As noted, BlueMelon offers two different types of photo sharing accounts. The first is the free account, with which you receive 1GB of storage along with the basic features. The maximum image size is 12MB, and you must log in at least once every six months to keep your account active.
There is are several uploader tools on the BlueMelon website. For instance, you can use the Java plugin uploader, the Flash plugin uploader or import photos from Flickr, Facebook, Picasa or SmugMug. You can also download a desktop uploader that is simple to install and to use.
BlueMelon supports JPEG, PNG and GIFF file formats, and there are no traffic bandwidth restrictions, even with the free account.
The basic account offers a few privacy features, such as right-click download protection and password protected albums. There are many ways to share your photos, although you are limited to three collections with the free account. You can view full size photographs and full screen slideshows, and create customized layouts, albums and more. Another benefit of this free photo sharing account is that you are guaranteed no ads or spam.
For richer customization features, improved privacy features and selling capabilities, you will need to purchase one of the upgraded accounts.