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Posts: 8
Registered: ‎12-30-2008

which photo hosting services work best with ebay?

Well assuming that there is no delay nor reversing the (bad) decision to retire PM, I'm going to need a good hosting site. I use photos in every one of my listings and I'd like to be sure I am going to avoid trouble.

I especially wish to NOT make my photos public to the host's "community of members" while at the same time have the photos easily appear in my ebay listings.

Can any one here recommend which of the photo hosting services are good for ebay listings?

thanks
AoM
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nates_tips
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Posts: 681
Registered: ‎03-10-2008

Re: which photo hosting services work best with ebay?

in reply to afraidofthemob
Hi AoM,

Many members find that their Internet Service Provided (ISP) provides free web storage as part of their service to their customers. A common example use to be AOL, which use to offer a considerable amount of web space until they retired that area of their service.

There is hundreds, perhaps thousands of dedicated sites out there that offer image hosting. Some are free, and others charge a monthly or yearly fee.

One of the first things eBay members should consider when choosing a image hosting service for eBay is if the service allows hotlinking. Hotlinking, also known has remote-linking, is when a user will copy the URL (web address) of a image file or video from one web server, and display it on another web page. This uses up bandwith, and since some services offer limited amount of bandwith, they do not allow hotlinking.

Here is a list of image hosting services that you should not use with eBay:
http://www.bulls2.com/indexb/blockedservers2.html

I'll skip past several technical aspects and jump to the conclusion:

Some of the most popular image hosting services used by eBay members include:

http://photobucket.com/
http://tinypic.com/
http://imagecave.com/

If you would like to learn more about self-hosting and choosing a image hosting service, check out this web page:
http://www.isdntek.com/demo/hosting.htm

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Community Member
Posts: 8
Registered: ‎12-30-2008

Re: which photo hosting services work best with ebay?

in reply to afraidofthemob
Thanks Nate,
Except for the who not to use - which by the way is really good to know - (thanks), I actually know all of the rest. as in know or am aware but have not actually used in practice.

Having worked in software and internet projects since before the internet had a word wide web, I am also aware that nothing beats a personal use recommendation. That's where you find out about things like how hotlinking is ok, really isnt ok all the time. Or that image download is slow 50% of the time. etc etc

I am hoping to hear back from people who are currently using a third party host and like how things are working out.

Free is fine - But I'm budgetted to take on a monthly fee upto 20 bucks. I just want to be sure where ever I sign up, it isnt a complete waste of upload time.

thanks for keeping the thread alive
AoM
> Hi AoM,
>
> Many members find that their Internet Service Provided (ISP) provides free web storage as part of their service to their customers. A common example use to be AOL, which use to offer a considerable amount of web space until they retired that area of their service.
>
> There is hundreds, perhaps thousands of dedicated sites out there that offer image hosting. Some are free, and others charge a monthly or yearly fee.
>
> One of the first things eBay members should consider when choosing a image hosting service for eBay is if the service allows hotlinking. Hotlinking, also known has remote-linking, is when a user will copy the URL (web address) of a image file or video from one web server, and display it on another web page. This uses up bandwith, and since some services offer limited amount of bandwith, they do not allow hotlinking.
>
> Here is a list of image hosting services that you should not use with eBay:
> http://www.bulls2.com/indexb/blockedservers2.html
>
> I'll skip past several technical aspects and jump to the conclusion:
>
> Some of the most popular image hosting services used by eBay members include:
>
> http://photobucket.com/
> http://tinypic.com/
> http://imagecave.com/
>
> If you would like to learn more about self-hosting and choosing a image hosting service, check out this web page:
> http://www.isdntek.com/demo/hosting.htm
>

>
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robshelp
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Posts: 557
Registered: ‎07-29-2005

Re: which photo hosting services work best with ebay?

in reply to afraidofthemob
Hi AoM,

Nate and I are friends so he won't mind my adding to his suggestions. If you and your family's livelihood depends on income from your eBay sales you certainly don't want to take any chances on that being interrupted as a result of problems with a host. As the proverbial saying goes "s_ _ t happens" so if/when problems do occur you want to be able to recover quickly. I'll get to my suggestion for that.

Services that include free plans are vulnerable to overwhelming demand in that sector effecting the reliability of even their paid accounts. Some have failed outright seemingly as a result of their over aggressive reach for market share (PhotoPoint - highly depended on by eBay sellers just fell off the face of the Earth a few years ago).

ISP services change their minds - ask any of the millions of AOL users who depended on them for web hosting. Comcast has a history of troubles with their free hosting. Web hosting isn't an ISP's main business so they don't seem to take it seriously.

The particular host you do choose will be somewhat of a gamble no matter what but there's a way to protect yourself. If you use a host with which you can use a registered domain name and you have full control over folders and file names you upload to the server you can readily mirror the hosting on your home or business computer. Then, if any particular host begins to fail you, you can transfer your domain to another host, replicate the folder and file structure at that site and be back up and running again within a day or so.

Let's just use one URL as an example. You upload a file to your new web host named "dollhousefront.jpg" , putting it into a folder named "mypictures". You have separately registered the domain name "aominc.com" (costs less than $20.00 per year to own a domain name) and have arranged with the registrar and your host for it to work with your web hosting. The URL would become:

http://www.aominc.com/mypictures/dollhousefront.jpg

If that hosts falls down, you can acquire a new host, upload that picture into a folder named mypictures at the new host and then arrange for your domain to work with the new host instead of the old one. Very easy to do.

