Quota Upgrade Behavior When Subscription Ends

Hi,

Just curious...what happens when a user's quota upgrade expires? What if they utilized the full quota (or close to it), then the quota is reduced greatly because the upgrade subscription expires? What happens to the uploaded content?

Thanks,

Mark

  • dronix

    What happens when a user's quota upgrade expires?

    The user won't be able to upload any more media.

    What if they utilized the full quota (or close to it), then the quota is reduced greatly because the upgrade subscription expires?

    If I remember correctly once the subscription expires the user will be locked to whatever quota he/she currently has. Same thing will happen if they max the quota before the subscription expires.

    What happens to the uploaded content?

    Nothing, the content remains in the database.

  • wpcdn

    Thanks for the reply.

    So it sounds like this...

    Let's say that the default quota is 1 GB, and a user signs up for the 10 GB upgrade. Of course the reason we charge for the upgrades is that storage costs us money, so we want to charge users who use more storage.

    But if this user's quota upgrade subscription expires, they're still using that 10 GB even though we're not getting paid for it. Is that correct? If so, is there any way around that? We don't want to be in a situation where we're paying for storage but not getting paid.

    Thanks,

    Mark

  • drmike

    they're still using that 10 GB even though we're not getting paid for it. Is that correct?

    Yup. wp.com gets around that by the income from their advertising.

    One way you could do it, and I;m not sure how wp.com does this, is via allowed filetypes. Using wp.com as an example, those without the upgrades are only allowed images files. (ie jpg, png, etc.) Those with the upgrade get the more normally larger file extensions like mpg, avi, etc.

    Maybe those who let their upgrade drop not have the ability to have those files served? Therefore making them needing to upgrade to be able to serve those types of files.

    At the very most in that case, you;re paying for the hosting of the files but not the bandwidth.

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