You’ve probably heard the words “Image Hosting” and “Image Sharing” being used interchangeably, but in reality, there is a difference between the two. Image hosting involves storing an image on your server to be accessed at any time by anyone you choose, while with Image sharing each user who views your image is actually downloading it on their own computer. While both of these services are useful for businesses, they also come with some risks that may not be immediately obvious.
This article will cover how both of these tools can be helpful for companies seeking to share images over social media channels or on their website, while also looking at some things you should consider before using either service.
Before we get into what the benefits of each tool are, let’s talk about how each one works.
How To Host An Image On Your Own Server
Uploading an image to your server is as simple as uploading it like you would any other file on a computer. Just find the upload button and follow the prompts. Once uploaded, just copy and paste the URL into the dialogue box where you want to use it and select ‘OK’. That’s it! Now anyone who clicks that link will see your image. The main advantage of hosting your own images is that doing so allows you to retain complete control over what you share with others. You don’t have to worry about third parties changing or removing assets they host on their own servers – instead, they’ll all be stored right on yours for as long as you want, and can be accessed instantly whenever you need them.
Another advantage of hosting images on your own server is that they’re generally easier to share on various social media platforms. If you’re using a third-party service for some reason, the odds are good that it won’t be able to generate an embed code for you automatically – instead of forcing you to manually input one each time. If you want to save yourself the hassle of pasting in this code every time, keeping everything stored locally means there’s no extra work involved!
How To Share An Image With Someone Else
The aim behind image sharing services is to allow users to send images directly between themselves without uploading files onto their servers first. While doing so does require an account which usually involves providing some personal information and sharing some files, you don’t need to host the image on your own computer – it just passes through their servers for a moment while being sent or viewed.
The main benefit of using such services is that you don’t have to worry about hosting something yourself, nor do you need to rely on sending people an email with a link so they can click it. Instead, when someone sends you an image they can provide all of the necessary information in one place without having to send separate messages (or emails). At this point they can share it directly on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook rather than having to post the file separately every time.
While both services come with benefits, there are also risks involved in uploading images to a third party service. Here are a couple of reasons why you might want to think twice before using either one:
When you upload something onto someone else’s server, it has the potential to go viral and spread very quickly. Depending on how stringent their moderation policies are this can be an extremely good thing or a really bad thing. For example, if someone was posting child pornography then having moderators remove such content as soon as it’s discovered is definitely a pro – but we’ve also seen situations where people have been banned from Facebook for sharing ‘too many’ nude images. This happened because they used multiple accounts to bypass the site’s limits on how often you can share content like that, and was done without any malicious intent. While these actions were not illegal, it’s important to be aware of how your own actions could negatively affect others.
The files you upload on someone else’s servers are technically under their copyright. This means if they remove content they don’t think is suitable for their service, anyone who shared the file will have no legal recourse to dispute that decision. While this is uncommon in most cases, it can happen – particularly when large corporations are involved.
If someone shares an image without giving you credit then there isn’t much you can do about it unless they specifically give you permission to take action. If this happens repeatedly then it might be worthwhile considering why this keeps happening and doing something appropriate about it before finding a new image sharing service more suited to your needs.
With all of that taken into consideration, this is how it works:
1. Sign up for an account on a website that hosts images and provides image sharing functionality. Popular options include Imgur and tinypic.
2. Upload some files to your user directory – these can be images or pretty much anything else you want to share with anyone that has a link!
3. Find a friend who wants a copy of the things you uploaded, and send them the download link!
If you’re wondering whether hosting your own video files makes any sense, here’s what people usually use such services for backing up data from their devices in case something goes wrong. By downloading videos off YouTube or other streaming sites you can make sure they’ll never ‘disappear’ because of someone else’s actions again.
When you’re hosting your own files on your own server, it helps to have some sort of automated backup system so that any new content you upload will be copied offsite as well. This is especially important for websites that are run from a single location since an unexpected event – fire, earthquake, etc. – could wipe everything off the hard drive without warning. This is why many of these services offer cloud storage options in addition to local servers.
Image hosting vs image sharing: Which do you prefer? Let us know in the comments!