I’ve read their reasons why*, and I’m currently considering whether I commit to paying the annual cost of fotopic’s premium service – currently
*Adverts on Free Galleries 13th June 2005 by joel
OK, we tried to avoid it for as long as possible, but starting today we will be putting Google ads on the front page of free galleries. Ads are kept as targeted as possible within the context of your gallery, and will appear either as side miniboxes, or at the bottom of the index depending on how your gallery is configured. Premium users don’t get adverts at all, period.
It’s not been a decision we’ve taken lightly, but we do need something to bring in revenue from the free galleries. It was either that or start to remove features and reduce bandwidth/diskspace, and we figure this is the least painful version.