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Old 11-04-2017, 03:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Lightbulb Tutorial: How to Host and Put Images in your Posts (2017)

edit: updated Monday, November 6th, 2017 (thanks RobR!)

Putting an image up is easy. The hardest part is where to host it.

Lots of folks formerly made use of Photobucket. Then Photobucket changed their policy, and thousands upon thousands of photos collected over years were lost. It's advisable that for good, archive-worthy photos, you use a more permanent hosting solution or simply register for an account at putimg.

That said, for now, I believe that one of the simplest, safest and most reliable online image hosts (free & privacy-friendly) is putimg. Note that (quoted from their website):

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PutImg.net deletes images hosted for more than 90 days by [non-]registered users.
The simple solution is to register. That way, as promised in their terms and conditions, your images will never get deleted as long as their website continues to exist.

The process for hosting an image and putting it into your post is very simple. I will demonstrate below. Though the post is long, this is simply to make the details very clear so that anybody can follow them.

1. Navigate to putimg.net

2. Click the "Browse" button and choose the picture file that you would like to upload from your computer.

3. When you've selected the image(s), you'll see the file name listed back on the upload page.
Don't forget to add some sort of identifying tag, which I've marked with red arrows.
This is only because putimg requires tags for their images, to keep their data organized.
After you've selected your image(s) and added a tag, hit the upload button.

4. Once the upload is finished, you will be redirected to a page that looks like the one below.
This is the "information page" for your newly uploaded image.
Copy the "direct image link" URL (web address) from the last data field by highlighting it and either right-clicking and selecting "copy", or pressing the CTRL and C keys together (mac:cmd+C).

5. In your post, paste the copied URL between two image "tags", which together should fully enclose the address.
(Paste by right-clicking and hitting "paste", or CTRL+V.)
Alternatively, you can just paste the URL and then type the tags in manually before and after it. Just make sure the web address is enclosed by these tags like so:
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[img]www.your_picture's_direct_web_address_here.net[/img] 

One of these image tags, the "opening" tag [img], tells the forum "the following text will be the web address for the image", and the other, [/img] says "the web address for the image ends here". Note the forward slash in the closing tag.
See the image above for the detailed view of how it should look in your post body.

That's it! Once you've hosted the file and then put its web address between the first [img] and second [/img] tags in your forum post, it will automatically display when you send the post in!

Note that putimg has a 1 megabyte file size limit for unregistered users, and only 2mb if you register.
If you want to share larger / higher quality images, you'll have to host elsewhere.
No matter where you choose to host your images, the process will be the same. Imgur is another popular site.

Note that you can also just copy the URL and then, by clicking the image icon in your reply toolbar, paste the web address of the image there. It will automatically create the [img] tags and insert the whole line wherever you had your cursor. See below:


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Remember! For those who wish to archive their photos more permanently, I recommend that you either (1) register an account with putimg, use more permanent hosting solutions, try other sites (like imgur), or simply upload using the forum's attachments.
For quick posts "is this worth buying?", etc, temporary file hosting will suffice. Of course, you can always register an account with putimg.

Happy (and safe) hosting/posting. May our collection photos live on indefinitely.

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În 20 years online I never heard of puti(n)img (sic). In my opinion the ONLY website that will still work 10 years from now is Google. Anything else - imgur, Flickr, etc. is a gamble.


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Thanks for the tutorial mncv.
To get around all the agro, Ive started to use tapatalk if I want to insert photos/pictures.
Its a click and its done.
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I use my own website, when I turn up my toes so will my website
Same here! But I've seen a lot of posts, even in my short time around here, that contain things like "I can't figure out how to post an image, or I would" for relatively simple matters.

Nevertheless, as I noted in the post content, this tutorial is more than just introducing a replacement for Photobucket. In fact, that wasn't my intention at all.

There are people with very limited internet / computer experience need a visual guide to see how things are done, even when it comes to externally hosting an image and inserting it into a post. This thread is meant to be instructive for the purpose of hosting and posting images here on SCWF, and I hope that some(one) will find it useful for such purposes.
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În 20 years online I never heard of puti(n)img (sic). In my opinion the ONLY website that will still work 10 years from now is Google. Anything else - imgur, Flickr, etc. is a gamble.
Fair enough, mate! But putimg is up, and it's trusted by many members of online communities that I frequent.

Out of geek-interest and historical accuracy, by contrast, Google wasn't even live and operating 20 years ago. Their alpha search engine was made public 19 years ago and five days from today (November 11th, 1998). See the original (super retro) image below:



Note to everyone that I have just updated the tutorial, following a private message inquiry that hit my PM inbox.

It's now about as spick-and-span as can be! Glad to see that it's been getting some use from the community. In the interest of further promoting it, to help as many people as possible, I'll be sticking it in my forum signature.

Happy forum-ing, and always feel free to reach out if you have any difficulties following or implementing the directions in this tutorial.
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You can upload pictures via Imagelive for free, it is not necessary to register, FREE


http://www.imagilive.com/fr/index.xml
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You can upload pictures via Imagelive for free, it is not necessary to register, FREE


http://www.imagilive.com/fr/index.xml
Thanks for your suggestion. I would recommend against using this site, as its terms of service are less than ideal and, furthermore, linguistically opaque. Important sections of their site have not been translated for the English-speaking community.

