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Photobucket no longer allows 3rd Party Hosting

I have been using PB to host all my photos allowing me to share with my internet buddies. Now they want $$$ to continue that service. Guess the ad's weren't paying the bills.

Looks like I'm be switching to Flickr. Unless members have any other suggestions.
 

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Same problem here, already deleted mines on PB.
I'm starting to upload on Postimage but open to a better suggestion.
 

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As a software developer, I understand how the developers work hard to provide a service and they are allowed to charge what the market can bear to earn a living. But as people tend to expect everything to be free, it makes it tough to start and grow new businesses. If the cost is minimal and you like the service, just pay them. Help the economy by allowing them to pay their employees. The time spent looking for something new and moving might not be worth it.
 

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If your photos are still visible on Photobucket, I would STRONGLY recommend downloading and saving as many as you can because they won't be soon. I run a small photography forum and many of my members have lost all. I used to use it as a site for hotlinks into my forum and I, too, experienced no warnings so I thought everything was cool. Two days later, the ransom notice popped up. Pay $399 a year to get your stuff back. Mercifully, I had multiple backups and rebuilt on Imgbb. I recommend either Flickr or Imgbb (http://imgbb.com) as alternatives. They are both free. PB has been erratic for the last 2-3 years.
 

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Lesson here is that 3rd party hosting is not a reliable way to store or display images for any length of time.

Most sites can self host, keep your physical copies and the sites you post to will have the pics as long as they exist
 

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Lesson here is that 3rd party hosting is not a reliable way to store or display images for any length of time.

Most sites can self host, keep your physical copies and the sites you post to will have the pics as long as they exist
How do I do that on this forum?
 

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We have an active member on CruzeTalk (sister site to GM-Volt) who's been using https://postimages.org/ for all his images.
 

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https://www.theverge.com/2017/7/4/15919224/photobucket-broken-images-amazon-ebay-etsy-paid-update

The part about not being able to get to your photo's is disconcerning. Many of my photos on PB are "one of" with no duplicates on my MAC. Has anyone confirmed if this is true? I'm at work and the USAF blocks this site so I can't check until I get home in 10 hours.
It is absolutely, unequivocally true. I have experienced it as well as MANY members of the small photography forum I run.

EDIT: I stand corrected. While your hotlinks ARE dead, you can still (for now) download the images to a safe place (hard drive). Backups!
 

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It is absolutely, unequivocally true. I have experienced it as well as MANY members of the small photography forum I run.

EDIT: I stand corrected. While your hotlinks ARE dead, you can still (for now) download the images to a safe place (hard drive). Backups!
Thank you, guess I will start down loading MY photo's back onto my iMAC this evening.
 

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Drive works poorly for this, not least of which is because it's capacity for making bare links is so limited. Let's see if this works, though. I'm trying a test from the Google Photos (which used to be... Picassa? I think?) Anyway, clicked in to photo until it's in the full-page marquee view, right-clicked and copied image address. And it looks like....



Edit: Works, but wow is that an ugly address....
I don't think it is working. All I see on your post is a grey circle with a negative sign inside it.
 

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Hit go advanced then manage attachments when you post to include photos
 

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photobucket has been a "click bait" for a few years going back, why would anyone trust them?

"....Adding this to photobucket's use of excessive pop-up ads, scams, clickbait advertisements, and in some cases viruses embedded in ads, the number of active account quickly decreased"
 
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