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HOW-TO INSERT a PHOTO into your Blog etc.

How to UPLOAD/ INSERT a PHOTO in The Gardeners Chat-Shed

The Gardeners Chat-Shed allows you to:

  • Create albums & upload your photos into them (there's a separate "HOW TO" for that)

  • Insert videos from YouTube (there's a separate "HOW TO" for that)

  • Insert photos into your Blog and into anything else where you use the "Text Editor" (This "HOW TO")

Here's what the "text editor" looks like:

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The Text Editor automatically appears for you to use each time you select to write a Blog, comment on a Blog or just about any other feature that you are allowed written input to on the site. It sounds complicated but it's VERY simple, so simple that VERY simple people (like the web-master and administrators on this site can all use it!)

You just put your cursor in the white box - the writing area - and start typing. It has a default font, size & colour setting, however if you want to jazz up your written masterpiece you can do so by choosing the various fonts, styles, colours etc. that are available to you in the comprehensive tool section above the white box. More importantly, you can insert photos (images)!

The use of the font tools is quite obvious and straightforward, so we'll concentrate on inserting some graphics (photos). Now you will have the photo stored on your computer, or you may have it uploaded on a server somewhere or you might have it on a web-site somewhere on the Internet. Regardless of where it is - you can insert it here.

How?

Simple!

First put your cursor where you want the graphic to appear.

Next, go up to the tool bar section of the editor and click on the "insert IMAGE" icon:

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After you click on the IMAGE icon this screen will pop-up:

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If your photo is on a server somewhere and you know the URL address to it, OR if the photo (image) you want to insert is on a web-site then type it's location into the URL address box.

You can now click the "Preview" panel to see it before inserting it. If it's too big then you can adjust it's size by typing the custom size you want in the width & height boxes. About 450 - 500 pixel wide is usually ideal.

You can also choose how you want to align it from the drop down "Align" box. 

 

 

 


Assuming the photo you want to insert is on your computer, then you can upload it directly on to our site by selecting the "Upload" tab. This window now appears:

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Now, click on "Browse"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

By clicking on the "Browse" button you can select the photo you want to insert from a folder on your computer.

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After selecting your photo from your computer click on the "Send it to the Server" button.

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Finally click on OK. It really is that simple! The only thing you may have a problem with is the dimensions of your photos - so that they fit properly into your text editor. A simple tip: DON'T make them larger than 450 - 500 px in width. If they are larger then adjust them. If you don't do that during the insertion process then you can do it after they are inserted by right clicking on the image & following the prompts you are given.


HOW TO - CHAT in The Gardeners Chat-Shed

How to CHAT in The Gardeners Chat-Shed

One of the main features of the Gardeners Chat-Shed is the ability to "chat" in real time to any of your friends who are on-line. Any users of MS Messenger or Facebook are familiar with this type of service - others may not be. When we say "chat" what we mean is you can have a conversation in real time via the keyboard on your computer.

The site reports to you who of your friends are on-line at ALL times whilst you are logged-in. Simply look at the bottom right hand side of your screen. This display is visible at all times - regardless of which page you are on.


Fig. - 01

 

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Fig. - 02

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OK, now imagine you're BigGee & you're logged-in and on The Chat-Shed site. You look to the bottom right hand side of your screen and it shows:

Friends online (1)

(see Fig. - 01 on the left)

 

 

 

This means that one of your friends is on-line, but at this stage you don't know who. If you click on the link (that's the wording with a line under it)  a window will pop up. It shows you that your old mate "Potato Head" is browsing the site. (see Fig. - 02 opposite)

You decide you'd like to have a chat with him.

So you click on his name. Notice that there's a green light opposite his name - that means he is active and browsing.

If the light is on amber it means that he WAS on-line earlier, but has now left the site - in which case there would be no point inviting him for a chat! However the light is green so you know he's on the site and actively browsing (writing his Blog maybe?)!


Fig. - 03

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After you click on the name "Potato Head" the "chat-box" (shown in Fig - 03 on the left) pops up at the bottom left hand side of your screen (you really can't miss it!). To chat with Potato Head you click in the box where you see the two little "word balloons".

Make sure your cursor is blinking in there. It is - so you decide to type in:

Hi Potato Head - you OK?

