If you’ve ever used Reddit, you will have undoubtedly heard of Imgur. The image sharing site was developed in 2009 by Alan Schaaf and was initially designed to be a gift to the Reddit community.
It became instantly popular, racking up one thousand hits per day in the first weeks and blossoming to one million total views within the first five months.
Today, the site has come a long way. It’s arguably the most recognizable image sharing site on the web. Its images are viewed more than 60 billion times per month, and it sees 1.5 million new images added every day.
But the site is not without its drawbacks. If you’re fed up with some of the site’s restrictions, it might be time to look for a substitute.
Here are six Imgur alternatives for uploading and sharing images.
Postimage is a free service that’s primarily aimed at people who want to post images on forums. It also offers a unique feature that allows you to use the site as a way to host images for eBay.
Anonymous uploaders and free accounts have file sizes restricted. Your picture cannot exceed 12 MB or 10,000 x 10,000 pixels. If you pay for a premium account, the limit is raised to 24 MB.
You can upload images individually or in bulk. Bulk uploads are limited to 1,000 at a time.
Best of all, there’s no limit to the number of images you can upload to your account. However, Postimage does reserve the right to levy a charge if you host tens of thousands of images on the site but never use your content in a way that allows Postimage to earn ad revenue (for example, images embedded into links leading back to the site).
If you’re looking for bells and whistles, Kek.gg is not the site for you. The interface is almost comically basic; the homepage is nothing more than a glorified uploading tool.
However, if you value privacy, Kek.gg could be the site you’re looking for. You don’t need to create an account to upload content.
The site is also committed to free speech; there are virtually no restrictions on the types of images you can store on its servers. As long as the image is legal in the United States, it will be accepted. As such, if you need to post NSFW content, it’s an excellent choice.
Kek.gg is ad-free. Uploads are limited to 5 MB.
Sure, the TinyPic website isn’t the most visually pleasing page on the web, but don’t let that detract from the site’s qualities.
The site accepts both images and videos. When you’ve uploaded your content, you can tweak it using a basic image editor. You also get a URL direct link, IMG code, and an embed code for each piece of content, thus making it easy to share your media with friends.
You don’t need to make an account or even register with the site to use the service; just hit the Upload Now button to get started.
In addition to the uploading functionality, TinyPic offers an easy way to find images from other people. Use the categories tab at the top of the page to start browsing.
Unlike TinyPic, UltraIMG has put a lot of effort into the site’s design. However, it doesn’t take away from the quality of its hosting capabilities.
UltraIMG supports uploading multiple images at once with a maximum size of 10 MB per file. The site supports JPG, GIF, BMP, and PNG files and there is no time limit on how long UltraIMG will store your files for.
Clicking the Upload Preferences button will allow you to configure URL shortening, mark your uploads as NSFW, and dynamically resize your images. After a successful upload, you’re given a choice of short URLs, direct links, HTML, or BBcodes for the file. Clicking on a thumbnail of an image will show its filename, size, and dimensions.
UltraIMG also offers extensions for Chrome and Firefox, as well as a desktop uploader if you navigate to the Tools page.
ImgBox has been around for almost a decade and has amassed a loyal group of users.
The site offers some key benefits, including unlimited storage space and infinite storage time. It also supports hotlinking and is faster than some of the other sites we’ve included in this list.
Like all the sites, ImgBox enforces a maximum file size – in this case, it’s 10 MB. Like TinyPic, you can upload both images and videos. If you’re uploading an image, JPG, GIF, and PNG files are supported.
Once you have finished uploading your content, you can organize it into galleries. Each gallery can contain a maximum of 50 items.
Finally, if you wish, you can upload content without creating an account. Just click on the Upload Images button and choose the file in the popup window.
If you thought Kek.gg was simple, you haven’t seen anything yet.
The final site on our list – ipfs.pics – offers a drag-and-drop solution to file sharing. Just move the file you want to share into the on-screen box, and the web app takes care of the rest. You are limited to 2 MB files.
The site provides two other useful tabs in the upper right-hand corner: Trending and Best. Trending shows you the popular images on the site right now, while Best shows you some of the all-time most popular content.
Which Sites Do You Use to Upload Images?
In this article, we’ve introduced you to six wonderful Imgur alternatives. As you have probably realized from reading the piece, all the services are broadly similar. You will only find minor differences concerning supported filetypes, upload limits, and how to upload the content onto the site.
Of course, there are several more great image sharing sites out there – we couldn’t cover them all in this article. So, now it’s over to you; which sites do you use when you want to upload and share an image? What makes the service worthy of a place on this list?
As always, you can leave all your tips, suggestions, and recommendations in the comments section below. And remember to share this article with your friends and followers on social media.
Originally written by Craig Snyder on 2nd April 2013
Image Credit: alexmillos/Depositphotos