Update, 27 Oct
Apologies for the less-frequent updates recently. I've
been busily learning PHP/MySQL. The new and improved
dynamic IHA will debut soon to serve you even better.
This is a mostly unverified list of free, sign-up and pay
image hosts suggested for use in weddings
in the Valley of Fire photography and Farktography
contests on the website Fark.com (but also similar contests on
sites like MechaPixel and Worth1000).
If you use free hosts for these contests, I encourage you to use
different hosts each time you post. Spreading the
bandwidth load among a variety of free hosts reduces the
chance of service outages that ruin the fun when any one host
becomes too popular.
Matt Pearson aka Procedural Texture
Small is Beautiful
I can't emphasize this enough: keep your image files small.
Bloated files kill servers and keep dial-up users from
enjoying the contests.
At 15,000+ hits on a typical PS contest, a 60KB post generates
as a gigabyte of server traffic. Shave every kilobyte you can
off the image size. Properly compressed, it's a rare and
detailed image that can't fit into the 20-60KB range.
Too Much of a Good Thing
Some free image hosts ask to be thanked alongside your post.
This practice attracts traffic to them from their intended
users: low traffic blogs etc. If any one host becomes too
popular on a high traffic site like Fark, it causes an
expensive spike in their traffic, and they will eventually
block the Fark.com domain. Unless you want to kill
their service, you probably don't want to thank or
link to them.
Check Your ISP or School
You may already have all the free hosting you need. Check with
your ISP or school to see if you have access to web hosting
Know of a free host that should added to this list? Got an
opinion on the good or bad performance of a host already
listed? This site only works if we share our knowledge. Your
reports are appreciated: feedbackimagehostadvisorycom
IHA Needs Your Help to Work
There is currently a backlog of about 50 image hosts
that we haven't even been posted due to the number of
existing hosts that haven't yet been tried. Please use
untested hosts to post a comment picture in a
discussion thread, a throwaway Photoshop contest entry
or rehosting the 'O', and let us know how the host
performs with a feedback e-mail.
For feedback, suggestions, host testing and support:
64nDh1 (backup contact for this site),
a4dzac, And-1, astrnomr, BaxterSlate, chairborne,
CheekyMunky, EvilToni, Flab, Fray, Grabthar,
Gwinny, ifeedoffpain222, King Keepo, Koch, lukket, Michael
Houghton, Mr. Fuzzypaws, Nanashi, Peteykins, prufrock2,
RadioactiveMonkey, Red Cross Eyed, SECSManiac, sofashark,
stevenb18hsr, theexpobill, thegrey, travis08, VelcroFez,
Whoopti Dew, ybbor657, Zingle...and everyone at the