One of the neat things about adding photos to your thread, is that it adds a lot of value to the story.

But if your photo files are LARGE in size, then the Chat site will BOG DOWN and people reading your thread will be annoyed. So the easy solution is to always make sure that you've "resized" your photos.

At the end of this post, I will include a link to a FREE program (for PC's) that allows you to resize your photos for an optimum sizing. After you do that, they should end up being in the 40 kb to 100 kb size range... and they will still look great on the web.

One other comment. Since the standard page length allows for 25 postings before it "rolls over" to a new page, you may want to keep that in mind. If you add 8 photos to 25 contiguous postings, then that will mean that this page will attempt to display 8 x 25 = 200 photos. Even though they were all reduced in size (by you), that is still probably too many images to throw at your users. So, I'd suggest that you only add about 4 or 5 photos per posting.

I "Love" this FREE program to resize photos:
https://imageresizer.codeplex.com/

It installs so that when you highlight a file name (or multiple files), and right click, then you'll see a new command "Image Resize"... Click it and select Small, Medium or Large. It will resize and add a new file next to your existing one. (or you can select a setting and it will overwrite your original file)... Very easy, very quick and very well thought-out. And did I mention... FREE!!!!?

For Chat photos, I have found that selecting SMALL is more than sufficient. Around 900 pixels in width always displays well in Chat. And the file size is very, very small.

One other tip: When you enter the photo name in Chat, it will insert a line similar to this:
Code:
[img]http://mylocation.org/photos/photo1.jpg[/img]


If you are entering 5 photos, for example, you can follow the entry commands over and over and over and over and over.

Or.... just enter the first file and then cut and past the address text.
EXAMPLE:
Code:
[img]http://mylocation.org/photos/photo1.jpg[/img]
[img]http://mylocation.org/photos/photo1.jpg[/img]
[img]http://mylocation.org/photos/photo1.jpg[/img]
[img]http://mylocation.org/photos/photo1.jpg[/img]
[img]http://mylocation.org/photos/photo1.jpg[/img]


Then go in and modify the file names to what you want.

Code:
[img]http://mylocation.org/photos/photo1.jpg[/img]
[img]http://mylocation.org/photos/photo2.jpg[/img]
[img]http://mylocation.org/photos/photo3.jpg[/img]
[img]http://mylocation.org/photos/myphoto.jpg[/img]
[img]http://mylocation.org/photos/sunset.jpg[/img]

This is a lot quicker this way.

And... ONE more tip:
Once you know this naming process, you can actually build your posting in notepad or some other text editor first, and then cut and paste the entire posting into your blank posting window. That way you don't do all of the typing while you're online. Just paste it all at once, and then PREVIEW. Make your changes and SAVE it...

Good luck!


Bill Barker
Previous VCCA CHAT Administrator
(VCCA Member: 9802)