I had used and recommended to members of this forum to use Photobucket for third party hosting of images in forum posts. Photobucket used to be free. Now Photobucket has changed their policies and are demanding payment. If you don't pay, all previously linked to images in forum posts are blocked.
I have many posts in this forum that are now ruined.
Photobucket's excuse? From their website:
"Moving forward, new and legacy free account users will NOT have third party hosting available."
Additionally, it appears that even if you were a paying member but let your account lapse and don't continue paying indefinitely, your linked to images will be blocked:
"If you were a Plus Account subscriber in good standing as of June 1, 2017,
you will continue to have all the privileges you have enjoyed including 3rd
Party Hosting until December 31, 2018 as long as you maintain your
Here is an example of what Photobucket has done. I remember making that post and it took a considerable amount of time and effort. Now ruined by Photobucket. I posted this more than two years ago. Now Photobucket is demanding a ransom payment??? Ironically it is a post I made attempting to assist fellow members on how to post images:
And check this out: