled and all images deleted be a certain due date. If still no action is taken and we are not contacted, the account is cancelled accordingly. We of course prefer to solve this before reaching this stage, by an upgrade or usage optimization."
Great plugin, helpful and reliable....
There is a really BIG "BUT".....
Using Cloudinary is like a Trap...
If you start using this plugin, it's REALLY HARD / Impossible to go back to another host. Migrating your images away from Cloudinary is IMPOSSIBLE.
I decided to host my images elsewhere, which is not possible.
My site is small but the free bandwidth is easily reached, which means payment. They're not very expensive but i find this an almost unethical way of doing business.
They should WARN people before using the services. Now spending a lot of time getting my images back....
That's a pity and really runs an otherwise Great software experience....
Just what I was looking for.
use the function.
The plugin itself is really fine.
The problem is mainly at Cloudinary site: it completely lacks file management tools - or I didn't manage to find them - and this is really annoying.
I created a folder, upload 100 pictures and now want to delete them. I simply didn't find how to do this, except one by one, which is ridiculous.
Hope this is only the beginning and some improvements will come soon.
This plugin is just great. Easy to configure + free for use, with some limitations, of course.
The first thing that simply makes cloudinary better than cloudflare is the ease of use to get it to work.
For example, to configure cloudflare, you need to have ownership of the domain name. But if your using dyndns then your out of luck.
Cloudinary you don't need that, you just register an account with them, copy the api key to the wordpress cloudinary setting, save and your set. So easy.
Then i just mass bulk cloudinary all my images (after i had used ewww image optimizer).
The only problem i've had though, is that cloudinary doesn't seem to add thumbnailed images to my front page post articles..... uncloudinaried images do..... so something is not working there, or there is a lack of a guide how to get that to work.
This plugin is awesome.
Currently only using Cloudflare.
I planned to using Cloudinary and jsDelivr without Cloudflare.
Q1. Still can use Smush.it plugin?
Q2. Do I need configuring the CDN setting in W3 Total Cache plugin?
Q3. Cloudinary compatible with jsDelivr?
Pls advise n Thanks
I'm blown away by the functionality this provides. This is a really great plugin all around.
Suggestions (if you're interested)
- Allowing for adding a full copy to the WP media library (as a backup) would be nice.
- Drop shadow support would be nice too.
Checking this out really made my day. Thank you!
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