The Top Photo Sharing Sites for Family Photos

By Jonathan Wylie

Sharing photos with your friends and family has never been easier thanks to a number of great online photo sharing websites. However, with so many to choose from, which ones can you really rely on to give you the features and value for money that you crave? Let’s find out.


1. Flickr – This is one of the most popular free photo sharing sites on the web today. Once you upload your photos to Flickr, you get to choose privacy settings that control who you want to see your photos. You also have built-in social network integration that allows you to quickly and easily post a photo to Facebook or Twitter, while the drag and drop interface makes organizing your images into collections quick and effortless.


2. PhotobucketWith over 8 billion photos and videos online, Photobucket is another hugely popular free choice for sharing family photos. The usual email and social network sharing options are included, but extras like a basic photo editor, and the ability to create digital slideshows and collages are nice options to have. Friends and families can also sign up for email notifications that will alert them to new uploads to your albums.



3. SmugMug – If you want a more professional look to your online photo albums, check out Plans start at $40 a year, but you are guaranteed to have no ads on your photo pages. You can also upload an unlimited number of photos at full resolution. SmugMug has around 50 themes for you to truly customize your visitor experience, full screen slideshows, and a great customer service department that has a reputation for providing quick, helpful responses. HD videos can be uploaded to Power or Pro packages.


4. Picasa Web Albums – Google’s online photo site is closely tied in to its Picasa image editor, but both are free and easy to use. The 1 Gb storage limit is not a huge amount of space, but the process of getting your photos from your computer to the web is definitely made more straightforward with the use of the Picasa software. Captions and tags can be added to photos, while privacy controls restrict exactly who gets access to your images. More storage space can be bought at reasonable rates, if required.



5. Shutterfly – A great way to present your photos in creative ways, or to print them as precious keepsakes, is to upload your images to Shutterfly. In just a few minutes you can set up your own secure, personal photo website that can be customized to look the way you want it. You can invite friends and family to see your photos, and set privacy levels to keep out unwanted visitors. Videos can also be added, and viewers of your site can order prints and photo gifts from the images you give them access to.

So, if you’ve always wanted to get your photos online, but were not sure where to start, try one of these top photos sharing sites and you will quickly see how easy and secure it really is. Your photos deserve it!

Jonathan Wylie

Jonathan Wylie

Jonathan Wylie is the owner of The Education Technology Blog, a website dedicated to helping teachers advance the use of technology in the classroom. He is a teacher, husband, and proud father, but also works as a freelance writer for several online publications. Jonathan is originally from Scotland, but now lives and works in rural Iowa. He has a love for education, photography, computers, and just about any gadget that he can get his hands on.





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