Saving & Uploading Graphics
So... Now you are getting brave and want to start
a homepage for yourself huh???
Great!!!!!!!!! :) You can do it, it really isn't that hard, but there is ONE very
IMPORTANT thing you need to remember!!!!
#1. Never never steal bandwidth - That means... when you see a background or a
graphic that you want to use on your page, you DO NOT use the url that
graphic is located at. You must save it and upload it to your own server.
Reasons for this: People tend to move or delete the graphics they have and you
may find one day that your graphic is no longer showing on your page.
Also - You will find that your page loads faster when it is in your own directory.
okay ... you say... "How do I do this?" well it isn't that hard.
SAVING A GRAPHIC
1. Right click your mouse on the graphic you want. A screen pops up. find "Save
as" or "Save" or whatever save option your browser says.
2. Left click on the "save as" and a screen pops up of your hard drive. You have
to save it someplace that you will be able to find it when you are ready to upload.
The best place is really to save it on disc. If you save it on your hard drive
you should have a separate file for pictures. We are going to save everything
on a disc for this lesson.
3. You will see "save in" and a file name will be showing.. then an arrow next
to it. click the arrow. your directories will pop up in a screen. choose your
A: drive as we are going to save it on a floppy disc.
4. Once you have chosen your A: drive you need to give it a file name. down at
the bottom of the little screen, it says file name. Yes there is already a name
in it.. It is the name the person who made it gave it. If you like the name of
it keep it... if not change the name to something that you will be able to identify
the graphic as.
5. Hit save... voila... you now have saved your graphic on your floppy disc and
it is ready to be uploaded to your own homepage directory.
Here is my little Pennsylvania Friends Web Ring button. If
you right click on your mouse you will see on your "save" screen down at the name
of the file it says "pafriendbtn" Well to me that is a good name for it. :) But
maybe it is too long for you. Then just erase in that screen and change the name
to maybe "pabtn". Don't forget of course to also change the "save in" file to
your A: drive for floppy disc.
Okay... we've conquered SAVE!!!!!! Now what do we do with it after we saved it????
UPLOADING A GRAPHIC
There are two ways to upload your pictures to your homepage directory. Either
by their online management site or by your FTP program. There are a few programs
out there... one of which is Cute FTP which I use.
But for your lesson here we are going to assume that you are going into your homepage
directory online and uploading from there......
If you are using Netscape you will find it very very easy to "upload" graphics
to your own directory. Explorer users.... you are on your own, you have to FTP
to your homepage server if you don't see the "Browse" button.... ( I don't use
Explorer but probably later versions of Explorer now show browse button ... I
don't know) My suggestion is GO GET NETSCAPE!
Where ever your homepage is located... whether it be Tripod, Fortune City, Geocities,
Free Yellow... after going into your directory look for where it says "upload
files". If you are using Netscape you will see a "Browse" button.
1. Click on browse and a screen pops up like it did for save. Only now it says
"Look in". Again... you have to click on the arrow and find your A: drive.
2. Locate the graphic that you want to upload and click on it once to highlight
it. You will notice that it will pop in the next space below where the file name
goes. Click "okay". Now you will see it sitting in your directory box with the
browse button beside it..
3. Hit "Upload" or "Upload file" or whatever your homepage company says.
4. Voila.... you have now uploaded the graphic or background that you want to
use in your homepage.
Always give credit on your page to the person that
made the graphic!!!!!
It is NETiquette!!!! See "How do I Link and Stuff"
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