1. Create an Account
Firstly create a separate Photos Gallery account.
Note: Registered forum members need to create a separate account with the Photos Gallery. We ask that you use the same username and email address as your main forum account.
Unfortunately the photos area can only accept single word usernames, so if your forum username is two words then then you'll need to make a single word by joining the words together or adding a underscore (not a hyphen) e.g. "Red ZH2" could become "RedZH2" or even "Red-ZH2".
2. Add Avatar and background Image to Profile
Adding an avatar and a background image to your profile lets you create a great Gallery page for your images
Once logged in go to your Profile area:
Now click in the "Upload Profile Background" button:
The background image is going to span the whole page so it needs to be fairly large in width.
Once uploaded you'll see that our profile area is taking shape. Now we move on to adding an Avatar image. To do this click on the "Edit Profile" button:
Now we add an Avatar image. The uploaded image should be at least 160px. To do this make sure you are on the Profile page and click on the "Upload new image" button:
Thats it. Now you should have a great looking page which looks good when people view your photos. If you make a mistake then simply edit the existing photos.
Now we move on to adding some photos...........
Upload your Photos
IMPORTANT: There are two different ways in which you can upload images to the Gallery:
a) Direct to the Gallery
b) Using the "Upload Images" button when composing your forum post
3a. Upload your Photos - Direct to the Gallery
Go to the Gallery and login. Then simply click on the "Upload" button and browse to the images on your computer or device. You can add single images or multiple images all at once (max 40 at a time).
Images can be added by finding the file on your device or computer, or even by adding a list of urls.
Max. upload image size is 5MB each.
Once the preview has appeared you can also edit the image title if you wish:
Uploaded photos essentially go into a big bucket under your name (not an album). However, once uploaded you can create additional albums and move the photos between them.
When your image has uploaded you see the embed codes should you wish to embed the image into your forum post:
If you come back to the image at a later date then you'll find the bbcode beneath the image. If you can not scroll down then click on the image and then scroll down
In all cases simply copy the code (the one called "BBCODE for Forum posts") and paste it into your forum post. You need to paste it on a new blank line with a blank line above and below. The code supplied is "ready to use" so no need to add any additional tags.
4. Create additional albums
When you upload images they are automatically attributed to you, although technically they are not in an album but in what could be described as a big bucket!
However, you can create albums to organise your photos should you wish.
If you look underneath one of your images you'll see an Edit button:
Click on that button and an edit box will popup where you can create additional albums and move images between them:
You can also create new albums from your main profile page. See image below:
Note, if you upload multiple images at once (just select them all when you browse to them), then you are given the option to create an album after upload.
5. More options - Selecting multiple images
Lets say your images are already in the gallery and you want the bbcode for several of them.
If you go to your main profile page you can select specific images. Just hold your mouse over the relevant ones and click "SELECT" (see image below).
Then click on the action button to choose what you want to do:
By using this method you can generate bbcode for single or multiple images, edit images, and also move images between albums.
That's it !
Now you have a great area where you can store your forum photos and if required easily embed them into your forum posts.