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ImageShack - fastest image hosting in the west

review from ClifNotes, Jan 2007, permalink _ Web Service


What is an image host?

Images on the internet and in your email need to have a home. Every time you see an image on the internet, you are actually downloading the image to a temporary location on your hard drive. Once the image is downloaded, your web browser will show it to you in a web browser.


Typically, most images on web pages are located or "hosted" at the website you are viewing, but they don't have to be. Nearly all the images you see here in my wiki are actually hosted at ImageShack.com.


Why do I need an image host?

I've been posting at websites for years now and the easiest way for me to post images is to simply use a free image host and link my images to them. This makes my webpages portable so that I don't have to change the code if I move the page to a different website. It also means that I don't have to worry about exceeding any bandwidth limits. Pictures on a website are usually the largest bandwidth hogs. I can also send my friends and family links to my images any time I want to share them. So far, I've always been able to depend on my images being exactly where I left them.


Who should I use to host my images?

I used to use PhotoBucket almost exclusively for displaying my online images. That changed after I found the ImageShack toolbar. The toolbar makes it extremely easy to upload images to my image host. I expect Photobucket to someday produce their own toolbar, but until then, I'm sticking with ImageShack. Both sites offer free image hosting and both also have some really great features for sharing those images. One of the ways ImageShack and Photobucket allow you to share images is with their slideshow feature. Here's an example ...


Go to ImageShack to Create your own Slideshow


Quote from the website

ImageShack® is an intuitive and easy-to-use free image hosting solution. It can be used to share pictures with friends, as well as to post images on message boards and blogs. It can also be used to direct link images on websites and online auctions.


The ImageShack Toolbar integrates with Firefox, Internet Explorer 6.0 and Windows XP and has drag-and-drop, right-click upload, and many other features.