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Best Free Image Hosts

Published on 10/25/2010 by

One of the more exciting trends online in recent years has been the development of websites that will store and host images for you.  Online media hosting websites give you an ample amount of space to upload your media files and then share those files with an audience of your choosing.  Image hosting services are perfect for:

  • Webmasters.  Hosting your images offsite, especially if your website is resource intensive, will help speed up the load time of your site and also conserve precious web hosting space.
  • eBay sellers.  Free image hosting allows you to avoid the image placement fee by eBay.
  • Forum members.  Many of today’s most popular forums refuse to host images but allow users to link directly to an image located on an offsite server.
  • You!  Media sharing services are ideal for anyone who wants to store and share images with others.  Stored images can be used in emails, newsletters, advertisements, family photo albums, blogs, websites and just about anything else you can imagine.

There are literally hundreds of websites online where you can store your images, but today we’re going to take a look at the best free image hosts online.

Photobucket

Photobucket is a free, ad supported website that allows users to upload videos and photos and then link to those images from Twitter, Facebook and forums or embed images into web pages. 

Features:

  • Files can be uploaded from computer, mobile phones and email
  • 1 gigabyte of space
  • 10 gigabytes bandwidth per month

ImageShack

ImageShack is an ad supported website where users can create a free account or upload photos and videos anonymously. 

Features:

  • Upload from computer, URL, mobile phones and email.
  • 1 gigabyte of space
  • 100 megabyte per hour bandwidth limit

TinyPic

TinyPic is the sister site of Photobucket and requires no formal registration. 

Features:

  • Photos and videos can be uploaded by computer only.
  • Unlimited space
  • Unlimited bandwidth

Image Venue

Image Venue is a simple, free image hosting service.

Features:

  • Uploads from file only
  • Unlimited space
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • Registration not required

imgPlace

imgPlace gives you a home for images and also does custom resizing.

Features:

  • Uploads from file only
  • May upload up to 10 images at one time
  • Unlimited space
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • No registration required

imgur

imgur hosts both videos and photos.

Features:

  • No registration required
  • Unlimited space
  • Unlimited bandwidth

Whether you’re dealing with a bandwidth and space problem with your current web hosting company or simply want a place to store and share images with friends and family, image hosts can fulfill that need.  What are you waiting for?