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Photobucket to begin charging, need new hosting site
« on: July 02, 2017, 01:18:47 PM »
Hi guys,

I'm a lurker on a website called Sport Shooter, which is a bunch of professional sports photographers. There is a post today that says Photobucket will start charging $400 a year to host photos. Now, I don't know if this means just pros or anyone. Bottom line is that I've been pretty unhappy with the so called service they provide for some time and I'm darned sure not going to pay for it.

So any suggestions on hosting sites?
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Re: Photobucket to begin charging, need new hosting site
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2017, 03:43:11 PM »
It looks like their top tier program is already $400 a  year. Are you saying all plans are going to that amount? Doesn't make any sense unless they want to lose a part of their customer base.

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Re: Photobucket to begin charging, need new hosting site
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2017, 04:26:59 PM »
Well, I'm not exactly certain. I've just been reading another forum and they mentioned that. In any case, even if there you can still post on their site for free,  I would still be interested in alternate sites.
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Re: Photobucket to begin charging, need new hosting site
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2017, 07:45:56 PM »
Why don't you buy a domain name, buy some hosting and use Piwigo (Free) to host your own albums.

I use google domains for a domain name ($12 a year) and Hostgator (about $6 a month) for hosting.

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Re: Photobucket to begin charging, need new hosting site
« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2017, 02:04:33 AM »
Photobucket is still free up to 2gig. What they took out of the free accounts is hot linking. That means all the pics you posted anywhere will not work anymore.

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Re: Photobucket to begin charging, need new hosting site
« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2017, 07:24:46 AM »
I found 2 days ago, all my pictures are gone.  No way to retrieve them.

Is there a way to get them back and cease dealing with them?
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Re: Photobucket to begin charging, need new hosting site
« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2017, 09:24:14 AM »
I've been using Google Photos.  It is free for unlimited storage (so far) as long as the photos are not RAW format and, of course, not used in a commercial manner.  So far, so good.
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Re: Photobucket to begin charging, need new hosting site
« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2017, 02:56:53 PM »
I've noticed over the years that a number of these free, and even paid, photo hosting services start charging or go away after some period of time. Hopefully, sites like Google will stick around for the long term. Meanwhile, DutchEagle makes a good suggestion. If anyone needs help with that, I'm sure Dutch (Klaas) or I can help.
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Re: Photobucket to begin charging, need new hosting site
« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2017, 03:17:05 PM »
I also have Photobucket and not all that thrilled with it, but I have not received notification from them that they will start charging, other than what they already charged for. 
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Re: Photobucket to begin charging, need new hosting site
« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2017, 04:12:47 PM »
Meanwhile, DutchEagle makes a good suggestion. If anyone needs help with that, I'm sure Dutch (Klaas) or I can help.
 
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Re: Photobucket to begin charging, need new hosting site
« Reply #10 on: July 03, 2017, 04:33:40 PM »
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... and now develop websites using WordPress.

Aye, I've spun up a lot of sites with WP, and also helped clients spin up their own sites (hand holding on the phone). Much easier for folks to get used to than a full CMS.
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Re: Photobucket to begin charging, need new hosting site
« Reply #11 on: July 03, 2017, 05:05:20 PM »
I've been using Google Photos.  It is free for unlimited storage (so far) as long as the photos are not RAW format and, of course, not used in a commercial manner.  So far, so good.
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