Wanting a Web site

stevec50July 18, 2003

I'd like to get my own Web site. A friend recommended 'Register.com' for a good starting place. I tried their free web site builder (try before you buy!) and it came out somewhat OK but the pictures that I uploaded to "my pretend site" were fuzzy looking. They were in the .jpeg format. The pictures were of candy bar wrappers that I design and would like to sell on the internet. Do you think I'm doing something wrong, as far as the pictures go or do you think they will be clearer on the actual site. The printed wrappers are very sharp and clear.

Is there a better place to get a domain name and web site for a real beginner?

Thanks for any help.

Steve C

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Hi Steve. I like Frontpage but a long time ago I played with this program and found it very good and best of all it's free so you might want to check it out - webomatic.

Does your ISP give you free web space? If so you can create your page with any program you like and them use ftp to upload it. A friend used her free space and then registered a domain name through Yahoo for $15 a year US.

Try sharpening your pictures before you put them on your site - also if you resize once they are on the page they will lose quality so try to get the photos of the best quality but as small a size as you can before putting them on your page.

Sue :)

Here is a link that might be useful: webomatic

    Bookmark   July 18, 2003 at 8:00PM
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First off jpeg is a lossy file format. What this means is every time you save the image you lose a few bytes. Over many saves and conversions you end up with an image that is not very good. Be sure to save original jpegs on a cd that can't be written onto and work on copies.

If you are uploading originals that are clear on your computer but not the web site check to be sure the images are not being resized. When I put a picture on my website I can tell the browser to shrink or expand it to a different size. For example I might have a 640x480 jpeg and tell the webpage to show it as 320x240 or 1280x960 or anything else. That will make the picture not look as well. ( and most likely what your problem is ) shrink or expand the picture your self and upload an image that is the proper size rather than doing it in html.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2003 at 9:27PM
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Steve, as Sue mentioned, maybe your isp offers webspace. Mine gives me 100mgs of space. I have used godaddy.com for several years for a domain name for only $8.95 a year. Works great and you can't beat the price! Feel free to e-mail me if I can help.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2003 at 11:26PM
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Thank you all for your advise. I'll give Comcast a try first before I go for the whole 9 yards.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2003 at 11:15PM
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