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Signature at SevenForums - Create with or without an Image

How to Create a Signature at Seven Forums with or without an Image
Published by nommy the first
06 Aug 2013
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How to Create a Signature at Seven Forums with or without an Image


information   Information
This tutorial will give you an introduction into the basics of using a signature.
I will inform you on the various usergroups and the signature that fits with each of those usergroups and show you how to apply a signature and a signature image.
Note   Note

To change or see your signature, please do the following;
  1. Log into your account.
  2. Click on User CP.
  3. Scroll a bit down, and click on Edit Signature in the Settings & Options menu.
    More detailed directions are given in the edit your signature part of this tutorial.
    Please make sure that your signature doesn't violate the Forum Rules!
warning   Warning

Admins have the ability to change a users signature to another usergroup. This tutorial will focus on the default usergroups.


All signatures have a limit on the amount of characters used and the size of the sigpic (signature picture). The sigpic can be posted with [SIGPIC] tags.
In this tutorial I will show you how to apply a signature, apply a signature image and I will also show you a few handy tips for the length of your signature

1. User Groups
Signatures are limited per usergroup, and this are the restrictions per usergroup:
  • Just Joined:
    Members who have just joined the SevenForums and have the text "New Member" displayed under their username will be unable to have a signature.
    Once they have made a few posts and have been here a few days their status will be upgraded to "Junior Member".
  • Junior Member:
    Junior Members will be able to have a signature. The maximum amount of characters they can use is 500 characters and their signature picture is limited to a size of 600x100 pixels.
  • Member:
    Once a user has achieved the Member badge (min. 35 reputation points + 10 days registered + 10 posts made) the amount of characters he/she can use in their signature will increase to 750 characters.
  • Power User:
    Once a user has achieved the Power User badge (min. 200 reputation points + 30 days registered + 75 posts made), the amount of characters he/she can use will increase to 1.000 characters and the size of their signature will increase to 600x150 pixels.
  • Seven Pro:
    Once a user has achieved the Seven Pro badge (min. 500 reputation points + 60 days registered + 100 posts made), the amount of characters he/she can use in their signature will increase to 1.250 characters and the size of their signature will increase to 650x150 pixels. This is the largest "unlockable" size a signature on the SevenForums can have (with exception of admins).
  • Seven Guru and above:
    Once a user has achieved the Seven Guru badge (min. 1.000 reputation points + 90 days registered + 100 posts made), the amount of characters he/she can use in their signature will increase to 2.000 characters. This is the largest "unlockable" amount (with exception of admins).

    More information on badges, titles and reputation points can be found in the Reputation and Badges thread.
The amount of characters you can use for your signature includes the BBCode you use.
If a signature uses more characters than the maximum of the user group you are in, you won't be able to use it.
If a signature image is bigger than the maximum size of your user group, it will be resized to this size.

2. Editing your signature (text only):
Now that we know when you fall in which usergroup and what signature fits in that group, I will show you how to edit your signature.

A. Click on the User CP to enter your personal menu.

Signature at SevenForums - Create with or without an Image-click-user-cp.png

B. On the left of your screen will be a taskbar called Your Control Panel. In it, click on Edit Signature under Settings & Options.

Signature at SevenForums - Create with or without an Image-edit-signature.png

C. Now you are in the window where you can edit your signature. See the image below for more details.

Signature at SevenForums - Create with or without an Image-signature-preview.png

D. To see a preview of the text you wrote, click on "Preview Signature" at the bottom of the page.

E. If you are satisfied with what you wrote, click on "Save Signature" to save your signature and take it in use.

3. Editing your signature (image):
Now that you know how to edit your signature, let's look at how you can add an image in there!

A. Navigate to the Edit Signature menu by following steps one and two of the above displayed steps.
Now there are two ways to upload an image; the image upload tool of the SevenForums and using a direct link of the image. Using [IMG] [/IMG] tags will not work.

B. First seek the image that you want as a signature. And be sure that it fits the restrictions of your user group!

C. When you found a good image, upload it by clicking on the "Choose File" button in the Upload Signature Picture menu. When you have chosen a good file (be sure that the image fits in the restrictions of your usergroup!), click on "Upload"
Alternatively: When you found a good image that you want as your signature, which is uploaded to an image host, right-click the image, and select Open in new tab to get the direct link. When you have the direct link, paste it in the URL box under Option 1. Now click on "Upload".

D. When uploaded, click on "Preview Signature" to see the image you just uploaded in the Your Current Signature Picture menu.

E. Now click on the Insert signature picture link next to the picture to insert the [SIGPIC] [/SIGPIC] tags in your text field.
Hint: If you want to center your image, you can do this by clicking on Align Center. This is the second button of the three buttons with lines under the Fonts option.

