Using Dropbox to Embed Photos in Websites, Blogs, and Email
Dropbox as Cloud Storage
Dropbox has been known to be the first one to pioneer the cloud storage, something that will bring your photos, documents and any other files anywhere.
In short, it enables us to store files and retrieve them with ease! In addition, through Dropbox, sharing files has never been so easy. All we need to do is to drag and drop files into the "box" and watch them get shared to the people whom we choose to share files with. You may even do away with your external USB in order to transfer files. Dropbox will be the one to do the transferring for you. Sounds convenient, right?
There's more to Dropbox
But hold it right there! The functions of Dropbox do not just end with convenience. It can also offer you a great number of things aside from those things mentioned, and one of which is image hosting. This is why we may use Dropbox to embed photos in our websites, blogs and email. But unfortunately, about 60% of the Dropbox Users don't know about this function. And so, I came up with this article to practically show you how to embed/host a photo.
Do you know that you can host and embed photos using Dropbox?
Embed Photos in Email
Of course, there are built-in photo uploaders in most electronic mail providers (e.g. Yahoo!, Google, Hotmail, etc).
However, Dropbox may still come handy when it comes to having your own photo signature in your emails. Take this as an example, in Gmail you are only allowed to add photos in your email signature through image importation. This means that you are only permitted to "attach" an image using an external link containing the image file. Here's how you can do it:
Step by Step Guide in Attaching Image URL
- The first thing to do is to have your photo signature-ready (or any other images you want to go with your email signature).
- Next is, you need to copy or transfer the image file in the Public Sub-Folder of your Dropbox Folder (My Dropbox > Public). It would take some time (usually less than a minute, depending on the file size) before the image gets uploaded.
- After this, you need to right-click on the image file. Then, mouse over to "Dropbox". There will be several options to choose from, what you need to select is the "Copy public link".
- Paste the copied link in the "Insert Image URL" of the Edit Signature Portion of your Email Settings (assuming you are using Google).
- Click OK, and then you're done! Now your emails will have your awesome photo signature!
Dropbox Ending Public Folder Support
As of March 15, 2017 Dropbox no longer supports this unique feature. All public links have been deactivated. Hence, you can no longer attach e-signatures. You may use other image hosting sites to maintain having photo signatures in your email.
Photos in Websites and Blogs
Actually, the procedures above are quite similar when it comes to embedding photos in websites and blogs using Dropbox. You will just need the image URL of your photo to do the trick. Check out the photo below for the 3-easy steps!
I hope you find this article extremely helpful! If you have questions, comments or suggestions, you may comment them below, and I'll be glad to help you out!
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