Many of you ask the same questions so here I'll post common questions and how I would usually respond to them. Saves me typing! Thanks. Hope it helps!
- Q. I want to make cool webpage like yours, How do I? Can you help me make a webpage? How did you make your page? ...etc.
A. Well I made my webpage using mostly Macromedia Dreamweaver because it gives me the perfect balance between html code and WYSIWYG editor. If you want to make a webpage my suggestion is for you to make a website using Frontpage Express, included with every PC these days. It's great for beginners then go to any free sites like Freeservers, Fortunecity, Yahoo, Geocities, and upload your site! Trust me, anyone can do it! And as you progress your site will develop. My site is where it is today because of 3 years of work and with more work it will be better in the future. (Inshallah). So keep working at it and do what makes you happy! Later as you get more experienced you'll learn html and you can always look up a good html tutorial on the web I think Yahoo has a good one. Good luck and most important when you make a webpage remember to have FUN!
- Q. I like your pictures on your page! How can have some like that? Where did you get your images? Can I borrow some of your images? How do I put images on my site? I use homestead, how do I transfer images from your site to my site? ...etc.
A. Well I got my images from various places on the web since I can't remember when. Unfortunately I forgot all the different places I got them from. When I got them I didn't understand the whole web thing, because I would've liked to give them credit for it. Anyway as for you. If you would like to have some of my images you're more than welcome to. If you want them for your website please put a link back to me so others can get images and be exposed to my page. Thanks! A simple link will do. As for the images themselves.... If you want to take an image and don't know how this is how: First go to the picture you want. Put your cursor on top of the picture then click your right mouse button. A little menu will drop down and from there choose "Save image as" then a "save as" dialouge box will pop up so choose a place on your computer or a disk to save the image and voila it's on your computer! Great huh? If you want to put the image on your webpage the code looks something like this:
This is the html code to put an image on your page. If you don't understand any of it that I would suggest you look up an html tutorial on the web (There are many) and learn html basics and it will make more sense.
- Q. How do you make thumbnails?
A. Well there are two ways to make thumnails. One is long and hard but good for visitors or a short easy way which is not so good for your visitors! Well I suggest you do it the long hard way because this way your visitor will like it better and is more likely to come back! Let me demonstrate.
First the easy short way. Put your picture on your webpage. Then make the size small. Usually 100 by 100 pixels or you can scale it smaller according to the size of your picture. Then link the picture to itself. So in code it would look something like this:
<a href="smpic.jpg"><img SRC="smpic.jpg" height"100"></a>
This will link the small version of your picture to the original picture so the visitor can see the real picture with its real size and everything and voila thumbnails! BUT....... this will also make it very annoying for your visitor because when they enter the page, the browser will take lots of time to load because it will load the whole picture. So annoyed at having to wait the visitor may leave. I tell them patience is a virtue but when getting pictures it's a whole different story. So how do we fix this problem?
Welcome to the long hard way. This is longer and harder but it's more efficient. So what you do here is first take all your pictures and using something like Adobe Photoshop or Paint Shop or something similar reduce their size to say 100 by 100 pixels. Then save them as a seperate picture. Be careful about what you name them. It's best to keep the name of the pic and add the word thumb or thumbnail as a prefix. Then put the small version of your pic on your page and link it to your original pic. So in code it will look something like this:
<a href="smpic.jpg"><img SRC="thumb_smpic.jpg" height"100"></a>
This will mean you will have double the number of pics. So if you have 20 pics in your gallery you will have to upload 40 images. This is harder and longer I know but this will ensure small waiting load times because the browser won't try to load the original picture.
So when it comes down to it you have to decide if you want it easy on yourself or easy on your visitors. It's you or the visitor. It's a personal decision but I use the long hard method. I like them better that way. What you want to do is up to you. Hope I've helped!
- Q. How did you make the buttons and banners and how can I make them?
A. Well I use Adobe Photoshop 5 and Paint shop Pro 6 to make all my graphics. They are like two legs. I'm useless without either. You can make your own using any image program. It's just a matter of copying and pasting in some sailor moon pics and adding some color! If you don't know how to create an image look up the help files of the program. You can go to http://www.download.com to download trial versions of image programs! After you get comfortable with one program you will be making images in no time flat!