||Free web hosting for images with direct linking allowed (hotlinking). It can be used to share pictures with friends, post images on message boards. It can also be used to direct link images from your personal website or eBay auction. No signup required. Powered by highly reliable Linux dedicated server network. Limitations: File size limit 1.5 MB; File types allowed: jpg, jpeg, png, gif, bmp, tif, tiff, swf (Flash). Their FAQ states that the freely hosted images will not be deleted from their hosting servers unless the image files violate their Terms of Service (TOS).
|Image Shack really has no limitations, espessially when compared to other image hosting sites. They allow you to host everything from the usual jpeg and gif file to the more uncommon png and even swf files. Quite unusual for a mere image hosting site. The only negative aspect I could see about this site is they place advertisments everywhere. That, however, is simply not a problem, because the advertisments are Google ads, which are in nature unobtrusive, and what's more - usually relative and interesting. And besides, after you upload the picture you are not held at all to ever using their site again - they allow direct linking to your image! If you do choose to use their site to show people the image (as I do), the page that displays the image has automatic resizing of the image to fit the window's width (clicking on the image brings it back to original size, and visa versa), along with other features like allowing people to rate the image. |
I've been using Image Shack ever since I heard about them, about six months ago. Since then, I've experienced absolutly no downtime, and the site has loaded at a speed I would expect from my internet connection, which is quite fast. Now, this is no guarentee that the site HAS no downtime, because all sites have downtime. Any site that claims 100% uptime is simply lying. Some things just can not be avoided. But Image Shack seems to have 99% uptime, which is about the best you could hope for. I at least have never had a problem.
In all, I would definatly recommend Image Shack for hosting images. And I say this in honesty, because every single person I've talked to who has wanted to show me an image but didn't know how, I have told them to upload it to Image Shack. I would suggest the same to you, for any reason you may want an image hosted.