No matter how you host your blog, whether it’s with Blogger or WordPress, if you want to have images on your site, then you’ll need to think about image hosting. If you pay for your own hosting, then your answer is simple: you can just host on your blog’s server.
For those of you who use a free blogging service, however, you’ll probably need to look at external services, as many free providers don’t offer too much space.
The image host that many Blogger bloggers use is Photobucket. It’s been around for so long, and allows you to edit your images once they’ve been uploaded – useful if you don’t have Photoshop, or if you’ve just noticed something that needs cropping out. There are, of course, various apps for Photobucket, which allow you to upload photos to your space directly from your phone – perfect for blogging away from home. Taken too many selfies? You can upgrade your Photobucket account to give you more space and bandwidth, avoiding the dreaded “bandwidth exceeded” images we’ve all seen before.
One way to avoid those “bandwidth exceeded” images (because there’s nothing more frustrating when you click over to a favourite blog and find a blog post with 8 of those images!) is to use Flickr. Flickr have recently changed what their free and pro accounts get – if you’re a free user, you can upload a whole terabye of photos and videos. Images can be up to 200MB in size, which is perfectly fine for a blog post image, and you have unlimited bandwidth. You can also pay $49.99 per year to upgrade to an ad-free account, which is exactly the same as the free account, but – you guessed it – with no ads. If you feel like splashing out, you can pay $499.99 per year for a “Doublr” account which is again the same as the free account, but givs you 2 terabytes of storage. (If you really did need that much storage, it would probably be cheaper for you to buy some web hosting instead though!) All Flickr accounts offer view counts and referral statistics for your images – it’s always been more of a community based site, but has picked up in popularity again since the relaunch of the iOS app.
If you have a Blogger blog, then you have a Google account, and with this, you also have a Picasa account. Picasa Web Album’s gives you a fairly sizeable 5GB of space shared between your Picasa and your Google Drive, and after the acquisition of Picnik, Picasa has built in image editing. If you need more space – depending how big your images are, you may never need to upgrade – they charge $2.49 USD a month for 25GB, or $4.99 USD for 100GB. Should you need even more than that, Google are happy to sell you up to 16 terabytes! This is where your images go when you upload them through Blogger, and there are no bandwidth issues. Even if you are a WordPress.com blogger, you can still use the Picasa space to host your images.
What do you use to store your images?