"Ive though about hosting pix on my almost unused web space. May give it a go one day. Anyone done this? "
No, but been thinking similar thoughts, and a few days ago uploaded pics I want to keep onto a freebie 10gig Yandex disc. Well if my PC goes pop and Photobucket disappears in puff of smoke then my pics will be safe beside the bit-coin wallet and Swiss bank pass details.
Now when I uploaded the pics I ticked the share box in-order to share with social media & the masses, but I don't do social media. So experiment time, if I post a pic here will it enable a link to my shared pics ?
I have a few photos on pages on my websites that I have linked to but not actually used it as storage.
I also "stored" a few photos on my faceache account.
Being a MS Windows mobile fan I pay MS for cloud storage.
But in general, I upload photos I want to share to photobucket.