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Display self hosted photos on eBay with the help of EAPH.com tools

Learn how EAPH.com tools reduce eBay listing costs while improving the effectiveness of your sales efforts by helping you:
  1. Display self hosted photos on eBay

  2. Display better photos on eBay

  3. Support your eBay efforts with web pages and photo albums
Avoid costly eBay Picture Services, avoid eBay alterations to your photos, display more photos of your items, and create attractive eBay auction descriptions, eBay Store Custom Pages, eBay About Me pages... Teacher

Avoid eBay alterations to your photos by choosing "Self Hosting"

If you are familiar with the process of creating item descriptions on eBay you have probably noticed the "Self Hosting" option that exists in the Add Pictures window. Using the option enables you to provide photos that will not be altered by eBay... [continued below]

Show more and better photos on eBay, produce attractive overall presentations, and save money

When your photos are stored with EAPH.com you may display them on eBay in whatever size and quantity you desire. It's easier than you may think and completely avoids the need to pay ANY picture hosting fees to eBay. Create auction descriptions, About Me pages, and eBay Store Custom Pages... [continued below]

Self Hosting avoids eBay alterations to your photos

eBay refers to the option as "Self Hosting" which implies you could display photos directly from your home computer. That's not possible. What eBay really means is you may choose to display photos stored at a web host. A web host provides for storage of files that are accessible from the Internet (and so also from eBay). EAPH.com is a web host, but more significantly is a web host specifically designed for storage of photos for use with eBay.

Here's how it works...

During the process of creating an item listing on eBay you may choose to "Add Pictures". You will then be presented with a screen that enables you to choose whether you want eBay to host the pictures for you or use "Self Hosting". In the screen shot immediately below the "Basic" and "Enhanced" tabs across the top refer to eBay Picture Services hosting. That is, eBay will act as the web host for your pictures. Those options lead to a process by which you may choose up to 12 photos from your home computer for uploading (copying) to eBay. If you choose more than one photo or add options such as super-size you pay additional fees to eBay. eBay will alter the photos you give to them by adding an eBay logo in the bottom right hand corner and reducing the size as they see fit.

-reduced screen shot of eBay page-
reduced screen shot of eBay page
If you instead use the "Self Hosting" option you will see a screen like the one above. You are provided with a space to type or paste a "URL". A URL is an Internet address such as you see in your web browser's address bar when you visit web pages. In this case you would fill in a URL that leads to a picture file as opposed to a web page. EAPH.com hosting, because it is designed for use with eBay, provides storage that automatically displays the URL to use for each photo. Here's a screen shot:

-reduced screen shot of EAPH.com hosting file storage-
reduced screen shot of EAPH file storage

The mouse arrow in the screen shot is pointing to the column that displays the URL for each photo. You need only highlight a URL with your mouse, copy it, and then paste into the spaces provided on eBay's screen.

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The important thing here is that eBay will not alter photos provided to them in this manner, neither to resize or add their logo. The only exception is with Gallery Pictures -- eBay will create their own thumbnail sized versions of your photos no matter how you provide them. But, at least, they will not add an eBay logo. That helps a little because the more that is done to a photo beyond your control the more it is likely to suffer visual quality loss.

The photo you provide to eBay will be displayed in two places on the eventual auction page:  In full size underneath your item description and in a small size up above the item description.

Providing eBay with a self hosted gallery picture helps, but the real power comes from your ability to display as many photos as you want within the body of your item descriptions. That's a huge advantage over using eBay Picture Services Hosting and easier than you may think, as explained in the next section:

Use the tools provided with EAPH.com hosting to show more and better photos, produce attractive overall presentations, and save money.

When your photos are stored with EAPH.com hosting you may display them in the body of your eBay pages in whatever size and quantity you desire. It's easier than you may think and completely avoids the need to pay ANY eBay picture hosting fees.

Saving money certainly doesn't hurt, but that isn't necessarily the only reason to display photos in the body of item descriptions. As opposed to eBay's standard of displaying photos separately (beneath) the item description you may create presentations with textual description in proximity to each photo -- better to point out and "talk up" specific item features.

Here's how it works...

HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) is what enables colors, pictures, links, background wallpapers, and design layouts in web pages. Because HTML is allowed on eBay much of what is possible with full web pages also becomes possible within item descriptions, eBay Store pages, and About Me pages.

Normally you would need to learn at least some HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) to be able to use it. With EAPH.com hosting, however, you are provided with tools that do not require even the slightest knowledge of HTML. Your options range from very simple to very elaborate, it's all up to you:

Option 1: Use the EAPH.com "Plugins" tools in combination with eBay's item description tools

Let's say you are happy with the item descriptions you are able to create on eBay or TurboLister and all you want to be able to do is display more and better photos. That's super simple. Included with EAPH.com are photo presentation tools (called Plugins) and one of them is titled "Full Size Group".

With the Full Size Group tool you may point and click to gather up to 20 photos at a time and the HTML code to display them is created for you. Just copy the code - you may do that with a click too. Then on eBay choose "HTML" view, paste in the code, and switch to "Standard" view. You'll see your pictures in the item description. Go on from there to fill in your textual description either above, below, or in between the pictures - wherever you want.

