Optimising photos for the forum:
You can hotlink photos from elsewhere like Flickr using the image tags, but they tend to slow the site down as the image has to load from a slow third party server. Ever been on a site and been yawning while pictures take an age to load? Thats why. Also, over time, people tend to move and delete photos and it would be a shame if some wisdom you posted today was full of blank spaces when someone comes to read it in three years.
Hence we recommend uploading photos you use here to this site. Our software resizes very oversized images, and its easy to prepare them.
In order not to swallow up too much bandwidth, we recommend images be no more than 500 pixels wide.
Also, have them oriented correctly beforehand on your desktop. Images published directly from Apple devices like ipads and iphones tend to be sideways. That is an Apple glitch in the EXIF data, not a forum glitch here.
So as an example, I'll show you how to get your pics ready to post here in a few clicks.
Lets say you have imported a photo from your iphone to your computer.
Right click> Open with> Paint
If it needs rotating, there are buttons here:
Then resize it to a sensible size selecting pixels. Remember, people viewing on phones and ipads have problems seeing huge photos.
And finally save it like so:
This way, when you upload it as per above post, it will be sized and oriented correctly. Always place any image code (that looks like this).......
.........on its own line; like a paragraph. That way it will sit within your post formatted nicely as do the pictures on the page here.