I (Vicki Skinner - aka "THE Sarong Goddess") created this blog in 2007 to share DETAILED Finds•Lists•Info•Events•Experiences to help bring more EASE to people living in, visiting or thinking of moving to Costa Rica since DETAILS are NOT easy to find!
I’m NOT an expert (an "expert" 2 ME knows 101%-NOT me). I believe in sharin info•helping where I can! And with over 2,200 entries, so some things might be out of date, so if you find old info PLEASE help each other by getting the updated info & sharing it with me to revise. At least you have some basic info to get you started.
Better yet - do you have extra time on your hands & looking for a volunteer project? Since this blog is a labor of love & RARELY does anyone share a donation (even though MANY have said how much it's helped them), I could REALLY use help updating info. Spanish speakers ESPECIALLY welcome since my VicLish can be somewhat limited at times!!

Has my blog helped in any way? Helped find something•brought more EASE? More exposure or business?
I welcome you to show YOUR appreciation for my efforts!
(see below other ways to show your appreciation)
The easiest way is with PAYPAL - Attn: LivingLifeInCostaRica@gmail.com
(you do NOT need to have a PayPal account to do this - just a credit or debit card)
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• APPLE LAPTOP - Do you have a Laptop you're not using? Mine recently broke so I'm using a lender. Must be new enough to run current Skypes & have an SDCard slot.
• Amazon.com or GoDaddy.com Credit•Gift Certificate (attn: SarongGoddess@gmail.com)
• Something else to share?? A gift certificate or invite for your business? I'm open!! (at times I'll add other things here that I'm seeking)

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Stay Connected with friends & family with Photos While in Costa Rica - Photo-Share Sites

Want to stay connected with your friends and family - for them to get a glimps into your life or vacation? Trying to sell something? Pictures make a BIG difference!!

For selling - having pictures REALLY helps you sell things MUCH FASTER and get your point across better. It also makes OUR/the buyers lives better/easier as well as yours because we can see what you have and if it doesn't work for us, we don't have to spend the gas/taxi money let alone time.

Here are a few Photo Share type sites (though they're more limited on LOTS of levels. I don’t have much experience/info on them so your input is REALLY helpful) - as well as some that are cheap and some not (but WELL worth it!!)

It TRULY can be VERY EASY to do (hey, if I can do it ANYONE can do it!!!)!!

http://Picasa.google.com (Sarah said they have the most storage at the best resoluton BUT, they are ONLY for Windows 2000/XP & with Internet Explorer 5.0+)

http://Flickr.com (you HAVE to download/bring over one pic at a time [PAIN/Time consuming!!], I haven’t found anything in it to make them purdy. I believe you can pay extra to store LOTS of pics).

http://PhotoBucket.com (can’t write much - mainly just a few letters for title of pic, photo [up to 10,000] & video storage)

http://Shutterfly.com (looks like you can make some purdy folders for groups of your pics plus order all sorts of other things from them)

http://Photoworks.com/photo-sharing/;jsessionid=7985DC0B07D58505EA4825B359D25ADB?cb=PW&guest=true&toh=&svr=web26 (owned by American Greetings - you can even make a hard copy photo book, paper photo cards, calendars, photo book, do slideshow [I’m not seeing much text if any])

http://Snapfish (they even have editing tools like remove red-eye, borders to make it purdier, order merchandise like cards, photo book, prints. My least favorite because vistors MUST sign in each time [& I NEVER remember my code] plus it looks like you HAVE to download/bring over one pic at a time [PAIN/Time consuming!!])

http://CopperMine-gallery.net (a multi-purpose fully-featured and integrated web picture gallery script written in PHP using GD or ImageMagick as image library with a MySQL backend [whatever that means]. This site is BEYOND my brain. I can’t even tell if it’s free)

I personally LOVE http://SmugMug.com but you pay for it BUT it's great for people like me that take LOTS of pics as I can create LOTS of "folders" for each sitea psuedo website writing all the text you'd like and even long descriptions of the pictures - DETAILS!! Also, you can drag & drop a BUNCH of pics at ONE TIME! EASE!! (example - http://saronggoddess.smugmug.com/gallery/5552336_D64kv
Standard Account - $40/year but you can have UNLIMITED storage/sites/folders, do Web 2.0, Tags, RSS feeds, APIs, Ajax.
POWER USER - $60 allows you to completely customize them, do your own headers/footers, video clips, use your own host name (this is what I have).
Professional Accounts - $150/yr - set print prices to sell your pictures & make a profit, sell digital downloads, use custom watermarkes, Proof-delayed shipping, protect your images from theft, add bigger files, add Hi-Def video+

I whipped up the Unity pics at
http://saronggoddess.smugmug.com/gallery/5552336_D64kv#340136421_WQEwt in 10 MINUTES!!! It's THAT EASY (hey, if I can do it ANYONE can do it!! For me it was just getting over my believing I'm "Technically Challenged"!!).


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