Using the EAPH "Full Size Group" Plugins tool
to create HTML code
Using Full Size Group to create HTML   Point




Other EAPH Plugins tools enable you, also all by point and click, to create slideshows, click to enlarge groups, and mouseover zooms. A sample of each are shown and discussed fully in the EAPH Features page.

Option 2: Copy and Paste photos one at a time directly into eBay's Standard View

Let's say you have a number of item listings already running on eBay, or you have a set procedure you follow for creating and listing items. The only thing missing are photos to flesh them out. Well, EAPH.com has got you covered for that too.

Create your item description as you usually would or select to revise one already listed. With eBay's description entry area in "Standard" view open another window or tab of your web browser and go to your EAPH.com hosting. Use the Plugins "Full Size Group" as described above to select the pictures you want to show in the item description. This time, however, instead of copying and pasting HTML code, you'll be copying and pasting each individual photo itself from the Full Size Group preview.

Right click on a picture displayed in the Full Size Group preview and choose Copy. Then switch over to the eBay window (or tab) and in eBay's description entry area, left click your mouse within the description where you want the picture to go - that positions the flashing cursor within the item description. Then immediately right click your mouse and choose Paste. Your photo will then appear at that location in the item description. Repeat the procedure for every other photo you want to display within the item description.

Using the EAPH "Full Size Group" Plugins tool
to copy photos into eBay's Standard view
Using Full Size Group for copying pictures   Point




  1. If right clicking does not work for you in the eBay Standard view, you may use your web browser's tool bar instead - Paste is located under "Edit".
  2. The copy photo technique above also works with eBay's EasyLister format for creating item descriptions.

Option 3: Use EasyLinks

If you are content with the tools provided by eBay to create item listings and just want to add pictures to your listings, try EasyLinks. EasyLinks is the newest of many helpful tools included with EAPH hosting. Use it with templates, with eBay standard item descriptions, TurboLister, FreeForm, everywhere you want to quickly and easily display a group of photos.

EasyLinks produces HTML like the Full Size Group Plugin but with convenient sorting, background color selection, and borders for the photos. There's no easier way to create a well formatted grouping of photos.

Option 4: Use FreeForm or FreeForm2 to create the entire eBay item description

Sample Templates

Use them as a head start for creating item descriptions and web pages uniquely suited to your needs.

FreeForm Template Examples
Likely as not you've discovered EAPH.com Hosting after having visited the FreeForm or FreeForm2 sites. In the scheme of things FreeForm came first and EAPH second. In fact, EAPH exists specifically in answer to countless help requests from sellers using FreeForm making mistakes and having difficulties with other hosting methods and services.

Over the years convenient and efficient connections from FreeForm to EAPH have been added:
  • Point and click to use photos or graphics stored at EAPH - no copy and pasting of URLs
  • Unlimited saving using EAPH Save - you may create folders also
  • Import EAPH Plugins code directly into Code Input Areas (no copy and paste)
  • Publish web pages directly from FreeForm into EAPH web space
Bottom line is, FreeForm and FreeForm2 will work with any web host. Using EAPH just makes using FreeForm much easier and convenient. In short, if you like FreeForm, you'll love EAPH.

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Support your eBay efforts with web pages and photo albums
EAPH.com hosting includes web page and (optional) domain hosting. The natural choice was to provide FreeForm for creating and publishing pages. You'll see a link in FreeForm's Preview menu to ''Publish on EAPH''. FreeForm prompts with a few extra options appropriate to web pages and publishing is completed in only a few clicks.

Although FreeForm is mostly used by eBay sellers to create item descriptions for eBay, it is also great for creating About Me pages and eBay Store Custom pages. Using FreeForm together with EAPH web page hosting has the extra bonus of enabling you to retain the same look and feel to your pages both on and off eBay.

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To see the actual process of using FreeForm and EAPH together visit the tutorials page.

Option 5: Use the Template Helper to create the entire eBay item description

Sooner or later most sellers will have arrived one way or another at templates that best suit their efforts. In other words, the "design phase" will end and the much longer "using phase" will begin. The Template Helper is for the "using phase" geared to enable efficient editing of templates for content as opposed to structure when creating item descriptions, web pages, About Me pages, eBay Store custom pages, etc.

See How it Works

Template Helper Tutorials
For example, although FreeForm provides well for saving and re-using what one creates as templates, in practice once any given layout is settled upon, many of the design tools are no longer needed and to a certain extent may get in the way. That's when the Template Helper becomes a desirable alternative.

The heart of EAPH's unique Template Helper is a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor that gives you the power to squeeze a great deal of flexibility from a template without having to learn or edit HTML. You may use templates you've designed with FreeForm or those that you might acquire on the web or purchase from a template designer on eBay.

Within the confines of the basic structural layout of such templates you may readily adapt them to your needs "on the fly" as you create individual presentations:
  • Insert and remove images (graphics and photos)
  • Insert and remove text
  • Add borders to images and adjust their spacing
  • Align content: Center, Left, Right, Indent
  • Adjust text color, size, font, underline, bold, italics
  • Highlight text (apply a background color to words or phrases)
  • Create bulleted or numbered lists
  • Create or edit text and image links
As with FreeForm each presentation created can be saved separately and re-loaded at a later date and time for revision or as the foundation for creating additional web pages, item descriptions, etc.

As with FreeForm, no HTML Knowledge, Editing, or Experience Required!

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