If you need a place to host your digital work or photos online, then there is a wide range of sites you can use – some with better features than others, here we list and mini-review 31 of the best and worst…
Img.im Simple Image Hosting Service
Zoomr : Recent startup that is shaping up to take on Flickr. Have just announced they will be increasing monthly limits on free and paid accounts to more than what Flickr offers.
Vmix : Founded by the people behind MP3.com, Vmix offers photo and video sharing along with the ability to create you own slideshows. A busy-looking site that seems to have quite a bit of traffic.
Flickr : The daddy of photo-sharing sites, the first in the breed of web 2.0 photo sites, allows you to create galleries, tag photos etc. The biggest in terms of traffic and was acquired by Yahoo.
Fotki : Founded in 1998 Fotki has been around for ages in relation to a lot on this list, it offers a range of services such as photo-sharing, photo-printing, photo-selling and blogging.
Fototopic : Another site that has been around a few years; since 1999. Offers gallery services and also prints and your photos on to various gifts within their store.
Glowfoto : A basic photo sharing site that offers galleries and the option to upload via mobile phone. 25million photos have been uploaded by 73k users so far.
MyPhotoAlbum : Photo sharing with the usual features and also offers printing; currently offering 15 free prints to new users. Has had 32million photos uploaded so far.
Panoramio : Photo storage and a mapping feature via a mashup with google maps. Each photo gets linked with the place it was taken. 2GB storage included for free.
Ringo : No, not the beatle but a rather smart-looking site which combines photo sharing with social networking. Every week you get your friends newest photos and comments delivered to you. One of the better-looking sites.
Zoomonga : A nice-looking site but the rather stingy 20mb of uploads per month on the free plan could be why it doesnt look exactly busy.
Webshots : Another huge site owned by Cnet. Provides the usual photo sharing features plus a desktop utility for organising photos, prints on gifts etc.
Photobucket : The favourite of myspace users, provides free and paid accounts for image hosting and video hosting along with the ability to create a flash slideshow. Have harnessed viral marketing to a tee and provide most of the image hosting for myspace and other social networks.
PBase : Not the easiest on the eye but seems to have gained huge traffic since it was established in 1999. Very basic features and a huge member’s forum.
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