As of today, SXC.hu is redirecting to a visually similar clone, freeimages.com
Existing SXC login/passwords appear to be accepted, images all still there.
Just in case anyone is interested.
It's worth pointing out though that www.freeimages.com is not the same as www.freeimage.com. The former is the reincarnation, the latter is something completely different.Very confusing!
I think they just relocated the server.
@2: Thanks, Kevin, for pointing out that freeimages.com and freeimage.com aren't the same - careless typo on my part.
They did not relocated the server. Their server is in Calgary, Canada, and this new site is probably exactly the same site, only with a new domainname and one redirect.
Very interesting. They must have been waiting to buy that domain name.
I wonder how this will change Google search results and their Alexa standings.
Hmm... I'm almost tempted to buy up www.free_images.com (note the underscore) if it's available and redirect to RGB Stock. :-)
Try it, but I don't think underscores are allowed in .com domains.
what about free-images.com, looks available these days ;-)
I am afraid it is taken already since 2002. Not by us unfortunatly :(
@jazza: the domain is just 'parked'. You only have to open the purse. However it would be not cheap ( >10.000 ) I would suspect ;-)
are all available (today).
Should I take them? sxc started under .hu so why not redirect from Germany?
At the moment our online activities for Germany are on www.rgbstock.de. The German site attract not much users since we quietly started with this German translation. My first concern is to increase the number of German users. Of course we can change the domain name, but I am not sure it would help. What do you think?
I think to attract more users to the German site will require some advertising efforts, which is quite expensive and time consuming. To change (that is: to offer additional ) domain names won't help as long as they aren't heavily promoted anywhere.
The German site with its keyword translation is a great help for those who are not so comfortable with English.
For new users an even more detailed explanation of the "concept of stock photography" might still be helpful to get them comfortably settled and attracted, but that is difficult to achieve, I know.
What's about the Dutch Version? Is there an increase of new dutch users? And if it works better in Netherlands - what is the difference to the German offer? We german users can make a little bit more advertisement for the site at Facebook e.g.
This weekend I started a new service: All the new subscribers receive an extra e-mail where we point out to the DE and NL site. (more languages will follow soon) When a user is from the Netherlands, or from Germany, (or Austria) he will receive the message in the correct language i.e. Nenderlands, Deutch.
Gesine, maybe you can have a look to the German e-mail message? I will send you a separate e-mail about it tonight.
The Dutch site is also not visited very good. A little bit better than the German site.
Potentially there are much more German speaking people then Dutch people though.
What are the free sites to advertise there? We have "Gumtree" here. I know most people go there to buy and sell, but others browse. Perhaps that would help. Any free newspapers with free ads? Bumper stickers with the address on? Not sure how much they would cost, but home printing might be cheaper. Just a thought.
I would like to send a German and Dutch newsletter to our German and Dutch users. I will have to check how many of them we can identify in our system.
And we have to be patient; that is important too.
Suggest to add links to rgbstock within relevant wikipedia articels referencing 'Stockphotography', picture libraries etc. I am not too familiar with the specific expressions , but I have done so with the German wikipedia
Maybe others could assist to do the same in their language wikipedia ?
Adding this message here, because I know not everyone has any interest in what is happening over at freimages.com (formerly sxc.hu). However, I've still been uploading images there as well as here. None of my images uploaded since early June (change happened between 29th May and 13th June) have had any downloads, and cannot be "found" via keyword search. They are not even browseable via the categories. Am I the only one seeing this, or are others seeing the same behaviour?
This week marks the date when sxc was suddenly taken over by Getty/iStock (5 yrs ago)
Perhaps this is their target for phase out of the site. We can only speculate based on the lack of function and no new images for quite some time.
I was reading about Getty buying sxc. The sxc website must have been taking away business from Getty/iStock. Does Getty own all the rights to the images on Sxc?
If Getty tried to sell on or otherwise distribute or license those images uploaded to sxc.hu/freeimages.com they'd make themselves very vulnerable to both litigation and a PR disaster, so I think its unlikely they'd abuse their access to the images in that way.
Their site seems to be broken at the moment. It won't load for me.
Was there for the first time (after they have another name), works again.