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#871382 - 02/08/14 11:47 PM How To Add Photos To A Forum Post  
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In order to add photos to your forum post, you must upload your photos to a web photo hosting site and embed links (URL) to the photos in your

post. There are several popular web sites available. Some examples are:

- Picasa Web Albums
- SmugMug
- Flickr
- Photobucket

Web hosting sites require that you create a user account so that you can store your photos, but they are typically either free, or allow you to try

it out for free, so you can see if you like it.

Once you have uploaded images to a hosting site, you can begin adding links (URLs) to these photos into your BMWST forum posts. Each photo hosting

site typically provides some way of generating the appropriate link (URL) for a given photo. However, that process is usually different for each

hosting site. Information on how to do this for a specific hosting site may be available in other posts in this forum. Otherwise, you will need to

follow the directions provided by your photo hosting site.

The link (URL) that you add to your BMWST forum post must be a link (URL) that is a direct link (URL) to an image on your web hosting site. Keep in

mind the following:

- If the link (URL) does not end with an image file extension such as ".jpg" or ".png", it isn't going to work.

- Hosting sites may have security restrictions to limit who can view the images. Be sure to adjust any security settings on your images so that

anyone with the link (URL) to the image can view it.

To add your image links (URLs) to a BMWST post, you can use the "Enter an image" button that you will find at the top of the "full reply" posting

form. (Look for the smile icon and scroll over to the fourth icon from the left) There are several ways to get to a full reply form, but one way is

to click on a "Reply" button at the bottom of one of the previous posts



and another way is to click on the "Switch to Full Reply Screen" button at the bottom of the forum page.



On the full reply screen, click on the "Enter an image" button and choose one of the options. I typically just use the first option.



In the dialog, enter the link (URL) for your image.



Please note that the dialog is pre-filled with "http://", which is useful if you needed to type in an image URL manually. However, if you are

pasting in an image link (URL) that you copied from a web hosting site, your link (URL) should already start with "http://" (or "https://"). So

please be sure that your image link (URL) doesn't end up having two copies of "http://" in the front of it after you paste in your link (URL). To

paste in the link (URL) you copied from your web hosting site, press CTRL/V (COMMAND/V on Mac)

Click on the "OK" button, and your image should be added to your post.

You can check to see how your photo will look in your post by clicking on the Preview Post button. Now, scroll down and see how it looks. If

everything is good, click the Submit button and your post, with your photo, is up on the board.


ALTERNATE METHOD
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All that the "Enter an image" button really does for you is surround your image link (URL) with the image markup characters "[img]" and "[/img]".

If you find it easier, you can simply paste your image link (URL) into the post and then surround it with the markup tags. The end result should

look something like this in your post:

[img]https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-bPia81czxpU/Uva8X4vtAqI/AAAAAAAADz4/yMebrGVNOno/s800/ImageURL.jpg[/img]

After you submit your post, your image should show up.


#871384 - 02/09/14 12:24 AM Re: Adding photos to a forum post [Re: Caddis]  
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That was a very informative and helpful post.

May I add that, some if not most hosting sites will include a URL that leads back to your entire photo album. Perhaps you only want to make ONE picture available but not all photos in your album. In that case you need to delete a portion of that URL So that only the photo you want appears. I can't tell you exactly which portion that is because each site codes their URL differently but look for the sentence string as shown above.


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#871455 - 02/09/14 11:56 PM Re: Adding photos to a forum post [Re: Caddis]  
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Yes, the distinction between a link (URL) to an individual image and a link to an "album" is a very important concept.

The instructions above are for adding individual images into a BMWST post so that they are displayed along with the text of the post. In order for a photo to show up in the contents of a BMWST post, the link that you use must be a link to an individual image (i.e. it must end with ".jpg" or possibly ".png"), and cannot be a link to an album. That's because an album is really a web page with images on it, not an image that can be added to the post.

If you really want to provide a link to an album, you can do that by using the "Create a link to a webpage" tool, on the full reply screen:



But what that does is add a "clickable" link to your album's web page. It doesn't add any photos, or your "album", into the post.

Another source of confusion is that even when you are using your web hosting site, and you have clicked on a specific image to view it on that site, the URL that is displayed at the top of the browser (the "location" field) is typically NOT a direct link to your photo. It is a link to a web page that is displaying your photo. You can't just use that URL as your image URL.

The best way to get an appropriate URL for an individual image is to use whatever specific method the web hosting site provides to you for getting the correct URL. Each web hosting site has a different way of helping you do that. You should not need to edit any URLs, by adding or removing part of the URL, to get things to work. I would not recommend doing that unless you really know what your are doing with URLs. You just need to use the correct procedure on the web hosting site to get what you need.

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