Easy Photo Posting Instructions

solstice98(9b/Orlando)September 25, 2008

This topic comes up over and over so here's some basic instructions. If this doesn't work for you or if you have problems, send me an email and I'll see if I can help. I love to see pictures so I'm happy to help anyone make that happen!

DON'T BE NERVOUS! This may sound complicated the first time but once you've done it you'll see it's easy and fun. You'll be posting pictures every time you visit the forum!

First of all, you need an account on a photo sharing site where you can store some pictures. You can't link directly to photos in your computer so you need to have them on a 'photo hosting site'. Photobucket is the one I use the most and I think it's very, very easy, but Picasa, Kodak Gallery, and several other sites work just as well, I'm sure. These sites all have free accounts available and so you can start posting photos today without any expense. Cool, huh?

You can get to Photobucket at www.photobucket.com

So, once you have the account set up, follow the instructions for uploading pictures from your computer. You can add them one at a time, or upload several at once. (See below for some thoughts on setting up albums.) Don't worry about losing them. You are just copying them to Phtoobucket and you'll keep them on your computer. Besides being able to share them, it's also a good backup for your most precious pictures.

When you have some photos loaded, your page will look something like this:

To add a photo directly into your forum message, click once on the line under the photo that's labeled HTML Code. Then go to your message in the Florida Garden Forum (or whichever forum you want) and paste it into your text message. It will show up just as text until you hit the "Preview Message" button. Then the picture should show up. If it doesn't, check to be sure you selected the HTML Code line instead of one of the others.

You can add as many pictures to a single message as you want, but if you do more than 3 or 4 it gets very slow to open for people who use dial up.

Here's a good thing to understand: your picture doesn't really get transferred to GardenWeb. What happens is that the HTML code is telling GardenWeb (with magic computer instructions) where to go in Photobucket to find the photo AND it's also telling it to display the photo. If you delete the photo or even move it in Photobucket to a different album, GardenWeb will still have the old instructions and won't be able to find it. The link will be broken. If you edit the picture in Photobucket, making it smaller or adding a border, that will show up the next time someone looks at the message in GardenWeb. The real picture stays in Photobucket - GardenWeb just temporarily imports it each time someone opens your post. I hope that makes sense. If it doesn't let me know and I'll try again!

Another good thing to know is that you can make pictures smaller in Photobucket by resizing them but you can't make them bigger again. If you go too small, you'll have to reload the photo from your computer as a new picture.

About albums: When you first set up your account, you'll see where you can "Add a new album". Since you won't want to move photos later (because you'll break the link), it's a good idea to set up a few albums right away. I suggest one for Home (house pictures), one for pets, one for garden, one for hobbies, one for vacations, etc. It's easy to add them at any time so they don't need to all be set up right away, but a couple are a good idea. I even have one called Miscellaneous for any pictures that don't seem to fit anywhere else!

Hope this helps!

Kate

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whgille(FL 9b)

Thanks for the instructions. I had to add the HTML code in front of my photo URLs but it worked.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2008 at 4:33PM
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solstice98(9b/Orlando)

That's right whgille, as long as you have a photo in an internet photo hosting site, to make it show up in a message you just need the 'img src' code.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2008 at 5:15PM
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manature(9B Sanford, FL)

I'm not sure what you mean, about putting the HTML code in front of a photo URL, WH...the HTML code to the host site should be all you need. But for whatever reason, the only thing many of us can see on your post are the dreaded Red X's, so something is still off. If you are using Photobucket, all you should have to do is click on the 3rd line down (HTML Code) as Kate says above, and it will be instantly copied. Then you just paste that in your message, with no additional info, and the picture should show up.

Marcia

    Bookmark   October 3, 2008 at 6:01PM
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solstice98(9b/Orlando)

This is very strange because I just went to the posting of his photos on the Discussions page and I can see the pictures.
The Emperor's New Garden? No, I don't think so. They look real to me.
Maybe some people have photos from Kodak blocked? That doesn't seem reasonable either.
What else? Not sure...

Marcia, what we meant about the html code was that you should be able to post photos from any hosting site as long as you have the html code. Photobucket provides it but not all sites do.
Here's the code, with a space added after the first angle bracket and in front of the last one. They are just there so the real code doesn't disappear. Where it says 'whatever.com' insert the url address of your photo. He'll need all the other text and the quote marks too.

If all else fails, just go with photobucket or picasa and let the magic work.

Kate

    Bookmark   October 3, 2008 at 9:04PM
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manature(9B Sanford, FL)

I understand what an HTML code for an image is, as I did a lot of webpage building back in the day and wrote it all by hand. What I was confused about was why you would use both the HTML code copied from Photobucket or whatever AND an image source URL. You just need one or the other, right? The copied one or the handwritten one. And it sounded like he meant he used both, one after the other. As I said, I wasn't sure what he meant.

