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Thread: Photobucket change of terms. Alternatives?

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    What did you decide on, John? I guess I could have posted my question here to keep the thoughts in one place.

    Thanks!
    Dale

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    Quote Originally Posted by painterdale View Post
    What did you decide on, John? I guess I could have posted my question here to keep the thoughts in one place.

    Thanks!
    Dale

    Well Dale, as I am sure you know there are lots of options.

    One option would be to sign up to another photo hosting site, there are many of them. However the downside to that is that here is no guarantee that they wont start charging for hotlinking photos. I wouldn’t be surprised if they did and frankly I wouldn’t blame them. Hotlinking costs them money so when a site, like Photobucket, gets popular with bloggers to use as a place to put photos then I can see why they would need to charge. Some sites might be a better bet than others. Google photos for example is possibly less likely to charge in the near future. However I have had problems with hotlinking to Google photos in the past so I have ruled that out for now. Tinypic is owned by Photobucket so they will probably be charging in the near future too.

    Another option is to buy your own webspace and host your own. In an ideal world this is the best option as you have full control of the images including copyright etc. The obvious downside is the cost.

    A third option, the one I think I have decided on, is to sign up to a blog. I have decided on blogger. I am not intending on using it as a blog as I probably wouldn’t spend enough time maintaining it but just a photo repository. In reality the photos are on a Picassa web album but putting them into a blog post seems to be a way of being able to hotlink them.

    I am not sure how good a solution this is but after a few hours of googling all of the available options this seems like a viable one that should last a while.

    If this doesn’t work or in the future Google decide to start charging then I will be hosting my own on my own space.

    John

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    Thanks, John.
    I suppose one of the main goals is finding something that would be more permanent. I don't mind paying for a service, but when all your posted photos can go away whenever they decide to change their terms or costs, I think it's time to find something that can be controlled a little better by the one posting the photo. I only post on this forum, so this is the only reason I use a hosting site. I just can't see paying a fee forever to have a few photos on one site, especially when that fee could be increased at any time apparently without notice. After all that, the photos could still disappear farther down the road if the account is closed or the site shuts down. I have all of my photos backed up. Also have Picassa. But as everyone that posts on here knows, it takes a bit of time to take the pics and go through the process to post them for everyone's benefit and enjoyment (hopefully!).

    Dale

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    John,

    Sorry I didn't see this earlier, my answer is probably too late, but I use SmugMug. I've been using them for years and I honestly don't remember how they compare price wise with the other services. I post on several forums, but the main two are this one and ADVRider, and SmugMug works well on both of those. It's easy to use. Before SmugMug I had my own website, but it took a lot of work to maintain that and it was a lot more technical, especially for an old boomer like me who isn't trained in website maintenance and doesn't do that kind of thing for a living. The cost of the website kept going up too, I had to pay my internet service provider for the "space," I had to pay Dotster for the domain, and there were always other fees that I didn't quite understand. Anyway, I like the Blogger idea. I'll be interested to see how that works out for you.

    Kevin

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    did I dood it
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    Yes you did!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Haynes View Post
    Testing 1234 :-) OK, it works. But awfully small picture.
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    One click & it's big and I still have MY photo, no Photobucket. Can't post pics on CaiMag, don't care.
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    Quote Originally Posted by frichie68 View Post
    7-4-16.JPG
    One click & it's big and I still have MY photo, no Photobucket. Can't post pics on CaiMag, don't care.
    If I were only posting on here I wouldn’t care either. However I also post on some other sites and want to keep my pictures in one place.

    The question that I now have is can I edit the links in my old threads or not?

    Admin, can I do this?


    John

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    So, what is the difference in the way the photos are posted? On Tom's and Kunzog's it won't let me view them unless logged on. Chris's, nuklhd, and Rich's, I can click on and see them while logged off.
    Rich, yours is posted differently than the others? It is not posted as an attachment?
    Also interested in the answer to John's question about editing and re=posting photos in our threads.
    Thanks everyone!
    Dale

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    032315 WM.jpgI'm computer illiterate so i just clicked on the "Insert image" at the top, selected a photo from "My pictures" in my computer, "upload" and there it is. Same method works on Facebook and ADVrider. It must have something to do with the website we're posting on.
    Rich

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