Images Hosted Offsite

If you want to insert an image occasionally and do not want to install image-related modules, you can use an offsite hosting service, such as Flickr, to house your images. Flickr encourages you to display images from their hosting service in your site. It has two requirements: (1) You must have permission to include the photo in your own work (whether it is your own photo or an image that is available for use under a Creative Commons license); and (2) you must link the photo back to Flickr's Web site.

If you have a rich text editor (such as TinyMCE) installed, you will be able to drag images from Flickr into the text editing window on your own Web site and the image will automatically be linked back to Flickr. Handy and easy, yes?

To provide random images or to include a few of your most recent images, Flickr requires you to create a JavaScript "badge." Log into your Flickr account and navigate to http://www.flickr.com/badge.gne. You will then be asked a series of questions to customize your Flickr badge. At the end of this process, you will receive a JavaScript snippet. In your Drupal Web site, perform the following steps:

1. Navigate to Administer, Site building, Blocks.

2. Select "Add block."

3. Add a block description and paste the JavaScript snippet from Flickr into the body of your new block. Change the "Input format" to "Full HTML."

4. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and select "Save block." You will be returned to the Block summary page.

5. Place your new block into the appropriate region. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and select "Save blocks."

If you prefer to host your images offsite, but you want to include a lot of them in your Web site, you should consider using the CCK-related module, Embedded Imagefield. This module allows you to integrate images from third-party services as a CCK field, and it creates links back to the hosting providers as part of the module. The project page for this module is http://drupal.org/project/emfield.

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