Photo hosting

Popular photo hosting websites

Written by Gail Bjork

A list of some of the most popular free and paid photo hosting websites on the internet. Even those that charge a modest annual fee offer a free trial period. Give ’em a try.

Photo hostingWhether using a free photo hosting site, or one that costs a nominal annual fee, you’ll be able to share your photos online with friends and family… and the world.

Free or paid photo hosting?

Most free photo hosting sites display ads in your galleries. They may limit the number of photos you can upload, limit the number of galleries you can create, or give you only a nominal amount of space to store and display photos.

Paid hosting sites generally offer a free trial period. Take advantage of this since hosts can vary greatly in the way they present images. However, don’t upload too many photos before discovering if you like a service. Moving photos from one host to another can be difficult, unless you save copies and upload them to the new service.

If you try several different hosts before deciding on one, upload the same photos to each site to check out how they look in each environment.

What do you think?

Have you used any of these photo hosting services? Do you prefer one over the other? Are there more that should be added to the list? Please leave a comment and let us know.

About the author

Gail Bjork

Gail Bjork, who is passionate about digital photography, is the owner and editor of Digicamhelp.Gail is the author of three illustrated ebooks about digital photography. A number of her photos and digital photography related articles appear at other websites.In 2006, a series of her photos, People in the Louvre, were exhibited at the Underground Photo Gallery
in Iisalmi Finland. Eight of her photos taken in the Florida scrub are on permanent exhibition at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida.Gail served twelve years as an elected member of The School Board of Palm Beach County, Florida, one of the largest school districts in the U.S. She has also been the editor of a small town newspaper and a free-lance writer. Gail and her husband owned and ran several small businesses.

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  • I think it’s under $25 per year for Flickr Pro. If you sign up for the free version you can always upgrade after your account is created.

  • fred, Visit the photo hosting site. On their main page, or an obvious link on the page, most will offer a free account or a free trial account as well as the cost of a Pro Account. For example, on Flickr there are bold words that say “Holy smokes! That’s cheap! Get a year of pro photo for…”

    You might want try a few different accounts to see which you like best. Once you start uploading a lot of photos to one hosting site, it’s can be difficult to break away and start from scratch at another site. For example, I have used PBase many years but it’s very tedious to download the gallerys I have there. You must use third party software. On the other hand, a photo hosting service like Google makes it easy to download entire albums.