Unofficial Tech Support ~ Lesson in Placing Photos Side by Side...

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Real Estate Agent with The Berkshire Group Realtors

Blogs with properly placed photos mean a world of difference in presentation.  Nicely lined up photos without a lot of white space are more appealing and attractive to the viewer.   

When adding photos it's fairly easy to add one at a time, embedding the cursor into the text (not the other way around).

Adding photos that need to be placed right next to each other is a little more challenging.   Why?  The simplest explanation is this; the format of Active Rain is fluid in size.  Everyone is viewing it on a different size monitor.  What works on your computer screen will not work or even look the same in another. 

Frustrating?  Yes.  But it is possible to place your photos side by side using HTML and setting the photos in a table.  

The table is the framework that will keep the photos inside of each frame, so they don't travel to weird places on your blog!  

The steps to organize the process are important.  Taking time to follow the same routine will save you hours of frustration.  Here is how I do it.

  • Choose the photos to use
  • Process the photos so they are all the same size.  I used width of 350 pixels.  Keep in mind you don't want photos that are too large for the screen. When viewers have to scroll right and left to read your blog, it is a bother.  They will move on. NOTE: I honestly don't know if this is a good size.  Please if you have to scroll, let me know! :) NOTE: PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS is a good program to use.  There are free ones on the market, so do some research if you don't care to spend the money.
  • Write your blog first.  When you are finished with the text portion, it is time to add the photos.

Here's how to begin:

 Demo html button


 

 

 

 

 

 

Click on the "HTML" button on your Active Rain Tool bar.  (see demo above)

Demo for HTML


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A new window will pop up.  If you have text, it will appear here, probably looking like gobblygook; if you aren't used to looking at HTML code.

Your cursor should be in the area where you want to place the photos.  Don't worry about spaces, HTML doesn't recognize spaces, so give yourself some room to work. 

 Cut and paste this code into the HTML

html code for building a table


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is how the code will look in the HTML editor.  You will need to delete the <!--BEGIN TABLE--> and <!--END TABLE--> I used it as an example for you to see the beginning and ending of the code.

When you are finished adding the code, click "UPDATE".  The window will close and take you back to the Active Rain "ENTRY:" area.  Your table will resemble the example below:

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If you have a table that looks like this, you did it right!  Now all you need to do is place your cursor inside of each individual "box" and add your photos.  If you don't know how to add photos, check out my previous blog on "How to Add Pictures in Your Blog" (tricky title!)   NOTE: When you are adding the image URL, in the "appearance" tab, be sure to align the images all the same.  In this instance, I chose "middle."   adding photos demo

See how the first photo enlarges the box?  The next box shrinks...don't fret, just add your cursor and photo, like normal.  Keep going with this same routine until the table is used up. When you are finished your blog should look like this:


  Dawn Patrol Albuquerque Sunrise in Albuquerque 
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  Fire up the balloon   Balloon aloof

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Of course you are wanting to know the HTML code.  I used this code to build 3 rows with 2 columns:

Just cut and paste this code.<!--BEGIN TABLE-->
















 
 
 
 
 
 






<!--END TABLE-->

Learning HTML is not as difficult as many believe it to be.  If you are interested in learning more, pick up one the the many wonderful "how to" books.  Start off by doing, you will be surprised at how much you can learn and thus control your own destiny! 

GREAT RESOURCES

HTML and CSS by Molly E. Holzschlag

Head First HTML with  CSS & XHTML by Elisabeth Freemand & Eric Freeman ( I love this one because you do it in a classroom fashion. )

Inspiration for this blog goes to Stager Val Allocco in NY ~ VAL asked me how to do this yesterday, so I whipped up a post.  Thanks VAL!

 

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CRS - Certified Residential Specialist
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Thanks for this blog, I am still trying to figure out the technical stuff and this html table code will help!

It always seems simple after you learn how.

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Kristal, great stuff here. Just stumbled upon it after reading Maureen's post. ;-)

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I also stumbled here after reading Maureen's post... great information.  I have been adding photos side by side by resizing them, but this has created a problem with the new skins (Thanks Brad).  This has kept me from using them.  This may answer that problem for me! 

Thank you so much!

April 18, 2008 09:50 AM
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Thank you for the whole blog. Your active rain page looks great too...What fun to stop by. its never to late to find your info...I just found it on a search re photos

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Thank you so much!!! I have been trying to figure this out and I am going to go get a good book about html and learn more about this. I always thought it must be "too difficult" but I think I need to re-think that now. Love your blog!

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Author Bio: Kristal Kraft is a Colorado Real Estate Broker specializing in relocation to and from the Denver Metro area. She is an amateur photographer, cyclist, golfer and enjoys traveling just for the fun of it!


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