Tips and Tricks
Working with Photos
When you take pictures on your camera, the pictures are saved in high resolution. High resolution photos are great for printing, but they are far too large for websites. They take an incredibly long time to load on your website, and this frustrates anyone trying to view your website and may discourage them from coming back. Web Services suggests two ways to resolve this.
- If you are not creating a gallery, you still need to resize the photos to a reasonable, web-friendly size. This includes faculty/staff/student directory photos. We recommend using FastStone Photo Resizer. Our FastStone Photo Resizer instructions include the sizes you should use when posting on your website.
- If you are creating a gallery, it is better to host the photos on an image hosting website such as Flickr. We currently use Flickr to host our Photo Archive. I’ve created a module with Flickr that you can use to update your gallery automatically within Cascade similar to the one in the Photo Archive example. You merely sort your photos into “sets” (or albums) inside Flickr, and it does the rest of the work for you. Contact me about customizing it for your website.