Photo Album Sites
The quick and easy way to put your pictures on the Internet is through a photo album or photo sharing site. These sites are simple to use and make it easy for you to designate your pictures as private for only friends and family if you choose. The cost is usually free.
What You Get in a Photo Album
Photo album sites give you less control over the display of your image than photoblogs or your own Web site, which are described next. But they are quite simple, straightforward, and free. Typically, your pictures will be arranged in thumbnails on a main page with links to the full image. When a friend views your main page, he can click a thumbnail to view the full-size image.
Finding a Photo-Sharing Site
There are many different kinds of free photo album and photo sharing sites on the web to choose from. Find recommendations in this fast-growing field:
How to Put Your Photos Online
To post your images, you typically follow these steps:
Resize, rename, and compress the photos you want to upload to the photo sharing site.
Put these photos into an easy-to-find folder on your computer.
Sign up for a free membership or log in if you already have a membership.
Choose whether you want your images to be private (viewable only by friends and family) or public (viewable by anybody).
Decide on a template (a general design for your photo album).
Go to the upload section for your membership.
Upload photos to your pages (there may be a limit on the size and number of pictures you can upload at one time).
Go to your album pages and double-check that your pictures are there and that they look the way you want.
Once your photos have been uploaded, you usually have the option of adding more detail. You can give each album a name and include a description of what's in each one. You can also write captions for the photos.
It is easy to put your photos on an online album site, such as this page from Flickr.