The Free Plan: How Free Image Hosting Works

by Photobucket Team | Nov 03rd, 2018

The Free Plan: How Free Image Hosting Works

"15 years ago, Photobucket pioneered image hosting by offering one free tool to help people share images across the internet and communicate more effectively. This free tool has been the foundation of our service and we don’t want to exclude anyone from being able to use it."

That being said, solely offering free services in the past didn't allow us to continue innovating to provide new benefits to our community of members.

In furtherance of our plans to continually offer our members a new and improved experience, including rolling out a new website, new mobile apps, and continuing to enhance our services based on your feedback, we have found an equitable balance between our need for long-term sustainability and our community's desire to continue hosting their images for no cost.

Over the past month, we’ve introduced a subtle, removable watermark to images hosted on other websites from Photobucket free accounts. This will not affect images you share via social media, images you email to family and friends, or your images that people see when they visit your Photobucket profile. 

It’s important to stress that your original images are uncompromised! Our watermark is merely an image overlay that is served by our high-speed content delivery network when we serve your hosted image to a website.

We remain committed to delivering value to Photobucket members. If you don’t like the watermark overlay you can remove it by upgrading to one of our low-cost premium plans. In addition to removing the watermark on hosted images, you will have access to numerous other benefits that make storing, hosting, and sharing your images easier.

We believe images are a powerful form of communication, and our focus is on returning Photobucket to its innovative roots while building a collaborative community between all of us. We are all members of the same community, the Photobucket community. We're excited to have you part of our journey as we continue to innovate and make the internet a better place.

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