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How to put pictures in your posts
There are two ways that you can add pictures to your posts.
Using the Attachment Feature
Depending on your level of membership (your membership is automatically upgraded based on your posting activity, duration of membership, etc) and which forum you are posting in you may be able to post pictures using the attachment function. This means that the images are stored on the forum server, and may be beneficial where the longevity of the image is important (for example in rebuild threads or in the tech forum).
This is very easy to do
1. Click on the attachment icon above the edit post window
2. This will bring up the attachments manager. Click on Choose File.
3. Select the file that you wish to upload, and click Open. You do not need to re-size your file, this will be done automatically.
4. Click upload to add the attachment to your post.
5. The attachment manager will close, and you can now manage attachments via the menu beneath the post edit window.
Using an External Image Hosting Service
Not all forums allow attachments, and some users find the attachments a little "clunky" when viewing. In some instances you may prefer to use an external image hosting service. The down side to this is that if the nature of the service changes (for example their fee structure changes or they simply shut down) the images in your posts will cease to display.
You will need to create an account with one of these services; I use photobucket as they are free and (so far) reliable, but there are a plethora out there so by all means shop around. Once you have done so the process for adding pictures is as follows
1. Select the image that you wish to upload. Photobucket does not offer re-sizing on upload, so I will resize most pictures to 800x600 before uploading. Microsoft Office Picture manager is one (free) program that can do this quickly and easily.
2. Upload this image to your choice of server. The pics below are for photobucket, but most servers should work in a similar way.
3. Once the image has uploaded, copy the Direct Link.
4. Click on the Insert Image function in the post edit window, and when prompted paste the URL of your image into the box. Click OK and you have successfully inserted the image into your post.
And that's all there is to it.
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