After many years of offering free service, Photobucket has decided to tell all their customers that they will now have to pay $399/year in order to have their photos embedded online. There are also less expensive packages that allow customers to simply store the pictures. I forget the pricing levels, but you can look it up.
I don’t have an issue with paying for photo storage. I don’t have an issue with paying for things I need. I do have a problem, however, with dishonesty. Photobucket did this overnight, and they simply forced millions of members to lose photos they saved for years. As far as hosting/embedding, $399 is simply criminal and unheard of in the industry. Clearly, some of the larger clients (websites) will have no choice but to pay the fee. Not me.
Please pardon the dust on my website as I begin to look elsewhere for options, even paid ones. Thanks for your continued support.