Personalizing your own web space to show the world snapshots of your lifestyle has become ever more popular thanks to digital cameras and the increasing number of social networking sites, online photo albums and blogs. Stuffing a dusty photo album with the pictures from your last vacation or family blowout will no longer do. Your adventures deserve a broader audience than the lucky few who drop by your house, and the internet is the perfect place to showcase your life. Read below for our list of over 100 places to post and share your photos online.
The following sites feature some of the most sought after photo sharing programs online.
- JAlbum: This website offers users features that will help you create online photo albums for any site.
- Snapfish: Store and share your photos online for free when you use Snapfish, a company that also lets you create novelty items like mugs and other gifts.
- Smilebox: Shine a spotlight on special memories with unique, personalized photo albums. You can also add videos and music to your albums.
- Picasa: Google sponsors this Web-based photo album program, which allows users to post and share their own photos as well as “view and save…friends' photos.”
- Photobucket: This popular site features free photo and video sharing and image hosting.
- PhotoSnack: Create a free online slideshow from your photos, and share a link or embed them in your own website.
- MyAlbum: With this online tool, upload your photos and videos to create visual stories on the fly.
- PhotoBox: Keep your albums private, or allow them to be seen by public viewers. PhotoBox also lets users create posters and calendars from their photos.
- Blurb: Check out this photo album to share pictures with family and friends via ebook or printed book.
- Pixieset: Receive your own Web address when you create a photo album with Pixieset.
- Cincopa: Create a photo gallery to embed on any website or blog.
- PixMatrix: This “free photo album software “helps users design personalized photo albums to share and store digital images online.”
- Webshots: This immensely popular site sponsors “photo sharing, free wallpaper and free screensavers.” Sign up for free to start sharing your images with family and friends.
These sites feature add-ons and accessories for photo hosting sites like Facebook and support their own networking communities for photo lovers.
- Instagram: Join a community of more than 300 million who capture and share the world's moments in photos.
- Pinterest: Share your images on this bulletin-board inspired social media platform.
- BytePhoto: Become a member of the BytePhoto community to set up a free online photo album, submit images for regular contests and get feedback from other photographers about your work.
- Rock You: Rock You works in conjunction with popular networking sites like Facebook and MySpace to create custom designed photo slideshows of your uploaded digital images.
- Imgur: Join this network of viral images to post your photos online for everyone to see.
- imgfave: Explore the best images online and share your own.
- DeviantArt: Submit your photos and artwork to the social networking site DeviantArt, the largest online art gallery and community.
- TinyPic: Free images, photos, and video hosting where you can easily upload, link, and share your images and videos.
- ImageShack: Create an account with ImageShack to create an album or manage photos on Facebook.
- ImageBam: Free image hosting, galleries and photo sharing for Twitter, forums, blogs, eBay, Craigslist, Facebook and more.
- 500px: The “premier photography community” that's home to everyone's best photos. You can showcase your work, license amazing photos, and stay inspired by the active community of photographers.
- Photo.net: Photo.net is a website devoted to all things photography. Post your photos to find out what others think of your artistic style, or have fun rating other members' images.
If you want top-notch security protection when you post your photos on the Web, try using one of these programs to keep your images private.
- Slickpic: Create a private online gallery for you, your friends, and family – no one else.
- SmugMug: Post your photos onto this site, and you'll be looking at your life in a whole new light. High quality images and a promise for “safe and secure” membership make SmugMug a top site.
- RitzPix: Only you get to decide which people can view the photos you upload on RitzPix.
- PhotoZig: PhotoZig allows you to easily access and control your digital images online with photo albums, slideshow software and other helpful tools.
- KoffeePhoto: Try out this free photo sharing program that comes with an ultra secure backup system to keep your pictures safe.
- Keep & Share: Upload your photos to your own private account and create gorgeous web-based digital photo albums in seconds. You control exactly who can see your albums.
- PixVillage: Known as “the Kazaa of photography,” PixVillage is an online photo sharing system that provides secure privacy features to its members.
- SmartImage: Sign up with SmartImage for a secure, password-protected way to start sharing photos with family and friends via a secure login system.
- Dropshots: Dropshot offers “next generation photo and video sharing.” You can password-protect your page so no one can access your photos without permission.
