Photobucket disabled the third-party hosting of images functionality of the site recently which had been a part of it for years.
Internet users who used Photobucket for that, that is store their images so that they can embed them on other sites, were asked to pay $399 per year, or $39.99 per month, to reactivate the functionality.
This was done with barely any advanced warning that this would happen, and the replacing of all images on third-party sites with a dummy image asking users to become a Plus 500 subscriber to restore the hotlinking functionality.
I'm going to list several Photobucket alternatives in this article that users affected by the move, and Internet users who are looking for reliable image hosting with hotlinking functionality have.
You have plenty of options when it comes to services that provide you with options to hotlink your images.
There are a couple of things you need to be aware of before you select the next best offer though:
As far as alternatives are concerned, there are three groups that you may pick one from:
The first two groups may allow you to hotlink to images right now, but they may have a change of heart (or policy) at any time in the future. The advantage of the third group is that you are in control, but that you have to pay for that.
Other services that you may use
While it would go too far to list dozens of services that provide you with image hosting and linking functionality, I'd like to highlight some of the options to you.
These are all free at the time of writing:
If you want full control, you may have to pay a couple of bucks for that. If you have a website or server already, you may use it to host your images, and hotlink to them.
The core benefit here is that you control the storage. You may delete images, modify them, prevent certain sites from linking to them, and so on.
The disadvantage is that you have to pay for that, and that there is a setup period involved usually.
Here are a few options:
Now You: Do you use another alternative? Feel free to share it in the comments below.
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