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What is Image Hosting?
If you need a place to upload, store, and display your images online, then you need image hosting.
Image files must be uploaded to a Web server to be displayed on the Web. Image hosting services allow you to do just that. You’ll find many different image hosting providers online. Hosting may be offered for free, as a fee-based subscription, or as a pay per storage. Popular image hosting websites include Flickr and Imgur.
Images may be uploaded one of several ways, depending on the provider you’ve chosen. File transfer protocol (FTP) tends to be accessible only with paid image hosting service. More commonly used are Web-based upload interfaces. Smartphone and tablet applications for uploading photos are also very popular. Instagram began as a smartphone app, solely for uploading photos to host and share with others using the same application.
Beyond simply displaying your images on a website, image hosts offer other features. Depending on the host you choose, you can order paper prints and a variety of other products featuring your photos. You may be able to set licensing for your photos, allowing others to use them for personal or commercial use, with or without attribution, and with or without manipulating the image. Creative Commons licensing options are available to Flickr users. Another feature some image hosts offer is hypertext markup language (HTML) code for linking to your image or embedding it in a Web page. Other possibilities for your images include creating photo galleries and slideshows.
You will find image hosting built into Web hosting packages from many hosting providers. You can purchase packages with software for image hosting, photo galleries, and photo blogging installed, with technical support included. This option is perfect for those of you who need to get your site up quickly, as well as anyone who may need some trained assistance along the way.