I use both Photobucket and ImageShack. As far as I know, Photobucket doesn't charge unless you go over the allotted free storage space. The only problem I do have with Photobucket is I can't find if they have a "re-size image tool" anywhere. ImageShack gives you many re-size choices.
PhotoBucket is also good for multiple image loading. But if you hold your "control" key as you're selecting each pic in ImagShack, it will also allow you to download multiple pics at once.
So far photobucket has been my fave. Nice an simple, and doesn't resize my images.
I still prefer Picasa--and you can choose the size of image you want (for those of you who for some reason post inordinately long photos).
To use Picasa: Go to the photos you want Hit "Link to this photo" Hit the toggle on "Image only (no link) Choose a size (lots of options) Copy the image URL in the link box (not the embed box) Paste into the forum message, place [ img ] [/img] brackets around link Now this one is really important--in the image URL, remove the 's' from the leading https (looks like this:https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/7CcHAjgAwBII70uIaoFqDA?feat=directlink Done.
See, here you have the closing img bracket ] in the wrong place.
Also, this file wont show up anyway, because although it ends in "jpg", it isn't actually an image file. You can tell this because when you go there manually, there's more in the browser window than just the image.
However, when you click on the image in the browser, it sends you to the original jpg file location, like so: