Image Hosting Websites Guide

Image hosting services are usually searched by webmasters, but now anyone who is a member of an online forum or social-networking website, do need an image host at some point of time.
And of course when using an image hosting website, the most important features we look for, are:
- Unlimited images hosting
- Proper image files management (in virtual online folders)
- Direct linking (hot linking)
- Most importantly, Unlimited allowed bandwidth

First of all here's the most common and famous image hosts available on Internet:
- imageshack.us
- photobucket.com
- Picasa.com
- Tinypic.com
- picturetrail.com

Now considering those requirements, and comparing the above listed websites, the final selection is :

1. Tinypic.com
In the website selected and listed above, not only you get all above mentioned features , but also even without registration you can use their service, moreover you can watermark the images being uploaded and also you can resize the images while uploading.
The only disadvantage associated with Tinypic.com, is that they rename the files into some random numbers, which I initially thought, will make those pictures less search engines friendly, but then I realized that if the content in the posts is good, then the images can easily be detected by search engines, so if you are also looking for the same features as written above then you can easily go for this website and use them for your websites or in forums or social networking websites.
Moreover you can and must use alt tags with your images, so as to make the images more search engines friendly.

- The reasons for NOT selecting photobucket.com is because it does not provide unlimited bandwidth, rather after crossing the month's limit, for rest of the days in the month, it displays a cheap message of "Get premium account" instead of the original images.
- Although imageshack.us provides an almost unlimited bandwidth (300 MB/hour), but the problem is that they have not given the facility to arrange the images in folders, which makes it all a complete mess.

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October 24, 2008 9:49 AM delete

Thanks for sharing the information. I'll try picturetrail.com.

Cheers
Dilasari Hidayat

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March 30, 2009 3:27 PM delete

Try Use.com They have thousands of templates. It's free, and you can post up to 100 full size images with no size or bandwidth restriction.

Works pretty good if you want to do things on the fly without knowing any HTML. Best thing is that you can save and reuse templates later on and their templates are both eBay and Craigslist compatible.

Worked for me and my images are not limited to what eBay or Craigslist offers plus I don't have to pay extra. Let me know what you think.

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October 05, 2009 8:07 AM delete

I want to introduce new image hosting site. this is absolutly free site with no space limit....
try photodekho.com

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June 02, 2010 3:05 PM delete

you are correct.. i'm using tinypic only for my blogs..

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