1) Your image is on your hard drive, and you dont know how to get it on the web.
2) Your image hosting service does not allow for direct linking, and/or indirect linking without the viewer having an account (ex- yahoo, snapfish).
3) You arent linking properly in your message.
Well, I am here to dispel all the rumors, put your minds at ease, and take you on a fantastic journey.. well.. maybe not that last part, but lets see how this goes.
Ok, so you got that new digital camera for Christmas (or Hanukkah, Kwanza, Ramadan, New Years, Chineese New Years.. oh.. whatever, it doesnt matter WHY you got it.. you got it!! YAY!). Now, your Britt was balancing a spoon on his nose, while running on top of a ball, juggling milk bones with his front paws, and the world has GOT to see this!! So, you snap a perfect photo (which also happens to have the ghost of Elvis in the background, descending from a confirmed UFO), but that darn picture is on your hard drive, and you cant get it on the message board! What to do?? WHAT TO DO??
The first thing you need to do is get the image available to the web. This can be done in numerous ways.
First, your ISP may have some web space allocated for each user. Most do, and they have a web upload option. You'll have to search your ISPs documentation, and call their tech support, to see 1) where their space is, 2) how you get to it. Many will require you to use an "FTP" software. A good one for windows is WSFTP, and for you fellow Mac users out there (be proud..) there is rBrowser. Simply log in to your ISPs site with the ftp client (find directions on how to do this on your ISPs home page), and upload the files.
Option 2, is a free image hosting service called "ImageShack". The location is: http://www.imageshack.us/ . You go to that url, and click the "Browse" button. Locate the image file on your hard drive, and select it. Then click the "Host It" button, right under the browse field (which should now contain a bunch of text). After 1sec-5 minutes (depending on how big the image is, and your connection), a screen will come up with some funny looking code. The first line is the basic code, and what you will probably use. Simply copy it, and pasted it in your message, and voilla! Your image will be in the message. This line will look something like this:
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^^ Click me!!
There are a couple other services that are available that are similar: http://www.imagezilla.com/ , http://www.imagehosting.us/
The third method I will cover, is pay-for image hosting. There is one in particular that I like, called "pbase": http://www.pbase.com . pbase is nice, in that it allows you to make galleries, etc.. and you can host multiple sizes of each image. I have used them in the past, and highly recommend them
Now, for those of you who aren't using Method 2, you need to know how to get that pesky image into your message. You will notice, when you are typing a message to the board, that there are some formatting buttons above the big text box where you type the message. One of these buttons says "Img". The "Img" button is your friend. click it once.. go ahead.. it wont bite.. You should see the following code, inserted into your message:
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Now, back in your message, paste what you just coped. Hit the "Img*" button, and you are done!
(Random Tangent: Firefox- firefox is a browser located at http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/central.html . If you are sick of all those popups, etc, you might want to give it a try. It is what I use, and I LOVE it. Be warned, there are some banking sites, etc, that wont work with firefox, so you may have to use Internet Exporer for a few things, but for day-to-day surfing, firefox is untouchable!)
So, to recap-
If you have NO idea what you are doing with all this image hosting stuff, use METHOD 2. It is the easiest way. Some quick pros/cons for the various methods:
Pros- It is space you are already paying for, so why not use it? It is also very flexible in what you can upload, link to.
Cons- You probably have to use an ftp client to upload, which can be a pain. You are also probably limited in the amount of space you have for pictures.
Pros- VERY VERY EASY! Automatically Generates the code for your message, including code for linked thumbnails (nice for large images, hint hint!).
Cons- It could disappear some day, but probably not. You are limited to 1024k images.
Pros- Very fast server. Auto generates thumbnails, and various sizes of your images. Lets you create some VERY nice, and flexible galleries. Extremely easy to upload to.
Cons- Its costs a little bit of money.
Now that we are going to have lots of people posting images (hopefuly ), Stay tuned for some image posting rules.. we need to keep some order here!!!
Now please keep your seatbelt fastened until the plane comes to a complete stop, and I turn off the seatbelt sign. Ok.. its off now.. Buh-bye.. thanks for flying with us today.. Buh-bye now.. bye.. buh-bye... ....