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[filmscanners] RE: Web home page writing software

If your looking for a professional web developer make sure they know how to
optimise your site for search engines, optimise your pages, images for fast
download and offer advice on hosting if needed.

Go for a web developer that is qualified, although I'm biased about this :-)

I use hand coded HTML with a bit of maintaince in FrontPage. FrontPage has
useful reports for finding missing links etc. However all my pages are
generated from templates and all images stored in a database. The entering
of the image data into a database is automated as far as possible.

I've added some Javascript to all my pages to prevent people saving the
images by right clicking 'Save picture as'. This works on Internet Explorer
and the Netscape on Windows. I haven't tested this on a Mac, if anyone could
let me know if it works. If people are interested in the code, I can post


-----Original Message-----
From: filmscanners_owner@halftone.co.uk
[mailto:filmscanners_owner@halftone.co.uk]On Behalf Of Anthony Atkielski
Sent: 30 July 2002 23:58
To: julie@lightdrawing.com
Subject: [filmscanners] Re: Web home page writing software

Notepad is the best tool for building a Web site, although a fancier text
editor would be a tad easier to use.  Notepad and a good book on HTML.

Web pages are nothing more than text files, with a couple of special
keywords thrown into the text.  You can save yourself hundreds of dollars by
learning the handful of keywords that you need and just building the pages
directly with a text editor.  Web-building software is quite a scam, in my
view.  The Web was designed to be human-friendly to build (remember that
originally Web pages were intended to be built by scholars with no specific
computer expertise for sharing of information).

As for hosting, you have your choice of hosting companies anywhere in the
world--most don't care how far away you live, as long as you pay the bills.
Small sites usually cost as little as $9-$20 a month to host.  The 50 MB you
require might or might not fit in the allocation of a small site; if it
doesn't, you'll have to get something larger, but it still should not cost
too much.

Your photos should not require more than 20 KB to download if they are
small, and not more than 250 KB if they are quite large.  Small means
considerably smaller than a 640x480 screen.  Large means 800x600 or beyond.
Most people on the Web today are using 800x600 screens; the second most
common size is 1024x768.  Almost no one is using anything smaller than
800x600, so you can design for a 800x600 screen (i.e., make your images a
bit smaller than that, depending on how much you want to fit around them).
Most people also have 24-bit or 32-bit color today, too, so you need not
worry about color restrictions.  If you are using Photoshop, you can
compress JPEGs quite a bit without obvious artifacts; I use a setting of 3
on Photoshop 5.0 for small photos on my site, and 5-6 for large photos, and
6 for wallpaper images.

Fifty megabytes will thus allow you to put up around 500 images, depending
on how large you make the images.  Probably more than you need in the

If you don't want to get into designing Web pages, you can hire someone to
build them and/or to host and construct the entire site.  Web designers are
thick on the ground and run the gamut from complete idiots to seasoned
experts, and unfortunately price is not necessarily correlated with quality,
with prices being all over the place.  In some cases designers will also
host and operate the site for you.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Alex Zabrovsky" <alexz@zoran.co.il>
To: <anthony@atkielski.com>
Sent: Tuesday, July 30, 2002 23:03
Subject: [filmscanners] Web home page writing software

A little bit off-topic issue:
I intend to begin building my web site soon having gained reasonable amount
of images to be exhibited.
I'm quite novice in web design, have no idea how to do that myself.

I would be glad to hear any suggestion you have which simple-to-use software
can be utilized for web page design which would also allow building easily
manageable image galleries.
Also, JPEG image size for web advises are welcome.

I'm going to purchase a domain and will have to decide about purchasing web
hosting somewhere.
I think web hosting offer for 50 MB space would be fair for reasonable
Do you think it would be enough for starter ?

Thanks in advance,
Alex Z

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