Imgur has been my go-to solution for uploading and sharing images and screenshots for years now, but I have become aware of some issues with the site's design that make it a pain for other people to use.
For instance, it's almost impossible to directly link to an image on Imgur, and not an image's page on Imgur. The mobile website experience is also not very good.
Imgur isn't just an image hosting solution either, it's also a social media site. The website seems to detract from the image sharing experience in order to promote its social media side.
I have no interest in that. I just want a solution to host my images so that I can syndicate them elsewhere.
It seems like, in true IndieWeb fashion, the best solution is to just host my images on my own website, and indeed that's what I will probably end up doing.
However, I have a few questions I wanted to ask, starting with recommendations for other websites:
Does any here have an Imgur alternative that they can recommend as a good image hosting and sharing solution?
I checked out a few sites, like Pixelfed, but it seems more like a federated Instagram alternative. Annoyingly, I can't demo the site before creating an account, so I don't actually know what the experience is like.
Assuming there are no recommended Imgur alternatives and I should just host my images on my own website, I would also like to know:
- Should I be worried about "anonymizing" my images and messing with Exif data?
- Can anyone recommend software for optimizing image sizes? (Linux friendly, command-line or otherwise scriptable utilities preferred.)
- As a bonus, can anyone recommend software for optimizing GIF and video files for sharing online? (Same preferences as above.)