Images are important. They serve to educate, inform, persuade and, above all, capture the attention of your audience. That’s why how you manage your images is key to ensuring they deliver the message you’re intending.
So, how do you manage your images? In a world with an unlimited choice, it can be hard to know where to start. Should you choose an image hosting website or is a photo sharing platform sufficient? In this post, we explain the difference between image hosting and photo sharing and help you to decide which is the best platform for your needs.
What is image hosting?
Before delving into the differences between image hosting and photo sharing let’s take a look at what image hosting actually is. Image hosting websites give the individual the opportunity to upload all of their images onto their server. Once uploaded, your images are ‘hosted’ by your selected server which means that now your images can be seen online. With image hosting, you can control where these images are seen specifically and can both embed the image onto other websites and link to the hosted image also.
If all this sounds a little complicated, a simple way of thinking about it is to imagine that image hosting is like your own personal hard drive for your images online. It allows you to upload your images, store them in one place, and makes them accessible to your audience through whatever online platform you wish.
What is photo sharing?
Photo sharing is a little easier to understand, and something which you are likely to have done already. If you have a social media account such as Instagram and have shared a photo with your followers, this is known as photo sharing. Photo sharing can also take on other forms such as through sites such as Flickr and Google Photos which some people use to both organize their photos and enable them to share them easily with family and friends. This form of photo sharing brings sharing photos into the 21st Century and these sites are the modern-day equivalent of a handheld photo album.
Another purpose of photo sharing is to free up storage space on either your camera or smartphone so that you can continue to take pictures. Plus, when you upload your photos via a photo sharing site you can get feedback from friends, family, and followers on your images.
How are image hosting and photo sharing different?
When first learning about image hosting and photo sharing it can be difficult to distinguish between the two. So, what are the key differences between image hosting and photo sharing? Photo sharing is fine if you simply wish to share your images with a wider audience – such as friends, family or even if you’re seeking to gather some new followers. However, through using solely photo sharing this will not give you the same level of control as with image hosting. Photo sharing does what it says, it allows you to share your photos and potentially may give you the opportunity to tweak and edit them a little.
With image hosting, you can get your photos out to a wider audience. Photo sharing sites generally do not allow you to directly link to your image from another site, meaning that you cannot embed these photos in the way that you wish to. Whereas an image hosting site can host the image for you and enables you to link to that website on another web page. Hosting the image this way also allows you to use lower bandwidth sites (such as blogs) to show higher bandwidth photos as the image hosting site is hosting it for you.
Benefits of image hosting over photo sharing
Photo sharing is fine if you’re simply sharing photos with friends and family. However, when you need images to be shared with a wider audience and on multiple platforms it is a good idea to consider using an image hosting site. One classic example of the benefits of using image hosting is if you regularly use eBay. For many regular users of eBay they are restricted by the number of photos they can upload, as well as being unable to edit their pictures to make their products and pages look as good as possible. Through using image hosting sellers can upload their photos to the server, edit, enhance, and resize them as they wish, and then embed them in their eBay listing. With this, there are no restrictions on the number of photos in each listing and you are in full control of your images.
Another great benefit of image hosting is that you can often access statistical analysis on how many people have viewed your images. In this way, you can see which images have been viewed and make informed decisions about what type of images you may wish to use in the future. Using an image hosting site is also a great way of ensuring that your images are stored safely.
What Img.vision can offer
Now you know the difference between image hosting and photo sharing, let’s take a look at what Img.vision can offer as an image hosting site.
First of all, you can upload all of your images in one go so, unlike some websites, you’re not painfully having to select each image to upload individually. These can then be organized into folders and sub-folders. Once your images are uploaded, our editing tool allows you to resize images easily, crop photos, apply filters to sharpen or change the color of your images, rotate and even add shapes, texts or a watermark to your images to make them unique. When you’re confident your images look as good as possible you can then generate a range of link codes that can be embedded in your selected website. We offer a range of direct links from advanced HTML code, bulletin board code, and markdown image code.
With Img.vision you can also try before you buy. We offer a 15 day free trial so you can see how good our service is for yourself!