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My Web host gives me 5,000 MB of space; I only use about 50MB of it. I was thinking of using some of the excess storage space for sharing photos of weddings, vacation trips, family pictures, etc., so that friends and family can go to the site and easily grab any photos they want.
If I do this I would definitely use the META robots noindex/nofollow tag on these pages so that they would not be indexed by search engines. If I do this, are there any other dangers or cautions to using a Web site for personal reasons like this?
Thanks for any info!
Using a robots.txt and a robot meta tag to keep from being crawled and indexed is not a guarantee it will be obeyed.
Also anyone with a SE's toolbar that visits exposes the pages to the SE.
There also will be a good chance someone will link to an image or the page.
That said, lots of us do that. You own it, why not.
I'd do this with Flickr, but in order to make the photo section private, everyone who wants to look at the photos would have to open a Flickr account. A lot of people don't want to do this, even though it's simple to open an account.
There are plenty of free storage solutions such as Elephant Drive. It is based on Amazon's S3 which you could also make use for little money. External harddrives are cheap these days.
If your website is a business, you should treat it like one.
This isn't something I'm going to make a habit of, but every now and then I'd like to get pictures to people and neither Flickr nor Photobucket seems to work out in a simple manner as far as making the photos private.
Thanks to everyone for their input!