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From: Keith ( -99.199.139.60)
Subject: Re: Keith...
Date: May 4, 2010 at 9:04 am PST

In Reply to: Keith... posted by Snapdragon on May 4, 2010 at 6:26 am:

The main thing to understand about posting pictures anywhere on the Internet is that they have to be stored on a web server somewhere. It doesn't do any good to have them on your computer if your computer is switched off when I want to see the pictures. So, you have to have an arrangement with someone who runs a server that you can use - i.e. you generally have to pay them.

If you have your own website, then that is the obvious place to post pictures. If you don't have a website, check the fine print in your contract with your Internet Service Provider - you might have free web hosting included in what you are already paying for. If so, that is the obvious place to store the pictures.

If you don't have your own web space, then you can use one of several photo hosting websites. Photobucket, I think is one, and there are others. Some are free, depending on advertising for their revenue. Generally, they allow you to upload photos into albums. Some of those services, however, will not let you link to individual pictures from other sites (like VegSource). Ones that do allow external links are obviously preferable. Sorry, I can't recommend any of those services, since I don't use them - I use my own web space.

Once you have established where you are going to store your photos, then the process is:
1. take the picture
2. download it from the camera to your computer
3. *important* Reduce its size! Most modern digital cameras take pictures that are way too big for the Web. You will need to use photo editing software (If nothing else, the Paint program that comes with Windows will do) to reduce the size to around 500 pixels for the larger dimension.
4. Upload the reduced photo to your web server. Details for how to do this will vary depending on who is hosting your web space. Your web space hosting provider will tell you how to do it.
5. find out the URL (address) of your picture - your web hosting package will tell you how to determine the URL
6. paste the URL of the picture into a post on a message forum or a blog entry or whatever. Most forum / blog software will have a special function for pictures. Here on VegSource, it is the "Optional Image URL:" box on the posting form.

Clear as mud, right? :-)

Keith



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