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Your account was created with an inital disk quota of 25 megabytes. Additional disk space is granted as requested as long as it is for the upload of additional web pages and photos of interest to the rail community.

Usually, we will increase your disk quota by 25 megabytes each time you request additional disk space. If we see that it is likely that you will use the additional 25 megabytes in a short time frame and we see that you are making wise use of the disk space granted, then we may boost your disk quota by more than an additional 25 megabytes on each request.

There are some "red flags" that indicate to us that unnecessary and wasteful disk space is being requested:

Visitors to your website should be able to view all files that have been uploaded to your web account. If there is a file in your web account that can not be accessed by a visitor, then that file should not be there. Thus, you should not be using your web account as free disk storage space for ".zip" or ".doc" files nor for any other type of file that cannot be viewed using a web browser. If there is no link to a file from any of your web pages, then that file should not be stored in your web account.

The file size of most photographs should be less than 100K bytes. If your photographs are between 100K and 150K, they are within reason, but could probably be compressed without losing any significant quality or resolution. ".jpg" photograph files should mostly be in the range between 30K and 80K bytes.

If you scanning photographs taken with a 35mm camera, you should use your scanning software to compress the images down to a size under 100K bytes and save the images as compressed ".jpg" images. Digital cameras usually give you a choice of settings under "quality". There will usually be a low resolution setting that will produce images that are under 100K bytes each. If you prefer to take photographs with higher resolution, then be sure to create a compressed copy of the image before uploading it to your web account.

If you upload image files that are larger than 100K bytes for each photograph, not only will you quickly run out of disk space, but the slow download time will frustrate visitors to your website who try to view your photographs over a dial-up internet connection.

Most people are now using "MegaPixel" cameras that create very large image files, often in the range 1000KB to 5000KB for each photograph. If you attempt to upload image files of that size to your web account, you will run out of space after uploading only 5 to 25 photographs! You may want to save those high resolution photographs on your own computer, but you should create a compressed version of those image files to upload to your web account.

There are utilities that you can use to reduce the size of your existing ".jpg" image files. One that we like and use quite often to reduce the size of both ".jpg" and ".gif" images throughout TrainWeb is "GIFwizard". Click here to visit the website now. Another such tool is Advanced GIF Optimizer from Gold Software.

Below you can see some examples of a photo at various levels of ".jpg" compression, resolutions, and file sizes. Take a look at each one. Especially make note of how long each takes to download. Decide on your own trade-off between quality, disk space and download time. Then, compress your large size photo files to a quality and size with which you are comfortable.

If you need to increase your disk space at this time, click here. Be sure to mention the URL of your website, your name and your e-mail address.

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