following was written by Kendrie’s mom Kristie and is posted here with
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Music or Pictures on Caring Bridge
enter a photo or music somewhere on the CaringBridge page, it is basically a
- You need to
get the photo or music you want saved ONTO your hard drive/computer. I use a digital camera and download my
pictures off my camera (or you can use a scanner, or you can find and
download photos and graphics and music off the internet) and save the item
I want onto my hard drive. I save
photos in a .jpg format, but not sure if that is mandatory. Music can either be downloaded (off a
site like iTunes for .99 cents a song) or you can copy a song off a cd you
already own. When I save music, I
save it in .mp3 format. If a song
needs to be converted to .mp3 format, I use a free software program I
downloaded off the internet called dBpower Amp.
- You must
establish web space somewhere so you can upload these items from your hard
drive to your web space. Your
internet service provider might give you free web space with your account
(I get free personal web space from Cox; just had to activate it.) I also have web space I pay for at www.geocities.com. I pay $4.95 a month for ad-free space;
they also offer it for free with ads.
I like Geocities because it is very user-friendly and easy to
figure out. They have an
easy-upload program at Geocities and I upload the
pictures/graphics/borders to my Geocities space from my hard drive. Geocities doesn’t seem able to handle
music, though. I think the music
files might be too large. So I use
Cox for my music and Geocities for everything else. Like I said, Geocities has an easy
upload feature that makes it easy to upload photos to their site. Uploading music is a bit more
complicated since you will need an ftp (file transfer protocol) program to
make this work. I use WS_FTP, a
software program I bought online.
I know there are lots of free FTP programs available (you can do a
Google search and find several) but I was willing to pay for it so I have
technical/customer support. That
way, if it’s not working, I have someone I can call and bitch to ….. er,
ask polite, intelligent questions.
I purchased mine from www.ipswitch.com
- Once you have
the item uploaded to the web space, it will have its own url (web
address). Once you have the url,
you can enter an html code on the CaringBridge site that will “point” to
the item and put the item on the Caringbridge page.
To Enter Photos:
Here is an important note: The quotation mark I put in between the
first < symbol and the IMG does NOT
go in your code. I had to put it here
or it would read this as code as well.
You would simply put <IMG
You can change ALIGN
to left or right instead of middle, depending on where you want the photo
placed. “Username” would be the name on
YOUR account, and “photoname” would be the name you gave the picture. (Bear in mind that if you use Geocities,
they do not allow spaces in the name of the photo. Just an fyi.)
To Enter Music:
Again, the quotation marks in between the
first < symbol and embed does not belong.
You would simply put <embed
Where I have www.members.cox.net,
you would put the name of YOUR web space …. YOUR username …. The EXACT address
of where your song is saved on your web space.
I’m not sure if any format of music will work,
but I save mine in .mp3 format and they transfer over just fine.
The autostart command
means the music will start automatically anytime someone opens your page, and
the loop command means the music will start over when it’s done.
To Enter a Border:
There are LOTS of free borders on the
web. Just do a google search for “free
left borders” and you will find hundreds.
Find one (or two or three or a hundred!) that you like. Right click on it, hit “save as” and save it
to your hard-drive … then upload it to your web space. Then, simply go to the Author Activities
section at Caringbridge and click on More Borders/Backgrounds. Down at the bottom is a blank space for you
to enter your own background address.
Use the url address that shows where you have saved the border on your
own web space (Geocities or whatever.)
To enter a hyperlink (the blue words that a
person can click on to go to another site) is easy. Simply enter the following html code on your page:
Again, the parentheses between the first
symbol and the a href does not belong.
You would begin this code with <a href
Use whatever www.address
you want people to go to, and where I have written Kendrie’s Page, you write
whatever you want to show up (in blue, underlined) on your page for people to
I realize this all sounds a little
overwhelming (it IS at first!) the thing to remember is that the two hardest,
most time-consuming steps are setting up your personal web space and setting up
your FTP program. Once you have them in
place, and understand how to work them, it’s actually a very easy process,
Download whatever you want from your camera,
the internet, etc.
Upload whatever you want to your web space.
Enter the html code at Caringbridge that will
enter your photo or music onto the CB site.
Another good place to go for information is www.caringbridge.org/page/gooch His mom has a link to another cheat sheet
at the bottom of their site with lots of helpful info on it.
Written and posted with permission from Kendrie’s Krazy mom Kristie.
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