- KeepandShare: This Web-based file sharing community also supports private photo sharing capabilities within private group websites.
- Google+: Google's social network is great for hosting, managing, organizing, and even sharing your photos securely.
- Amazon Prime Photos: Securely access your photos from your phone, computer, tablet, or any Fire device.
- Crypto Heaven: Crypto Heaven supports secure e-mail, chat services, online storage and file sharing systems for your most private documents and photos.
Community and Forums
Meet up with other members to discuss photography and your favorite images on the forums and message boards on these websites.
- Picturetrail: Picturetrail is “photo sharing made easy.” Design a flipbook to share with friends and the online Picturetrail community.
- Magix Online Album: This interactive online photo album offers “high quality Flash designs, breathtaking transitions, mixed albums, [an] audio player with an equalizer and other great features.”
- Pixagogo: Share your photos by directly linking to individual images, posting your album's URL, displaying a slideshow or creating and sending e-cards.
- AJAX ASP Photo Gallery: This system “is a powerful, easy to install and customize ASP/ASP.NET based photo album software, created for those people who want to have their pictures up and running in 5 minutes, without databases or configuration hassles.”
- Your Shot: Your Shot, National Geographic's photo community's mission is to tell stories collaboratively through your best photography and expert curation.
- Phanfare: Upload and manage videos and photo slideshows that you can share with friends and family. Phanfare's forum connects members for program updates and general photo discussion groups.
- ParentShack: This network of family websites and photo albums lets proud parents share journals, images and announcements with relatives and friends.
- Fotoblur: Share, learn, and interact with the world's most inspirational photo community.
- The Knot: This popular wedding planning community features an online photo sharing option for newlyweds. The wedding party can work with any photographer they choose to set up and organize online albums.
- Flickr: Make new friends by making connections through Flickr's community-based photo sharing website. Users can also organize their various albums, make cards and other items and browse other members' images.
Adventure junkies will love the photo sharing culture of the following websites, where members upload images and swap stories about all things travel.
- Guardian Travel Network: Guardian's a partnership with bloggers in cities around the world to help expand and diversify our content and bring a local perspective on the places you want to visit.
- Travel Photo Sharing: This online photo sharing gallery caters to the world traveler. Browse albums from Russia, Taiwan, or Brazil, or create one of your own.
- TravellersPoint: Write your own travel blog and upload unlimited photos of your journey.
- TravelPhotographers.net: Sign up to share your travel photos with the world.
- Global Frame: Join this travel photography community to “explore, learn, interact in order to immortalise those moments that turn a trip into an amazing experience.”
- PhotoTraces: Experienced travel photographers can write articles for the blogs on PhotoTraces.com, “an effective promotional tool for photographers publishing articles” and who wish to gain more exposure.
- VirtualTourist: Join this community site to share photos, travel guides, hotel reviews, and participate in travel forums.
- TravelBlog: TravelBlog members send in photos from their trips all over the globe. Check out the featured photos, which change every 30 minutes, or set up your own album through your travel journal.
- Travelpod: Travelpod is another online travelogue that lets travelers post blog entries and share photos with family, friends, and other adventurers.
- BootsnAll: This international travelers' community hosts forums that frequently advertise photography contests, discussions and image sharing.
- TravBuddy: This social community made up of enthusiastic travelers lets users share photos, reviews, experiences, blog entries and more.
- TrekEarth: A global community interested in photography from around the world.
- Travel China Guide: A community for travel in China, including photo sharing.
Sign up with these photo sharing systems to enter an exclusive online community.
- Freewebs: Sign up with Freewebs to share pictures and videos online.
- My Photo Tube: Try out this bright, easy-to-use photo sharing site to browse others' photo albums or create one of your own.
- Winkflast: This Web-based digital photo center organizes your photos so that you can enjoy “free sharing” and “unlimited storage.” Check out their site to order your favorite prints and cards.
- myimagebox: This simplistic yet attractive photo sharing system “provides you with all the tools you'll need to get your photos online today, and create your own online photo album.” Myimagebox also comes with a 14-day free trial.
- MyOtherDrive.com: MyOtherDrive.com boasts free video, image and file sharing and features a backup disaster recovery system so that you won't lose your favorite albums.
- PicMonkey: This photo sharing system is “pure magic.” Edit, upload, view and chat about your photos from any online connection, and the automatic backup system makes sure your images are always safe.
