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Why attaching files is better than using an image hosting service
by CarpCharacin
01 Feb 2015 22:43

I prefer it when my members attach images on my site rather than using an image hosting service. I like it this way because images hosted on a third party tend to break. I see a lot of broken images and broken imageshack images in forum posts. Wouldn't you rather provide the space on your server for attachments instead of having your forum full of broken pics? See my point?

Alan_SP 13 Feb 2015 16:15

On the other hand, hosting images on your server impacts your backup. Not just backup time, but backup size.

But, we all have our own preferences.

Dave 13 Feb 2015 16:22

It has its pros and cons when people use the attachment manager instead of an external host.

Pros:
- Less likely to be deleted
- More flexible, you can manage the attachments

Cons:
- More bandwidth
- vBulletin tends to mess with the quality of images
- All attachments are loaded through PHP, more load on the server
- Possibly slower with loading (see above point), some external hosts are faster because of static delivery

Max Taxable 13 Feb 2015 17:56

I use a first party uploader/image host. Best of both worlds.

http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=307803

CarpCharacin 05 Mar 2015 21:28

Quote:

Originally Posted by Max Taxable (Post 2537298)
I use a first party uploader/image host. Best of both worlds.

http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=307803

The images could still be deleted by photobucket

blind-eddie 05 Mar 2015 21:42

I use VB image Hosting on 3.8.8 and Photobucket Image Uploader I do not like attachments, I prefer hosting the images.

RichieBoy67 05 Mar 2015 21:44

Our forum goes back to 2004 and we have lost literally thousands of images from image hosting sites deleting them. I use the image importing plug in now and most of the images that are hosted elsewhere get imported directly to the site.

I am not concerned with the storage size. I am more concerned with having broken images all over the site.

Max Taxable 05 Mar 2015 21:51

Quote:

Originally Posted by CarpCharacin (Post 2539621)
The images could still be deleted by photobucket

Umm, no. They are locally hosted and have nothing at all to do with photobucket and are also, completely independent of the vBulletin install..

CarpCharacin 06 Mar 2015 05:51

Quote:

Originally Posted by Max Taxable (Post 2539625)
Umm, no. They are locally hosted and have nothing at all to do with photobucket and are also, completely independent of the vBulletin install..

what? I thought that the images were stored by photobucket. How does it work?

Max Taxable 06 Mar 2015 12:01

Quote:

Originally Posted by CarpCharacin (Post 2539649)
what? I thought that the images were stored by photobucket. How does it work?

You didn't read the instructions in the link I shared? "Photobucket" was in quotation marks, for a reason. It's not Photobucket, it is your very own "photobucket" you control.

It is separate software allowing upload and storage of images on your own server, and it is independent of the vBulletin installation completely. Unlike with attachments, there is no writing to the vB database and there is no issue at all if you upgrade, backup, etc because it has nothing to do with vBulletin.

Storage isn't a issue either because even the cheaper hosting allows for unlimited storage. The images are stored in the file system.

CarpCharacin 11 Mar 2015 03:47

but you understand it is not my fault if someone or something gets in. I am still skeptical about fotonucket.

CarpCharacin 29 Jul 2016 00:57

Quote:

Originally Posted by Max Taxable (Post 2539665)
You didn't read the instructions in the link I shared? "Photobucket" was in quotation marks, for a reason. It's not Photobucket, it is your very own "photobucket" you control.

It is separate software allowing upload and storage of images on your own server, and it is independent of the vBulletin installation completely. Unlike with attachments, there is no writing to the vB database and there is no issue at all if you upgrade, backup, etc because it has nothing to do with vBulletin.

Storage isn't a issue either because even the cheaper hosting allows for unlimited storage. The images are stored in the file system.

Ok now i get it, but why is it better than attachments?

RichieBoy67 29 Jul 2016 02:08

Well this is the shortest article I have ever seen... Why didn't you just post this as a new thread somewhere?

Here is why: http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showp...24&postcount=7

Also, it is usually faster to load images from your own server then to pull them from elsewhere.

CarpCharacin 30 Jul 2016 02:09

Someone voted my article 1 star and i tried to upvote it to 5 stars, but it is only at 3 now:(

MarkFL 30 Jul 2016 02:13

Quote:

Originally Posted by CarpCharacin (Post 2574119)
Someone voted my article 1 star and i tried to upvote it to 5 stars, but it is only at 3 now:(

That's the average of 1 and 5:

(1 + 5)/2 = 6/2 = 3


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