Many of you will have noticed last month some of the images in the older posts on this blog were replaced with the ugly 'Bandwidth Exceeded' message from Photobucket.When i first started Spice Up Your Blog i hosted many images on Photobucket with no problems but as we became more popular and Spice Up Your Blog grew the Photobucket limits kicked in.Image hosting websites like Photobucket, Flickr and ImageShack manage to catch unsuspecting users with Bandwidth Limits rather than storage limits in an attempt to get them to pay for an upgrade.
Here's the simplified explanation - For example Photobucket allow free users a huge amount of storage.You can upload lots of pictures and images to your account without any problems it's when you share those images the trouble starts.When others use images you store in your account it adds to your bandwidth quota.The Bandwidth limit unlike the storage limit is quite small for free users so when i share an image on Spice Up Your Blog and lots of people use it on their blogs my bandwidth usage increases.With a blog as popular as this one it takes very little time to reach the bandwidth limit and see all the images replaced with the ugly bandwidth exceeded image.
"...Bandwidth is used when digital content is viewed from a link you posted on another website or sent in an email (e.g., MySpace, eBay, message boards, etc.). Bandwidth is a measure of the number of bytes passed over time via direct linking. It is calculated by adding up the size of each of your images or videos as they are sent from Photobucket. The “Monthly Bandwidth" number is the amount of bandwidth you have used within the last month. The month is determined by the day of the month you registered your account...."
First off if you are a Blogger user try to upload your images directly to your blog.If you have an image you want to use in anywhere in your blog create a post and upload the image, remember you don't have to publish the post just grab the image URL.Did you know all the images you have uploaded to your blog are automatically stored in Picasa web albums ? You can check out your Picasa Web account here - Picasa Web Albums
No Bandwidth Limit Image Hosting - One of the image hosting websites i have found with no limit on Bandwidth is IMGboot.Although they have restrictions on other parts of accounts the storage and Bandwidth are unlimited.You can check them out here - IMGboot.com
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IMGboot is just one site with no limits on Bandwidth have you found other image hosting sites we should know about ?