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Best Photo Image Hosting Sites

Top Web Sites Offering Storage for Digital Pictures

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Photo image hosting sites provide a great service, making it quick, easy and fun to show off and share your digital pictures. They also serve as a crucial backup for images that are currently just sitting vulnerable on your computer's hard drive. Here is a list of some of the major photo image hosting sites, and what they offer.

Flickr Photo Image Hosting Site

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Flickr is one of the most popular photo storage and sharing sites around, and there's a good reason for that. It's free and easy to use, and it features various methods for sorting, categorizing and tagging images.

The interface is attractive, and it's fun to browse. People can comment and rate pictures, and you can make all or just some photos private or only viewable by friends and family. Flickr is easily one of the best photo storage and sharing sites available. If nothing else, Flickr is useful as a private gallery to backup images off-site from your hard drive.

SmugMug Image Hosting Site

Despite being a pay site (membership starts at around $40 for a year), this is a popular photo hosting site. In a recent poll, SmugMug was voted by far the most popular photo hosting site.

The site features no spam or ads, and unlimited storage. It is easy to post SmugMug photos in blogs, and it's an attractive site for sharing photos. It's also quite easy to use even for beginners to digital photo sharing.

Shutterfly Photo Hosting Site

Shutterfly was voted the Best Online Photo Service by PC Magazine. This site allows unlimited photo upload, and states that images are not deleted unless users do it themselves.

The downside is Shutterfly is looking to sell prints and photo items, so you'll see a lot of promotion for that. Prices on 4x6 prints drop from 29 cents apiece to 25 cents each with pre-paid plans of at least $25.

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