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July 02, 2017, 10:01:45 AM
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HDBitchin

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As a forum owner I hate Photobucket so this makes me happy.

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/06/30/photobucket_charging_400yr_3rdparty_pgs/

http://www.pcmag.com/news/354711/photobucket-breaks-image-links-across-the-internet

We are going see the below image around the internet more and more. Even here on HDBitchin. I think as a company they will suffer unless other image services follow their lead. But their new policy is going to cause some issues for many forums and website owners with past posts and threads.



If you are a non-paying Photobucket account holder and have shared pictures the above is what people will now see when looking at the post or thread that you shared a Photobucket picture in. Now you will have to pay for "3rd Party Hosting" which allows you to embed images from Photobucket in another location on the Internet, e.g. in a forum post or on a website.

I actually hate all third party image hosting services that members use here but my Photobucket hate is at the top of the list.

Why do I hate image hosting that is done somewhere else? Mostly because members don't understand that if you rearrange your picture files in your photo sharing service after you first shared it here that changes the link you provided here. So when you wanted to share that picture of your Harley Davidson in a post or thread that you started here and you got busy tidying up your picture files over on that 3rd party hosting service your moved picture link will cause a broken image file to show here and what you shared will no longer be visible. But the new issue isn't you rearranging the file folder and breaking the image link, now you need to pay Photobucket for linking elsewhere.

Since Photobucket apparently doesn't run enough annoying ads on their website now to pay for their bandwidth you will now be asked to fork over $39.99 per month or $399 per year if you want their 3rd Party Hosting feature.

So what can you do? Screw the photo hosting services and use our Gallery. Our HDBitchin Gallery is linked at the TOP of every page on the forum.  And hey guess what? It is free!

Want to know more about using the HDBitchin Gallery? Read this...

https://hdbitchin.com/index.php/topic,899.msg1951.html#msg1951

And this...

https://hdbitchin.com/index.php/topic,4499.msg43989.html#msg43989

Or watch this...



Other photo hosting services that you might avoid for forum use are as follows:

Imgur
Shutterfly
Flickr
ImageShack
SmugMug
Google Photos
Dropbox
Free Image Hosting
Tinypic (a product of Photobucket)
PostImage
ImageVenue
FreeImageHosting

Please use our Gallery instead of these photo sharing companies .

https://hdbitchin.com/index.php?action=gallery

July 12, 2017, 07:53:49 AM
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NoSuperSlabs

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As far as photo sharing services like Photobucket, I never used any of them and I am sure glad that I never have now. 

Going from free to $400 a year is a huge slap in the face to anyone that has relied on them.
Two Lane Highway

July 12, 2017, 08:08:33 AM
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HDBitchin

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I am hearing about several forums that are being negatively effected by this since the Admins that run the forums built much of their picture content in Self Help and DIY threads using Photobucket's free service. Now all those hot linked (3rd party linked) pictures are broken unless they pay the yearly fee of $399.

I know of one Harley Davidson forum that heavily uses Photobucket and now will have to pay or face issues with recovering and editing their content.

Please don't use third party picture services on HDBitchin. Use our Gallery or just load items as attachments.  Available storage space is not an issue here.

July 12, 2017, 05:14:13 PM
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mqqn

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Thanks Larry -

I have noticed that on the many forums I visit -

I remember you discussing hosting pictures here to avoid just such a circumstance!

I have had my own web domain with unlimited storage for many years, and though I do pay a premium for it (nowhere close to 4 bills...) but it is worth it.

Thanks for a great forum, Larry!

best

mqqn


July 12, 2017, 05:38:41 PM
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HDBitchin

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@mqqn

Unfortunately with Photobucket being one of the largest photo sharing services in operation the impact is huge to many forums and other websites.

With you hosting some of the your pictures on your personal website I don't worry about losing content but the inadvertent file moving that you or others might do kills the link and many people (but not you) don't realize that if they do some spring cleaning on their photo sharing account that they will break the links to where they have shared it.

Another issue is http versus https and 3rd party linking to images to that non-secure website to this secure website. Not really a security issue but it gives a mixed content warning when people load a page that gets images from a non-secure source. That SSL issue of having mixed content warnings here on our https forum is no longer an issue since we now have image proxy to places that are being linked to that are not secure.

IMO it is always best to just use the gallery and storage we have here.

July 13, 2017, 11:56:53 AM
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NoSuperSlabs

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Since Photobucket apparently doesn't run enough annoying ads on their website now to pay for their bandwidth you will now be asked to fork over $39.99 per month or $399 per year if you want their 3rd Party Hosting feature.

The last time I followed a link to Photobucket they threw so many ads at my browser that it froze up. The page that I landed on did have the person's shared picture but it was surrounded with ads on both sides and top and bottom. It looked very low class.
Two Lane Highway
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May 20, 2018, 11:44:31 AM
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HDBitchin

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It looks like Photobucket regrets their stupidity and the CEO who was in charge when they hijacked millions of photos "that broke the Internet" has been sent packing and a new CEO is trying to recover their reputation.


Photobucket restores photos “taken hostage,” hopes to lure back customers with cheaper plans after last year’s $399 debacle
https://www.denverpost.com/2018/05/17/photobucket-image-hosting-plans/

Too late if you ask me.

Photobucket and all other photo sharing services SUCK in the opinion of this forum owner.  Use our HDBitchin Gallery and you will never have a problem.

#PhotobucketSUCKS


May 20, 2018, 07:52:00 PM
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NoSuperSlabs

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Photobucket learned an expensive lesson that I think as you said might be too late. Free photo sharing is not FREE!

#PhotobucketSUCKS

Two Lane Highway


May 21, 2018, 04:05:58 AM
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mqqn

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Too little too late.

I agree - just use the HDB gallery and Larry will have your back.



best

mqqn

May 29, 2018, 01:22:18 PM
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NoSuperSlabs

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With all the free and really cheap cloud services out there these days I think photo sharing websites are seeing their glory days in the rear view mirror. What Photobucket did shocked their few remaining customers into the new reality.

Photobucket’s initial policy change was a very bad business move.
Two Lane Highway
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