If you were pretty disappointed in 2017 after Photobucket announced their $399 subscription fee, or when they revamped in 2018 to lesser fanfare, trust me, we were as well. The company has once again returned to offer users a one-stop-shop for all of your digital content, with a more reasonable price.
Sometimes it takes a little competition in the form of Google Photos to show you where you went wrong, and Photobucket, a platform for users to share and host their photos has once again grown their website for premier photo storage, hosting and sharing by committing to the customer and not their own pockets. Back in 2003, Photobucket was all the rage, being a place where I hosted many gifs, photos, and various other photos that I had taken, so it hurt once the company decided to shift gears into a subscription model that priced me out (on top of deleting all of the links of my photos). Many Bloggers who hosted images through Photobucket had missing links and images immediately after and promised to never return to the brand. However, with many other companies being acquired by companies that end up never using their features, Photobucket is now offering up an improved product that they state has more value than a lot of the competition.
“We believe in the inherent importance of images and the memories they represent which is why we have made a promise to our members to keep them safe and secure forever,” said Photobucket CEO Ted Leonard. “Our Bill of Rights is a direct, uncompromising statement of commitment that is proving to have a positive impact on our business as we’re seeing an increase in subscriptions and an improved level of overall customer satisfaction.
Complete with their new “Bill of Rights”, the new and improved Photobucket, the brand is shifting to a paid service with a free option being offered with obviously fewer features. In an effort to make the site more user-friendly, Photobucket has a more refined performance with faster loading times, and an enhanced mobile web experience, making the ability to upload your images faster and available to you when you need them. The plan for Photobucket is to offer members the ability to purchase plans that suit their needs that don’t fit into a “one size fits all” plan.
There are three tiers: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert, each giving you the ability to save either 25GB (Beginner), 250GB (Intermediate) or Expert (Unlimited) for $4.99, $6.99 or $11.99 a month. Clearly, the value here is the expert model with the ability to host ALL of your images without dealing with being nudged to upgrade your storage when you run out. They have stiff competition out there that offers a similar plan (for free) but at the compromise of compressing your images which Photobucket promises to never do. You can also easily share your photos to your favorite social media with ease which makes it even more worth it.
If you are interested in checking out Photobucket for yourself, head over to Photobucket.com.