There is a multitude of variations when it comes to photo web hosting. The type of hosting needed would depend on whether or not the website was for personal or business purposes for example. A business website would need a more serious photo web hosting plan and probably a significant amount more memory and disk space on the server than a personal or family website.
Along with the many different types of picture hosting plans there are, there’s also a bunch of reasons why an individual would need to host their photos on the web. One such reason might be to add a photo of oneself on their online profile. Many sites have an option to add a photo of yourself including social networking sites like Myspace.com and Facebook.com, as well as discussion forums, article directories, dating sites, business networking sites, etc.
All of the above examples require photo web hosting or have it already themselves. There are also other variations of photo web hosting like hosting pictures for a business website or an ongoing blog. Or even a church or non profit organization of any kind. These examples again, would require more bandwidth, memory and disk space than your average picture web hosting plan.
There are websites that offer free hosting for your photos and they only require you to link back to them from your website. Other websites might require you to place ads on your site or your photo page, so that they can still collect advertising revenue from your photos — which are hosted free!
Often, there are restrictions on the content of the photos that are being hosted for free. Not only can the memory and size of each photo be limited, but the pictures themselves may be unacceptable based on offensive material, pornography, racist or hateful photographs or anything morally and ethically frowned upon.
Other than the restrictions and limitations, there are hundreds of millions of people who upload photos to the web every single day and download pictures too.