Can the next “how to for luddites” tutorial be on how to post a link please.
That’s pimpsy when you know how.
Let’s get to it! As they say on YouTube.
Go to whatever dodgy specialist website page it is that you want to link to.
Now, I’m using Chrome browser but the process will be similar on other web browsers.
In this case, I want to share a link to a delicious Mexican Sweetcorn recipe.
Notice how you have an address bar at the top of the page. This address is specific to every page you are on.
This is all we need to link to it.
On Chrome, all I need to do is tap it and a little menu pops up whereby I can hit the copy icon (two little pages one on top of the other) and the address gets copied to my clipboard on my device.
Each side of that copy icon (on Chrome at least) you have the Share icon and the other side, the Edit icon.
If you’re not on Chrome, then usually if you press and hold on that text, it will all highlight, and you’ll get an option to copy it. Do that.
Once you’ve copied the link, head on back to your Singletrack reply box, and notice the text above the box that either says ‘Link’ or is a little icon like a chain link.
Hit that up.
You’ll get a box pop-up asking you to enter the ‘URL’ of the image. This is the address that you copied earlier.
Paste that into that box.
Underneath that, another box asks you for the link text.
If you do not enter any text here, when you post your reply, the link will appear but it’ll appear as that whole address you pasted in the box. No biggie, it still works as a link but it’s messy, Long-winded and often doesn’t tell people in simple terms what you want them to click on.
So, enter a short description in that box of what you’re linking to.
In my case it’s a Mexican Sweetcorn recipe, so that’s what I write.
Hit ‘Add link’ at the bottom and it’ll put everything it needs into the singletrack reply box.
Once you’re done, hit Submit at the bottom and your link should appear in your post.
While we’re here, let’s do YouTube videos too. There’s nothing worse than a music thread with a load of just links, or worse, just words…
It just so happens that YouTube videos are about the easiest things to add.
Go onto YouTube and start the video that you want to put on your forum reply.
In this case I am wanting to share a video from the nicest man in pop, Rick Astley, and his relatively unknown song, ‘Never going to give you up’.
Under the video there is a Share button. Hit that.
Again, this step will differ slightly depending on your setup and software.
I’m on an android phone, and I’m linking from the YouTube app, rather than playing it off the YouTube website.
Should you be on the website, then I believe the link text or address we want appears at the top of the page in the address bar.
So when I click share, I get a load of sharing options pop up.
I want to select ‘Copy to clipboard’
Then, this is why it’s so easy. All you have to do now is paste(tap and hold) what you copied into the reply box.
The mistake I think most folks make is they use the Link button above to paste the YouTube link into. This of course posts it as a link, but if you want it to show as the video, just paste that bad boy into the reply text with nothing else.
Now, you won’t get a preview of the video or anything telling you that it’s worked, but be brave. It’ll appear when you submit your reply.
No need for all that. The forum software takes care of it. Copy the link, paste the link in the reply box. That’s it.
Sure, but I think the process differs if you are using the so called fancy editor or not. It certainly seems to when doing images.
Plus doing that short process, as I explained means you get the entire link as….the link.
It’s often better to use link text instead so folks know what they’re clicking on for example, or just so it looks better, should you care about that sort of thing.
iOS users can get this REALLY handy shortcut which literally does everything for you. Select photo from phone, click share, select “Upload to Imgur” and it does the rest then copies the link to your clipboard so you can paste it here. It takes seconds!
Did you do the exact steps?
You should get the highlighted text as in the photo below before and after whatever text you paste into the box.
*Click B-Quote once
*Paste your text after it
*Click B-Quote again
Yeah, tried it that way kayak, on my phone it does not show the block quote , just advances the typing space a bit (if that makes sense). Was the way I was trying before but thought it was something I was doing wrong, seems it just doesn’t like it on my phone, don’t know why