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BOOTLOG 002 13/09/05

BUILDING A WEBSITE, part 2

 

Now that you have a firm idea of the structure of your web site you can start to collect together all of the material -- documents, images and so on -- that you want to appear on the pages. 

 

Begin by creating a new folder on your C: drive and call it ‘Mysite1’, or something similar. The easiest way to do that is in Windows Explorer, highlight the C: drive icon then on the File menu go to New > Folder and with the new folder displayed and highlighted, type in the new name and press Return.

 

The next job is to create some empty sub-folders in your Mysite1 folder, to hold all of your documents and images -- the method is the same, double click the Mysite 1 icon then use File > New > Folder to create and name as many empty folders as you need.

 

You can now copy and paste your prepared document files into their new homes in the relevant Mysite1 folder subfolder(s). Don’t forget to spell check everything, there’s nothing more annoying than spotting a mistake on a ‘published’ web page and having to go back and change it.

 

This is also a good opportunity to compose any other small blocks of text that you might need, your contact details for example, plus picture captions etc. Take it from me it is much easier to compose text beforehand using your word processor, rather than try to write and edit text blocks on an actual web page. If you try to write more than a few words on a web page you will probably find that boxes and frames keep resizing themselves, throwing your layout off-bonk.

 

Your images, particularly if they were shot on a digital camera will almost certainly need a bit of work because they will probably be much too large to fit comfortably on to a web page. You can re-size them on the page but this involves extra work and the actual files will still be quite big and take longer to load when the page is displayed and you know how annoying that can be.

 

The best way to reduce the size of an image file is to compress it (in JPEG format) using an image-editing program, and then save the resized file in the appropriate Mysite1 image sub-folder.

 

I use PaintShop Pro and the file compression utility is on the SaveAs menu (under Options) but freeware editors like Microsoft Picture Editor, Irfanview and Picasa (see Software), also do an excellent job. The actual techniques are described in Boot Camp 372.

 

I would aim for an image size of around 20 to 40kb, the smaller the better but check each re-sized image to make sure that the higher compression hasn’t robbed the picture of too much detail or messed around with the colours. This job can take a while but I promise you that having everything properly organised in one folder will save a lot of time and effort later on.

 

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