Just about everyone at some point has asked the same question. "How do I post pictures?". Hopefully I can answer a few of the more basic media questions in this thread.
Q. How do I post big pictures? All my attachments are small and people have to click. I want pictures inline so I can caption them and tell my story.
A. There are two parts to this problem.
1. You need a place to host the photos. Two of the more popular places are Photobucket and SmugMug. The paid SmugMug service is hard to beat. Photobucket lets you use a free stripped down version if that is closer to your budget. In a pinch any web host will work fine. Just link to the actual picture file.
2. You need to learn to use an IMG tag. In the editor there is a button
You can also type out the image tag manually. This is the way I prefer. An image tag looks like the following:
Services like the above hosts also often have a nice easy place you can click to copy the image code, then you simply paste and voila, it is done.
Example from photobucket
Q. Why should I do all that when I can just attach a picture to a post?
A. This site is run off of donated time, donated disk space, and donated bandwidth. When you attach a picture you are really impacting the server. The less you attach the more content we can serve you. When a picture is put inline it DOES NOT IMPACT THE SITE AT ALL! Your browser goes out and gets the picture from the other site and stromtrooper.com has a much lower load. So please, use other hosts to hold your pictures and keep stromtrooper.com running fast. Sorry for the caps, just wanted to make the point.
Q. My pictures are way too big/small. What size should I make my images?
A. 600 pixels wide is a nice size. Small enough to load quickly yet large enough to show detail. Any larger then 800 pixels wide and you run the risk of being too big. Somewhere between 600 and 800 is perfect. I came to this conclusion by checking the average picture size in hundreds of ride reports. When posting a one off or a picture you like larger is fine. Going much above 1024 pixels will force people to scroll left and right to see the image. You can always link a full size image so people can choose to look at the larger version.
Q. How about YouTube videos? I see them in posts all the time, how the heck do I do it?
A. YouTube has a standard format for its URL. We take advantage of that format to embed videos. When you visit YouTube the url looks like: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FdZg0ZtS3M
In order to embed this video you use the section after the v= and put it in youtube tags (just like img tags).
Q. How do I put a picture/map in my signature?
A. Signature images are only available to $tromtoopers. Donate to the site and you will see a new section under "Edit signature"
Once your image is uploaded you need to place tags in your signature where you want the image. Nothing should go between the signature tags.
Q. I have a picture in my signature. Now where do I get a map?
Please post any other questions below. I plan on keeping this thread clean so please do not be offended if I delete your post. I will try to answer all questions.