You then press the "Enter" (sometimes called a "Return") key on your key-board and your message is relayed to Potato Head's computer - or whatever he's using to view the Chat-Shed site!


Fig. - 04

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At Potato Head's end he hears a bleep and notices a little black box has appeared in the bottom left hand side of HIS screen (see Fig. - 04 on your left). This means he's been invited by someone for a chat.

The little box flashes from black to grey. When it's on grey the name of the friend who wants to "chat " appears.


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Potato Head - being a sociable soul who loves gossip & has lots of gardening friends in The Gardeners Chat-Shed clicks on the box and it opens up for him (see Fig. -05 on your left).

It displays the greeting that his friend BigGee has typed in at the other end.


Fig. - 06

 

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So Potato Head responds by typing in a reply and pressing the "Enter" key on his keyboard. (See Fig. -06 on your left).

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On BigGee's screen Potato Head's reply is instantly displayed! BigGee then responds again by typing in his text box and pressing the "Enter" key on his keyboard. (See Fig. -07 on your left).

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At Potato Head's end BigGee's latest comment gets displayed. (See Fig. -08 on your left).

So the two friends carry on with their "chat" into the early hours!!!

However the conversation is not limited to two members - ANY number of members can join in.

At any time during a chat session any one of the "chatters" can invite another member into the chat-room (assuming they are on-line of course).

 

 

This HOW TO guide has been compiled to help you get the most out of your Chat-Shed membership. It is this ability to "chat" that gave rise to the site's name "THE GARDENERS CHAT-SHED". Of course you can do a lot more than chat. Please view the other HOW TO guides that are in the FAQ section of the site. They are in the "Site Help" category of the FAQ section.

 

Whilst old fashioned Gardening Forums are two for a penny on the Web The Gardeners Chat-Shed is unique in it's ability to allow you to dynamically discuss topics and actually have conversations and get answers to your questions IMMEDIATELY!


How do I insert a photo in my blog

Place your cursor in the spot where you want the graphic to appear in your blog (or comment/ page etc.)

Click on the "Insert Image" icon in the text editor (second row up on the editor's toolbar and it's the fourth icon in from the left)

After clicking the icon a pop-up window appears and invites you to insert the image URL. If your graphic is on a site on the World Wide Web just insert the address where it is.

If you want to use a graphic that's on your computer, Instead of inserting an URL address CLICK ON THE UPLOAD tab and then browse for the image on your computer. You then select "Send to server" and the graphic is transferred from your computer to the site server. It then appears in the page you are editing.

What is an URL

In computing  "tech-speak", Uniform Resource Locator (URL) is a type of Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) that specifies where an identified resource is.

In every-day language an URL is the address of a web page or a resource on the world wide web.

On this web-site you are sometimes asked to provide an URL address for a file you need to upload (typically a photo). If the photo you want to insert into the text editor is located on a server somewhere on the World Wide Web by inserting the URL of where it is the photo is transferred from there to where you want to insert it.

However, you can also insert graphic files (photos) from your own PC. To do that you select "Insert Image" in the text editor (second row up on the editor's toolbar and fourth icon in from the left).

After clicking the icon a pop-up window appears and invits you to insert the image URL. Instead of inserting an URL address CLICK ON THE UPLOAD tab and then browse for the image on your computer. You then select "Send to server" and the graphic is transferred from your computer to the site server. It then appears in the page you are editing.

what is a profile icon

Up on the top tool-bar there is a small profile image.  Its a minature version of your avatar or profile icon. if you are new, or have not uploaded a picture to use as your icon it will either be a grey silhouette image or a little orange gardener chatting to a sunflower!.

Clicking on this will take you to your profile page where you can do a number of things which change the look of your profile. These include

  • Uploading a picture to create or change your icon (also referred to as an avatar)
  • Change the look of the profile page
  • Edit the information about you for display to other users
what is My Patch

This is your personal page showing different resources on the site that you can "jump" to or view.. When you go there initially (after you have registered) it will be populated with the default widgets - these are those boxes with titles like Pages, Group Memebership, Recent Bookmarks etc. They all show information relevent to the title of the box. My Patch is your main console to navigate around the web-site.

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