There are 4 or 5 image hosting extensions available. Now, I'm a bit OCD and have trouble making decisions.. weigh my options and sometimes, it takes WAY longer than it should.
But, I'm starting to wonder if it's either difficult to provide a well supported image hosting extension... or, are they not used often?
Do a lot of people use those extensions? I'd like to make it easy on my visitors as well as myself for putting pictures on the site. I used imageshack a long time ago when there was a mod for that. Then I had everything on photobucket and, you might imagine, I have a lot of images that are just blank warnings there now after they started charging for their services.
going through the options, I haven't been sure which to choose. Tinypic looks like it wont be supported so I ruled that one out. One of them said it was mostly in french and I didn't want to mess with that.
It ended up coming down to postimage vs imgur.
I didn't really like the sound of imgur, based on my experience with just visiting their website as well as some reviews I read here and there. Seems like in some way it would be a solid choice but at the same time... just, eh...
It's also interesting that on their "stuff not to do" section it mentions:
I'm not sure how to interpret that... ha.Also, don't use Imgur to host image libraries you link to from elsewhere, content for your website, advertising, avatars, or anything else that turns us into your content delivery network
In their support section(here on phpbb ext support for that ext) there's a LOT of topics... which means a lot of people use it or, a LOT of people have trouble with it.
Then there's postimage... that almost shut down 2 years ago... That's something to think about right away.
They're also very adamant about making sure everything links back to them. Is the imgur extension the same way? I cannot find imgur documentation about the use of this extension unlike postimage being upfront about the extension.
the linking back is, well... I want to do what I can to support the site and extension and linking back is hardly a sacrifice. At the same time, to view an image larger means to go to their site. Does it open in a new window or the same window?
I wouldn't want someone to go look at an image there and then forget about my site. HA
I hope you don't mind all the thoughts and questions. I don't keep up with all this stuff very well so I want to feel a little more informed when making a decision...
also, in the support for the postimage extension, there's several unanswered questions which worries me. One about .com turning to .cc requiring someone to run an sql query or something... I wonder if that's something everyone has to do to get that to work or if it's all good now... and, several asking about it not working on a phone, completely unanswered.
Which brings me back to my original thought... Are these extensions kind of iffy to use and, would it be because it's just hard to make a good one? or, people don't use them often? or? I don't know quite what I'm asking. ha.
I just want a better understanding and I spent quite a while searching and wound up not being any more certain of anything.