best website to host pictures

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by wwwdotcomdotnet, Jan 7, 2008.

  1. wwwdotcomdotnet macrumors member

    Dec 27, 2007
    What site does everyone use to host their photos? I do not want to buy my own webspace, but would prefer a website like flickr or google's picasa to host my best shots. I am just looking for a no hassel free site to post the best pictures I have taken, not the entire quantity of them.

    I should probably add that I am going to buy a MB or MBP after MWSF. Should I just hold off until I get a Mac and use iPhoto?
  2. Doylem macrumors 68040


    Dec 30, 2006
    Wherever I hang my hat...
  3. samh004 macrumors 68020


    Mar 1, 2004
    iPhoto will not host your images online for free for you, it's a desktop/offline solution to organising your photos.

    I use Flickr, but I don't upload many photos to it, it really depends how many photos your planning on uploading, Flickr has a 200-photo limit before your old photos are no longer visible, but still there (you'd just have to know the correct URL).
  4. someguy macrumors 68020


    Dec 4, 2005
    Still here.

    Better than any hosting site, unless you are looking for a place to store and view a collection/portfolio (which might soon be possible in QuickShareIt).
  5. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

    Clix Pix

    Oct 9, 2005
    8 miles from the Apple Store at Tysons (VA)
  6. epicwelshman macrumors 6502a


    Apr 6, 2006
    Nassau, Bahamas
    ClixPix mentioned Photobucket. They are free, and I used to use them, but I found that their bandwidth limits were frustrating. It does depends on your bandwidth usage though.

    I use Flickr now. I paid up for the Pro membership, which allows an umlimited amount of photos, as well as increased image sizes (up to 10MB). I also find that the community aspects of Flickr are quite appealing.

    Just my 2 cents.
  7. riscy macrumors 6502a


    Jan 4, 2008
    My vote also goes to PhotoBucket - been using it for years and no complaints.
  8. 147798 Suspended

    Dec 29, 2007
    I know you said for free, but I use .mac and the .mac web gallery. With a new mac, first year is $69.

    There are better sites where you can put together better web hosting, movie hosting, picture hosting, backup, e-mail etc. etc. etc. But nothing as complete and completely integrated with all your Apple made mac apps.

    Very, very easy to pub pics and vids to the gallery web site or create your own amd (in my opinion) looks nicer than the free sites (and there are no banner or side bar ads).

    See and especially for the out-of-the-box Apple Gallery for pictures and video posting. You can also sign up for a free trial from those links, which is how I got started.
  9. GregE macrumors 6502

    Nov 28, 2007
    You can also use Snapfish. I've was using them to print my pics but have switched to Costco since I can pick them up locally. I did use Snapfish last year to share some pics with friends and it worked great.
  10. seniorstinky macrumors regular

    Feb 22, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    I use Flickr as well. You can get more than 200 photos as well if you have a pro account (I think $24/year).

    Photobucket can host videos as well.
  11. Airforce macrumors 6502a


    Jan 12, 2006
  12. RevToTheRedline macrumors 6502a


    Sep 27, 2007
    I've never had any problem with my Flickr Pro account, love it.
  13. Westside guy macrumors 603

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
    I've got a Flickr pro account, and haven't had any issues. Flickr does have a free account; so you can try them out and see if it's worth paying for a pro membership (which basically removes the limits on how much you can upload each day).

    A lot of Mac people seem to like SmugMug as well.

    Picasa offers a plugin that works with iPhoto - when I tried it, it seemed to work nicely.
  14. pdxflint macrumors 68020


    Aug 25, 2006
    Oregon coast
    picasaweb for me

    I've been using Flickr and Picasaweb, and for simplicity and basic overall features, I wind up using picasaweb the most, especially for sharing photos with others and for linking to forums, etc. I mainly upload using Picasa on my Thinkpad (not available for Mac... :( ) but there is an uploader available for Mac. Like most sites, there is the option to purchase additional storage beyond the 1GB free (in increments of 10GB, 40GB, 150GB or 400GB.) This storage will be shared with any other iGoogle service, including gmail, docs, etc. Video can be hosted in a picasa gallery, also. No bandwidth restrictions. All in all, pretty good for free. It doesn't have the community depth that Flickr has, yet, but your photos can be located with google, if that matters. Nope! I don't own GOOG. Just suffering through AAPL's recent swoon to the mid 170s...:eek:
  15. wavenumber macrumors newbie

    Feb 3, 2008
    I've been using Zenfolio for almost a year and have only good things to say about them. I switched from to their premium plan just a few months ago and it's great.

    If you need a more detailed review you could check the one I posted at:

    (I'm not sure this forum allows links. If not, feel free to delete the above.)

    Hope that helps! :)
  16. marclapierre13 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 7, 2005
    I love Flickr. Its not just a hosting site, its also a community. Its great. Before that I was using imageshack, but it took super long to upload photos, one at a time.
    I use the flickr export that plugs into iPhoto, than I can export as many photos as I want at a time, tag them, caption them, etc.
  17. 147798 Suspended

    Dec 29, 2007
    Can anyone comment on which online services offer both:

    1. Password protection AND
    2. purchase-able (or free!) additional storage

    I'm wondering which offer the combination of both those things.
  18. termina3 macrumors 65816

    Jul 16, 2007

    For two reasons: great customer service and unlim storage/bandwith.

    Their customer service usually respond in MINUTES.

    In addition, a few months ago it was late (10pm CST) Thursday and I needed photos for a grieving family by Saturday morning. Smugmug not only pushed my order to the top of the pile at their printing facility, but upgraded the shipping to overnight/sat. AM free of charge. I got the photos 6pm Friday and was able to hand deliver them Saturday morning.

    Who else would have done this, let alone free of charge? They're truly compassionate and devoted people.

    SmugMug offers both; save yourself $5 and me $10 with this code: AD2YtsjXceosE .
  19. 147798 Suspended

    Dec 29, 2007
    Thanks. I took a quick look, but will maybe try it out later this week. I like the no ads and black background, as well.
  20. amik macrumors regular

    Dec 11, 2007
    I use smugmug as well. Couldn't be any happier.
  21. Phatpat macrumors 6502a


    Jun 15, 2003
    Cambridge, MA
    Smugmug is a bit more expensive, but feels more professional.

    Flickr is geared towards sharing with a wider audience.

    Picasa is good if you want to send pictures to a few specific friends.

    my 2 cents...
  22. termina3 macrumors 65816

    Jul 16, 2007
    Ah, and the background is highly customizable :)
  23. Wingnut330 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 16, 2008
    Central Ohio - USA
    I guess it depends on how fancy you want to get, but I use Picasa and I have been very happy with it. It's free up to 10gigs I think and then you can pay for more after taht.

    It has a PC / Mac based editing and uploading program. Then once online folks can view and order prints.
  24. mashny macrumors regular

    Sep 3, 2006
    I use flickr pro. Not much money and very happy with the service. I'm not a hardcore serious photographer so perhaps there are better sites for someone with more stringent standards. But I have about seven hundred 300 dpi photos at flickr and have no complaints.
  25. joytime365 macrumors newbie

    Sep 28, 2007

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