- Photovations: Photovations is a free online image hosting system that supports your images for projects like “auctions, bulletin boards, blogs, online stores, personal websites, safe image storage or for any other photo hosting need you might have.”
Social Media Sites
Facebook, MySpace and other social media sites support photo sharing to connect members.
- Facebook: Anyone with an e-mail address can become a member of Facebook, a social networking community that lets users create profiles and upload photos.
- MySpace: One of the original social media communities, MySpace is another site where members can personalize their pages with their own images.
- LiveJournal: According to the website, “you can use LiveJournal in many different ways: as a private journal, a blog, a discussion forum, a social network, and more.” Members often post photos to share with friends or create profiles.
- Xanga: Members post photos, weblogs, videos and more to connect with friends and make new contacts on Xanga.
- Reunion: Searching for friends and family members on Reunion is the ultimate way to get back in touch. Upload photos or look through the galleries already on Reunion to find people from your past.
- Tumblr: Not exactly a photo sharing site, but this social media platform leans heavily towards visual imagery.
Software and Downloads
Check out these software programs and special downloads to access superior photo management and photo sharing tools.
- Sothink Photo Album Maker: This software program “includes tools to resize photos and create online web albums.” Learn how to touch up images, create an album and publish photos online.
- Extreme Thumbnail Generator: Download this professional photo gallery for office appropriate images and slideshows.
- Web Album Maker: The Web Album Maker “is a web photo album generator that creates online photo slideshow from your digital photos using unique and highly professional Flash or HTML theme templates.” Download a free trial or buy the software package by visiting the site.
- Album Express: Use Album Express to “help you turn your digital photos and videos into stunning photo albums.” Choose from more then 100 templates, features and videos to customize your album.
- Web Gallery Wizard: Web Gallery Wizard claims to be the “world's best online photo album software.”
- PhotoOnWeb: The PhotoOnWeb software helps users design custom photo albums in which to showcase their digital images online.
- EZ Thumbnail Builder: The EZ Thumbnail Builder “supports 20+ popular image formats,” making it a popular, effective tool for creating online photo albums.
- Picasa: Manage, edit and share your photos with ease with this photo editing and sharing software by Google.
- Diino: Diino's Internet desktop comes with a more-than-capable online photo sharing system that can be accessed from any computer via a Diino account.
- Shaw Photo Share 2.0: If you use Shaw's e-mail services, you can create a your own online photo album supported by the same system.
- Fotor: Free online photo effects.
From pets to parties, these sites keep photo sharing fun.
- Portfoliobox: Create your own photo galleries, and manage galleries, e-commerce, blogs and much more.
- FlippingBook: Create striking online photo galleries with this online tool.
- QuickGallery: This site provides an elegant way to present your photos on the web. Create a gallery to embed on any website or blog.
- Bravenet: Bravenet's free web tools and web hosting site also sponsors free photo albums, where users can “store view and share” digital photos.
- Web Album Generator: Check out this free online photo album generator from ornj.net to create your own unique photo sharing space.
- Photo On Web: Software to create your online photo albums. Easy for sharing your pictures on internet with your friends and family.
- Tripod: Tripod Tutorials teaches visitors how to make their own Tripod-sponsored online photo album using just a few easy tricks.
- Photocast: This brilliant photo hosting and sharing site provides editing and management tools for photographers who want to easily and effectively make the most of their digital images.
- Flash Gallery: A free application that allows you to create a slideshow on your website easy and fast.
- Dogphoria: Tagged as “the world's cutest social network,” Dogphoria posts adorable and hilarious photos of dogs daily.
- PartyPop: Consider enlisting the services of PartyPop to showcase your wedding, anniversary or party photos online.
- PBase: PBase Magazine also has an online site for photographers to upload and share pictures from all over the world.
- 23: This attractive site lets users easily upload an unlimited number of photos and then e-mail them out to friends and family, who can view your images without having to sign up for their own account.
- Slide.ly: Create, share and discover video & photo collections.
- FaceInHole: Online photo sharing gets a new twist with the zany features on this site. Upload your images, and then tack on funny (or creepy) backgrounds to give pictures a little more edge.
- Fotki: Fotki provides free, unlimited photo hosting for blogs, regular photo contests and online photo galleries and albums.