Ah crap, here goes...
You've got a photo on you 'puter, and you want to post it on Railpage for all the world to see. How big is that sucker? For our purposes here, photos are measured in pixels, so many wide by so many high. You want to make your photo the right size before you upload and post it here. Too small and we won't see it, too big and we won't be able to see all of it at once without scrolling (and scrolling makes us very angry). Too big also means it'll take more of your bandwidth to upload it, more hosting space, and more of other people's bandwidth for them to look at it. There's some newish feature here at Railpage that resizes large photos or something. That's for lame brains and big girl's blouses, get your photos the right size before you upload them, you champion, you.
The right size is probably no more than 600 pixels on the longest side. I'm not even going to help you work out how to do it (I'm mean like that). Go figure it out, Google it, maybe someone else will tell you how. Just to kick you while you're down, your photo also needs to be in a format that everyone can easily view. We're talking file types here, you want something common like .jpg, .png, .gif, or .bmp. Jpeg would be the easiest, I reckon. Go to it!
OK, so we're back with a nice sized photo, in a format that folks can view at home, in their web browser of choice, without other special software. Now you've got to get it 'hosted' somewhere. Hosted means you upload it to someone's server, where your picture lives quietly until someone wants to look at it. When someone opens a webpage containing a link to your photo, the hosting server's magic elves copy out your photo and send it to the prospective viewer's computer. This puts a drain on the hosting server, and the person viewing the photo's interwebs connection, but is completely trouble free for you. This hosting business sounds like a lot of hard work for the host, so some hosts may limit the size, number of photos, file types, number of times someone can view, etc... The more popular free photo hosting sites are, however, very generous in what they'll host, and most people will never have any trouble hosting all the pics they want.
I use and recommend ImageShack®
, and Flickr
. Each have their own rules, methods of uploading, and user interfaces. They're all well explained with help pages and FAQs. You can upload anonymously, or better still, register with the site in question. By registering, the site will keep all of your photos together for you, which makes things much easier. All you usually need is an e-mail address. Again, I'm not going to tell you how to use the hosting site. Take the time and read their instructions, it's all pretty user friendly.
*several hours later....*
Signed up yet, are we? Manage to upload a photo or two? Jolly good!
When you upload a photo, or view a photo you've previously uploaded, you can get a bunch of lines of code for linking. Found that? One of those lines of code will be specifically for posting to online forums like this one. It'll have code inside
That's the line of code for you! Copy that, complete and whole, into the post field here at Railpage, and Bob's your uncle. Photo in post. Easy!