I’m sure there’s other, better advice out there on how to do this… but I have had so many people ask me, I thought I would give it a stab here on Sprittibee to help out my fellow bloggers. This may not be on the topic of homeschool, but lately I have been too busy to stay on topic anyway. Here below are my simple instructions on how to post photos in your Blogger or HSB Blog (These instructions will work with most any blogging platform, because I am giving you the basic HTML code to post photos rather than the click-and-point instructions for your weblog hosting service):
BLOG PHOTO POSTING TUTORIAL by Sprittibee
If you have a Blogger Blog and are completely web-illiterate, you can still upload photos that can ONLY be used on your blog by following Blogger’s easy upload instructions. However, to make your photos more versatile and enable you to use them anywhere (other blogs, eBay, homepages, etc.) it is better to use an image hosting service that allows hotlinking. Uploading photos from your computer’s hard drive and posting them on your blog is not hard. It can be done with just a few simple clicks. The hardest part is making sure your photo is the right size for your blog. You don’t want to post a HUGE photograph that will cause your blog template to be shuffled around on the page (or send your sidebar to the bottom where no-one can see it).
To resize images, I use FastStone Image Viewer. It is a free program that allows you to view, manipulate, remove red-eye, and resize or crop images (and much more). I LOVE IT. I did a post about it earlier this year. I’ll do a tutorial on that some other time, but for now… I am assuming you have a photo that is small enough to fit in your blog!
Choose the photo you want. Using a photo from the web is OK if you have permission from the owner and give them credit. There are many places that allow royalty free use of stock photos for bloggers. To use an online photo, you simply have to right click and save it to your documents on your computer (I save mine in “My Pictures”)… and then upload BACK TO the web in your image hosting account. That seems like an added step since it is already on the web to begin with, but if you copy the picture’s location URL and post it, you are stealing bandwidth from the original photo poster… and that is not good web etiquette.
I started out using Geocities to host my photos, but if you have a lot of people viewing your blog, Geocities will limit how many times your photo is allowed to be seen in an hour. This really started to be a problem for me once my blog started getting over 100 hits a day. Someone kindly suggested that I use PhotoBucket. Maybe it was Sheri… I can’t remember (Whoever it was – THANKS!). Getting a PhotoBucket Account is quick and FREE. It is a image hosting site that will also allow you to upload short video clips and other media. It automatically tags your images with a URL address (hotlink) which makes your job so much easier when you are ready to write the simple HTML code to place the image in your post. If you don’t want to use PhotoBucket, you can also use Flickr. Here‘s a simple tutorial on how to use Flickr Photos in your post.
Once you have a hotlink/URL for the photo, you can log in to your blog and open your post in which you want the photo included. It is best to view your post in “HTML VIEW” (Blogger allows this). Here’s what the tab looks like:
If you’ve never used this view of your post before, it might seem intimidating, but don’t be shy. It is easy once you try it a few times! The code for pasting an image in a post using HTML is VERY EASY.
Here it is:
THAT’S IT! Now if you view your post in “Compose” or “Preview” mode (Blogger) you will see the image. If you really want to get fancy and wish to format the image to be in the CENTER or RIGHT or LEFT, you simply put these tags AROUND the one above:
There you go. Now you are “image-HTML” savvy!
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