A Graphical Interchange Format (GIF) is a type of file used to display images on the Web. GIF files are a commonly used format because they load quicker than other types, such as a Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPG), and are generally found as simple graphics that do not require extensive colors. Before you have the ability to display a GIF on a website, you must add (upload) the file to a server. Use your GIF along with a free online resource to upload the GIF images of your choice.
Point your Web browser to a free image host like Photobucket, Flickr, TinyPic, MediaFire or FileFactory. Image hosts allow you to select the picture from your computer and upload the file to a server.
Click the "Upload" or "Choose File" button and use the dialog window that automatically opens to select your GIF file from your computer's location. Continue to follow the prompts to finish the upload process.
Copy the URL address that automatically displays when the upload procedure on TinyPic, MediaFire or FileFactory is complete. If using Photobucket or Flickr, click the "Share" feature and then copy the HTML or URL code that appears. See your particular host's "Help" page if you need assistance locating this information.
Access a Web area, such as a forum post or blog entry, and paste the URL in an image tag as follows:
<img src="http://www.imagehost.com/image.gif" />
This code displays your GIF image on the page.
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