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Image hosting services are pretty popular in today’s overly animated and graphical World Wide Web. Almost on a day-to-day basis, we face situations where we need to host images in order to post them on a forum or share them with friends. In this article, we will discuss how to set up your own image hosting service on your web server, a la ImageShack. We will cover only freeware solutions.
We've come to the end of this article. Throughout this little overview, we presented three of the freeware solutions that connect our web servers with image hosting service capabilities. It's time for you to do this and tell your friends that from now on, they are welcome to host images via your website.
As a final point, please do realize that there are dozens of other web applications that sport lots of mind-blowing functions and features. Some are much more complex than necessary. In our case, we didn't need user registrations, which would require managing and working with MySQL database and some tables. We wanted to keep it simple: visit the page, host it, copy the links, and be done with it.
If you are planning to start a business that offers image-hosting services, then I'd recommend a rock-solid, stable, and reliable hosting plan from a reputed web hosting company that offers at least 99.99% uptime with very frequent backups. You then need to invest in a commercial image hosting service web application that includes security algorithms, encryption, and beyond beautiful user interfaces.
You may also want to check out the upcoming article that Gabor Bernat recently wrote on the topic. You can find it on Dev Hardware. He has reviewed some of the most popular image hosting services by closely analyzing their features, their methodology, and inner workings. However, this article targets those people that want to have fun, fiddle around with their web servers, and look for something new. Expand your horizons!