Marcia

    Bookmark   October 3, 2008 at 9:07PM
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solstice98(9b/Orlando)

I know you understand code, but I thought if someone else read all this and didn't, then an explanation was necessary.

    Bookmark   October 4, 2008 at 5:53AM
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manature(9B Sanford, FL)

I'm wasn't complaining that you explained HTML code or anything, Kate. I was just still trying to figure out what Willy meant about using both. I was confused and trying to understand what might have been going wrong for him. But since he switched over to Photobucket, his pictures are showing up in the post, so I'm guessing it had to do with how Kodak works or something. I've never used them and it might be set up differently.

My original reading of his post here was that he had copied the HTML code section AND added a separate image source tag, and that's what I was confused about. I didn't know if I had misinterpreted what he was saying or not.

Happy he has it worked out now, though. And I think your instructions above are great, especially with the screen captures to illustrate what it looks like on Photobucket. Nice job! (Yeah, I confess, I never read them before because I already knew how to do it. Smack me up beside the head when you see me again.)

Marcia

    Bookmark   October 4, 2008 at 8:32AM
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manature(9B Sanford, FL)

And what the heck are you doing up at 5:53 on a Saturday, Girlfriend? Geeeesh! You make me feel like a slacker, and here I thought I was up early at 7:45!!

Marcia

    Bookmark   October 4, 2008 at 8:33AM
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solstice98(9b/Orlando)

I didn't want to be up at 5:53 on a Saturday! Shelties can apparently tell time but they can't read the calendar. 'Saturday' is not a concept they understand but 'it's 5:45 and you aren't up yet' is unacceptable to them. They are the time keepers of the universe. The worst part is that as soon as I'm up, they feel free to go back to sleep.

    Bookmark   October 4, 2008 at 11:21AM
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manature(9B Sanford, FL)

Hahaha...And here I've been complaining that Maksim wants to get up at 7:30 every day, when I prefer sleeping another hour or so. I thought when Mark was out of town this week, Maks wouldn't know it was time for anyone to be moving. But I thought wrong. He starts the whimpering at 7:30 and if I try to ignore him, it turns into distressed howls. Potter, on the other hand, won't make a sound until he hears me get up, even if he has to go really bad. He'll wet his blanket before he'll ask to go out. I tell ya...he's drain bammaged.

Marcia

    Bookmark   October 4, 2008 at 11:51AM
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scottrell(10AFl)

bump for m

    Bookmark   December 7, 2008 at 6:51PM
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imatallun

Thank you, Sharon, Kate and Marcia! I was hitting the html line on Photobucket and it wouldn't copy or paste. I'll give it a repeat whirl.

Trying again...

Toodles,
M

    Bookmark   December 7, 2008 at 7:37PM
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solstice98(9b/Orlando)

Oddly, there's been a recent change in Photobucket and merely clicking on the html line doesn't copy it. But if you right click on it then the little pop up menu gives you a 'copy' option. Or just highlight the line and select 'copy' from the menu bar at the top of the page. Let us know if you have any more problems with it!

Kate

    Bookmark   December 7, 2008 at 9:42PM
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wanda662(Stuart, Fl)

Kate! Or anyone!
Help!
My DBIL is down from up N. and had put some pictures in my e-mail account. How do I get them to Photobucket?
He first put them in My Pictures then sent to my e-mail account.

    Bookmark   December 8, 2008 at 6:08AM
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solstice98(9b/Orlando)

Wanda,
First you need a photobucket account. It's quick and easy to set up. Just go to the website and it will explain everything.

Then from photobucket, you should be able to go anywhere on your computer or to an on-line account and select pictures to upload. I'm not really sure what you mean by "... pictures in my e-mail account", but try this: when you are on an album page, ready to upload pictures, look just to the right of the upload box on the screen. There's another box there that gives you some options, such as upload from computer, upload from a mobile phone, or upload from email. Select email and then click on "choose files". That should work. If it doesn't, let us know! Feel free to email me directly is you have a specific question.

Kate

    Bookmark   December 8, 2008 at 9:32AM
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solstice98(9b/Orlando)

Moving this up so it's above the old photo instructions thread.
I can't ask to have the old one deleted because so many people have told me they have it saved in their archive.

    Bookmark   December 10, 2008 at 8:47AM
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mboston_gw

Solstice -
I am lost! I opened an account on Photobucket and uploaded two hummer pictures but I am not seeing a page like yours with the stuff under the picture that says email IM
Direct Link, or HTML Code. In fact my page doesn't look anything like your. Can you guide me through it?

    Bookmark   January 26, 2009 at 4:38PM
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solstice98(9b/Orlando)

emails sent

    Bookmark   January 31, 2009 at 8:40AM
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solstice98(9b/Orlando)

Sheri,
The line you want to copy is the one that starts "Let me know if it doesn't work!

