Matt Mullenweg has just announced that upload space at WordPress.com has been increased 60 times from 50 Megabytes to 3 Gigabytes. Mullenweg writes “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”.
Previously the 50 megabyte limit made it necessary for a lot of serious bloggers to host WordPress on their own services. With this upgrade they might be tempted to start hosting at WordPress.com again. And it IS tempting to move away from a dedicated server to the WordPress hosting platform. As Mullenweg notes “Over the past year we’ve developed our file infrastructure, replication, backup, caching, and S3-backed storage to the point where we don’t feel like we need to artificially limit what you folks are able to upload just to keep up with growth”.