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How and where do I upload images to my site?

You can upload images to your site wherever you see a form that includes a button to "Add Image". The Welcome, News, Album, Roster, Links, and Sponsors sections accept images. Both JPEG (.jpg) and GIF (.gif) files may be uploaded.

Click the "Add Image" button on the form. A new form will load which will have a "Browse" button on it. Click this button and your computer will open up a screen that will allow you to access the files on your hard drive. Select a GIF or JPEG image and click to select it. The name of the file should appear on the form.

Click the "Upload" button and your browser will freeze for a moment while the file is uploading to your site. When it is finished, the main form should return with the preview of your image in it. You can now select where to place the image and continue adding or updating the information.

Tip: You may find it useful to add all your image files to the Images section of the Admin Upload folder. Therefore, you will be able to use the Select Existing Image option within the "Add Image" forms.

Note: If you don't see a "Browse" button on the Upload form, this means that your browser is not compatible. Try updating to the latest version. Choose from the options below.

AOL
Internet Explorer
Netscape
Safari (for Macintosh OS X and higher)

Note: If you can't find your files when searching on your hard drive, try choosing "All Files" from the drop down next to Files of type: in your file window.

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After I select my file and upload it, why does the form say it is not a valid .gif or .jpg image?

JPEG (.jpg) files and GIF (.gif) files are the only widely supported image format usable on the web. Therefore, these image formats are the only ones accepted by our system.

If you have files in other formats (ART, BMP, TIF, ect.), you should be able to convert them into a web-ready format. Here are some software programs you can use:

Windows 95/98/2000
PolyView

Mac
Graphic Converter

Note: Mac users need to include the file extension at the end of their files or the file may be refused. Be sure to name your files with the .jpg or .gif extension before uploading.

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Why is BMP the only choice to save pictures on the Internet?

It's not. This is problem related to Internet Explorer for Windows. In most cases, deleting your Temporary Internet Files will resolve the problem.

You can read more about the causes and workarounds in a Microsoft Knowledge Base article. Click here to read the article.

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Why do my images show up so large on my site?

Many times, when viewing an image from a photo CD or digital camera, you will only be looking at a small version of the true image (and not even know it). This will depend on the quality of the image. Be sure to check your viewing options on the photo editor you're using and set to "view full size" or set to view 100%. This will allow you to adjust the image size (crop and resize) according to the image's true scale before you save and upload to your web site.

Optimizing your image for web use is best, especially when using large and high resolution photos from digital cameras and photo CDs. File size reductions of up to 50% or more are possible, which can considerably decrease web page download times, reduce server load, reduce bandwidth charges and save on disk space.

When saving JPEG and GIF images for your site, be sure to pay attention to the resolution of the image. The resolution of most monitors is 72 dpi (pixels per inch). Even though you can display larger dpi images on some computers, when it is transferred to the web, it will seem to grow relative to this standard resolution. Be sure to size images appropriately and change the resolution to 72 dpi before you upload. Many photo editors, such as Adobe Photoshop, will have a "Save for Web" option. This option will automatically optimize the image for best web viewing.

If you do not have a photo editor, a good image optimizer to use can be found at www.xat.com (this product will also allow you to crop and resize your images). Other good products are provided by Adobe at www.adobe.com/digitalimag.

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Why aren't images displaying?

Before you upload images, be sure you are saving images for web use. Just one improperly saved or corrupt image can cause an entire photo album not to load.

If your photo editor has a "Save for Web" option, be sure to use it. Adobe Photoshop is one editor that offers this feature. You may also use an image optimizer to save appropriately.

If you do not have a photo editor, a good image optimizer to use can be found at www.xat.com (this product will also allow you to crop and resize your images). Other good products are provided by Adobe at www.adobe.com/digitalimag.

For more tips, refer to the Why do my pictures show up so large on my site? FAQ.

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How do I place an image at the TOP of all pages?

You can add images to the banner portion (top of each site page) of the site by selecting or uploading them through the Banner section of the Admin Site Appearance folder. Both JPEG and GIF files may be uploaded.

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How do I place an image at the BOTTOM of all pages?

You can add images to the bottom portion of all site pages by selecting or uploading them through the Logo section of the Admin Site Appearance folder. Both JPEG and GIF files may be uploaded.

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How do I place an image on the background of my site?

You can add images to the background by clicking on the "Upload Background" button within the Color section of the Admin Site Appearance folder. Both JPEG and GIF files may be uploaded.

The image will automatically be tiled to complete the whole background of each site page.

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