Well, this is going to be relatively short, as far as my guides are concerned.
A common problem faced by a lot of new members on this board is that they can't make the signature they want because they're too long! After all image URLs generally take up a LOT of space. Heck, for just one of my pics down at the bottom of this post, I would have to put this url: http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj47/p00rleno/banner.jpg --in IMG tags. That's a LOT of space out of the few characters you have for your signature. Well, there's a way to shorten it up a bit!
First, for all of you who can't remember or don't know how to set your signature, a quick recap.
From this thread, clicking this link will bring you to the page, provided that you're already logged in. If this thread isn't around to help you, here's the steps to navigate the menus:
- Log into the Forum
- Beneath the Angels Online banner, where it shows your login information, hover over "MemberCP" to pop up a little menu, where you should choose "Edit Profile"
- From there, Click on the "Personalized" tab
- On that page, scroll down to the Signature box, and that's where you put the code for your signature.
Okay. Now assuming you're going to be wanting to put images in there, you're going to need to put them in img tags. That goes a little something like this:[code][/code]Where the big long URL is where your image is stored on the Internet. This however, will quickly cause you to run into the following problem:
Also known as, your signature is too stinkin' long, so go make it shorter.
Okay. Here's the good stuff. What you're going to want to do is copy the URL of the image you're trying to use, and go to http://bit.ly in your web browser. If you've done it right, you should see this at the top of your page:
Yep, you guessed it. You're going to put your big stinking URL into that box, and press Shorten. So if I was trying to put in the Angels Online logo from the main site, I'd put http://ao.igg.com/themes/images/logo.png into the bit.ly textbox, and it would return something that looked like this:
Now, that little link that bit.ly gives, http://bit.ly/58jl8i, does the exact same thing as http://ao.igg.com/themes/images/logo.png does.
So, you'd take the little bit.ly link, and put it in the IMG tags on your signature. I'm not saying you can get an infinite number of images in your signature this way, but it certainly helps.
Yes, you can use bit.ly for other things too. If you need to give someone a link to a forum thread in-game, and they don't want to type it out, you can bit.ly it and give them the shortened URL. However, I have a word of caution about following bit.ly, or tinyurl, or any other shortening service's links: Only go to it if you trust the person giving it to you. These links can hide absolute anything, and you could end up walking into a trap if you go to one in error. bit.ly has a solution to this-- if you add a "+" to the end of the bit.ly URL, it gives you details about the link before continuing (or not, if you decide the link is bad). For example, http://bit.ly/58jl8i+ would bring up the info page for the AO Logo.
And that's about all there is to bit.ly, and how you can use it to help you make a cooler signature.
Any questions, comments, concerns, feel free to post and ask, tell me, or correct me.
[ Last edited by p00rleno at 11-24-2009 00:31 ]