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I just received an email from Photobucket.  Get this:

You Spoke, We Listened.

Photobucket is now offering a monthly plan

 

for the Plus 500 plan (which is the only one that allows 3rd party hosting)....at the astonishingly low price of only  $60.00/month!!

 

I almost fell out of my chair from laughing.  That's $720.00/year....even more than the $400.00/year they want if you pay all at once.

 

Good luck PB!!

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Um... I pay $120 per YEAR for hosting for http://www.BoltBait.com and that includes EVERYTHING!  Why would I pay $400 per year just to host some pictures with a really lame interface including TONS of ads?

 

Go home, photobucket.  You're drunk!

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$400 per year? Are they really trying to charge everyone that?

 

Putting aside for a moment the customer-hostile approach that will doom them, that is also just a terrible business model. It'll be pretty easy for a competitor to swoop in and offer it for half the price along with a simple data transfer script.

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32 minutes ago, Rick Brewster said:

$400 per year? Are they really trying to charge everyone that?

 

Putting aside for a moment the customer-hostile approach that will doom them, that is also just a terrible business model. It'll be pretty easy for a competitor to swoop in and offer it for half the price along with a simple data transfer script.

 

Yes Rick, they want $399/yr to allow 3rd party hosting.  That's why everyone's images are disappearing from the forum.

 

I just found a hosting site for $41.00/yr  (introductory offer) with my own domain name. I took the 3-year subscriber plan for $122.  Subsequent 3-year terms will be a little less than double, but I have full control of my images now.   What PB is doing is wrong, wrong.... how many people would pay that much???

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         I was simply thrilled, sign_sa.png    when I returned from vacation to find the Photobucket coup d'état.   Of late, I have had to work around PB's constant barrage of ads and insane popups, so that my  fast dwindling patience was at a breaking point anyway.     Now This, shockwhat.jpgtoo much, too little respect for long time customers/suffers of non-productive changes. 

 

         I have found several sites that host photos , drawings, similes for free.  Some are a bit cumbersome and others seem to be not to suit  my style.  There are two I can use with our beloved PDN  and are both free to use:   Postimage  https://postimages.org/     and   NickPicHost  https://nickpic.host/ .   No endorsement is meant other than to say, I can use either and they work with PDN- your mileage may vary .

 

         As an aside Nick, the guru of, NickPicHost does offer to transfer from PB to his site, any or all of your photos and /or albums as a service, for a very small sum

 (details @    https://bx.rs/update-photobucket-transfers/)  

        Hope we all can find hosts we can rely on and trust so our  paint.net can be all that it can be.   

 

I'm getting too old for this "aggravation" -can' t imagine how Rick and the other admins can keep their sanity -Bless 'em all yes-fist-pump-smiley-emoticon.gif.9b0f2abd90ae19d14a965cf118d92579.gif

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OK, I think I know what I'm doing with Amazon Web Services now.

 

Pros:

  • Quick to set up
  • Relatively easy to use, at least in its barest-bones form (more on that later)
  • Lots of neat nerdy features, for those with the time/ability to take advantage of them
  • Relatively generous (first 5 GB of storage and 20,000 HTTP GETs (read requests, like when someone accesses a post with your thumbnail in it) are free

 

Cons:

  • Requires at least some IT savvy to do anything really specific
  • Is only free for one year (currently) - Amazon, being the mothership, can of course change their terms whenever they damn well please
  • Requires you to circumvent several security defaults to make your stuff truly accessible in the way most people want

 

As with everything, YMMV.  Cheers!

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Uff. Popped in to take a look around after a long hiatus and this is what photobucket had waiting for me? How rude. I still have access to my account, but moving everything to a new hosting site is a bit more than I have time for :/

If there's any demand for my tutorials, I'll be happy to help out with bringing back the images. Otherwise...ugh.

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Welcome back @pdnnoob! I am currently helping EER make PDF files of all the tutorials possible. I've already made a PDF of a couple of your tuts. If I can help you in any way just let me know.

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Hey guys! Thanks for the welcome back!

@Woodsy I can send you whichever images you need. Just shoot me a message with your email and the list of tutorials you haven't done and I'll get on that.

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I've experienced the problem described by MadJik for the whole of today. I however think it's not a reason to worry about. Sometimes this happens when they are updating the service somehow, or when they're doing backups.

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It's still down today.  Like Madjik I can still upload if I log out.  

Hopefully like Max' said ... nothing to worry about, must be a pretty big job maintaining, especially as a lot of people must have jumped there after the PB fiasco

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39 minutes ago, AndrewDavid said:

Isn't that weird that you can upload after you log out?

 

Unless Registered Accounts are on different servers to the one off uploads ?  

 

I dunno ... ?

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Here's another workaround:

If you add ~original to the end of the url, it will display correctly:

 

http://i1303.photobucket.com/albums/ag154/_MJW_/RecolorUsingPaletteUI_zps8htstz3h.png~original

RecolorUsingPaletteUI_zps8htstz3h.png~or

 

Compared to:

 

http://i1303.photobucket.com/albums/ag154/_MJW_/RecolorUsingPaletteUI_zps8htstz3h.png

RecolorUsingPaletteUI_zps8htstz3h.png

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4 minutes ago, AndrewDavid said:

And after all that work I get an extension (For Chrome) that restores the images.

I don't recommend that extension, as it breaks working Photobucket thumbnails.

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