How to Host an Animated GIF on Photobucket

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How to Host an Animated GIF on Photobucket
Use Photobucket to host an animated GIF for your blog or personal site. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

A GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) is a type of image format that allows you to display a series of pictures in the form of an animated image. Animated GIFs are widely used throughout the Internet as a means of adding motion to otherwise static graphics for websites, blogs and personal profiles. Photobucket is a website that allows you to host animated GIFs and a variety of other image formats, without having to purchase your own Web space.

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Things you need

  • Animated GIF
  • Photobucket account

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  1. 1

    Log in to your Photobucket account from the main website (see Resources). Click on the "Upload Now" button in your album menu. Click on the "Select Photos and Videos" button that loads in the new screen. This will prompt a window that will allow you to search your computer for the animated GIF you want to upload.

  2. 2

    Locate the animated GIF on your hard drive. Click on the GIF you want to upload and press the "Open" button. Photobucket will then upload the image. Watch the progress bar to make sure the image is uploading correctly.

  3. 3

    Wait for Photobucket to tell you that the GIF has uploaded successfully. The animated GIF will appear near the bottom of your screen. Add a title, description and image tags to your animated GIF. Press the "Save and Continue To My Album" button.

  4. 4

    Hover your mouse cursor over your newly uploaded GIF. Several lines of code will appear. Copy and paste the line of code that will work best with where you want to show your animated GIF. Use HTML code for websites and blogs. Use IMG code for forum posts and BBS compatible sites.

Tips and warnings

  • Photobucket has an upload limit of 4 MB (megabytes). Be sure your animated GIF is under 4 MB in size by clicking on it with the "Right Mouse Button" and selecting "Properties" from the menu. The size of the image will be listed under "Size." If your animated GIF is more than 4 MB, it will not upload.

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