Free image hosting 2021 edition?
April 16, 2021 12:48 PM   Subscribe

A friend/acquaintance needs help putting several thousand images online for all to see and share.

The acquaintance is a Luddite and needs a lot of hand holding. The images will be for people who attended a particular camp over many years and the treasure trove of images from that period has now been scanned are are to be made available free of charge for sharing and downloading.

It has been many years since I compared services, but what I want to suggest to my friend should be the darn easiest method of uploading and sharing images out there. It doesn't have to be free, but it is of course nice if it is.

Appreciate thoughts on who won the image hosting battle of years gone by?
posted by silsurf to Computers & Internet (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Flickr and Smugmug are still around, but not free. (I"m so old school I still pay for both.)

Off the top of my head I'd suggest a new Google account and a Google Photos public album.

Imgur does free, ad supported photos but I don't know if it will support a gallery of thousands of images.
posted by pzarquon at 1:07 PM on April 16

Google Photos gives you 15GB. Is that enough to hold all of the scans? If so, they are very easy to upload and you can set a folder/collection to be shared publicly.
posted by forbiddencabinet at 1:08 PM on April 16 [1 favorite]

I'd go with SmugMug's basic plan for $55/year.
posted by hydra77 at 1:08 PM on April 16

Response by poster: Sounds like to solid options, thanks
posted by silsurf at 1:30 PM on April 16

Google Photos. I have about 7000 pictures uploaded in the default quality and are using just over 1Gb of storage.
posted by Ferrari328 at 2:02 PM on April 16

If uploading to Google Photos, make sure she selects "Original Quality," and not the compressed "High Quality" option. If she went to all the trouble of scanning and uploading, I'm sure she wants people to get the best quality image possible.
posted by Nickel at 3:46 PM on April 16 [1 favorite]

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