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anyone having trouble loading photos today... really annoying this is..


I tried to upload a photo the other day and all I got was a blank square come up. Never had any problems before, it is very annoying


it might be easier to link photos picasa web albums and facebook both can be used to link from amongst others (but not flikr). To get the url rightclick on the photo and select copy image location and paste it as the url in the gw picture loader 2nd tab.

thats what i do most of the time because uploading directly can be quite hit and miss with my connection.


I actually use picasa..not all that on comps as dont understand url etc.. so if it does`nt work the usual way I will just leave..but thanks for info...


with picasa its really easy. But maybe I should explain this url thing 

for example this page has the url of

http:// is the type of connection its normally http or https 

the s in https stands for secure and is encripted which means as the page gets passed from computer to computer it can't be read by one of the computers in the middle ordinary pages are not encrypted but https you would use when transfering things like credit card details. is the public address of the website a DNS server (Dynamic Name Server) translates that to a network address to find the computer with the webpage. the rest is like the folder system used on your computer you can think of it like

C:\forum\talkback\photos\ actually more like C:\www\forum\talkback\photos\ 

finally 87112.html

is this actual webpage which is a plain text file but written in a specific format. within the html file are more urls usually at least one css style sheet (which tells your browser what font size to use where to put pictures ect)

Pictures are not part of the html of the page but separate files for example my avatar is at

if you click on the above link you will see just my avatar image no page links no text just the image.

because gardenersworld is such a big site it has to divide the load between several servers(computers) s3 is one particular computer s3 = server3  and as you can see its got the same sort of directory structure as the server which holds the html page.

just like your own computer you probably have c:\usersandsettings\jean\mydocuments\photos\apicture.jpg

why do this with pictures? well simply it is more efficient the gardeners world website stores just one copy of my avatar and reuses it everywhere its needed. twice on this page for example if my picture was actually part of the web page (87112.html) your browser would be having to load more data and the page would be slower.    This way your browser fetches the image once and displays it twice (on this page).  Not only that but your webbrowser can scale the image so it could be 300 x300 at one part of the page but also 150x150 at another.

the url is pretty much identical to an address like

12 high street



united kingdom

for the postal service. they work the address backwardsso to send a postcard from spain.

first put it on a plane to the uk, then send it to lincolnshire and on to the lincoln sorting office and then give it to the postman who has the high st on his route. who puts it in the letter box of number 12. computers go a little further and might include the mantlepiece in the livingroom as the exact place for that postcard to go to. 

Hopefully this makes a bit more sense to you now. A url is an address which gives the location of something like a picture or a text file or a video or a soundfile ...

so to find the address of a picture on a webpage a right click on the picture brings up a little menu  with a few options usually there are at least view image, copy image,  copy image location (which is the url or address of the image which is what you need) so select copy image location and the address is copied to the clipboard now go to the tree icon and click that




followed by the insert button and the image becomes part of your post.

easy isnt it any questions i will try to explain better. Or someone else can who is better at explaining


You can only edit the last post in the thread and only if that post was you.

There is a glitch in the system when trying to upload pics. It's being looked into.

Click green tree icon.

A small window will appear with two tabs showing one for (your computer) and the other for (an external site).

Hit your comp tab and then pick select. This will take you to your computer files (new small window) where you can pick your file and press ok/open. The window will close and you will see your file name appear in the box next to the select button.

Now hit the upload button. This will probably cause a error window to open (Radupload ajax callback error with lots of text). Press return or the X (top right) 

Then wait till it appears in the small window. This can take a while so be patient.

When it appears press the save button and wait again. It should appear in the reply box but again this might take time.

Some files can be too big and will need to be cropped before they will load.

Hope this helps.

From the ED, today.

I'm sorry that you're having trouble posting images on the forum. A couple of things to check:

The images you upload need to be in jpeg or jpg format.

They should be less than 2mb in file size. If your files are larger you'll need to reduce them in size - there's a free app for iPad which will do this here:

I hope that helps!

Daniel Haynes

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