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    Posted: 20-July-2017 at 5:12PM
I'm posting this as a sticky. I'd like to try to keep this one clean and a guide for image hosting sites. 

Photobucket's decision is a business one. Long term they felt due to auction websites such as Ebay, and Amazon sellers they feel they need to bill long time members and also new members for the privileged of third party hosting.

I cringe over this personally as I've gotten use to Photobucket's interface and usage.

Personally for me I use as of right now, around 8.7 GB worth of images.

I'm not really happy over this. Me and every other single user just got the proverbial shaft job or you surprise need to pay $400 a year to use your images under the "third party hosting".

I will add...because of my nature I tend to want to have full control over all my image and video files.
I'm also interested in anyone that has set up their own domains and sites under the specific purpose of image hosting. I've seen some of the photographer blogs make mention of this method.

Anyways here's what I pulled off Photobucket.


Please review the latest changes at Photobucket.

Posted by Photobucket Support+ on Jul 6, 2017 in UncategorizedNo Comments

1. Why Photobucket?

Photobucket is the global destination for linking and 3rd party hosting. In
Photobucket’s 14-year history, the Company amassed over 100 million
registered users, over 15 billion images stored, 2 million daily uploads
and 60 billion photos accessed monthly.

2. What is 3rd Party Hosting?

Photobucket defines 3rd party hosting as the action of embedding an image
or photo onto another website. For example, using the <img> tag to
embed or display a JPEG image from your Photobucket account on another
website such as a forum, auction listings, blog, etc.*

3. Benefits of Photobucket’s 3rd Party Hosting

Easy to Use – Upload a photo from any device and copy the embed code with
one click to host a photo with no development or technical knowledge
required
Competitive, fixed pricing
Offers the only unlimited 3rd party hosting plan (Commercial and Personal
Use)


3rd Party Hosting Specifics

1. What plans offer 3rd Party Hosting?

Only the Plus 500 plan supports 3rd Party Hosting
Upgrade to Photobucket’s Plus 500 Subscription by visiting    http://photobucket.com/pricing
or http://photobucket.com/p500

2. What do I get with the Plus 500 Plan?

Unlimited 3rd Party Hosting
Unlimited Bandwidth
Full Resolution Photo Storage (We do not compress your images)
High Capacity Storage
Dedicated and Priority Customer Support
Photobucket.com Promotional Opportunities

3. What users are affected by the changes to our 3rd Party Hosting
policies?

Moving forward, new and legacy free account users will NOT have third party
hosting available.

If you were a Plus Account subscriber in good standing as of June 1, 2017,
you will continue to have all the privileges you have enjoyed including 3rd
Party Hosting until December 31, 2018 as long as you maintain your
subscription.

Non Plus 500 Account subscribers that purchased after June 1, 2017 will not
have access to 3rd Party Hosting.

4. Are my pictures still safe?

Yes! All your photos are still available by logging into your Photobucket
Account. Photobucket has only restricted the ability to view your photos on
3rd party sites.

5. Can I download my Photos?

Absolutely, at any time. It is an easy four step process:

Step 1. Login to your Photobucket Account

Step 2. Navigate to your library page

Step 3. View a photo and click the download button

Step 4. The picture will be saved to your computer

For our official statement please click here

From Photobucket: 

PHOTOBUCKET LAUNCHES UNLIMITED 3RD PARTY HOSTING PLAN

Posted by Photobucket Press+ on Jul 6, 2017 in Press ReleasesNo Comments

Denver, Colorado (July 6, 2017) One of the world’s leading photo storage and hosting sites has begun notifying its largest commercial scale users that it will now offer an unlimited third party hosting subscription plan.

John Corpus, CEO of Photobucket, said that historically the company “relied heavily on advertising revenue but that major industry-wide changes in the advertising space have greatly impacted Photobucket, including the rise of ad blockers and the Company’s explosion of 3rd party hosting that generates zero revenue.”

“This model is no longer sustainable,” Corpus added.

Corpus noted that seventy-five percent of Photobucket’s costs originate from non-paying users leveraging 3rd party hosting. The majority of the industry has either eliminated 3rd party hosting or imposed variable pricing based on consumption. To address the market, Photobucket has added unlimited hosting to its Plus 500 Subscription plan at a competitive fixed price.

Photobucket modified its Terms of Use in the second quarter of 2017. The Company began notifying non-paying users through email and on-site messaging that the Plus 500 plan offers 3rd Party Hosting for both commercial and personal use requiring no development or technical experience. Photobucket users who elect not to subscribe to the Plus 500 plan are always able to access all of their photos and migrate to alternative solutions if they so desire.

In Photobucket’s 14-year history, the Company has amassed over 100 million registered users, over 15 billion images stored, with 2 million daily uploads and 60 billion photos accessed monthly.

“With all the photos stored and shared, nearly everyone interacts with a Photobucket hosted image on at least one page across the web over a sixty-day period, putting the photo hosting service as a significant part of the internet,” Corpus said.

Corpus said that “initial results for the Company are positive. This path to a more sustainable business model allows us to develop an even more robust product to meet our customers’ needs.”

“We are grateful for our customers’ continued support,” he added.

About Photobucket.

With over 100 million registered users, Photobucket Corporation is the world’s leading dedicated photo sharing service.  The Photobucket user community uploads millions of images per day from the web and connected digital devices. Photobucket hosts, preserves and protects photos while bringing members advanced browsing, sharing and editing experiences. Each month Photobucket serves over 60 billion photos to over 3 million websites. Photobucket is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.

For more information about Photobucket, please contact press@photobucket.com or visit us online at www.photobucket.com/faq.

© 2017 Photobucket.com, Inc. All Rights Reserved.



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Here's a cheeky one for you. If you don't want to pay but want free image hosting (I think it's up to 5000 pics) sign up for an account on rodsnsods.co.uk then use their photo uploaded and copy the links over to here. That's what I do, been a member there for a while and the photo sharing system is excellent and free!


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Not a bad idea but I'm trying to use something that's viable long term. 
Frankly the thought of having to reconstruct a decade or more of my blog work is upsetting to say the least! 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote 72FordGTS Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19-September-2017 at 1:53PM
There are a number of free alternatives out there besides photobucket.  I have used picturetrail for years. It offers some limited free photo hosting.  This site here has a list of a ton of websites that host photos for free:
Although it's a bit of a pain on this site, uploading photos is the best for preserving information in threads.  Once they are uploaded to GTS.org they are here forever.  That way old threads still have the photos available.
 
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Canuck Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19-September-2017 at 4:50PM
I can offer photo hosting for anyone who needs it - just DM me and ask. Currently running about 20T of disk available so space is not a problem :)

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Originally posted by Canuck Canuck wrote:

I can offer photo hosting for anyone who needs it - just DM me and ask. Currently running about 20T of disk available so space is not a problem :)

 
That's an awesome offer to host photos.  20 TB is a ton of space, and way more than GTS.org has.
 
How would you do this?  Just have people email the photos to you, or do you have some sort of interface that members could use?
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I own/run a hosting / consulting / etc company as my day job :-) Anyone who needs photo space, just ask!

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I stopped using Photobucket years ago because even then, the resolution was off. I've been using Flickr for a good 4 years now and could not be happier.
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