+1 for TSO.
+1 for TSO.
Another vote for TSO
same as you, i wanted somewhere to show off my photos in massive full size. i use x10hosting.com (free) and they have installers for popular templates, very easy to get going. they say unlimited storage but in T&C they say 1GB limit for photos.
http://wyx.x10.mx/ <-- my x10 hosted photo album.
i went with a simple PHPalbum. but as it turns out, with large photos, PHPalbum will not convert and sometimes get stuck so at the moment my photo album still has some thumbnails not showing up. but to be fair, those are massive ones like over 60MP panorama stitched shots. (you can still view them by choosing "original" size)
i've also got a Lightroom simple HTML page on my NAS, far less resource intensive and all processing is done by Lightroom when uploading. good enough for family and close friends. but because it's hosted at home, bandwidth and speed is an issue when more than 2 people is accessing it.
to be honest, if only for photo showcase, Flickr is perfect. free account only has an upload limit. i upload in Flickr's maximum resolution, 85% JPEG compression and can upload over 100 photos per months before my free upload allowance runs out. best thing about Flickr is that your photos are always kept, there is no upper storage limit.
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5D mkII \ 24-105 L \ 17-40 L \ 85/1.8 \ 35/2 \ 70-300 Di \ 270ExII \ 430ExII \ 3LT Adrian \ Hadley Pro -- Photostreamr
I found a 30 day trial on 1and1 so I can get a little experience with it all, It could all fall flat on its face if I dont have the time to sort it all out. Appreciate the offers and suggestions though guys
i7 3770k - MSI Z77 Mpower - 12GB Avexir Mpower 2400Mhz - 250GB Samsung 840 SSD - 2x 2TB Western Digital Green HDD's - 2x 4GB Palit GTX 680's - 1200W Coolermaster Silent Pro Gold - Corsair H100 - Custom Corsair 500R - Dell U2713HM
2 people I know that have personally had a horrendous experience with them
NOOOOOOOO!!!!!! 1&1 are the most epic fail of eVar and infected AmiBay three times in a row with that Blackhole exploit and when we complained to them about it, this is the response we got....they took our site offline for almost a week....
Erm, 75% of the Internet uses PHP, as does most forum software. I couldn't believe that answer.... funnily enough, 1&1 managed to get Amibay back online on another server that magically had the same details as the old one, but had PHP support.....Our administrators have informed us that the current dedicated server you have, UK Dedicated Managed Server Value 1 (2008/08), was actually never intended to have support for PHP. Apparently there was a stable bug in the image design that allowed for PHP to be run, but however now that the debian upgrade has been performed the 'Value' servers are no longer able to support PHP. Additionally we no longer offer that tier of server anymore.
In other words, somebody at 1&1 hadn't installed or enabled the PHP module of Apache Server that was installed over Debian....
We are changing host providers very shortly......