Sorry for bothering everyone at WA again, but I have something I would like your opinion about.
After talking with WA I think it's better to move all of my images to an exclusive service just for hosting them, since they are too many for their servers to handle in terms of disk space apparently. (The site is taking around 4Gb in disk space according to them.)
So I wanted to ask you all, do you know of a good service where I could host just my images and link them back to include in my posts, and be sure they won't disappear from one day to the next?
Just two things to keep in mind:
- Can't be a service like Flickr where they don't want copyrighted images or things you don't create, since most are from Nintendo games or other 3rd parties I work with and I can't run the risk of having my whole account and images deleted.
- It would be usefull if the service has an unlimited amount of space for storing images. Although I won't need it right away, the site will hopefully keep growing, so it would be useful if they had an unlimited option I could use at some point in the future, so I don't have to move everything again, you see?
Optionally, do you think it's better if I get some sort of dedicated hosting and move the whole site there?
If so, do you have any suggestions on a good hosting plan with unlimited space for site files? (so I can store my images without worries...)
Thanks in advance to everyone who answers, your help is highly appreciated in this time of stress. :)

Note: Site URL is nintendokusou.com and domain name is registered on namecheap.

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magistudios Premium Plus
Hi Eduardo,

I would go with Amazon CloudFront: https://aws.amazon.com/cloudfront

This way you can store all your images there and create a subdomain that houses all the images.
You only pay for the bandwidth used to access the images. i.e. It's super cost effective. My guess is that it would cost you less than $4 a month.
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EduCard Premium
Thanks for answering. :)
I didn't quite get that part where you say I would create a sudomain to host all my images.
Wouldn't I need to move my entire domain there?
What are you suggesting, I'm missing something, I think!? o.0'
That does seem very cost effective!
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magistudios Premium Plus
Hi Eduardo,

Here's a doc to answer:
http://docs.aws.amazon.com/AmazonCloudFront/latest/DeveloperGuide/CNAMEs.html

Basically the place where your images are stored on Amazon cloudfront can be 'redirect' as a subdomain.

So, your image on Amazon Cloudfront:
http://d111111abcdef8.cloudfront.net/images/image.jpg

Can end up being:
http://images.yourdomain.com/images/image.jpg

This is an advanced strategy which I won't go into here, but there are a ton of great tutorials on how to do this with Amazon Cloudfront.
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EduCard Premium
Oh, I see! That sounds nice! o.0'
I will have to spend tomorrow looking into this and setting things straight again, I guess...
Thanks for all the help and info, it really saved me! ^_^'
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Foobard Premium Plus
I just checked, and we can now do this on WA. Just need to open a SiteSupport ticket. (I know this post is 2 years old, but I'm commenting here for people searching. Like I just was!)
Thanks a lot for this great advice, btw.
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EduCard Premium
Thanks for sharing that! :D
Back then they still didn't have that type of options available, and I didn't notice when it did became available, so I guess I will hit them up about it sometime soon.
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bj21 Premium
Hey Educard, I have been researching about various hosting companies too. It seems like some folks on WA don't like to talk about this topic since WA also provides hosting. It's important to consider all options. As ShirleyLB mentioned seems like several people like the Amazon hosting. Also take a look at this blog post. This guys seems very successful but does not seem like an active WA member. You may contact him to see if he has any input. If you read his blog posts on WA his contact info is provided.

It's been hard to find a good hosting option there are so many fake reviews. But I have been reading this site, someone on WA provided me the info. http://www.webhostingbest10.com/

Good luck. I hope to better understand all the hosting options also.
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EduCard Premium
Thanks for the feedback bj21!
I'm starting to think that it might be in my interest to find some unlimited website hosting plan and moving everything over there, site and images.
Have you found some interesting options from what you have read so far on the subject?
Once again, thanks for the help! :)
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bj21 Premium
At the moment, I am debating between Ehost or Siteground. If you are super tech savvy I have been reading some okay reviews about WPEngine (but it's more expensive). Trying to do more due diligence. Personally I have used godaddy and bluehost and can't recommend them not enough good support or security.

You know we are smart and intelligent people. I think we always want to know our options. It was hard when I asked WA people and they simply say why would you consider another hosting company. But I want to know my options before I put a lot of work into a site.

So a bit more reading for me but I do need to make a decision soon. Hopefully this week.
http://www.whoishostingthis.com/hosting-reviews/
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bj21 Premium
Yes there are some good plans that offer unlimited. That should be a non agrument in this day in age.
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EduCard Premium
I agree, you should consider all your options before making a decision.

I think I'm going to give Amazon S3 a try and move all my images there for now. Then at a later point I might even move the site itself outside of WA, who knows...

I hope you can reach your decision soon. Wishing you good luck!
Thanks for all the help! :)
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ShirleyLB Premium
Hi, EduCard, I am not sure why you have to have a host for all you images unless you have a huge amount to be shown on your site, do you try amazon ?
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EduCard Premium
Let's say most of those 4Gb of disk space are images and WA has been sending me tickets about that lately.
Since my site is a gaming news site, there are a lot of new screenshots of games coming out every week, you see the problem?
Are you speaking of Amazon S3 by any chance?
Never tried it, but I would prefer a service with fixed prices since I have no idea how much I would be paying monthly with a service like that...
Thanks for answering! :)
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bj21 Premium
Yes it's Amazon S3 is a well known service. There are tons of info so that should help you make a decision.
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