Pictures, Galleries & Slideshows

Before you try to add images get them ready!

Uploading images that have not been prepared for the web will quickly use up your web storage space, cause your pages to load slow and could even break your website! We have prepared a printable document for you to download that shows how to use a free online tool for getting your pictures ready as well as how to do the very minimum anyone should do to their pictures/images before trying to upload them to any website (even ebay or craigslist).

To view the document please click this link: Preparing Images for the Web downloadable tutorial.

Online Photo Editor to Replace Picnik

As a “Do it Yourself” website manager you may be using the photo editor we recommend in our post about preparing your images for the web.

Unfortunately Google, the company that purchased Picnik, has decided to just shut it down. Of course, I could spend hours trying to figure out the logic (why did Google buy it if they were just going to shut it down???) but I just don’t have any spare time for pondering that question right now.

So, I have searched the web and this one is my favorite (as of today):

It’s free, no log in required. Of course, it is still new. I am sure over time you will start seeing ads and / or upgrade offers. But for today it does what’s needed. You can download a brief tutorial on resizing (the most important part of preparing your images for the web) here: Preparing your images for the web.

Your website tools will automatically create thumbnails for you so you only need to create the “big” picture (we recommend 600 to 800 pixels wide at the most).


Aligning images to the left of text in small paragraphs

Sometimes you have a very small paragraph that you want to align an image to the left of. If you use the traditional “align left” tool while inserting the image into the paragraph you will end up with an undesirable “stacked” effect like this:

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