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How to post your own images

Posted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 10:24 am
by Andy S
I was asked in PM how to link your own images into a post. Here's the answer I sent, for the benefit of anyone else who wants to know.


Due to the cost of bandwidth it wasn't economical for us to host user's pictures any more... so you'll need to host them somewhere else, and then you can link them into your posting here.

I'd suggest flickr.com for the sheer reliability and spread of functions they have (you can even edit photos to some extent online.)

Otherwise, imgur.com is a real quick and easy way to host images. You don't even need to sign up for an account.

Once you've uploaded your image, you need to find the address for the image.

In flickr, go to the photo page in your photostream, click Share This, select "Grab the HTML", change the selection box to BBCode (which is what our forum runs on) and copy the code it gives you. Then just paste that into your post.

The code looks like:
[url=https://flic.kr/p/gUoSYo][img]https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7397/10438273246_1685ed3e9f_z.jpg[/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/gUoSYo]Untitled[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/savidge/]hir0[/url], on Flickr


and the end-effect is like:
ImageUntitled by hir0, on Flickr



In imgur as soon as you upload it you get a page with all the link options on it. Choose the Message board code or the Linked Message Board code and paste that into your post.

Those codes, similarly look like
[IMG]http://imgur.com/ucEXF.jpg[/IMG] 
or
[URL=http://imgur.com/ucEXF.jpg][IMG]http://imgur.com/ucEXF.jpg[/IMG][/URL]


and end up looking like
Image
or
Image

Re: How to post your own images

Posted: Wed Aug 11, 2010 8:11 pm
by misterbleepy
Thanks for the tip - I'd not seen the BBcode option on flickr before - very handy

Re: How to post your own images

Posted: Wed Aug 11, 2010 9:06 pm
by Andy S
I think it might be new. I was surprised by the new UI when I logged in to write the instructions.

Re: How to post your own images

Posted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 5:12 pm
by Old Greebo
I'm trying to upload an avatar, using Flickr. I can select the BBC code OK, and it looks more or less like the sample you gave in your opening message. But when I copy & paste it into the new-avatar window I get a message (in red) saying the value is too long. What am I doing wrong, please?

Re: How to post your own images

Posted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 9:33 pm
by Andy S
For an avatar just use the portion of code that looks like this:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4054/4687054065_4135c01a00.jpg

Re: How to post your own images

Posted: Mon Apr 18, 2011 3:09 pm
by Old Greebo
Got it! Thanks Andy!

Re: How to post your own images

Posted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 8:47 pm
by fourmatic
Have problem with uploading avatar.Have been tried all the ways.
Does it works only with flickr.com

How to upload directly to FA gallery.Any suggestions? Any help.

Thanx in advance.

Re: How to post your own images

Posted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 9:13 am
by Andy S
It works with Flickr and IMGUR and any other picture hosting site you can find. We don't offer image hosting, due to the bandwidth costs, sorry.

Re: How to post your own images

Posted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 10:34 am
by fourmatic
Got it.Problem was with bb code.
On Flickr it is much easier to get one.

Thanx Andy

Re: How to post your own images

Posted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 10:26 am
by Bill Lancashire
This thread might be a good one to 'Sticky' Andy.

Re: How to post your own images

Posted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 3:49 pm
by pink
avatar sorted finally.

Re: How to post your own images

Posted: Mon Oct 05, 2015 5:26 pm
by RoyReed
Andy S wrote:
In flickr, go to the photo page in your photostream, click Share This, select "Grab the HTML", change the selection box to BBCode (which is what our forum runs on) and copy the code it gives you. Then just paste that into your post.

Flickr have changed their interface a bit since Andy first put up this post.

First click on the bent arrow to the bottom right of the image.

Image

Then follow this in the pop-up dialog.

Image

Re: How to post your own images

Posted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 9:21 am
by Andy S
Another good option for image hosting is ImgBB . Free image hosting up to 16MB per image and formatted code to just paste in here to embed the images.
You can resize or crop an image online using something like PicResize and specify a maximum filesize as an optional parameter.