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In my site, I currently only allow users to import images from other sites rather than uploading it themselves. The main reason for this is because I don't have much storage space on my host (relatively speaking). The host charges quite a bit for additional space.

What are the alternatives to hosting images users upload (max 1mb size)?

Would it be a good idea to purchase separate cheap hosting with "unlimited space" (I know that's not true, but I'm guessing it's more than 1gb)? Or are there some caveats with this approach (e.g. security since the site should not be browsable, but accessed via another server)?

Are there alternative ideas that I could employ?

Thanks for any suggestions

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How much are you being charged? If you are being charged more than 1$/1 Eur per Gb per month you should have some exceptional gurantees, like high-quality backup service, to justify it. And this figure is seven times what S3 charges... –  Charles Stewart Apr 6 '10 at 9:47

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I use amazon S3 - its very cheap for storage and bandwidth, and pretty simple to set up:

http://aws.amazon.com/s3/

Also - it'll grow with you.

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Thanks, I heard of EC3 , but didn't realise they did a Storage service as well! –  TryNCode Apr 6 '10 at 2:42
    
I tested S3 for a few months with around 100 GB of images, pushing images to their servers was extremely slow (in 2013), same was fetching images FROM S3 if I needed some kind of processing on them (even trough CDN). Speed is probably not a biggie if this system solves your problems of storing and handling lots and lots of TB of images. –  adrianTNT Jan 14 at 8:43

Is there any particular reason why you're sticking with that host? If you're going to look at getting another host for additional storage, why not move your entire site over there and be done with it?

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The host supports ASP.NET, whereas the other one only has linux based servers. Plus, I'm happy with all the services offered. I just need more space. –  TryNCode Apr 6 '10 at 2:38

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