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Since 2003, the popular photo hosting service Photobucket has been letting users upload and host images for free on their servers. They have over 10 billion images stored by 100 million registered users. But now they’re going to start charging, and that means billions of images around the Web are now broken.
Hotlinking (AKA inline linking) is when someone takes an image file hosted on a server and embeds it on a different webpage elsewhere. Since the new webpage continuously requests the file from the original source server, it saps the server owner’s bandwidth (and storage space).
Photobucket allowed hotlinking photos uploaded to and stored on its servers for a long time. This was their business model, and they made money from ads on their own site, which users would be exposed to when they went to upload content.
Unfortunately for Photobucket users, things are about to change in a big way. The service is now rolling out a $399 per year subscription fee for those who want to hotlink images from Photobucket’s servers to display elsewhere. That means that billions of images across the Web now display an error message instead of the image in question.
Other similar services are bound to follow suite. Take action now to ensure your linked images will always stay on line. The Graphics Company can offer you an incredible deal on your very own image hosting service.
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Most importantly, the images stay yours. This is YOUR site with YOU in control. The best part is wheras Photobucket want to charge you $399 per year to store and serve your images, with The Graphics Company you will pay just £47.00 for install and setup. No technical skills are required.
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