This is a question that I’ve been thinking about for a while, and I’m just not completely sure what the best option is.
My criteria for a website includes (in no particular order)
1) the ability for guests to upload pictures easily, but ideally would not be able to delete pictures off
2) password protected to prevent people who dont need to see the pictures to see it.
3) easy to download full resolution pictures from the site, because frankly if you cant get the pictures off, what’s the point?
1) flickr, you have to pay 25 dollars/year for a pro account if you want to do this, otherwise, you’re limited to a 100, 200 pictures? I have a pro account, so I”m not completely sure what the limit is anymore. Flickr does have a nice option, where you can give people a flickr email address, which will upload pictures. This might be a good option for grandma who understands email, but not really uploading pictures. However, people would get the password to the main account, and that isn’t always ideal. I guess you could use groups, but then people would have to sign up for their own account, and that might be a pain to explain.
2) picasa, I don’t really like their formating, so I dont really use it very much, but from what I gather, for the group upload, it seems like everyone who would upload would need their own google account, which I’m not sure people have.
3) shutterfly, this is the one that I’m currently thinking of using, it has share sites, which have unlimited uploads, you can password protect it, and give people an email address that has uploading previleges, but not deleting ones. the only problem is that you are limited to 1600×1080? size picture downloads, or you have to pay like 20 bucks to get a cd with full resolution images.
you really can’t win.