Top 10 free Image hosting and Photo sharing websites
Image Hosting is always been a problem for bloggers who don’t have a web hosting account. Even if you have private web hosting , uploading all images to your server will consume lots of system resources and will make your website to load slowly. And bloggers who have a limited bandwidth in their server can’t take risk of uploading images to their hosting , because it will consume most of the bandwidth and will make your site to give “Internal Server Error” i.e it will cause server downtime.
While there are so many Free Image hosting sites are available , why should we upload our images to our servers and reduce its performance. So in this post , i will share all the free image hosting sites I have came across so far.
Top 10 Free IMAGE HOSTING SITES
First of all let me tell the top 10 free Image hosting sites which are helping blogger, web designers and ordinary users to upload their images.
Picasa Web or Blogger
According to me, Picasa is the best image hosting site ever. It provides you unlimited bandwidth which none of the other image hosting sites would provide. You can upload image to picasa either via your Blogger blogs or using Google account. Picasa also provides you 1Gb of free storage space and Unlimited bandwidth. Images uploaded to Picasa Web Albums can be no larger than 20MB and are restricted to 50 megapixels or less. You can also edit your photos online and share with your friends. You can also store videos as well.
Flickr is a free image hosting and photo sharing site but with limited storage capacity and bandwidth. But still most of the designers prefer flickr to upload images. The maximum storage space for free accounts is 100 MB and you can upload only two videos per month. Videos are limited to 90 seconds in length, and 150MB in filesize. But pro accounts have more features. You can use your yahoo account to upload images in Flickr.
With 25 Million unique site visitors/month in the US, and over 46 Million unique site visitors/month worldwide Photobucket stands at third place. Photobucket is the premier site on the Internet for uploading, sharing, linking and finding photos, videos and graphics. Your free Photobucket account can store thousands of photos and hours of video.
ImageShack is an intuitive and easy-to-use free media hosting service. It can be used to upload images, flash files, and movies, and share them with friends using any imaginable means.You can upload as many files as you want and direct linking is also allowed. Each image you upload must be less than 1.5 megabytes in size. If it is greater than that amount, your image will be optimized for internet use. Flash files will be rejected if they are over 1.5 mb. Video files must be less than 50MB and they will be automatically optimized by the ImageShack toolbar before uploading. Edit option is not yet available in Imageshack but they promise to add it soon.
TinyPic is a photo and video sharing service that lets you easily upload, link, and share your images and videos on MySpace, eBay, Orkut Scrapbooks, blogs, and message boards. TinyPic allows upload and hosting of JPEG (jpg), png, gif and tiff files. Images that are larger than 1600 pixels (either width or height) are automatically resized to the largest acceptable size while maintaining their original aspect ratio.
Tinypic does not accept standard-definition video files of sizes larger than 500 Megabytes or longer than 15 minutes. Videos longer than 15 minutes are truncated to 15 minutes.
Never wonder why I included wordpress in this list. You can even use your free account in wordpress.com to host your images for free. They provide 3Gb of hosting space and unlimited bandwidth. You can upload mp3, m4a, wav, ogg audio files and increase your available space with a Space Upgrade. You can upload videos and embed them directly on your blog with a Video Upgrade. I will explain how to do it after the list.
PicTiger is a FREE image hosting service where everyone is able to upload their own image, create a thumbnail from it, resize the image or the thumbnail, create their own albums, post their images to their sites, forums, blogs or anywhere they want. Unbelievably ! You can host as much images as you want!
Share photos and pictures for free at Pict – easy-to-use image hosting service. Photo hosting and sharing has never been faster and easier.
Upload images up to 12Mb in size, resize images (JPG/PNG/GIF formats supported), send photos to your friends, create a photo albums with one click at number one picture hosting! Sign up at Pict and get unlimited picture uploads, fast servers, easy interface, useful uploading software for FireFox and Windows (with screenshots capture feature) and much more!
Imgur makes sharing images with the Internet easy. It can be used to share pictures with friends, as well as post images on message boards and blogs. You can manipulate the image a number of ways and automatically submit it to poI like acquiring new information, solving puzzles, being creative and so on; anything that keeps my mind busy.pular sites such as reddit or digg. You can also view popular user-submitted images in the gallery. Best of all, Imgur is completely free.
Immgg is a free image hosting site which provides unlimted bandwidth and storage space. You can organize all your uploads and share with your family and friends. You can also post images on blogs, forums, message boards etc.
How to add Images to WordPress.com
Let me explain how to make use of free wordpress account to host your images for free with unlimited bandwidth feature.
First create a free account in wordpress.com. After creating the account , create a new blog. Then go to dashboard of that blog.
There in the left sidebar you can see ” Media ” tab. Click the ” Add new ” option which is available below it.
Now you can see a uploader opening. Just browse the images from your PC and click upload.
Hope this list will be helpful for all bloggers and web designers who want to host their images for free. One can also do photo sharing as well. If you have came across any good image hosting service then let me know. I will include them to this list.