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robbyrr
09-08-2011, 12:49 PM
Im new to all this so excuse me if i ask/say stupid things...im still learning

so im doing an email newsletter with like 8 images or so and its all good,so actually there is no problem...but thats what i dont understand.

The path for the images is this:

<img style="display:block;"src="file:///C|/Users/robbysanne/Documents/nieuwsbrieftemplates/html/images/se1.jpg"width="69"height="235"border="0"alt=""/>

there in tables.(i know tables suck but for email newsletters i've been told its better for all the different email clients)

So the images are on my harddrive...not online...but when i send the email with mozilla thunderbird to various hotmail,and gmail acounts to friends on different computers elswhere, the pictures still show up....and not as an attachment that you first have to download,but the whole newsletters displays properly.

How is that possible?


i thought that i was supposed to put the images on a server first,get them online and then link them..

any info would be great!

thanks!

resdog
09-08-2011, 10:15 PM
how are you sending the emails? What program are you using? If that's really the link to the images (on your harddrive), then no one else will be able to see them. Have them try to view the source code of the HTML and see where the images are residing.

robbyrr
09-09-2011, 01:01 PM
thanks for your reply.

im sending the emails with mozilla thunderbird, you can insert a html file and that's it, i really don't understand it either.

<img style="display:block;"src="file:///C|/Users/robbysanne/Documents/nieuwsbrieftemplates/html/images/se1.jpg"width="69"height="235"border="0"alt=""/>


That's really the path to my images, and everyone i send it to sees them...maybe the images are embedded or somehow attached permanently..i really have no clue and tried searching the internet but still no idea

robbyrr
09-09-2011, 01:19 PM
i opened the email and checked one of the many images with firebug element checker and this is what firebug displayed:

<img width="285" height="128" alt="" src="http://65.55.85.215/att/GetInline.aspx?messageid=d757dea0-da45-11e0-be50-001e0bcba7b0&amp;attindex=1&amp;cp=-1&amp;attdepth=1&amp;imgsrc=cid%3apart2.06020702.06050602%40bobobelle.nl&amp;shared=1&amp;hm__login=rastovarius&amp;hm__ domain=hotmail.com&amp;ip=10.13.26.8&amp;d=d436&amp;mf=0&amp;hm__ts=Fri%2c%2009%20Sep%202011%2011%3a09%3a29%20GMT&amp;st =rastovarius&amp;hm__ha=01_d71295164a84e5fd93e2b92d5f323d3bab817020ce2bbdc3f15a15ed5f7ca5df&amp;oneredir=1" style="display:block">

can someone explain it for me please?(if possible)

Rowsdower!
09-09-2011, 02:19 PM
i opened the email and checked one of the many images with firebug element checker and this is what firebug displayed:

<img width="285" height="128" alt="" src="http://65.55.85.215/att/GetInline.aspx?messageid=d757dea0-da45-11e0-be50-001e0bcba7b0&amp;attindex=1&amp;cp=-1&amp;attdepth=1&amp;imgsrc=cid%3apart2.06020702.06050602%40bobobelle.nl&amp;shared=1&amp;hm__login=rastovarius&amp;hm__ domain=hotmail.com&amp;ip=10.13.26.8&amp;d=d436&amp;mf=0&amp;hm__ts=Fri%2c%2009%20Sep%202011%2011%3a09%3a29%20GMT&amp;st =rastovarius&amp;hm__ha=01_d71295164a84e5fd93e2b92d5f323d3bab817020ce2bbdc3f15a15ed5f7ca5df&amp;oneredir=1" style="display:block">

can someone explain it for me please?(if possible)

That IP address (65.55.85.215) is a hotmail IP address (http://whois.domaintools.com/65.55.85.215). If your Thunderbird is connected to a hotmail account you are basically creating a cache of the image in hotmail and the recipient is downloading that cached image from there.

If you AREN'T using Thunderbird with a hotmail account then I can't explain why hotmail has your cached image, but still - that's where the image is coming from.

robbyrr
09-09-2011, 04:14 PM
ok,that makes a lot of sense.It was a hotmail adress .And what are the downsides of doing it like this instead of putting the images online on a server?

Rowsdower!
09-09-2011, 04:55 PM
I'm not much of a business e-mailer, so I can only speculate.

I guess it depends on whether you plan to track views of the e-mail. If you host the image on your server (and code your e-mail HTML template accordingly) you will be able to see how many views you get from what IP address and at what time of day.

The downside to hosting your own image would be the disk space and bandwidth of hosting and serving the image from your server. If you don't plan to track the hits to the image then I would assume the best approach is to let hotmail cache it for you. But, as I said, I'm not an e-mail pro. I'm just using my best guess on this.



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