PREPARING YOUR CONTENT
Ready or Not?
Your web site may be one that the web developer (Desert Heart Multimedia) has already filled with most or all of your initial content. Or, in some cases it might fall to you to do this. If you are going to be filling in most of your initial content yourself, we recommend that you prepare your text and your images ahead of time as follows, to streamline the process.
Preparing Your Text
Your admin will have "fields" (blank areas) in which you can type as much text as you need. However, if you have a lot to say, you may find it handy to first compose your text in a word processing program (Microsoft Word, for example). Then, cut and paste from your word processor into the admin. You'll find that as you do this, some of the content will translate readily into the blank fields, and some may need a bit of formatting.
Preparing Your Digital Images
Digital images for your web site will come either from a digital camera, from scans, or will be gathered from third party image suppliers. If you do not have digital images, and would like us to help you make them, contact us. Desert Heart can scan your photographic prints, slides or transparencies. We do product and art photography for clients all over the US. And if you wish we can direct you to stock image vendors on the internet who can help with your image content.
We suggest that you gather all of your images into one folder on your computer, and name or number them in a sequence that helps you identify them.
Sizing Your Digital Images
If you have not already done so, ask us about the correct sizes for images to appear on your web site. You may have one size for images that appear in side bars on your pages, and another size for the main content area of your site. In general, you will probably want to keep your content area images below 300 pixels (3.5 inches) high.
Using an image editing program, (Photoshop, for example) set up your images as follows:
- Set the image resolution to exactly 72 DPI (dots per inch)
- Make your images jpegs, as opposed to gifs or tiffs. If your program allows, set the quality to medium-high.