The image file name is the same, the folder name is the same, your domain name is the same, so the URL stays the same. The only difference is the picture will show from the new host instead of the old one. No need to revise item descriptions, change web pages, etc. same=same.

I hope this helps,

Rob
Visit my About Me page to learn about FreeForm and FreeForm2 - Free to use, wonderfully flexible tools for creating and using custom templates. No HTML knowledge required. Use with non-eBay hosting to display photos in any size, marked up however you like
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robshelp
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Posts: 557
Registered: ‎07-29-2005

Re: which photo hosting services work best with ebay?

in reply to afraidofthemob
oops, forgot to fix the URL so it wouldn't render as a link:

http://www.aominc.com/mypictures/dollhousefront.jpg
Visit my About Me page to learn about FreeForm and FreeForm2 - Free to use, wonderfully flexible tools for creating and using custom templates. No HTML knowledge required. Use with non-eBay hosting to display photos in any size, marked up however you like
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Posts: 3
Registered: ‎12-16-2011

Re: which photo hosting services work best with ebay?

in reply to afraidofthemob

Hello, i know it is a liitle bit late to reply :smileyhappy:, but an good Host is http://www.photoalbum-2day.com . There they also allow Preview Pictures with an Width up to 600 Pixels and you do not have to register for an Account.

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Community Member
Posts: 1
Registered: ‎01-20-2006

Re: which photo hosting services work best with ebay?

in reply to afraidofthemob

Please note that Ripside Interactive and its subsidiaries (including http://imagecave.com and http://villagephotos.com ) went down in September 2011 hand have never returned. Very sad as I was with Village Photos for 10 years and enjoyed their services.

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Community Member
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎08-12-2012

Re: which photo hosting services work best with ebay?

in reply to afraidofthemob

I use http://www.uploadmasters.com they are free to use you dont need an account and offer image sizes up to 3MB with thumbnails.

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Community Member
Posts: 1
Registered: ‎08-21-2012

Re: which photo hosting services work best with ebay?

in reply to afraidofthemob

You can always use this best free image host - Open to all & best part is that No registration required.



Best Image Host

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Community Member
Posts: 1
Registered: ‎05-08-2007

Re: which photo hosting services work best with ebay?

in reply to afraidofthemob

Hi guys,


you can also check http://www.bilderbob.de/en for an really easy to use hosting service. As the other ones: it is free and no registration is required. 

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dvrkid2012
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Posts: 317
Registered: ‎07-22-2012

Re: which photo hosting services work best with ebay?

in reply to afraidofthemob

Thanks for the post on the web service    Very interesting and I'll keep this handy


Enjoy


Rima

http://www.ebay.com/sch/dvrkid2012/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=
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Community Member
Posts: 1
Registered: ‎01-23-2013

Re: which photo hosting services work best with ebay?

in reply to afraidofthemob

Anyone know of a host that doesn't change the image name...


Given that photobucket now sucks.


??


?

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Community Member
Posts: 1
Registered: ‎03-10-2010

Re: which photo hosting services work best with ebay?

in reply to afraidofthemob

I am with the same problem,I am trying www.imageshack.com,also try www.bilderbob.de/en


in the english version

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Community Member
Posts: 12
Registered: ‎02-20-2004

Re: which photo hosting services work best with ebay?

in reply to afraidofthemob

What is it that you don't like about photobucket now?   I don't like that they don't let you put in the full pictures - it just seems to be a slide show with a link to the album on photobucket.

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shipscript
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Posts: 4,594
Registered: ‎07-03-2003

Re: which photo hosting services work best with ebay?

in reply to afraidofthemob

See this thread:


 


http://forums.ebay.com/db2/topic/Photos-Html/Is-This-A/5100141880


 


Where we talk about your own website as Photo Hosting alternative.


 

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devildog683
Community Member
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎12-22-2008

Re: which photo hosting services work best with ebay?

in reply to afraidofthemob

The images are now uploaded in a random order and there is no way to sort them....just uploaded over 200 images and now I cannot list because they are in random, unusable order.....anyone have any idea how to fix this, it is really bugging me....they say sorting is "coming soon" , but who knows when that is...

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Community Member
Posts: 1
Registered: ‎09-09-2012

Re: which photo hosting services work best with ebay?

in reply to afraidofthemob

What images?  What site?  Anybody know how to fix. . . what are you talking about?

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devildog683
Community Member
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎12-22-2008

Re: which photo hosting services work best with ebay?

in reply to afraidofthemob

I was referring to the new photobucket problems...I have found somewhat of a solution. Now I have to upload each lot individually and name each picture (001, 002, 003, etc) in the lot as it uploads. If I do this, then they appear in order in the album. No longer can you take 400 pictures, upload them, and not have to worry about sorting...basically the new photobucket is crap....

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Community Member
Posts: 5
Registered: ‎02-07-2013

Re: which photo hosting services work best with ebay?

in reply to afraidofthemob

Nice article letting Photobucket have it for treating paying customers, espcially ebay customers, like they're nothing:   http://photobuketsucks.blogspot.com/2013/03/paying-customers-left-out-in-rain-as_21.html

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thefoneguy33
Community Member
Posts: 1
Registered: ‎05-05-2011

Re: which photo hosting services work best with ebay?

in reply to afraidofthemob

Photobuckt has really gone too far. Ive been with them for about 8 years. Im out. As for your issue with sorting. Get the free app FastStone Image viewer. This application allows you to bulk edit pics including and not limited to the files name. It is a super app that also allows you to trim down the size of your files also in bulk edit mode. 

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