What do you prefer to use for:
1) Photo sharing
2) Photo hosting design
I haven't seen this one anywhere or one recently. During my last move I let all of my "pro" accounts expire and I want to get back to sharing my photos and am looking for the best site to share them at. It seems that everyone bounces to the flavor of the month and I'm looking for something for a long time.
I have 3 goals:
1) General sharing
2) Control people downloading them
3) Sell one offs to friends (kids sports, framed prints, etc.)
Note: Not a full business, needs to be practically free, and easy for me and end users to use. I am fine with using a second site for this.
Sound off what to you use and like the most and dislike the most.
I am a wedding / portrait photographer
The ones that seem to be the most popular for that segment are
Pictage, Smugmug, Zenfolio. For the full feature account; Pictage is the most expensive ($100 mo), Smugmug ($150 yr) and Zenfolio ($100 yr). There are cheaper not-full features accounts. Plus there is a fee for pictures purchased by your clients (which you can sell at your own prices). Zenfolio is about 18%, I think Smugmug is similiar. Don't remember what Pictage fee is. Pictage & Smugmug have great, great, great customer service to help you with your business. Zenfolio is getting better. They are for the pro photog business person. Probably not what you would want.
For Free sharing I used Shutterfly. I would redirect my domain name to my account and people could views the pictures, and download the file, or buy prints and mugs, etc.
Good printing service.
They also have a pro account that cost, don't know what it is, and when I looked at it I wasn't happy with it. So I went with one of the top three.
All four of these provided the hosting for you as part of the fee. You just get your own domain name if you want one.
I won't go near Flickr for many reasons.
There are some sharing services that lack many of the features provided in the top three. Of course there are Gallery Software which is free, you can purchase and load on your own server. But managing a server can be a hassel.
Some have carts, some are integerated with photo labs, some you can use your own.
Here are a ton of names that you will come across if you did deep as I did.
PrintRoom, DeviantArt, Express Digital Software, Fotki, FotoGlif, Fotolog, FreePhotoGallery, ImageShack, ViewBook, Photobucket, BBse, Phanfare, PhotoBlog, Picasa, PIctureTrail, PixVillage, Fotoplayer, PicturePro, WebShots, PhotoWorks, Web Gallery Wizard, JAlbum, Coppermine Photo Gallery, DAlbum, picpic, MyPphotoAlbum, ExposureManager, Red Bubble, ifp3, ImageQuix, Instaproofs, Ktools PhotoShtore, SecondStreetMedia MyCapture, MyPhotoAlbum, NextProof, OrderPicture, Parade, PhanFare, PhotoBiz, PhotoDepository, PhotoCart, Photodex, PhotoReflect, Photoshelter, PickPic, PicturesPro, Portfoliositez, Ready Photo Site, ShowItWeb, Siteweelder,
Wikipedia has a "Comparison of photo gallery software"
CNET download has a "Photo Gallery" review
Gallery-Addons has a "Menalto Gallery & modules for Joomla and Mambo"
Hope that was a little bit helpful.