Kate

    Bookmark   February 22, 2009 at 8:29AM
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solstice98(9b/Orlando)

Moving this up again because of a request.
Sure wish we could make this a 'sticki' so it stayed on the first page.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2009 at 1:24PM
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solstice98(9b/Orlando)

This is a new entry on the other Easy Photo thread.
* Posted by daisyincrete 10? (My Page) on Sun, May 17, 09 at 6:56

"Once you have the account you'll see how easy it is to upload your photos to photobucket"
Sorry,I am being very thick!
I cannot see how to get my photos onto photobucket.
Can anyone tell me?
Thank-you. Daisy

Daisy, first of all, have you set up an account (joined)?
Then, are you logged in to that account? The place to enter your user name and password are near the top right corner of the page.
Once you log in, if you are on the Photobucket main page instead of your 'albums' page, then look at the menu bar at the top of the website - I think it's deep blue in color. Near the left on that menu bar is "my albums" with a little down arrow on it. Put your mouse cursor there and choose "albums and upload". That will take you to the page where you can upload pictures from your computer.

Please let me know if that works.

Kate

    Bookmark   May 17, 2009 at 8:07AM
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solstice98(9b/Orlando)

Bumping this up above the other, older photo posting thread...

Daisy, I forgot to mention this in my reply to you. My Grandfather came to America from Greece in 1898, so it's particularly delightful to use the GardenWeb to 'speak' to you in Crete! What a small and wonderful world!

Kate

    Bookmark   May 17, 2009 at 8:22AM
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zacbit

Followed instructions as closely as possible..Can post a link but still can't put pic directly into message. Set up photobucket account. Please help..

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   May 17, 2009 at 2:22PM
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solstice98(9b/Orlando)

The link you want to copy and paste into the message is the one that starts 'img src....'. It's listed under the picture as HTML Code.

Here's the code, with a space added after the first angle bracket and in front of the last one. They are just there so the real code doesn't disappear. Where it says 'whatever.com' insert the url address of your photo. You'll need all the other text and the quote marks too.

If you don't see the lines of code under each picture you either aren't logged in to your account or you have it set up not to show the codes. Click on "Account Options" near the top of the page, then under "album settings" click on "link options". A little window will pop up with some choices; be sure the tiny box to the left of "HTML..." is checked. Once you save that option, the HTML code line should show up under each of your pictures. Right click on that line and 'copy' it. Then you can paste it into your text messages.

If that doesn't work I'm not sure what else to try but let me know and we'll figure out something.

Kate

    Bookmark   May 17, 2009 at 3:02PM
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solstice98(9b/Orlando)

bump

    Bookmark   September 8, 2009 at 8:22PM
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sassybutterfly_2008(7 NorthWest GA)

woohoo!

again, thanks for the info!

~Wendy

    Bookmark   September 29, 2009 at 11:32PM
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petunia_2006

let me try to post here

    Bookmark   October 16, 2009 at 9:56PM
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happy_fl_gardener

Scott, I bumped up this thread for you.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2010 at 8:08PM
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kayjones(Mo6b)

Let's keep this at the top.

    Bookmark   February 8, 2010 at 8:48AM
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kayjones(Mo6b)

TTT!

    Bookmark   February 13, 2010 at 9:22AM
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stuartwanda(N. Stuart)

Moving on up!

    Bookmark   July 19, 2010 at 8:30AM
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K8Orlando

Norma_2006 - moving this up for you. Did you get the link? Do the instructions for re-sizing your pictures once they are posted make sense?

Kate

    Bookmark   October 26, 2010 at 1:51AM
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debi

    Bookmark   November 30, 2010 at 3:13PM
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stuartwanda(N. Stuart)

Bump!!

    Bookmark   July 9, 2011 at 6:58PM
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kayjones(Mo6b)

To the top!

    Bookmark   December 24, 2011 at 5:52PM
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Orlando-Dave

This wasn't working for me in subject forum so I figured I would try here.

[IMG]http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/cc352/Surface_Tension/2012/2012%20garden/IMG_2364.jpg[/IMG]

    Bookmark   October 26, 2012 at 4:07AM
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Orlando-Dave

Ok, so what am I doing wrong all you computer programmer types??? Thanks in advanced.

    Bookmark   October 26, 2012 at 4:08AM
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Richard (chuggerguy)

You'd need to use the HTML(Hypertext Markup Language) code instead of the BBC code Dave. Lots of forums do use BBC(Bulletin Board Code) and the code you used would work there, but not here.

You may need to change your Photobucket settings to show HTML links to see the proper code:

Another way would be to just use the direct image link in this simple HTML code:

<img src="URL_of_the_Image">

For your image, try posting this:

<img src="http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/cc352/Surface_Tension/2012/2012 garden/IMG_2364.jpg">

Good luck.

Edit: Actually, I see in my screenshot that Photobucket is calling the BBC code "IMG code", but that's what it is though, Bulletin Board Code.

This post was edited by chuggerguy on Mon, Dec 24, 12 at 15:38

    Bookmark   December 23, 2012 at 8:31PM
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