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post Mar 7 2003, 02:47 PM
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Hi,

You can't upload your own avatars onto my server. Basically this is because this website currently uses the rather astronomical bandwidth of 112GigB a month (and swiftly rising). This board takes a lot bandwidth as it is let alone with everybody's avatars hosted on my server so I've disabled the function. So ner.

If you want a custom avatar you will have to upload it onto a server that permits remote hosting, such as the Tripod ones.

Fortunately, if you can't work out how to do that then further help is at hand. If you have an FTP program then NoName4444 has kindly set up this:

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Give me a PM or an IM at NoName4444 and I can help you out.

If you know how to upload, connect to

152.7.20.71
user: mata
pass: lgg

and your pic will be at http://152.7.20.71/mata/*picnamehere.jpg*


You will need an FTP program to make this work, they're pretty logical once you have them installed. FTP programs such as WS_FTP Pro (which I use) or CuteFTP can be bought quite cheaply or you can get free 30 day trial versions from http://www.downloads.com

So now you know the options, there's no excuse for sulking at the back because you can't get your avatar to work!

When making your avatar, please try to make sure that the filesize is reasonable, by that I mean preferably less than 15-20k for a still image and no more than 100k for a moving image (animated .gif). Having lots of huge image files as avatars will mean that the pages of the forum load slowly, and while the pictures are nice, we're here to talk to eachother!

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post Mar 11 2003, 08:15 PM
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Do you have any avatar nono's...like .gifs?


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post Mar 12 2003, 10:06 AM
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Only that they shouldn't be unsuitable material, past that I'm not bothered!


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post Mar 12 2003, 03:23 PM
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http://www.casualsmirk.com/avatars has some hot-linkable avatars - saves shifting them to another site.

There are also, sadly, some annoying pop-ups. Grrr...


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post Mar 12 2003, 06:56 PM
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Any particular reason, Mata, that we can't steal avatars from livejournal and deadjournal?


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post Mar 13 2003, 01:19 PM
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None that I know of, unless of course they don't allow remote linking to their images (which is possible).


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post Mar 17 2003, 05:09 PM
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All the above are free hosts that permit image links. That should keep you going for a while!


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post Mar 19 2003, 12:37 PM
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QUOTE (Mata @ Mar 17 2003, 05:09 PM)

They don't seem to be offering free hosting anymore, and freewebz can't be hotlinked (or so my bejiggered Scheer avatar seems to suggest... dry.gif)

I'll try a coupla the others, but it's back to the Decepticons for me...


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post Mar 19 2003, 01:16 PM
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http://www.tripod.lycos.com/

They definitely do allow it. Perki (who's occasionally on here) uses them.


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post Mar 21 2003, 09:08 PM
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ack i tried them and my avatar wouldnt show up, jus lycos logo


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post Mar 25 2003, 04:47 PM
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Yeah, I tried Tripod for image posting at FFGurus, but they wouldn't allow image linking.

Who's your host now, IdiotFace?


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post Apr 7 2003, 11:23 AM
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You can fool Tripod and Geocities, just rename the image to something else, it usually works if the site you're using it on isn't picky about filename extensions. On several of the forums I've put up I modified the code to allow it to accept the extension of "gfx" and then I tell my users if they need to use tripod or geocities to host their graphics just rename them with that extension. I'm not familiar with invisionboard though, I use phpBB on my forums.


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post Apr 8 2003, 11:22 AM
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Here's a link that tells you how to go about using MSN Communities to post images on another board that I frequent, the same principles would apply to this board click here


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post Apr 14 2003, 10:20 PM
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the URL is too long to fit onto the avatar space if you use msn...

one place that'll host pics under 120k is villagephotos.com, you have to use the message board-specific link-type though...


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post Apr 17 2003, 08:20 AM
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wow, i just thought of something.
since everybody has been posting their quiz results and such, i thought, hey you can link pictures from quiz results!!!!! then i thought wow that was kind of obvious of course you can link quiz result pictures duh. so, we can all go make pointless quizzes and upload whatever we want as results for pointless picture quizzes, and we have free AV hosting! tada!!!!! go to www.quizilla.com


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post Apr 19 2003, 03:20 PM
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I went to . . . http://www.freeavatars.net

smile.gif Got sexy av!


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post Apr 21 2003, 06:34 AM
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Webpost ( www.webpost.net ) is the best free hosting site I know. Their limit isn't very high, but at least one can get multiple accounts.


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post Jun 18 2003, 05:50 PM
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gah!! huh.gif
i'm really confused blink.gif
could some one please talk me through how to get my own avatar very simply
with as little technical language possible

i don't have tripod
if that's what was being discussed earlier...


