I have been a Pro user of flickr for some time. It has until now been the simplest way to manage, share and publish images. That is until somebody at Yahoo let their five year old have a go at designing a new interface. At best the new interface is simply unusable.
At the outset, I have to say that after much searching, there isn’t really a direct replacement for flickr. In dumping flickr you will to some extent need to review what your image hosting and sharing needs really are. It could be time to change your image workflow. If you switch from flickr this is almost certainly going to be forced on you, but it may not be such a bad thing.
Some of the options, in no particular order:
Many people have been suggesting Google’s newish Photos app within Google Plus is the way to go. This is the latest reincarnation of the old Picassa web albums, which never really matched the old beautiful flickr.
I have used the desktop app Picassa for some time to mange images on my desktop. (There is a neat little plugin for uploading images to flickr!!), and perhaps for some Google Plus Photos is a viable alternative to flickr.
Though I would be cautious to rely on Google, given the recent dumping of the beloved Reader app.
SmugMug has been around a while and is used by many photographers for managing online portfolios. Plans start at $40/year.
PhotoBucket is suggested by many, but personally I’m put off by the dominance of ads that appear everywhere. Not sure if there is a pro version which turns these off?
Claims to be “The world’s best photo sharing”. 500px is aimed more towards showcasing your work with an online portfolio. It has two pro levels, one at $25/year and the other at $75/year. You can also buy/sell prints in the marketplace.
ipernity, despite its odd name probably comes closest to being a flickr clone, though it doesn’t have the scale of flickr. Club membership level is £19.99 per year.
Your Own Photography Web Site
Why rely on people like yahoo or Google to host all your images? Another viable alternative is to use something like WordPress to host and manage your images. Certainly this would be a great way to show-off your work with one of the great photography focussed themes available. This is clearly less social than flickr, but may fit your particular needs, particularly if you are photographer looking to profile your work.
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OK so there is no real alternative to flickr. You have two options: (1) change the way you work and try one of the alternatives above, or; (2) stick around with flickr and hope somebody gets hired who can bring it back to life.