A full review of imgbox, a free online image hosting service
imgbox is a free image hosting service that stores your photos for a lifetime. You can link directly to the full sized images you upload and not be restricted by bandwidth limitations.
Unlike some photo hosting sites, you don't don't have to create a free account with imgbox.com, which means you can start uploading your pictures right away.
Pros & Cons
There's a whole lot to like about this free image hosting service:
- No storage expiration
- No bandwidth limitation
- Very easy to use
- Registration isn't required to upload or download images
- Accepts the most popular image formats
- Supports drag and drop uploads
- Supports hotlinking
- Can upload multiple pictures at once
- Image downloads retain their name and extension
- Unable to create a title or description for uploads
- Only three image file formats are acceptable
Acceptable Image Formats
Imgbox lets you upload the following file types: GIF (still or animated), JPG, PNG. Anything else gets rejected, as you can see above.
Tip: If you have a file in a different format, like PSD or TIF, and want to upload it to imgbox, you have to use an image converter to convert the file to one of the acceptable formats listed above. Zamzar and FileZigZag are two examples of websites that can convert images to these formats.
Any image you upload to imgbox must not exceed the 10 MB file size limit. If you need a bigger size limitation, try Imgur.
Unless the terms of service are violated, photos have no storage expiration date. This sounds just like it seems: images you upload to imgbox have no definite end-of-life period, so you don't have to worry that they'll be taken down after so-many days, months, etc.
Benefits of Registering With imgbox
Registration for a user account at imgbox is completely free, and lets you do a few things you can't do as an anonymous user.
Without a user account, when you upload images to imgbox, you're constantly asked if your images are family safe or contain adult content. You're also asked what size of a thumbnail to create, whether to enable comments and what (if any) gallery the pictures should be added to. If you find yourself changing these settings to the same options with each and every upload, just make a free account to define the default upload settings.
An imgbox account also lets you easily delete your uploads, edit galleries, and comment on photos uploaded by other users.
More About imgbox
- Your uploaded images can be easily shared on social media sites like Twitter, Google Plus, Facebook, Reddit, and Pinterest
- Thumbnail and full-size links, as well as HTML code and BBCode links, are all shown after you upload pictures to imgbox
- When uploading photos, you can specify whether to allow or disable commenting
- If the link to a thumbnail image is accessed, user comments (if enabled) and social media sharing buttons are present, while full-size links show just the image and is useful for hotlinking
- A gallery of your images can be built, and they can contain up to 500 photos
- Non-registered users are given a delete link so they can remove pictures if they later decide to. The same link can be used to enable/disable comments on the image even after it's been uploaded
Our Thoughts on imgbox
For a free image hosting service to not impose an expiration on photos is wonderful. This means you can upload your photos and not worry about them becoming unusable because of little to no activity or because too much time has passed since it was uploaded.
I say above that images you upload to imgbox retain their original name and extension. This means if you upload an image called portrait.png, it will also be downloaded as such when someone decides to save your image. I like that this is the case so it's easy to identify the pictures given that there aren't any title or description settings on imgbox.
Something I don't like is that imgbox doesn't support other image file formats like TIFF, BMP, PSD, etc. Most other image hosting websites accept more than imgbox's mere three file types, but at least the ones that are supported are probably enough for most people.