In one post Techcrunch (the well known tech blog) said that ImageShack, the free image hosting service, has the most hosted online photos (the second one being Facebook).
It boasts a number of 20 billion images and over 28 million monthly visitors, Facebook hosting about 15 billion (closing the gap fast) and having a 200 million registered members.
On Imageshack you go and upload a picture (or more), then you get an URL to that picture which you can post/embed in any webpage. That’s it. You can do that without registering…but if you do register you get more features.
Now you can have a service almost like that (or like Free Image Hosting) thanks to Chevereto, the free image hosting script. I am saying “almost” because, at that amount and traffic, Imageshack is a more complex operation than it seems at the first glance. Chevereto it’s open source and licensed under GPL.
But on a much smaller scale this script can help you have a mini-service like Imageshack. It is the work of Rodolfo Berrios, a chilean web developer.
Let’s dive more into the details.
First of all, take a look at this demo: http://demo.chevereto.com (it’s in Spanish but don’t worry, Chevereto script is multilingual and you will have the English choice too). Choose a picture from your hard drive or a remote picture (if you know the URL) and see it in action. On the next page you will have your picture uploaded and several links to that picture so you can copy/paste on another webpage or on a forum as well as sharing it on social media site like Delicious, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr.
See it? It’s almost like Imageshack.
Let’s see how to use this free image hosting script.