How to post long web page links to the forum - two ways

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trevd01

How to post long web page links to the forum - two ways

Post by trevd01 » Fri Mar 02, 2007 12:36 pm

Long webpage links (URLs) can be a problem on the forum, because they can cause the whole post to be too wide for people's screens.

Fortunately it is easy to reduce the length of a URL, using tinyURL

http://tinyurl.com

(note there is no www!)

There are instructions there, but all you have to do is copy the long URL, and paste it into the box on tinyURL. It then creates a short URL that you can copy and paste onto the forum. It's free to use.

Here is a long URL

http://www.igmaynard.co.uk/bongo/forum/ ... m.php?f=23

(OK its not that long, and the width of this one wouldn't cause problems, but it will do as an illustration.)

tinyURL turns it into:

http://tinyurl.com/34f9bu

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Added 7 March 2006 (thanks, corblimey & ibme_uk for pointing this out)

COMPLEXITY WARNING!

If you up to using the IMG buttons for posting pictures, you might try a bit more adventurous coding. This is a more direct but much more tricky way. Here's what to do:

Heres a long URL: http://www.ncp.co.uk/multimapform.aspx? ... &type=zoom

Using the URL code like this:

Code: Select all

[url=http://www.ncp.co.uk/multimapform.aspx?client=ncp_xml&width=500&db=gb&height=290&X=530335&Y=104207&scale=10000&themode=3&type=zoom]This Map[/url]
Notice you put an '=' and the pasted URL within the first square brackets, then the words here 'this map' can be anything you like.

gives you a neat link:

This Map

Phew!