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
. If you don't see the
icon, go to your Control Panel, select Edit Options, and find the Message Editor Interface at the bottom of the page. Change the Basic Editor - Simple Text Box to Enhanced Interface - Full WYSIWYG Editing.
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
Flickr changed the way it shares pictures again. See next post.
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. Large pictures will be reduced in size for viewing unless you click the header to make them full size. Larger pictures will take longer and use more bandwidth to load though.
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: Tellico Plains Stromtrooper Rally Water Crossing 1 - YouTube
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?
A. Visited States Map by epgSoft
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.