If you are a business owner who does some or all of your business online, chances are you will need an image hosting service at one time or another. In order to better help you upload, manage, or share your photos, we’ve compiled a list of the top five free image hosting sites for your business.
For your convenience, we’ve broken down the individual perks of each site in order to help decide which service will work best for your individualized business needs.
Dropbox in one of the most popular choices for online image management. You can access the traditional site or manage your images through their app, Carousel. Dropbox offers cloud storage, which means your images are stored on the host’s servers and are available online, freeing up major hard drive space for you or your business. If you do need offline access to your shared photos, don’t fret. Dropbox offers an option to select offline viewing on individualized photos.
Another convenient component of Dropbox is the way photos are stored and organized. You can sort through your images by date or by the person whom you shared the image with. Dropbox also helps to speed up the sharing process by offering the option to share multiple images at once.
The service is free up for up to 2 GB of photo storage; depending on the quality and size of the photo, you could probably upload around 500 photos for free. Should you desire more space, you can upgrade your membership for a small monthly fee. There are various account options, such as a business account for an individual and a business account for teams of 5 or more users. You have the option to try own of the paid programs for free for 30 days.
2. Google Photos
Google Photos is one of our favorite free sharing options. For google account holders, this choice is no brainer because you are able to link it to your Google account, making it extra easy to share images from your Gmail account if necessary. Better yet, it offers automatic uploads from all of your devices.
If you are looking to get organized, Google Photos offers the ability to search by people, places, and things. You can also go ahead and search by whatever you might remember about the photo, and chances are it will turn up. If you opt for Google, you can also consider yourself having gained a free editing service. Google Photos offers the option to crop, add a filter, or even adjust the basic qualities of your photos.
What’s more, make collages, slideshows, and share away!
TinyPic is a lesser popular image sharing option, but we believe that it has a lot to offer. For one, we love the basic site framework. When you launch their web page you are automatically provided with an upload screen. You have the option to upload both images and videos which will then be stored on the TinyPic server.
You also have the option to join TinyPic for free. This allows you to edit your photos, create albums, and tag your images as desired. The uploader offers the option to upload single or multi photos. You also have the option set your account to a variety of levels of privacy and set a personal profile image.
We recommend this site for someone looking for a no-frills upload experience.
4. Img Safe
Img Safe is another no-frills image uploader that isn’t getting its due spotlight. This option provides users with a variety of convenient options for your business needs. For example, uploads can come in a variety of file formats, including JPG, GIF and PNG images up to 20MB each. Users can upload images from the internet or they may download their own images. The images are then saved on the Img Safe server until you choose to remove them.
Users can register their own account. The process to do so is extremely simple. We recommend this option to someone who is looking to quickly upload images and save time doing it.
5. Img Up
Img Up offers users a free upload and sharing service that allow you to quickly upload images and share them with your personal contacts or use them on a variety of web pages. Img Up is completely free and is currently funded in whole by advertisements. JPG, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP or PSD image files are available to upload. While the site itself is rudimentary, they offer more file options that many more popular image sharing web pages. The maximum file size for an image is 8192 KB per image, so we don’t you’ll have to worry about resizing your photos to comply with Img Up.
We highly recommend you try out this relatively new site. However, be sure to register for a free account. Because the site is free and has limited users at this time, registering will assure that none of your photos will be deleted to free up server space. Furthermore, registration allows you to save images for better organization and create albums. While many business owners believe photo hosting sites are only utilized by photographers and graphic artists, this is not the case.
If your business does not yet utilize an image hosting service, we recommend you give it a try. There are many photo hosting services available for free or a low monthly payment. These picture hosting sites will assist your business in streamlining your images for use amongst employees or to share with clients. While many business owners believe that picture hosting is only for photographers and professional graphic artists, this is not the case. In fact, by localizing your photos you can help your employees to better manage their time and offer clients a convenient service that will make your business more desirable.
Check out one of our top five photo hosting sites for businesses and see for yourself without ever spending a dime!