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Best Image Hosting Web Sites

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While Imgur is designed for quick, disposable image sharing and focuses squarely on viral images, memes, and GIFs (not to mention its tight integration with Reddit), it’s still arguably one of the most popular image hosting sites on the web, partially because it’s just so easy to upload something and share it with the world. If you sign up for an account, you can save and manage all of the images that you’ve uploaded, share them repeatedly, or manage comments on them, and if you’re an Imgur Pro subscriber ($24/yr) you can browse ad-free, get analytics on the images and galleries you upload, you get more options for the images you do share, and you can upload as many photos as you want (free users are limited to 225 images.) Similarly, Imgur’s image compression is notorious among actual photographers—free users will have any image larger than 5MB compressed down to that filesize. Pro users get a break, with only images larger than 10MB getting compressed (and even then, only down to 10MB.) Imgur also has mobile apps that make browsing and keeping track of your own images easy, an open API so developers can (and many have) hook third party apps and tools into it, and more. It’s not an image hosting site in the classic sense, with beautiful galleries and attention to photo rights, credits, licensing, and presentation, but it is fast, easy to use, and has a huge user base behind it.

Those of you who nominated Imgur highlighted that fact. Many of you pointed out that the service integrates with other sites you use often (including Reddit), and that the option to quickly upload just about anything for easy sharing, whether you have an account or not, and whether you choose to keep track of the image or just bookmark it for later (like a reaction GIF or something) makes it perfect for what its best at. Plus, many of you noted that its simple design keeps attention on the image or the GIF in question and the discussion about it in the comments, without a bunch of screen clutter, boxes and widgets, or other tools. Some of you dinged it because of its horrible image compression, which is justified as well. You can read more in its nomination thread here.

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