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I am wanting to get some recommendations from fellow forum readers on the best websites to host photos. What I am looking to factor in:

1. Having my photos stored at original quality

2. Being able to access photos easily, organize and share with other people.

3. Be able to view my photos through a media player.

4. I am okay with paying for this service.

MY contenders are flickr, picasa, google+, SmugMug, PhotoShelter, and Zenfolio. I was reading a good article regarding this topic. http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39...ng-the-best-ways-to-store-your-photos-online/

Thanks for any information or tips.
 
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Personally I use picasa and really like it. I don't have much experience with the other sites though.

Another option that I like is dropping them on to Dropbox or Box where I have 4gb or 50gb of data storage, respectively. I'm not sure these give you the option of using a media viewer- but I can view from my android phone just fine. Also can share the folders I want just like I can in Picasa. The only issue here is there are no printing via snapfish, ect options.
 

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Thanks for the reply. The printing from shutterfly, snapfish etc is a very nice feature. Otherwise you have to load them on a flash drive and go to CVS. I also think picasa is somehow connected with Google + which is nice.
 
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I have used flickr. A bit of a pain and has limitations unless you want to pay for it ( I think you said you were OK with that) flicker is a bit harder to traverse when it comes ot orgainizatin tho. gEEkEE's ideas are probably better.
 
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I use picasa on my own computer, but for web storage I use photobucket.com. The reason I like it is that it allows me to create folders and folders within folders to help organize the photos I upload for my friends to see.

If you want to see a sample, go to
http://s311.beta.photobucket.com/user/dale5351/library/#/user/dale5351/library/2010%20December%20in%20New%20Orleans?&_suid=135892186071602795942171525971

or
http://tinyurl.com/photo-NO

You can browse around my albums from there -- all are public, just go up a link or two, then back down to another.

I've never tried to print any pictures from there, but it does seem to be a service offered.
 

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Does Photobucket and 500px upload and retain the files in original quality. Is there a cost over a certain amount of GB storage? Can you order prints from either site? Thanks.
 

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Basically I am looking for an online storage place that will upload original quality photos, I can order prints from, share photos, see my photos on my WDTV Media Player and I do not mind paying for storage. Picasa seems to get the vote, but you cannot order from them. Thanks for all the great ideas.
 
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Flikr for me, and I pay for it ($25). You can use the Free account with limits and if you let the "Pro" account lapse they don't delete your photos, but only display the last 200 you upload.

With Flikr I feel you can better organize your pictures. You can create "Sets" (like albums), and collections (multiple sets). also you could add the same photo to multiple sets.... you might create a set of a family event, but in that event you had a good shot of your dog, so you might make a nother set for Pets and also include that photo in the set.

You can add guest passes or share on Facebook, or links by email.

I use Picasa to manage my photos, but Picasa is not online storage, Google is for this program.
 

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Thanks for all the great feedback on this post. I am leaning towards picasa as I like that it is integrated with Google+. I guess you can order prints from them which is a bonus. Looks like you can upload photos in original quality if you pay for the pro version. I can view picasa albums on my PCH Media player. Now It is just a matter of getting use to how Picasa works.
 

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I guess you can order prints from them which is a bonus.
Last time I ordered Prints .. I emailed them to Walmart .. and in ~~ 15 minutes I got an email that said come get them.
I uploaded/ordered over 100 photos ... At 13 cents each, I can't buy the paper and ink for that .... I wonder what Picasa charges ???
But that's the advantage of having the sized photos in my computer ... I use Picasa just for sharing them
And I Only use Picasa for making my online albums
 
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