I could have sworn we had a sticky on this... since there have been a few people asking for directions, I've c/p and expanded my explanation I've given out... Kyle if you could make this a sticky that would be helpful
Taking advantage of the gallery feature on Dendroboard is highly recommended when posted pics to threads. Many free online photo sites have bandwidth limits which may cause the photos to not be displayed on threads that are accessed a lot. Having photos within the Dendroboard gallery allows other users to visit your photos, which they otherwise wouldn’t be able to see if hosted on other sites. It is especially recommended to host your avatar in your personal gallery for bandwidth reasons. Many photos hosted on other sites often get deleted or moved, and are no longer viewable on the threads on the board, which is a pain when users are referencing old threads but cannot see what is being talked about. I, personally, have plenty of web space to host pics on my own websites, but I post photos in my DB gallery that are referenced many times so I know they will always be available for viewing any of the threads they were used on.
Setting up your gallery
While you automatically get your own gallery when you sign up as a member of Dendroboard, you still need to follow a couple simple steps before you can upload pics. You need to have at least one folder in your album to be able to upload pics, so here are the steps to setting up a folder.
Make sure you are logged in. Click gallery in the menu bar just below the sponsor banners. This takes you to the gallery section were you can check out recently posted picks, some random pics, and to get into your gallery. It doesn't really matter what page as long as you're in the gallery and not the forum... below the links you've got 4 buttons... “create/order albums”, “modify albums”, “my profile”, and “sort pics”. Click the "create/order my albums".
You'll be taken to a new page with a box. In this box you'd have a list of albums... if you had them. In this case, you have to make some. At the bottom of the box you've got up and down arrows to navigate up and down the list, a delete button, and a new button. Click the new button. This will make a "new album" name appear in the box. Below the buttons is a text box... the highlighted album’s name will appear in this box where it can be edited. Change the name, or leave it (you can always change the name at a later date) and click "apply modifications" button down at the bottom of the page. Yes, you're sure you want to do the modifications, but it's nice of it to ask
Your album is created! Yay! Press the continue button. Your album folder is created, and ready for you to upload pics into
: Use the folders to keep your gallery organized! You can make galleries for specific frogs in your collection, or however you want. For example, I use the folders to separate out pics of my frogs, pics of friends' frogs, plants, my avatar(s), and special topics like spider mite infestation pics, while other members seperate out their pics by thumbnails, epipedobates, tinc group, or even down to specific morphs!
Uploading to your gallery
To access your gallery if you’ve navigated away from the gallery section, click the "my gallery" link in the group of links below the menu bar. This is where you can go to browse thru your gallery, edit pics, upload, download, etc. When you want to link people to your gallery, this is the URL you'd send them (for easy access, you can always link to your gallery in your signature). Or, you can skip the browsing of your gallery, and just click the "upload" link to take you to the page where you will upload your pics to your gallery.
On the upload file page, click the "browse" button next to the text boxes under "file uploads" to upload from your computer (The URL upload is when the photo is already on the internet, and you want a copy in your gallery) and go to where you have you file saved on your computer, and select the file and click ok. The path to the file will be in the text box. When you are done selecting the file(s) you wish to upload, click "continue" at the bottom of the screen. The next screen will tell you if it is successful or not... if it is, press the continue button.
This takes you to the file information page... where in your gallery you want it to go, what you want to name it, a description, and keywords. You can set up folders at a later date and move stuff around, but for now click the drop down list for albums and select what is available (the default folder). Give the file a title... either the name of the pic, or label it what type of frog it is so that people viewing your photo thru the gallery page will know what is pictured. The description is not needed, but handy for those flipping thru the gallery... if you did not label the pic with species/morph in the title, I recommend doing it in the descriptions. The keywords section allows for easier searching of photos by giving words that describe the pic...
Click continue. The next page will tell you if it was successful or not. If it was, click continue again! TADAAAAAAAA! All uploaded. You can then use the following directions to post your photos to a thread and show them off!
: The search function of the gallery is only as good as your file descriptions are! You are not required to put in a photo description or keywords, but it's highly recommended to aid those exploring the gallery. The description is handy to explain what is going on in the picture... this is often done when the pics are posted to threads, but out of context in the gallery, these explanations are poorly lacking. With Keywords, I highly recommend being courteous and taking the time to come up with a few of these for your fellow froggers so your pics will come up when they search the gallery… if it's a D. tinc 'Citronella' photo of one feeding... do something like "dendrobates tinc tinctorius citronella feeding", all the words and phrases that someone might use to search for a pic like yours. Can you find your own pics when using the search function?
Posting to Thread
When posting a pic to a thread, they have to be hosted online, such as being uploaded into our gallery. Once you upload them, click on the gallery pic to get it as large as the picture is (if they are bigger than a certain size, they are kept small, and you have to click on them to see the full pic). When you've got the pic at full size, right click on it, and choose properties. It should say the image location, given as a URL. Highlight the URL and copy it. When making a post, press the img button above the text box, it will insert the tag code. Paste the URL without spaces between it and the tags. Press the img button again, and it will insert the ending tag. Presto! Your image should be included in the thread when you preview your post!
: Photos on threads are only shown 400 pixels wide, and have to be clicked to view larger. Unless you have some specific reason to have it larger, it’s recommended that you resize your photo to have it 400 pixels wide or smaller. It saves on download time for those viewing the pics, and saves space in your galleries for more photos. If you need help resizing your photos, there are many people on the board willing to show you how or do it for you… it can be done with a few minutes in paint, or higher quality resizing can be done (faster) with programs such as photoshop.
There are a variety of problems that can occur when posting a photo to a thread, and most often it has to do with the code between the img tags.
- If the correct source URL is not given, the photo will not be displayed. The most common mistake is using the URL of the page displaying the photo, rather than the photo itself. To make sure you are getting the URL of the photo itself, right click on the photo, and choose “view image”. The URL in the URL box in your browser will now be that of the photo itself. The other way to get the exact URL needed is to right click on the photo, and choose “properties”. The “Element Properties” dialog box will appear. The URL you are looking for is the Location URL.
- Make sure there are no spaces between the URL and the img tags, as this can cause errors in display as the spaces might be confused as part of the URL[/list]