Currently, I keep all of my photos in Aperture. I then use a plugin to sync from there to my own photo site, running the Gallery PHP application. I also use the Flickr export plugin to sync to Flickr. This setup is getting increasingly problematic. The Gallery installation and integration is starting to fall apart. Gallery has enough photos (a little over 19,000) to now be pretty slow. The plugin is getting more and more clunky, often silently failing at random times.
I really like having control/ownership over my photos and photo site, but Gallery just is not cutting it anymore. I have a free Flickr account and really like the community there, but have fears that while its current intentions are good, it may eventually go the LiveJournal route of crappy service at some point in the future.
So that’s my situation. I’d like to hear from two sorts of people:
* Folks that have a paid Flickr account: Is it worth it? Are there weird limits or gotchas that are not apparent in the Flickr Pro account marketing material?
* Folks that are syncing Aperture to something besides Flickr or Gallery (is there anything else?) or folks that are using the Aperture web gallery with something other than the over-priced and under-featured dot-Mac.