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    Default Posting Larger Images

    Mark Levesque has an excellent tutorial on how to post larger images. Since there have been numerous requests on how to do this, I thought we should finally make a sticky so we don't have to hunt all over the darn place to find the link. Thank you Mark!

    There are a couple of caveats you should know about doing this:

    1. PPA does have a "bot" service that sniffs out your images if someone else decides to copy your image and use it for their own websites. However, this only works for images that are posted directly on this forum in the conventional, albeit, smaller image, way.

    2. I would recommend, very highly, that you grab the images on your own web domain server (if you have one). Photobucket, et al, have copyright releases which makes you vulnerable to the rights of your own images.

    So here it is:

    OurPPA has some pretty severe restrictions on image sizes, particularly when one considers it is a site that is ABOUT images. Yet people want others to see and evaluate their images so they can incorporate the feedback into improving their work. But if the images are too small, which the largest size allowed is, then you are guessing at best. So how do we solve this conundrum? We host the files elsewhere and link to them here.

    The best way to do this is to use your site to host the images, and simply link to them so the images are embedded here using {img} {/img} tags. (Note that you will have to replace the curly braces with square brackets for all of the tags referred to in this tutorial.)

    Here's what you need from your web host service: a username and password for your site. Let's say your site is called www.mysite.com, and your username is joeschmo and your password is photos123. You will open your favorite ftp client, and use mysite.com as the host, joeschmo as the username, and photos123 as the password. Click the button to connect, and it should log you in. If you are like most people, your service provider will have set things up so you are in the right place when you log in. If your service provider is not so on the ball, you may have to navigate to the public_html directory. If, when you login to the server, you see "index.htm" or something similar to that, you are in the right place already.



    The next thing to do is create a new directory in which to place the many images which you are going to be hosting. Maybe call it "images" or "photos" or "pix". Doesn't really matter. But now you want to set your remote browser to point to that directory (double clicking on the new directory usually works). Now you will see there is nothing in that directory. No problem. Find an image you wish to host on your local browser. Transfer it to the new directory on the host machine by dragging and dropping.



    Now, to actually make use of the newly hosted image. Construct the URL like so. Start with the hostname. In my case, http://www.markspixels.com. Then add the directory that you created to host the images. In my case, it's "images", so we are at http://www.markspixels.com/images, and then add the filename. So now we are at http://www.markspixels.com/images/allyshaR1.jpg

    Now you enclose the above URL in IMG tags like so:

    {img}http://www.markspixels.com/images/allyshaR1.jpg{/img}

    (You need to use square brackets in the above link, which gives you this:


    Last edited by Michael_Gan; 03-26-2010 at 12:57 AM.
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    Meritage House of Photography

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