Flickr Locked Me Out Of My Account

**Update: Someone from Flickr responded to my email, and they’re sorting things out. Hopefully this means I’ll be able to access it again soon! 

*Update 2: Service restored! Took awhile but at least something got done, which is more than can be said of many other providers. 

 

Hey guys!

It is as the title says, lol.

I upload a lot of photos, mostly for blogging purposes – but because premium WordPress plans for unlimited storage are crazy expensive, I put most of them in a third party host site (namely, Flickr) and embed them here. It saves space, and it’s also a lot more forgiving on the wallet. (PS: I don’t earn enough money from blogging to even pay for the domain, lol).

I’ve been using Flickr since 2016, and there are thousands of photos on my account. It used to be free, but since they introduced the whole 1,000 photos limit thing, I upgraded to a PRO account (for 50USD) just so I could stop them from deleting all my old stuff.

Last week, the site went through an upgrade, and since coming back online, I have not been able to access my account. Part of the upgrade is to do away with the Yahoo login (because previously, Flickr was owned by Yahoo before they were bought over by SmugMug), but whenever I try to login now, it redirects me to the Yahoo page, I key in the details, and it says I have to log in with my ‘updated Flickr account email’. Of which I have no idea what it is, nor have I received any emails with instructions on how to do that. I cleared all my caches and cookies, tried different browsers, etc… nothing. Emailed Flickr’s support, but judging from all the angry rants on various threads, I’m not expecting a response.

While I have copies of all my photos in cloud + hard disks, its going to be frustrating because that means I’d have to reupload and relink ALL my old posts … and there are literally hundreds, since I started this blog in 2015. Also, I think I set my Flickr to auto-renew subscription annually and I won’t be able to cancel that if I can’t access the friggin’ account. =___=”

I have another free account and the login works fine, so I’m not sure why my Pro account is acting up. It has been nearly a week and I have yet to receive any responses other than the automated one.

With this unpleasant experience, the next question is – where else can I host my photos, if not Flickr? Despite its shortcomings, I do like how easy it is to embed images into WordPress just by copying and pasting. That, and it is still one of the cheapest third party photo hosting sites out there + I am loathe to give up on my blogging hobby even though it takes up a chunk of my finances which can be better spent elsewhere.

If anyone has any suggestions for an alternative, they’re much appreciated in the comment box below. 🙂

 

 

Flickr No Longer “Free”?

As someone who posts hundreds of photos for this blog, Flickr and it’s 1TB storage has been a lifesaver – I would have gone over the WordPress 13GB limit within weeks :’D

Unfortunately, the company has recently announced that it will rescind the 1TB storage beginning January 1 2019, limiting users to 1,000 photos for free accounts. Which spells bad news (for me, at least) because even though I’ve only been using it for less than a year to link to my blog posts, I already have over 2,000 photos lmao.

The only option would be to upgrade to a Pro account for 50$. It’s a fairly reasonable price considering you get unlimited storage, but that would mean more expenses running this pet project that I don’t really get money out of lol. On the other hand, I DO want Flickr to be a viable, long-term and sustainable business – I can just imagine the pain of having all my photos deleted if ever the company shuts down.

One way around this would probably be to create new email accounts every time, upload to the 1,000 limit and then move on to a new one – but it’s too much of a hassle.

So, hello, added expenses!