Maybe French users be more inclined to use imagilive, but I recommend sites that have been vetted by people who are more concerned with privacy, and who don't want their images to be utilized and distributed by umbrella media organizations.
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mncz. Thank you for the info, it's always good to have a backup.Cheers Bob.
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Personally, I use imgur.com, but thank you for the effort of writing this tutorial.
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Really helpful tutorial. Thanks
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Thanks for your suggestion. I would recommend against using this site, as its terms of service are less than ideal and, furthermore, linguistically opaque. Important sections of their site have not been translated for the English-speaking community.

Maybe French users be more inclined to use imagilive, but I recommend sites that have been vetted by people who are more concerned with privacy, and who don't want their images to be utilized and distributed by umbrella media organizations.
You can use http://www.imagilive.com/fr/index.xml it is safe but if you want to upload private pctures select "privée" (private).
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You can use http://www.imagilive.com/fr/index.xml it is safe but if you want to upload private pctures select "privée" (private).
Your response isn't particularly relevant to the quoted material.

I read through the terms of service myself and was dissatisfied.
Furthermore, using the 'privée' doesn't change whether or not my photos are subject to the indiscriminate use by the website and its parent organization.
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Are you affiliated with putimg ? Is this post generated just because of PB debacle ? What is your inspiration for posting this ? Most of us have our choices for image storage and are are very capable of using them. Just curious that's all.
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Never heard of the site and don't want to use it, does come across like a bit of a sales pitch?

Imgur is fine for me. 2Mb I assume is 2MB otherwise it's tiny. Most of my images are bigger in resolution and therfore size whereby I use the imgur suffix to change thumbnail res so the images are better suited for posting here etc, leaving putimg a little redundant, for me, anyway.
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I have absolutely no affiliation with putimg.

I could just as easily have made this tutorial with imgur. That's why I mentioned that the process is essentially the same no matter which hosting site you choose.

Personally, the reason I choose putimg is –– in addition to what I thought would be a sufficient explanation above, which is that putimg appears to me to be safe, privacy-conscious, and trusted by other people that I know –– that imgur, a popular alternative, to me is more like a social media site. People post pictures, they often get commented on, rated, ranked by views, etc. Not my cup of tea. An image host should be just that: an image host. No need for bells and whistles and butt-slapping.

As I've also mentioned, I prefer to host my own files on my own server, and I've done so since I was twelve years old. To those without any technical proclivities, a simple and safe method for getting photos up is all that's necessary – and a nice tutorial to help them along couldn't hurt.

It should be clear why the fall of photo bucket is relevant to addressing the needs outlined above.
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Fair enough, The post came across like "My Neighbor dropping by unannounced and telling me where to shop" But that is just me, Old, Blind, Confused etc...
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On imgur you can upload images privately, which are still viewable on any forum when hotlinked and aren't available to be seen within the imgur community to comment on, which I agree is best to be avoided.

mncz, what would also be very interesting to see you create a guide on, if you have the impetus, would be how to host your own server and what it costs etc?

Thanks, though, for this tutorial.
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I had had enough of Photobucket even before it went pear shaped. The continuous ad's drove me mad. I tried Imgur but I find Postimage.org easier to use. No problems so far.
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Fair enough, mate! But putimg is up, and it's trusted by many members of online communities that I frequent.



Out of geek-interest and historical accuracy, by contrast, Google wasn't even live and operating 20 years ago. Their alpha search engine was made public 19 years ago and five days from today (November 11th, 1998). See the original (super retro) image below:







Note to everyone that I have just updated the tutorial, following a private message inquiry that hit my PM inbox.



It's now about as spick-and-span as can be! Glad to see that it's been getting some use from the community. In the interest of further promoting it, to help as many people as possible, I'll be sticking it in my forum signature.



Happy forum-ing, and always feel free to reach out if you have any difficulties following or implementing the directions in this tutorial.
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I use Google Photos, my thought being that it's the least likely to disappear. Getting a publicly accessible URL requires a bit of know-how though. You have to take the photo, then create a link to a public album with the photo in it, then from inside the album copy the URL of the photo itself and use that in your post. It's a annoying, but Google is less likely to disappear than some fly-by-night sharing service
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I use Google Photos, my thought being that it's the least likely to disappear. Getting a publicly accessible URL requires a bit of know-how though. You have to take the photo, then create a link to a public album with the photo in it, then from inside the album copy the URL of the photo itself and use that in your post. It's a annoying, but Google is less likely to disappear than some fly-by-night sharing service
This is actually completely incorrect. Google is the last place you should by putting your images for posting on forums. They are one of the worst serial offenders when it comes to either deleting products or migrating one product into another product, or completely changing how that product functions. There is a website devoted to it...

https://killedbygoogle.com/

Currently there are 190 products and services that Google has killed off or are in the process of killing off.
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Ok so which one is bullet proof?

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Ok so which one is bullet proof?

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There is no sure bet but my money is on imgur. I have been using it from day 1 thanks to Reddit . It's well run, is solely focused on images, has a great community and a great CEO.

You can post images there without even setting up an account. But an account is the way to go.

My advice when copying the image url from imgur to paste into here is to make sure you select 'Huge Thumbnail' before copying the URL. I find that sized image fits will when someone is viewing it using a Web browser on a PC.

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