Forum image uploads (split from gallery feedback thread)
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22-02-11, 02:48 PM
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Warrington, North West England
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Where do you intend to embed the image from? Your computer? If so then your computer needs to be permanently on, and be findable through the DNS system. If that's already the case then you can host the image on your computer and embed it here already.
Not strictly true - modern forums (or rather the database's behind them) will allow you to store a binary object within them, and therefore access it directly without a URL call. There are advantages and disadvantages to this:-
Disadvantages are database size, as obviously the image itself will be stored in the database and not just the few bytes reference link to the image storage location.
Advantages to this are - the processing of the image only needs to be done once (during the upload the image can be pre-processed for sizing etc.) prior to storing as a Binary Object, it has faster loading times. It is a one step process. If somebody removes the image from it's URL/storage location you can still see it in the forum.
All images on the web are embedded via a link. None are directly embedded within a page.
Correct, but some are linked by a URL, some are direct calls into the database fields. The current process used on this forum dictates that first I need to upload my image into some repository (Flickr, PhotoRadar, wherever..), then I need to copy this link into the insert picture dialog box in the forum editor.
There are forum editors that move this to a one step process where I can hit the image icon and it will allow me to either browse my PC for a filename and then upload it as a Binary Object and insert a field link into the text, or allow me to enter a URL in a standard manner.
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