Hover’s Ultimate Domain How-to Guide Vol. 5: Sharing Online Photo Albums

Posted on July 16, 2012 by in Blog | How-to

How do you share your photos? Facebook? Instagram? Carrier pigeon? Whether you’re an enthusiastic photographer or simply enjoy posting the occasional snapshot, there are tons of sites that can support even the largest of albums.

Here’s a list of our favorite photo sharing sites (in no particular order):

Pinterest

Pinterest is a great way to instantly share photos with friends. To say nothing of how addictive it is! Pin photos from anywhere on the Internet and repin your friend’s photos onto your ‘boards.’ We love the interactivity of Pinterest. Accounts are still invite-only, but requesting an invite is easy and you should get an account available notice within a day or two or requesting. However, don’t blame us for any subsequent decrease in productivity at work :P

Price: Free
Storage: Unlimited
Max Image Size: Pinterest doesn’t limit the vertical size of pins, however it will cut off pins with a horizontal length of over 554 pixels.
Accepted File Types: Make sure its a Google supported image format (BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, WebP or SVG)
Video Uploads: Yes

You can add a ‘follow’ button to your website by simply following the instructions here.

Flickr

Flickr was originally conceived as a video game screenshot sharing website in 2002. Since then, Flickr has become one of the most popular photo sharing sites around and attracts a wide variety of users. If a community is what you’re looking for, Flickr is your best bet. However, you’ll likely want to upgrade to a Pro account if you plan on hosting a large collection of photos.

Price: Free / Pro: $25 per year
Storage: Free: 200 MB per month, Pro: Unlimited
Max Image Size: 20MB
Accepted File Types: .jpg, .gif, .png, .tiff
Video Uploads: Yes, but not the best quality and size is limited
Max Video Length: 90 seconds

Instagram

Instagram. The name has become synonymous with photo sharing/editing. If you’ve got an iPhone or Android phone, you’ve likely already been using the app. If not, check it out in Google Play or in the App store

Price: Free
Storage: Unlimited
Max Image Size: Instagram photos are 612×612 and are all square.
Accepted File Types: Instagram uses photos uploaded directly from your device, so there shouldn’t be any problems with image formatting.

Whether your photo sharing account includes pictures of your latest vacation or a collection of hilarious Internet memes, don’t forget to link it to your Hover domain. Simply follow these steps:

If you’d like to create a domain forward from your Hover domain (yourdomain.com/photos):

  1. Log into your Hover account.
  2. Click on the domain you want to redirect to whatever social media account you choose.
  3. Go to forwards
  4. Click +Add new
  5. Enter the forward you’d like to send it to and click Save

We created one for the purpose of this how-to. We forwarded www.nickymclaren.com/photos to www.pinterest.com using the steps mentioned above.

To create a subdomain forward to an account, (photos.yourdomain.com) follow these steps:

  1. Log into your Hover account.
  2. Click on the domain you want to redirect to your photo sharing account.
  3. Go to forwards
  4. Click +Add new
  5. click the make this a subdomain button
  6. Enter the forward you’d like to send it to and click Save

For multiple accounts, simply repeat the above process for your various photo sharing accounts. You can create unlimited Hover forwards such as yourdomain.com/instagram, yourdomain.com/flickr and so on.

If you have an unused domain and would like to completely redirect yourdomain.com to a photo sharing account, you can use the following steps to do so:

  1. Log into your Hover account.
  2. Click on the domain you want to redirect to your photo sharing account.
  3. Check your domain’s nameservers. If the nameservers are ns1.hover.com and ns2.hover.com, then you can skip to the next step. If your name servers are not set to Hover, click on the Edit button and change your name servers to ns1.hover.com and ns2.hover.com.
  4. Click on the DNS tab. Double check that your domain name’s A records are pointed at 64.99.80.30..
  5. Click on the Domain Details tab and then click on Edit in the Forward This Domain section.
  6. Select Yes to enable forwarding and then type the destination address in the “Forward to” text field (ex. flickr.com/photos/youraccount).

When choosing a photo sharing site it ultimately comes down to personal preference. If instant sharing is your thing, Pinterest may be your best bet. If you like instant sharing but want a way to edit photos on the go, try Instagram. For the more serious photo sharer, Flickr might be your best bet.

If you need any help in forwarding your domain to your favorite photo sharing site, Hover’s here to help. Email us at help@hover.com or call us Monday to Friday from 8am – 8pm EST at 1-866-731-6556.