F. If you are satisfied with how your signature looks, click on "Save Signature" to save your signature and take it into use.

Here is an image to show you;
Signature at SevenForums - Create with or without an Image-signature-image.png
Note   Note
SevenForums resizes images to a .JPEG extension if they don't fit within your user groups restrictions, so if you upload an image with another file type, it will lose it's properties!
E.G. .PNG images will lose their opacity and .GIF images will no longer be animated and will also lose their opacity.

4.
Useful info:

Here are a few things listed that will help you and answer some questions.
  • Ever seen a user who has a signature created by another user? You probably have. And then you will also have noticed that beneath their signature, they have the name of the user who created their signature, as a link.
    You can do this by simply copying their username from a post they made, and pasting it in the Edit Signature menu. If correctly done, the link should work.
    Alternatively you could always use the [url=http://www.sevenforums.com/members/user-name.html/]Username[/url] tags.
  • Seven Forums also counts your BBCode toward the character limit! So the shorter the links you use, the more characters you will have left!
    For instance, a simple link to the Forum Rules will look like this: [url=http://www.sevenforums.com/general-discussion/8-forum-rules-info-please-read.html]Forum Rules[/url]. That is 104 characters!
    A tip from my side, use a link shortener like goo.gl!. This way the same link will look like this: [url=http://goo.gl/PrhzL9]Forum Rules[/url]. That's only 43 characters! It saved you 61 characters!
  • Use a WYSIWYG or BBCode editor or Notepad to create your sgnature in!
    Why? Because more often than not you will have double or even tripple code using the Edit Signature box (like having [B] [/B] [B] [/B] multiple times in a row).
    Using notepad or a WYSIWYG editor will ensure you that only the BBCode you want to be there is there, so no more double tagging! It could save you several 100 characters.
  • Want a custom made signature? Visit the Custom made Sig and Avatar thread and request one!
  • Make sure that your signature does not violate the Forum Rules! If it does, your signature privileges might be removed.

That's it,
Nommy


06 Aug 2013   #1
nommy the first

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
 
 

For Brink:
  • I added a link to the custom sig and ava thread.
  • Uploaded all images to SF instead of Dropbox.
  • Corrected all spelling and grammatical errors I could find.
  • Added description on how to add sig image from external site.
  • Added description on how to tag members using [url=][/url] tags.

For everyone else:
  • I still need to know the amount of characters a Junior Member can use in it's signature.
  • I still need to know the amount of characters someone with the Member badge can use in it's signature.
  • The link to the Custom made sig and ava thread will outdate, is there a way to always have a working link there?
  • Criticism, criticism, criticism. Bring it on!


Many thanks in advance!
Nommy

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06 Aug 2013   #2
Dude

Windows 8.1 Pro | Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Very good work nommy. I do not know the character limits but some one will chime in soon. This looks to be a very useful tutorial!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Aug 2013   #3
nommy the first

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dude View Post
Very good work nommy. I do not know the character limits but some one will chime in soon. This looks to be a very useful tutorial!
Thanks Dude!

Spending quite a bit of my time in the custom sig thread, I saw a lot of users asking about signatures and how to use the ones we made them and such, so I decided to give it a try and see if I could make a tut about it to help them


Nommy
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06 Aug 2013   #4
nommy the first

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
 
 

Changelog:
  • Changed ordered list to manual list on suggestion.
  • Added manual ordered list to titles of subjects for easy referencing.
  • Corrected some spelling errors.

Aaand I accidentally clicked the mark thread as solved button because of it's easy placement next to the Go Advanced button But that's fixed now.


Nommy
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06 Aug 2013   #5
Wenda

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32-bit; Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (VM).
 
 

Good work, Nommy.


Wenda.
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07 Aug 2013   #6
LADYPINKtomato1

Windows 8 - 64-bit
 
 

It's looking really good Nommy.. thanks
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07 Aug 2013   #7
nommy the first

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
 
 

Thanks Wenda and LPT!
Do any of you maybe know how many characters a junior member or someone with a member badge can use in it's sig?


Nommy
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07 Aug 2013   #8
LADYPINKtomato1

Windows 8 - 64-bit
 
 

Nommy here is what I copied from the page where I add my Sig., make any changes to it.

Note: The maximum size of your custom image is 650 by 150 pixels or 250.0 KB (whichever is smaller).


I'm not real sure of the exact numbers.. I do know a new member has to have so many ,post or replies before
using a sig.. then once that level has been reached.. they get to use a larger Sig.
I'm sure someone will come along with all the correct info. to help you .
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Aug 2013   #9
nommy the first

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
 
 

Thanks LPT, but I already found what I was looking for, tutorial is completed now


Nommy
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