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Using Dropbox to Embed Photos in Websites, Blogs, and Email

Using Dropbox has never been this fun!
Using Dropbox has never been this fun!

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 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.

Here are all the 3 steps in one screen shot. Detailed procedures are listed below.
Here are all the 3 steps in one screen shot. Detailed procedures are listed below. | Source

Do you know that you can host and embed photos using Dropbox?

  • Yes, and thanks for this, I know now how to!
  • Yes, but I prefer using other photo/image hosting sites.
  • No, I wasn't aware I can do that with my Dropbox.
  • What's Dropbox?
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Embed Photos in Email

Of course there are built-in photo uploader 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

  1. The first thing to do is to have your photo signature ready (or any other images you want to go with your email signature).
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  2. 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.
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  3. 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".
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  4. Paste the copied link in the "Insert Image URL" of the Edit Signature Portion of your Email Settings (assuming you are using Google). Check this out, in case you need help in editing your signature in Gmail.
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  5. Click OK, and then you're done! Now your emails will have your awesome photo signature!

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!

Embedding in a website or blog is basically the same!
Embedding in a website or blog is basically the same! | Source

Wrapping Up!

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!

Also, feel free to share this to your friends by Liking this page using the "Like Button" on your right. I'm sure they will be grateful to know more about what Dropbox can do for them!

Have a great day ahead!

© 2012 Renz Kristofer Cheng

Comments 17 comments

Johnk186 2 years ago

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Johnny Parker 2 years ago from Birkenhead, Wirral, North West England

Thanks for the info will check out what you said.


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yougotme 2 years ago from Manila Author

@Johnny Parker Sometimes Dropbox becomes temporarily down. If that's not the reason, you must make sure that you are copying the image link and not the file? Also, you must ensure that the images are in the public folder. The link must end with .jpg or any extension pertain to an image file. Hope this helps!


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Johnny Parker 2 years ago from Birkenhead, Wirral, North West England

When I try to import a Dropbox photo URL into a Hubpages photo module it gives an error - have you come across this?


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yougotme 3 years ago from Manila Author

Thanks for the heads up egr! I shall update this hub. Thank you very much


egr 3 years ago

Just an FYI, now you have to enable your public folder (it doesn't show up in Dropbox folder from the start anymore). Just follow this link to enable it: https://www.dropbox.com/enable_public_folder


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yougotme 3 years ago from Manila Author

Hello there Keees! Yes, since you are using Dropbox to host your photos, it is not index-able ( I assume). Hence, the only solution is to upload the photos directly to your web host or the blogging platform you are in.

I hope this helps!


Keees 3 years ago

Hai there,

Iám using the Public Dropbox folder for pictures on my website.

That works great the only thing is:

Google doensn't index my pictures (incl the Alt Tags etc)

Please Help

Kees


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yougotme 3 years ago from Manila Author

That's nice story-maker!

For now, I'm satisfied with the space provided by Dropbox (since I was able to max out my referrals). But thanks for mentioning an alternative, I'm sure other readers will find it useful. :)


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story-maker 3 years ago

Dropbox is really useful but they are giving very low spaces for free users. Recently I found another similar service called ADrive ..they are giving 50GB for free users! ;)


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yougotme 4 years ago from Manila Author

Thank you very much StephSev108 !


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StephSev108 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Thanks...great info!!


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yougotme 4 years ago from Manila Author

I could say that Dropbox is really helpful for us. Thanks sparkster!


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sparkster 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Cool, I didn't know we could do this either.


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yougotme 4 years ago from Manila Author

@forlanda At first, I didn't know that I can share the link of my files through the Public folder, much more embedding photos in websites and email. But, as I started to explore Dropbox more, I learned about this feature.

I enjoy so much this feature, that's why I shared about it here. Glad you appreciated it! Thanks!


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forlanda 4 years ago from US of A

I didn't know you can do that with DropBox. Thanks for sharing this tidbit of information. This can come in very handy. Voted USEFUL.

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