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Protecting your website
More and more cases of copyright violations happen now than ever. There are several ways to protect your website. Read about what techniques webmasters use; what works, what don't and most importantly, what you can do about it.

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Building Graphics

Building graphics could be tricky for the beginner, so if you are not experienced in creating graphics, you will be plesantly surprised to find that there are ready-made free graphics on the web you can use. Just do a search for "free graphics" and you will find many of them. You may want to disable javascript on your browser temporary while you venture to find these sites because many of them are not genuine graphics provider. When you go to their site you will encounter many pop-ups, redirections, pop-unders etc etc. It could be a very frustrating experience indeed.

If you have a bit of time on your hands, then you can try learning to create your own graphics.

Remember that ultimitely, people will stay at your site because of its text contents, not the graphics. So don't over do the graphics, especially huge graphics that takes a long time to load!

Most graphics software contains tutorials that will teach you how to use the software. The trick is not to jump straight into them! Start with file->new with any software to get a blank canvas. After that, don't be scared to experiment! Save your work often, so if you do something that cannot be undone, you can load the saved file.

After you have a graphic that you are satisfied with (hopefully proud of), then you need to use "save-as" or "export" to save a compressed version of the end product in a format recognised by web browsers.

The following shows the differences between the four image formats that are used for the web.

Differences between differnt image formats:

GIF
Better for images with large patches of a same colour.

special note - Of the four formats, only GIFs can be animated.

JPEG
Better for images with many different colours such as photographs or graphics with a gradients.

special note - Of the four formats, only JPEG images are 'lossy' (They lose some information everytime you edit it and save). The solution in to keep a master file in a lossless format and export to JEPG only at the end.

special note 2 - Of the four formats, only JPEG cannot have transparent areas.

PNG-8
Better for images with large patches of a same colour.

special note - PNGs are not recognised with earlier browsers.

special note 2 - PNG-8 often compress better than GIFs, so you get a smaller file.

PNG-24
Better for images with many different colours such as photographs or graphics with a gradients.

special note - PNGs are not recognised with earlier browsers.

special note 2 - Can have degrees of transparency.


 



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