Top 10 Best Image Hosting Websites

By John Wallace
Meta: With those people owning low-memory mobile phones, they need to find out a suitable image hosting website(s) for more storage capacity. Hope that the following top 10 image hosting sites will help you.

Introduction

Nowadays, it is no longer convenient to store a large number of images in mobile phones and computers. Moreover, if your mobile phones or computers are lost or broken, you will lose important files. We would like to introduce the top 10 best image hosting sites which allow users to upload images, tag friends, and arrange them in albums to share or print into photo albums.

Top 10 Best Image Hosting Websites

1- Flickr

Launched in 2004, Flickr image sharing service had been ignored by its owner Yahoo. However, the latest upgrade made Flickr become an attractive service with photographers wanting to share their artworks. Flickr currently offers up to 1TB free storage space (including advertisements) and a $49.99 package per year will exclude advertisements. Flickr also provides some excellent tools as extended friend tagging feature, allowing users to view and download images of different resolutions (including the original resolution).

With an easy-to-use drag-and-drop interface, Flickr allows users to arrange photo albums and create photo collections from their artworks or others’. After completing photo albums, users can print them into 20-page photo books with $35 each. Flickr is now the top choice of photographers thanks to its large storage space and simple and easy-to-use interface.

2- Facebook

The world’s leading social networking site also offers excellent tools to share and edit photos. After uploading images to Facebook via apps on mobile phones or computers, users can create photo albums, add notes and information on time/place, and tag friends.

Actually, Facebook decreases the images’ size to fit the page interface. Facebook encourages users to upload images with the maximum width of 720-960 pixels. Users can also upload images with a width of 2,048 pixels if choosing high-resolution images when uploading, but the images will also be compressed for viewing.

There has yet to be any ways to share images of the original size, which makes photographers unhappy with Facebook. However, if you have added friends on Facebook with family members, friends, and colleagues, it is a wonderful way to share daily images into the social networking site.

3- 500 Pixels

500 Pixels was created with the aim of serving the demands for image storing of professional photographers. It provides a transparent and gentle interface to show the best images. Users can arrange their images in sets (based on themes) or in stories (based on events).

500 Pixels free version allows users to upload 20 images per week while the fee-paying package at $25 per year will offer an unlimited number of images to be uploaded. Users can also put up their images for sales on 500 Pixels at $36 for images of 12 centimeters in width and 18 centimeters in length, to those loving photographing worldwide.

4- Google+

Google offers many features in its Picasa photo editing software into Google+ photo sharing service. These features allow users to carry out many photo editing acts right on the web interface, including automatically improving photos’ resolution, cutting and rotating images, and some filters such as Vintage to add visual effects. Besides, Tune feature allows users to solve such problems related to white balance or exposure.

Google+ allows users to add information on places of images and tag friends and allows the connection with other services such as Google Maps. Images can be arranged into albums with comments and notes. However, Google+ has yet to allow users to print images or photo books.

5- Photobucket

Photobucket’s free version offers 2GB of storage space, which is enough to store thousands of images. Users can pay $29.99 per year for 10GB of storage space of an ad-free package. Photobucket offers various photo editing tools, including advanced tools such as smart brush allowing users to add colors to black-and-white photos.

Photobucket has a simple and easy-to-use interface. After editing photos, users can arrange them into albums or photo stories with notes. Photobucket also allows users to print and sell separate photos or photo albums. Users can even print their own photos on the tablets’ cover via this service.

6- Canon Irista

As a new name in the photo sharing field, Irista is developed by Canon but is not for Canon users only. Irista offers various features such as supporting the image uploading for Windows or Mac. Irista also assists the photo sharing to such services as Facebook and Flickr, but yet to connect with Twitter and other social networking sites.

Irista is regarded as an easy-to-use service with friend tagging and album creating features. However, Irista has yet to allow users to print photos and support mobile phone apps.

Irista’s free version offers 10GB storage space while users will enjoy 50GB storage space with around $67 per year.

7- SmugMug

SmugMug is designed to share images including the main page to customize with a large number of templates. SmugMug does not offer free version(s). Instead, it has a 14-day trial. SmugMug provides service packages at a minimum price of $5 per month or $40 per year.

If you have enough money, you should buy unlimited storage space packages to store images with high resolutions and 1080-pixel videos, along with excellent and easy-to-use editing tools. Although it cannot replace Photoshop software, SmugMug is good enough to solve normal problems facing professional and amateur photographers.

8- Apple iCloud

Apple iCloud is integrated with iPhoto software of Mac and iOS equipment. Users can upload images into their iCloud accounts with 5GB free storage space and share with their friends via web or iPhoto software. Besides, Apple allows users to upgrade the storage space to 10GB with the price starting at $20 per year. iCloud service also supports many users to upload images to the same account.

iPhoto allows users to create postcards, calendars, and photo books with $19.99 for 20 pages and $0.69 for an additional page. However, to edit images, users need to use Apple’s iPhoto app which has yet to be available for Windows users.

9- EyeFi

EyeFi is a cooperative method of hardware and software. With an 8GB SD memory card of EyeFi (at $50) attached to the camera, users can capture and upload images into the cloud computing service thanks to integrated Wi-Fi circuit in the card. You can share images under formats of albums organized based on names, time, or events. Besides, users can also upload images on social networking sites such as Facebook or photo sharing websites such as Flickr or SmugMug. However, EyeFi has yet to support other online services such as Twitter or Google+.

When buying EyeFi memory cards, customers will get three months of free services. After the trial time, users will have to pay $49 per year for unlimited storage space. This price is considered higher than those of other services, and EyeFi’s features are also limited. EyeFi provides customers with a quite useful feature which allows them to upload images immediately after capturing.

10- Dropbox

Dropbox cloud computing service has recently support photo sharing. The latest versions for Andriod and iOS mobile phone platforms currently support the automatic photo uploading from mobile phones. Users can also upload images from computers. When images are stored in Dropbox, users can create and share the basic slideshow, along with sharing files directly with other Dropbox users.

However, Dropbox has yet to offer such features as tagging friends, printing photos, or editing photos online. Dropbox is suitable for those wanting to share original photos with others. Dropbox currently offers 2GB free storage space and a pro package of 100GB at $9.99 per month.