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flickr conundrum

question of the day: if you have your own server, do you host your own photos?

I used to run gallery on the spacefem site, but as the years go on, it gets to be a pain. I have to worry about when to update it. I forget the admin password and have to go into the database to reset it. But since I have my own server, I just figured it's the right thing to do. and I don't have *tons* of photos anyway... it's secured, I show it to friends after road trips.

Recently I've been thinking I should just ditch thing thing and start a flickr account like everybody else. I mean, there are a lot of things that I use other servers for... I blog on livejournal, for example, even though I could easily start my own on sf (hell, I could run livejournal on sf, it's open source). I use my college e-mail more than my accounts on my server for important stuff.

I also know people who do tons of work on their own cars, but still go to wal-mart or whatever for oil changes. they just say that once you tally up the time, effort, disposal, and weigh it against the $30 it costs to just go pay someone to change it, you might as well just have someone else do it. The Man is more efficient than you. Most of us don't grow our own food anymore, even though it might be healthy to try once in a while (incidentally, I have changed my own oil before, just to learn what it's like) because the greater system is just easier. So it's hard to tell where those lines are, you know? And it's hard to tell where hosting online photos falls into all that... if it's like my forum, which I'd never give up in a million years, or my journal, which I just want to log into and not deal with any other details.


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Jul. 17th, 2007 02:56 am (UTC)
I host my pictures for other various sites on my server. I've got waaaay too much space and I only use the thing for random images, backups, and email. I really want to switch everything over to my gmail account or something and just get rid of it. It doesn't seem worth it to have it anymore since I don't use it for anything special and that would be $20 extra for 2/3 a tank of gas per month.

And yet, I just can't part with it...
Jul. 17th, 2007 02:58 am (UTC)
My husband runs our server and I really use that e-mail account. I also host a website there (which is a continual work in progress). I put some pictures up there when I need to. Really the only outside site I use is LJ. I really appreciate having them all on my server where if for some reason I don't want to put them up I can just comment out the line putting them up on the site. Then I don't have to delete anything and can just put it back up if I need to. In addition, I don't have my pictures stored on an outside server that can change it's privacy policy at any time.
Jul. 17th, 2007 02:59 am (UTC)
Oh and the other benefit is that I can lock certain pictures and give out that password so people can log in to see them.
Jul. 17th, 2007 11:50 am (UTC)
I just thought knowing about this might help you make a more informed decision.

If they can suddenly deny German and Korean users access to their own photos they could do that to you. If you have your photos on your own server you don't have to worry about access rules changing on you like that.
Jul. 17th, 2007 11:51 am (UTC)
I hosted my own photos for years, because I felt like I should do it and it was just a cop-out to do it through a service. And even though I stuck with it, it was such an incredible pain in the butt.

So I recently gave up and went to Picasa Web Albums.

SO MUCH BETTER it's not funny.
Jul. 17th, 2007 01:56 pm (UTC)
I got a free Flickr account the first year they were in business (still beta) as a gift, and I liked it. Now that I have so many photos hosted there, I pay for the membership. I like it.
Jul. 17th, 2007 09:32 pm (UTC)
I just upload pix to my site (but also to facebook because I dont' really want people I know to see my site) because typing /ftp into mIRC and having ws ftp open is way more convenient than navigating to a photosharing site, if only because I've done it so many times that it's kinda part of my body language.

Then again, I just keep the pictures folder on my site as a directory listing and either sort things into subfolders or use significant filenames. I have a pictures section on my site but it's been neglected xD I could whip up some php to take care of it, but then there's still the 'I prefer to ftp them'.

Now for my cartoon dolls, there are vast advantages to keeping them in a database (sort by size, date name etc) so I'm just plodding along getting them in there xD
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