After just a short time of using WordPress I have discovered so many wonderful things….and some very useful….and some very odd things.
The topic for today is photo uploads. After waiting what seems eons to a 20-something-year-old (around two minutes) for one of my photos to upload to my blog, I sighed in exasperation saying “this is just not going to work.”
After a little digging on some of my favorite blogs I sighed again, this time in contentment and realized that they too do not upload their photos natively to WordPress.
I can see two reasons for this:
1) It takes forever
2) It’s gotta suck lots of server juice to host all of these photos
Realizing that I have a mediocre camera at the moment and that my pictures will greatly increase in size and volume as this blog continues I have begun my search for a photo host site.
My main points of interest (at the moment) are:
Here are my requirements:
1. Fast uploads (I’m impatient with slow technology)
2. Album uploads (i.e. upload multiple pictures without having to dig through the whole album to find the next picture in sequence)
3. Cheap or free storage space
4. Easily integrates to posting on WordPress
5. Ability to organize photos in albums
Lets start with #1 Fast Uploads
Web Based Uploader:
Flickr: Uploaded 5 pictures in: 3 minutes
Picasa: Uploaded 5 pictures in: 1 min 45 seconds
#2 Album Uploads
Flickr: Allows as many pictures as you want to select to be uploaded at a time in one screen.
Picasa: Only allows 5 pictures at a time and must be individually selected on multiple screens.
#3 Cheap or Free Storage Space
Flickr: 100 mb of free storage every month (does not roll over) after using for 11 months you effectively could have more storage space than Picasa if you use your full amount each month
Picasa: 1,024 mb of free storage forever
A note about “storage” space:
Flickr considers any upload to be part of your free storage for the month….even if you delete the picture in that month.
Picasa only counts what is currently in the system as a cumulative whole.
Take away point: if you use the free Flickr make sure you want those pictures BEFORE you upload them.
Note: Flickr also only displays your most recent 200 pictures. This doesn’t mean it deletes them….you just can’t see them in Flickr. The solution to this is to link the photo’s to your blog which will continue to display them even after they are “archived” in a sense in your main Flickr page.
Flicker: $25 a year for unlimited uploads for full resolution photos
$47.99 for two years
Picasa: $5.00 a year for 20 GB
$20.00 a year for 80 GB
$50.00 a year for 200 GB
$100.00 a year for 400 GB
$256.00 a year for 1 TB
Now keep in mind that Picasa is taking into account your ENTIRE photo collection in these measurements, cumulatively. So if you are using these services as a web back up and you upload 20 GB the first year and 20 GB the second year, you will have to upgrade to the next plan as they consider your collection to be 40 GB total. Multiply this over a decade and you could easily be over the 80 GB putting you more expensive than the upgraded Flickr pricing long term.
Take Away Point:
If you are sharing photo’s with family and friends and can delete all but the most recent 1,000mb or 20 GB (for $5 bucks) Picasa is a better price point. This should not be considered a web back up for your photos.
You could also just share them via Facebook but the image quality is lower than Picasa’s.
If you are running a blog or are a photographer who needs their full portfolio online OR you wish to use a web service as your backup for your photo’s Flickr is a better price point.
Check back soon for my testing on the comparitive Desktop applications of these products and my final review!
2012 Update: View My Work Flow Post and Plugin Recommendation Here
I decided to go with Flickr and am very pleased with them. I use their desktop uploader exclusively and while I have been prepared to purchase a Pro account for several months I have not gone over my upload limit for the free account. You only have access to the first 200 photos directly through Flickr but I never use it for anything other than my blog so this doesn’t bother me.
I highly recommend telling the uploader to resize all images to 1280px in the preferences menu.
I utilize a plugin to integrate it with WordPress posting and I have a post on my very efficient workflow HERE.