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Posted: Dec 1 2005, 04:49 PM
Member No.: 1
Joined: 12-November 05
Today a member asked: "About pics, I can't find anywhere to post them."
ANSWER: There are two ways to include pictures.
1. Hot-linked or embedded images (The preferred method - allows a dozen plus images in a post)
There are image hosting websites that offer space to save photos and provide the HTML code for insertion into posts on forum websites like LTS. A good free one is Photobucket.com. There are many others to choose from.
Select the image hosting service you like and upload your photos. Now, using the codes the service provides (usually the "IMG" code), you then embed it within your post by following these steps:
a. If you want the image to be the first thing in the post, start with step b. Otherwise, start typing the text for your post.
b. When you get to the place where you want to insert an image, open a separate window to your image hosting website and go to the image you wish to insert.
c. Determine which code is the one for placing the image in a forum post. (The image hosting website should explain this - they're all different. For Photobucket it is the code in the "IMG" box.)
d. Copy the code.
e. Go back to the post you are preparing on LTS.
f. Paste in the code.
g. Continue typing your text or, if there is a second image, just repeat the process.
h. Repeat the process each time you want to embed an image.
If this procedure does not work or you do not like the appearance of your post, use the edit function to go back in and try again. You can space images sideways to the right by inserting dashes or some other character. The space bar will not do it. You can space images down with the "enter key."
Don't be bashful. Experiment. You can always immediately use the function and delete or change any post content that you wish. You cannot delete the post, but you can edit out the entire content. Only an Administrator can delete posts. We delete blank posts when we find them.
2. Attaching a picture file (Not the preferred method)
Scroll down past the text box where you are writing a post until you see the "File Attachments" section with the "browse" button. Click the browse button and up will pop your computer directory for your computer files. Find the file you wish to attach, highlight it and click "open." Your file is now attached and will appear in your sent post. Your picture will not appear in "Preview Post," so don't be alarmed.
Using method 2 you cannot attach files greater than 50 KB. If the file you attach is too big (>50KB), it will not post and you'll loose your entire post. Therefore, if you are unsure about file size, copy the text you've typed in the text box of your post to a WORD file or some place so you won't loose it and can just copy it into a new post rather than having to retype it when you try again.
Using method 2 you can attach only one file to a post. Picture files placed in a post via method 2 will be replaced by the Administrator with a hosted image in order to conserve LTS's limited storage capacity.
The key to success with the above procedures is not to be bashful and go ahead and try and experiment. It's a learning process. You can always go back into your post using the function and delete everything and start over. Nothing you put in your posts is permanent. You can always change or delete content.
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