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post Jun 18 2003, 06:59 PM
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okay, first, ya need to find an avatar to use. go to Ing's. she has a list of avatar sites categorized by type, and it's really very nice. save whatever avatar you want to use onto your computer.

next, go to Webpost, like syuu suggested, click on "login"..and create a new account, then click on "upload files" and upload the avatar to your account. then just come in here, click on "my controls,"....then click on "edit avatar settings"...and put the URL of your avatar that you uploaded in the portion that says "Your image avatars" (put it in the first blank under that part, the second one is for uploading the avatar, which Mata doesn't allow). the URL will be http://www.webpost.net/first two letters of your webpost account name/your webpost account name/the avatar file name.whatever file extension it is (like .jpg or .gif), of course subsituting your own info for what i put. put the avatar dimensions as 100 x 100 (well, unless it's smaller than that, of course...if your avatar ends up distorted, just ask someone for help if you don't know how to find the size of it yourself..but most avatars you will find at Ing's will be 102 x 106 and will look just fine when set to 100 x 100), then just click "add this avatar to my profile" and you're all set.

okay, i hope that's explicit enough to explain it to anyone who is having trouble (such as mr scribble)...and not too confusing. i tried to use as little technical language as possible, but it's difficult to do that. smile.gif


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post Jun 18 2003, 11:20 PM
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Yeah!! biggrin.gif laugh.gif
It worked
i have a great avatar!!
cheers candice
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it took me a while
but i got there... biggrin.gif


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post Jun 21 2003, 06:05 PM
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i should have come here first..mata tried to explain this whole avitar thing to me but i did not get it at all....all of yours made pretty good sense...but im not sure i completely get how to put the avatar stuf uh..her ill quot it
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http://www.webpost.net/first two letters of your webpost account name/your webpost account name/the avatar file name.whatever file extension it is (like .jpg or .gif),

ya i think i get it but u can never be too sure.i hope the next time u c me i will have a decent avatar!!thanks guys!!


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post Jun 21 2003, 10:20 PM
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ok, i'll try to explain it more, kidvicious. i'll give you an example using my own account and how it fits into the stuff you quoted.

one of my avatar's URL's that i type in is as follows: http://www.wepost.net/ra/raine/rikkusweet.jpg

see in that scenario, the ra is the first two letters of my account name at webpost, raine is my account name, rikkusweet is the file name, and jpg is the file extension. just plug in your own information, and voila.

if you still can't figure it out, just let me know and i'll PM you my email, then i'll upload the avatar for you and give ya the URL to use. smile.gif


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post Jun 22 2003, 06:21 PM
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Right. I'll give a go at explaining it to this'un.

1) Save your avatar picture to your computer. Somewhere where you can find it again, prefferably. Otherwise, it int much help. Make sure the dimensions are 100px x 100px or less. They usually come like that.

2) Go to www.webpost.net. There's a menu on the side, little round boxes in blue. Scroll down to the one that says "login" when you have your account. If you don't have one, there should be a link telling you where to get your free website. If you can't figure this part out, PM me.

3) A menu will appear below once you have logged in. One of the options should say "upload/xfer files" or something to that extent. Now is the time to make sure your avatar is either .jpg, .gif, or .png.

4) Several boxes with a button that say browse next to them will come up. Click on the first box that says browse. Locate your avatar file when the file box comes up, double click it, and the avatar filename will be in the box next to the button. Scroll down to where it says "upload files".

5) The new page will say that your upload is done. Click the blue link that says "view".

6) Once the window pops up, find the file that is your avatar in the list of uploaded files. Once it opens, copy paste the URL.

7) Come back to "my controls" on the forum. Click the box that says edit avatar settings.

8) There's a box above the one where you can upload your own. Paste the URL into said box, and click "add this avatar to my profile".

9) You should be done and have your new avatar. If you don't understand any of these directions, send me a PM and I'll go over it with you. =P Happy uploading.


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post Jun 22 2003, 07:26 PM
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i was doing it rite the whole time except for one thing.i left out the uploading the pix to my site..heh heh....silly me,well thanks i hope this works!!!


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post Jun 22 2003, 07:38 PM
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ok i did all of that bbut it didnt work!!!ok..here is what i entered into the box after i went to the site and uploaded the avatar....
http://webpost.net/ki/kidvicious2punk/possibley punk avatar.jpg://http://webpost.net/ki/kidvicious2pu...punk avatar.jpg://http://webpost.net/ki/kidvicious2pu...punk avatar.jpg://http://webpost.net/ki/kidvicious2pu...punk avatar.jpg://http://webpost.net/ki/kidvicious2pu...punk avatar.jpg

is there something wrong with it??!?!?!uh...if it helps i will see if i can get the picture to show up on here....
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if it doesnt show up on here i guess that means it dosent exsist or sumthin...um...ya i think i did sumthin wrong..

so help me out ppl....this is confusing stuff....

um...it says when i clicked on the link to find my website i need to create a page....uh...do i need to do that to getthe pic?!?!?


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