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Not every online photo sharing community is free Some are and you can get some really great features with them. However, there is often a catch with these free photo sharing communities. Many times you can join for free, but if you do not purchase something from that site within a year of joining, your pictures will be deleted from the site. Therefore, if you don't want to lose the pictures you have downloaded, you must purchase something.
Other sites charge a yearly membership fee. Many offer a free trial period and after that free trial you can either decide to quit that community without a charge or you can continue being a member and incur a fee.
Most photo sharing community fees range between $25 to $50 dollar a year. Most have a limit to how many photos you can store within that site. Most sites also offer a basic membership for free that doesn't have all the bells and whistles. If you want the added perks, such as a domain name or a Web site, you will most likely have to pay a fee for that and upgrade your membership.