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UPDATE

It appears our payment gateway decided that they don’t like image hosting sites after processing just a few payments. We unfortunately have to postpone introduction of wide-scale paid plan deployment until we have this figured out, and meanwhile revisit our plans accordingly. Original post follows.

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Hello everyone,

After a long period of absence, premium accounts are coming back soon. As much as we want to keep the site completely free for everyone, advertising revenue is just not good enough to cover our costs any longer, so we really need to use other ways to keep the site humming. Plus we do recognize that many users are willing to pay for the service and/or find ads distracting.

Below you can find a layout of terms and features proposed to be available for different service tiers; the italic text in parentheses denotes the current conditions for the same service tiers. Please note that these changes are not carved in stone: this is our best idea on how to evolve PostImage, but your feedback is very much welcome.

Anonymous uploads (without any kind of an account)

  • Advertising enabled
  • Expire in 31 day (currently can choose between no expiration, 1, 7, and 31 days)
  • Mandatory image optimization (currently no optimization performed)
  • Hotlinks to 1280px max resizes
  • Max 8Mb file size

Note that images uploaded via forum plugins will be exempt from expiration even for anonymous uploads.

Free registered accounts

  • Advertising enabled
  • Can choose between no expiration, 1, 7, and 31 days
  • Mandatory image optimization (currently no optimization performed)
  • Hotlinks to 1280px max resizes
  • Max 8Mb file size

Premium registered accounts (New! Sort of)

  • Advertising disabled for you and visitors of your images
  • Can choose between no expiration, 1, 7, and 31 days
  • Optional image optimization
  • Hotlinks to full-resolution images
  • Max 16Mb file size

We also plan to introduce a special plan for high-traffic sites so webmasters relying on PostImage hotlinks can support our project.

Note that “image optimization” mentioned above is a pretty clever technique along the lines of what JPEGmini is capable of (basically, image file size is reduced but the quality perception in virtually all cases remains absolutely the same). So, while they charge you to optimize your images, we do the same thing for free!

If you have any ideas or objections to this plan, please do take a minute of your time and send your thoughts to support@postimage.org or via our Contact Form.

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