Hosted image delivery in Beefree
This article applies to all plans. However, some features may be limited or unavailable on the Free plan.
For Team and Enterprise subscribers: Charges may apply. Please read carefully. Your Beefree subscription may include charges for image delivery traffic. This applies if you are hosting your images within Beefree. Each plan has an allotted amount of hosted image data transfer that is free. Additional traffic is $0.0001 per Megabyte (MB). See below for more pricing details.
When you export content from your Beefree account, you have several options:
- Get HTML & Images, to download a ZIP file including two separate folders for the HTML and image files.
- Copy the HTML hosted at Beefree, so that you can copy the HTML and use it anywhere.
- Push to your sending system, to push the email to a sending or marketing platform, such as Mailchimp, SendGrid, MailUp, etc.
- Download a PDF version of the email or page.*
- Share your page or email.
*Team and Enterprise plans only
Keeping images hosted at Beefree and copying the HTML source code can make things easier when importing an email or a page into another system, especially when that system does not allow you to import a ZIP file.
To further clarify, when you use the Copy the HTML feature, the Push to your sending system feature, or the Share feature (for Pages), images will not be downloaded with the HTML, but rather kept online in your Beefree account. The HTML of the email or page will link to them.
In that scenario, Beefree will not only store images for you but also deliver them to your email recipients/visitors when the email or landing page is opened.
- There are no charges for storing images in Beefree
- There may be charges for delivering images, as explained on this page.
Exclusions: the above excludes "external" images, i.e. images hosted elsewhere and for which you entered an external URL in the builder. Default social media icons are also excluded, as they are not part of the image repository linked to your account.
Images hosted by Beefree are delivered quickly via Amazon Web Services' CloudFront Content Delivery Network. This ensures the best performance independently of the location where your emails or pages are opened, as your images are delivered from the nearest "edge" site.
Your data traffic usage depends on the total data transferred during a service period (i.e. how many images are downloaded and how big they are). You can use the following formula to calculate this for your emails and pages:
Total size of images included in an email * Total emails sent * Total open rate
Total size of images included in a page * Total page views
For instance, if you sent a newsletter with 10 images that are 50KB each, and delivered it to 50,000 people, with a total open rate of 30%, you would have:
50KB * 10 * 50,000 * 30% = 7,500,000KB
Keep in mind that hosted image delivery prices are measured in MBs for billing purposes. In order to calculate the MBs, divide the amount of KBs by 1024. If you need to calculate the GB, you'll need to divide the MBs total by 1024 again.
Continuing on the example above, here we've converted the total KBs to MBs:
7,500,000KB / 1024 = 7,324.22MB
And here we've converted the above MBs total to GBs by continuing to divide by 1024:
7,324.22MB / 1024 = 7.15GB
Your subscription includes the following data transfer allowance, per month.
- Free plan: 20GB
- Team plan: 250GB
- Enterprise plan: 2TB
Data overages are handled according to whether or not you're using a paid plan. Let's take a look.
If you're looking for information about how to reduce your data transfer to prevent an overage, we recommend this Kinsta blog post: https://kinsta.com/blog/optimize-images-for-web/.
Team and Enterprise Plans
Data transferred in excess of the monthly allotment will be charged at the end of the billing period at a rate of $0.0001 per MB transferred in that billing period.
Continuing on the example above, let's assume that this customer is on the Team plan (250GB allotment) and that 50 such email campaigns were sent in a month. At the end of the month, the total data transferred would be:
7.15 * 50 = 357.5GB
250GB of that traffic would be included free of charge in your plan. Given the overage, you'll need to convert the total data transferred back to MB if you are looking to calculate this manually. Here's how the overage would be calculated in this example:
357.5GB - 250GB = 107.5GB
107.5GB * 1024 = 110,080MB
110,080MB * $0.0001 = $11.01
The data transferred amount resets at the beginning of each billing period.
If you're using a Free account, we do not allow data overages. Free users can also track their CDN usage on the My subscription page. Although you have no billing periods on a Free plan, we still track CDN usage on a monthly basis. As a result, your allowance resets every month.
We provide notifications when the following data transfer thresholds are reached:
- 25% (Free plans)
- 50% (Team & Enterprise plans)
- 100% (All plans)
CDN Overage notifications populate for the account owner in the notification center. For paid accounts, we'll also provide an email notification to both the account owner and any associated billing email addresses.
If you're using Team or Enterprise, your subscription will incur overage charges after reaching the 100% threshold.
If you're on the Free plan and your data transfer greatly exceeds your monthly allowance, your account may be blocked. If your account is blocked due to CDN overage, you'll receive the message below upon login. In order to unlock your account, you must purchase at least one month on the Team plan.
This feature is not available in the Free plan.
Any charges for image data transferred during the previous billing period will be visible on your Beefree billing statements (see: Statements area) as a line item named "CDN Data Transfer - Hosted Images". You will also see an additional line item named "CDN Data Transfer - Hosted Images -- Overage" for any data transfer over your monthly allowance.
The amount of data transferred is expressed in megabytes (MBs) on the statement. So you need to divide the amount shown by 1,024 to be converted into gigabytes (GBs).
For example, in the statement below the Team customer accumulated a total of 295,375 MBs of data transferred. Since these line items are now separated, you only need to see the overage line item value in order to calculate the cost.
If you were to manually calculate the cost of the overage according to the above invoice, your math would look like this:
39375 MBs * $0.0001 = $3.94
Image hosting and delivery on Beefree requires an active subscription to the service. If you cancel your subscription, hosted images will no longer be accessible once the subscription status changes to "Cancelled" at the end of the current billing period.
If you plan to cancel your subscription, make sure to download emails and pages using the Get HTML & images feature, so future email campaigns are not affected.
For emails already sent prior to the account cancellation or pages already shared, images will be available until the end of the current billing period. After that, the hosted images will no longer be accessible.
If you're concerned about losing your images, you might consider downgrading to the Free plan instead. All of your images will remain available if you downgrade. In this case, we recommend checking your data usage before downgrading. If you are regularly exceeding 50 GB of traffic per month, you may want to optimize your images to avoid an overage.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.