I used Photobucket for a very short time before moving to Smugmug for photo storage and Wordpress for blogging. I had 20 pictures on Photobucket before I dumped the account a few days ago. Fortunately, none of them were linked to anything on the web and I lost nothing.
I have been very happy with Wordpress. There are various options for add ons such as audio/video that can effect the price but my experience is that the interface is user-friendly and very customizable. I don't know if there are any options for importing from your old host but it would be worth asking about.
: Please take a look at this posting I made to Xroads on June 1:
: What you will see is - nothing of what I originally posted, which was an illustrated
: guide to embedding pictures - meaning uploading them to a site like Photobucket and
: then getting an HTML code that enables everybody who visits a web page like this one
: to see the picture.
: What happened is this. With little notice and no fanfare, Photobucket changed its
: policy on embedding on July 1. The service has been free in all of its aspects for
: the fifteen years of its existence. Now, however, someone with an extensive internet
: presence like me has to pay to have photos embedded or linked. At $6/mo or $10/mo,
: no user can embed pictures. To do that costs a whopping $400.00 per year - and
: it's recurring, meaning an automatic payment will be made whether you like it or
: I have 600 pictures on Photobucket, many many of them posted to this page over the
: last 12 or 13 years. Others I have used on some of the ten Blogger pages that I
: maintain, the most familiar one here being my Comparative Video 101 page. To go from
: a free service to $400/yr is just really bad business, IMO - and since virtually
: everyone who uses Photobucket does so for the purpose of embedding, I'm going to
: start downloading my photos furiously, because I'm going to bet that no more than
: 10% of the site's users will actually pay that kind of money to use a service that
: heretofore has been free. I'm thinking they'll go belly-up in a year or less.
: The folks at Blogger are also on my hitlist. Some of you may recall that for a time
: it was really tough to embed YT videos here on Boardhost - because YT had disallowed
: the use of the "object/embed" HTML code in favor of the "iFrame"
: code that we now must use. It took Boardhost forever to approve the use of the
: iFrame, and Blogger didn't permit it at all. That forced me to use the object code
: and substitute the identifying phrase to make videos appear on my site. Well lo and
: behold, starting January 1, Blogger no longer supports Shockwave Flash Player, which
: is tied to that object embed code.
: Here's what that means to me. I have 220 articles posted on CV101, each with between
: 6 and 10 videos embedded. That's a total of nearly 2000 videos on my site. I am
: really proud of CV101 - I think that it provides a real service of a kind in
: preserving and explaining folk tunes, and some of the essays are pretty darned good,
: if I do say so. But to keep the site functional, I have to go into every single
: article and change every single video code from object/embed to iFrame. Every.
: Single. Code. This is a monumental task, one I've just begun and have only about 20
: articles converted. Sheesh.
: I'm undecided about what to do about Photobucket. Stay tuned.