How to Link to Your Online Photos

If you have put your images on a photo album site, you may be able to link to these images and display them in your Web site or photoblog. This avoids having to upload twice and can help get around image size and total image storage space requirements on your own Web site or on Web pages at community sites such as MySpace.

Relative Addressing Versus Absolute Addressing

This rather nerdy subject can make all the difference between your pictures showing and not showing on the Internet. Relative addressing means that with all images and pages in the same Web folder, you need to only link to the picture file name or the page name, such as Picture.jpg. However, if a picture or page is not in the same folder, the Web surfer will get an error message and the page or picture will not come up.

Never assume that your links are working properly. In the beginning you should manually check each one. Later, with more experience, you can get a free program, called Xenu, to check all your links. Do this every time you put up a new page or make changes.

Absolute addressing means that you list the full address (URL), http://and all. So instead of just typing ‘Picture.jpg’ in the code for your web page with relative addressing, the absolute address might be http://www.your in the code for your page. While Web surfers won't see your code (and it doesn't really matter to them), what they will see is a blank spot where your image should be if you get the addressing wrong in your page code.

You can never go wrong with absolute addressing, as long as the address is correct. Absolute addressing assures you that your pictures will come up as intended. You can check the validity of any absolute address by simply putting it in your browser address area and pressing Enter. The page or image you have targeted ought to appear in the browser.

Linking How-Tos

When linking to another site, be sure to put the complete address, including the http://. For example, if you have Photo_birthday.jpg at, you would need to put that complete address in your page code to link to it properly. In this case, the link would look like this: This addressing will vary from site to site, so check your specific site for requirements.

When putting your pictures on your own Web site, pay special attention to uppercase and lowercase letters in file names. Many servers are case sensitive. For example, if a link to one of your photos reads “picture.jpg” but the picture is named “picture.JPG,” the picture might not be found.

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