You had an excellent turn out for your business event! All your hard word and arrangements went off without a hitch. You even hired a photographer to come out and take photos! When you get your images back - WOW! Not only are the shots fantastic, but you looked gooooood! With so much success, you’ve decided to upload one of these photos to the slideshow on the home page of your website.
You know the drill, so you head over to your trusty Digital Marketing Dashboard, upload the image and notice...it’s taking a looong time. BUT! It finally finishes and you go over to your website to check it out.
GREAT SCOTT! What have you done? That photo is enormous!!! Everything that was so strategically placed below your home page slideshow is six miles down the page! This is terrible! You wanted an image in there, not a billboard you could see from space! NOW WHAT!?
Okay...um. Let’s talk about Slideshows.
There are a few different names we have for the revolving photos on the home page of your website; slideshows, faders, carousel, but they all mean the same thing. It’s those photos on the home page that switch after so many seconds. Most of our customers have access to this folder, so if you don’t, call us. We can fix this for you.
We measure the size of these images in pixels. The actual definition of Pixels is: A minute area of illumination on a display screen, one of many from which an image is composed. (From; Google) My bet is, that didn’t mean a whole heck of a lot to you… unless you operate in design circles. So let’s just call it a cousin to a centimeter. Cool...works for me too.
You probably have a folder in your Manage Pictures module that is titled Slideshow or Fader and you might see some numbers in that title. 1000 X 500 for example – that’s the size that your images have to be to fit in your slideshow. If you don’t see a size readily available, click on an image that you know is formatted properly for your slideshow, and when the information about the photo shows up, it will show you the size of the image on the right hand side of the box under Original Image Dimensions:
If you upload an image that is too small, (which we have seen can be equally as traumatic for those of you that have had the misfortune of uploading a glorious photo only to see it’s a little more than a dot in your slideshow) you’re going to notice that the slideshow will draw up in an effort to accommodate the size of the image. That makes the other elements below the slideshow move up and down in a kind of boat-lost-at-sea manner. That isn’t too bad, unless you’re susceptible to motion sickness. However, more than likely not the intended end results. When adding in a HUGE image, the first thing people tend to think is that they’ve broken their site. Rest assured, it’s merely an image that is too big. Sorry Texans – in this area, bigger is not better. Ironically enough, it turns out...size matters after all.
If your image is too small, you’re going to have to use a larger one. Too big? You’re going to have to crop the image. Now, do note that we here at YAC are well aware that many of you may not have access to image cropping software and wouldn’t know how to convert pixels to inches, and nor would you know what the difference between RAW, JPG, TIFF, GIF, PNG files are. It’s okay - we understand. But – you need this fixed now and you don’t have time to wait and your website slideshow looks awful!
QUICK! GO HERE: http://picresize.com/
This, ladies and gentlemen is a FREE image cropping website! Oh and it’s so totally simple and easy to use we almost sent them a love letter! (No...not really. Okay! Well I did, but my boss said that it was a little much.)
Click Here for instructions on how to use Pic Resize.
Keep in mind that if you’re still having difficulty with images or updating your slideshow, please don’t hesitate to give us a call and let us know. We’re always happy to help, give pointers, or assist you right over the phone. In the meantime, keep your slideshow fresh with new updates, images, and promotions, but make sure you’re only using 5 – 7 images.