Imgur is a simple photo hosting service that lets users upload and post images online. The website claims that Imgur is “the simple image sharer,” and this truly seems to be the case. A new user can upload an image from a computer or internet source by dragging and dropping it in the space provided on the homepage. A new section appears below the downloader inviting the user to begin the upload. The user can group images into albums or edit images. The options are kept simple, making the process as easy as possible. Imgur also maintains a popular photo gallery. Users can see the best images of the year (based on how circulated the image is) as well as a gallery that presents the day’s best image and captions.
Imgur has made a positive impression with many internet users, especially bloggers who need an easy way to host images. The application is about as user friendly as it gets. Many really appreciate the hassle-free upload process. The user doesn’t need to log in or take any other action. Imgur takes the user straight to the upload process without any obstacles to slow them down. The user can complete the upload, get the image and move on quickly.
The most noticeable difference between Imgur and other photo hosting services is the simplicity offered by the application. Users are not required to register to access the uploader. Everything needed to upload and host an image is presented right on the homepage. The actual uploader interface is kept very simple as well, so users can get through the process without navigating through unnecessary pages. Imgur has completely streamlined the photo uploading and sharing process.
Imgur maintains a very friendly and modern design throughout. The dark website creates an appealing contrast against blue and white text and the colorful images it hosts. Navigation is simple because there are absolutely no obstacles to get in the way. The user can glide right through the upload process or jump to the galleries to view popular images for the day or year. Each feature is self-explanatory so the user doesn’t have to spend any time researching before using Imgur.
A new user can join the Imgur community by clicking the white “Register” link in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. The registration form asks for a username, email address and password. The username will also be the user’s Imgur URL. After entering the Captcha code at the bottom of the form, the user is automatically logged in. Four buttons to the right of the form are available for users who prefer to sign in with a Facebook, Yahoo, Google or Twitter account.
Anyone can sign up for a standard Imgur account for free. The standard account includes up to 225 images, 1 MB maximum image size, small and large thumbnails and image removal after six months if there are no views. Users can upgrade to a Pro account for $23.95 for one year. The Pro account includes unlimited images, 5 MB image size maximum, no image removals, no advertisements and small, medium, large, huge, small square and big square thumbnail options.
Imgur is a great tool for anyone who wants to host images online. The free account is ideal for casual users who want an inexpensive way to share photos. The Pro account appeals to frequent uploaders and bloggers who want to add custom images to their posts. Imgur also provides a fun entertainment source within its daily and yearly image galleries.