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Uploading Items

Can you give me some basic help on how to upload pictures?

That’s an excellent question and it’s not one we have really touched on before. In case you missed it, there is a general definition of uploading in today’s quick tip up above. If you’re not sure what it means to upload, you may want to read through that first. Now, before I go any further, there are several ways you can upload files from your computer. You can upload files onto your own personal Web site, you can upload pictures to a profile you may have on a particular Web site, etc.

You also need to have some sort of file manager to be able to upload pictures or anything else you want to transfer. There are different programs available to do this type of work. Some examples are an FTP server, Pixagogo and Picasa. There are obviously more out there, but those are a few of the more popular and well known ones. Now, if you are uploading a photo from a Web site (such as MySpace), there is already a file manager there and they pretty much do all the work for you.

I’ll first explain how to upload a picture from one of those types of Web sites. I’m going to use MySpace as my example, but there are several other sites that you can do this on and they all do them just about the same way. All you have to do is get to the area where you place pictures and click on the Browse button. Then just navigate to where your photo is saved. (Chances are, you have it in your My Pictures folder or somewhere similar). Click on the picture and then click on Open. This will then enter the picture on the Web site. Next, all you have to do is click on the Upload button and the process will begin.

Once the picture is done uploading, it will tell you that it was finished successfully or not and you can then go and view it on the Web site. Most sites have a separate area for photos and you can go in there to find your new pictures. You can then let all your friends know that you have posted new pictures and they can check them out too. It’s a cool way to share photos with everyone you know!

Now, if you’re wanting to upload a file to your own Web site, you may want to use a type of program like an FTP server. FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol and it means just that. As long as you have the file saved on your computer, you can transfer it to your Web site’s host server so it’s available to be viewed on the Internet. You can specify a specific area where you want to photos to be stored and once you hit the transfer arrow, everything will be done. It only takes seconds to complete as well. This process is a little more difficult to explain in a short article like this, but it is all spelled out nicely in this tip. Check it out for more help!

That’s pretty cool, huh?! Uploading is an up and coming process and it doesn’t hurt to get yourself familiar with it as soon as possible. Now, go on and upload away!

~ Erin