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# 215506 30-Jun-2017 10:01
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(Mods - not sure where to put this thread so feel free to move)


I've been using Photobucket for years and years and years as my image hosting provider for when I need to add an image to a forum using BBCode (img tags)


Yesterday I noticed my images had a message saying I had violated their terms and conditions and needed to upgrade my account.


Turns out that yesterday Photobucket removed all direct linking/hotlinking from all tiers of accounts and created a "super duper" platinum paid tier that enables direct linking/hotlinking - for $400US a year


At that price - hell no!




So, I am now on the looking for an alternative image hosting provider that enabled hotlinking/direct linking to forums via BBCode - both Google and OneDrive do not allow this
Free is best, but paid would also be acceptable (though not a large sum of $$ a year)


However my other option would be to use my own domain and host the images on that, though I am very confused on a service provider and what tier plan I would need
(then I hope there would be some documentation on the service provider on how to upload/access those photos)

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  # 1809425 30-Jun-2017 10:02
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Upload to Imgur? Just add a "s" in the http:// as MF made geekzone only accept https stuff...
Use a program called greenshot for uploading from desktop.
Googles your friend in this situation.. 

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  # 1809442 30-Jun-2017 10:25
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Where are these images used on? There are a few options...


1) If used on Geekzone then just use the Geekzone image uploader.
2) If used on other sites then Imgur or Flickr (depending on content) will work well - both are free.


If you're going to self-host it then ensure you've got HTTPS enabled on your website and remember if it goes down then so do your photos. It is better to use a hosted service.


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  # 1809673 30-Jun-2017 15:55
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Seems Imgur is ok at the moment; however they have been experimenting with a new hotlinking display that links to other similar pictures.
There terms of service is also a bit vague, hinting that hotlinking is not ok - but it seems to be referencing website use rather than forums

Anyway, have signed up

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