Does My Website Need Graphics?

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Does the word ‘graphics’ make your mind spin? Maybe thoughts run through your mind like –
  • I’m not a designer.
  • I’m not an artist. I don’t have any imagination for visual looks.
  • I never know whether something looks good or not.
If thoughts like these are familiar to you, how in the world can you use graphics to enhance your website?

Don’t worry. You don’t have to hire a professional. You’re not alone in feeling incapable of using visual images to turn your website from one that bores your visitors to death into a site that your visitors will want to return to over and over.

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At the same time, you know that the old saying ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ is really true. Like others, you find yourself more attracted to sites that are visually appealing, and you’ve probably already been considering what you can do to enhance your own site with graphics.

Take a look at the suggestions below to start heading in that direction.

Where to Use Graphics on Your Site

  • Header – Your header generally appears on each page of your site, so having graphics in your header is crucial. And even if you are doing most of the website on your own, the header is one item you should consider outsourcing. You can find people on Fiverr to make you a header for a very reasonable cost.
You’ll need to give instructions to the Fiverr graphics person. Describe what your site is about and what colors you prefer and let the Fiverr freelancer come up with some options for you.
  • Text – People are becoming more and more visual. They don’t want to read huge blocks of text. So, if you want your visitors to stick around, break up those chunks of text with images that are relevant to the topic of the text.
You need to strike the right balance of text and graphics. If you put up too many images, people will breeze through the page, looking at the images, but not reading a single word of your text. So, don’t overwhelm your readers with too many visuals – but not too much text either.

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Where to Get Images

Before you use any photos on your site, be sure to check that the rights for the photo allow you to use it on your site. You don’t want to end up in court to defend your use of an image. Here are just a few places to look for good images.

  • Your Own Hard Drive – You probably have photos on your hard drive that pertain to your content.
  • Flickr – Some images at this site are available for you to use for free. Just do a search on a keyword that fits your content and see what you can find.
  • Stock Photo Sites – You will need to pay a fee to buy stock photos, but you can feel safe that you won’t get into trouble using the images. DepositPhotos doesn’t have as big a selection as some of the more well-known stock photo sites, but they’re much less expensive and usually have enough choices to satisfy most website owners.
If you need to design your own beautiful graphics, you can use online tools like DesignCap.

Should You Resize Images?

Large images can slow down your website, and visitors usually don’t wait around for slow sites to load. Photos from your camera or from a stock photo site may be so large that your website slows down.

You’ll want to optimize these images for website use. Your image should be a .jpg file, 72 px resolution, and 700-900 px wide based on the template of your website. If you suspect that your images are too large, you can Use GIMP to Crop and Resize Digital Images.

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Author: Kate Benzin

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