It's generally a good idea to check the size of your image (in bytes) before uploading. If it's much larger than ~150kb, you may want to shrink it some, or use a lossy format (e.g. .JPG) if it's stored losslessly (e.g. .PNG). Also, some image file formats aren't appropriate for web presentation, e.g. BMP, TIFF, and proprietary formats such as PSD (PhotoShop).
- PNG (or SVG) for line-art or anything with relatively few colors, straight edges, etc.
- JPG for photographs or anything with many shades of color
- SVG for vector graphics
We can also handle documents in these formats: PDF, ODT, DOC. If you get an error that the format isn't supported, contact me and I'll double-check (writing this rather quickly right now). We may be able to accept other formats as well.
If you want to upload really large files, contact me; I may want to put them on a different server which has more room.
Once your file is ready to upload:
- Click on "Upload file" in the sidebar at left, under "toolbox"
- Click the [Browse] button to select the image file you want to upload from your computer
- Enter any descriptive information into the large edit box underneath
- Click the [Upload file] button
Once your file has uploaded, you can get the name of the image from the resulting page -- that name is what you'll need in order to insert your image on other pages, or link to it.
MediaWiki's site has a pretty good tutorial about how to insert the image into other pages -- but note that they use "File:" as a prefix, while HTYP's version of MediaWiki still uses "Image:". (This will change eventually, but "Image:" will still work. "File:" currently won't work on HTYP.)
To make a link directly to the image, use "Media:" instead of "Image:".
More later when I have time.