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Photobucket used to be great in the late 2000s to early 2010s. Even free account holders could enjoy many of its features and quickly and easily share photos. However, these days there are so many better alternatives, while Photobucket's feature set has been limited to premium and higher-tier accounts. Cloud storage providers now offer generous bandwidth caps, so offloading media is a thing of the past - even for the most budget-conscious freelancers. Photo-specific features provided by these service providers are constantly improving. [...] As time goes on, the list of reasons that used to differentiate Photobucket grows thin given their [in my experience,] shady past in holding photos hostage without a premium plan, I can no longer recommend this service. Price-wise, only their unlimited plan is worth considering since, for capped storage plans, the usual suspects (
, Google Photos, Amazon Prime) have them beat. Likewise, Photobucket's built-in image editor is very convenient for making basic changes without having to fire up a separate photo editor
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SpiderOak is well suited for local backups of the computer the client resides on. It is well suited for local area storage backups. It is less suited for remote backups, over a VPN or wide area where the data is continually changing. For data that continually changes, like in our document management system, the client needs to be on the same network as the data.
Read full review Pros Houses very large photos that I don't have the capacity to store on my computer Allows for a great online backup just in case something happens with my computer or external hard drive Allows me to quickly and easily share photos with clients after their photoshoot is done Organizes photos into a streamlined setup Read full review Versions Files meaning it makes multiple copies of the same files as it is updated Zero Knowledge meaning our storage is complete secure and private Read full review Cons Plans are awkwardly priced compared to competitors [In my opinion,] made shady practices in the past forcing users to their premium plans Read full review The Software Client sometimes fails and the only resolution is to uninstall/reinstall Support meanig there is no number to call, you do everything over email Read full review Support Rating
While I gave them a 7, it is in regards to the access to support. This is a business application and not being able to call them can sometimes be a problem especially when you need immediate support. They still tend to manage their support on a consumer line model and not a business grade model. With that said, I will say they are very knowledgeable of the product and how to resolve most any issue when I contact them.
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[I] also had an ImageEvent premium account, and it was far easier to manage images in Photobucket. ImageEvent's UI is very dated, and its feature set has largely remained stagnant. Photobucket has evolved over the past decade and offers a clean enough user interface to quickly accomplish what needs to be done.
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In regards to overall performance SpiderOak is not as customizable as
, but based on the annual cost for SpiderOak and how we use the product, for a "Backup" to our primary backup solution, it is a welcomed option to our backup strategy when you consider the versioning, zero knowledge, share features and unlimited data.
Read full review Return on Investment The peace of mind is priceless. Time is money and I spend a lot of time stressing over accidentally losing files. This helps. I no longer have to use multiple services to send files to clients. It's more specifically designed for photos rather than documents of all types I want the positive experience for clients to continue from beginning to end and I like that this system is simple for them to use as well. Read full review ROI is positive when you consider unlimited data for the annual cost. Versioning when you consider backing up documents that continually change and need to restore a previous version. Read full review ScreenShots