Posted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 12:12 am Post subject: How To Post A Photo On The Forum
Upload the File to a Server
To post a photo on the forum your photo needs to be stored in cyberspace on a server, and it will always have an address (or "URL" = "universal resource locator") that tells any computer exactly how to find it. Most ISP's provide some server space for this, you would need to check with your Internet Provider to find out how to use it.
Another option is to use a free photo hosting service. Photobucket seems to work well for this. You need to register and sign up for an account HERE, click past a few advertisements then follow the instructions to upload your pictures, where they will be stored on their server, each with its own address, and can be added and deleted as you choose. It always helps to carefully write down the exact URL for each image, although one of the nice options with Photobucket is that they have some posting options which not only saves the URL, but adds the "tags" that are needed to post them on the Forum
The URL ("address on the internet") for the above photo is below:
(If you copy and paste that text into the address bar and hit "enter" it will take you right to the photo, in this case just as if you had clicked on the photo itself in the example above. Try it.)
Link the Photo on the Server to Your Post on the Forum
You will need to know the exact url where the image you want to post is stored (Copy the URL to paste in your post). Go to the forum post and in the upper right portion of the screen click the "IMG" box. Now put the entire URL after the "[img]" that appears in the dialog area, either by pasting or writing the entire URL, then re-click "[img]" to close the tags. Click the "Preview" option to verify that the picture has uploaded correctly.
Remember that if you delete your photo from your hosting space, it will no longer show up in your forum post, so please leave it on the server for as long as you can. In most cases this can be "forever".
To display your photo in your post you need to link to your photo using BBCode. BBCode is a special implementation of HTML. BBCode itself is similar in style to HTML: tags are enclosed in square braces [ and ] rather than <and> Adding BBCode to your posts is made easy through a clickable interface above the message area on the posting form. Even with this you may find the following guide useful.
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