How to add attributions to photos in Weebly

If you use one of Weebly’s photos, the attribution is added automatically.

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If you use your own or a friend’s photos and want to add an attribution, you should be able to do so by using the Caption option. This box appears when you click on a photo that you’ve added to the page already. To find the Caption option, you have to scroll down a bit.

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The Caption box appears. Type the caption and credit you want:

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When you move off the picture, your caption should appear below the picture.

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However, if you want to use an ALT tag for the attribution (in other words, the attribution appears only if you hold your cursor over the image), you’re out of luck right now. There is an ALT option under Advanced in the same dialog box as shown above, but the ALT text doesn’t show up. Maybe Weebly will fix this eventually.

 

 

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Getting a logo or image for cheap

One of the participants in our last workshop suggested Fiverr.com as a place to get logos (and many other things, like translations and gifts) for cheap. For $5 in fact.

With any program like this, watch out for copyright violations. Although the Fiverr terms of service explicitly says that sellers cannot offer material belonging to others (images, logos, code), some sellers may violate the terms and bad things get through.

If you’re not sure about an image or logo you bought, use Google Images to check. Report any violations to Fiverr’s customer service department.

Sites for artists and photographers trying to sell and protect their images

Here are three sites recommended at last night’s Websites 101 workshop:

Maggie Rose suggested Morguefiles.com as a source for free photos for comps and design projects. From the site: “The term ‘morgue file’ is popular in the newspaper business to describe the file that holds past issues flats. Although the term has been used by illustrators, comic book artist, designers and teachers as well. The purpose of this site is to provide free image reference material for use in all creative pursuits.”

Steven Wakeman recommended Digimarc.com as a way to protect your images online. From the site: “Digimarc® for Images allows you to embed imperceptible, persistent digital watermarks into your images to communicate ownership and other information—wherever the images travel across the Internet.” If someone “borrows” your image, Digimarc catches it and sends you an email immediately. Protection for up to 2,000 images costs $99 a year.

He also suggested looking into SmugMug.com, which lets you set up a portfolio and sell images. The system has extensive image protection features as well, including a “right-click protect”–readers can’t right-click on images and copy them to their own computers.

Addendum:

Victor looked for more photo-friendly platforms after one of the members of the October 2013 class asked about free sites. Here is what he found:

http://www.photoshelter.com/

Joan mentioned this one. Oddly enough, the footer information on their home page is actually out of focus due to a shadow around the text. On purpose? A joke? I wonder… Free 14 day trial, e-commerce, responsive, social media tools, SEO, between $10 and $50 per month.

http://www.bigblackbag.com/

Free 14 day trial, e-commerce, responsive, social media tools, SEO, between $9 and $30 per month.

http://www.pixpa.com/

Free 15 day trial, e-commerce, responsive, social media tools, seo, no pricing info without sending info.

https://www.clickbooq.com/

Free 14 day trial, $29 per moth or $288 per year, all of the above but no e-commerce.

http://www.zenfolio.com/

Free trial (doesn’t say for how long), $30 per year for simple photo storage, $120 for pro package, which seems to include all of the above.

These are just the tip of the iceberg. There are quite a few packages available out there. It seems that there has been a large increase in the number of photographers since the dawn of the digital camera age.

Artist Takes Charge of Website, Creates Masterpiece

Art in the Afternoon (fish in the morning)

Naima Rauam’s latest version of her gallery website
(click for full-size)

Many years ago, we started working with Naima Rauam, chronicler of the Fulton Fish Market and Lower Manhattan, on her web presence. Naima is an artist, not a web coder, but with Adobe Contribute, a little help, and a lot of moxy, she’s been updating Art in the Afternoon (fish in the morning) herself since we helped her get set up.

In December 2011, we wrote a piece about her last version, extolling the virtues of simplicity and letting the art speak for itself. However, a month later, Naima held a show and watched people interact with her art and with her.

She noticed that people gravitated either to the originals (watercolors, oils, charcoals) or to prints, depending on whether they wanted or could afford original art. They weren’t as interested in the topics — the fish market, airplanes, etc.

Unfortunately, this didn’t match the website’s structure, which was based on topics:

Old home page

Old home page for Art in the Afternoon
(click for full-size)

She also enjoyed talking with potential customers and getting their ideas and thoughts about the art, but she noticed that her current site didn’t really engage people that way, or at all. So, time for a change!

Changing the Home Page

Did we make any suggestions? A few, about changing the size and color of the links and the amount of information she should add to the gallery pages (see below).

However, the best ideas were hers. For example, instead of just creating links, she made three little headshots for the three options at the top: About the Artist, Talking About Art, and Shows, Events, News (Talking About Art is really fun). She also wrote the “welcome” section at the top and personally invited people to check out her galleries.

Home thumbnails

Thumbnails and welcoming text on the new home page
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Changing the Secondary Pages

We’d started changing the gallery pages to include more information months earlier, when a Netpreneur mentioned that search engines are more likely to find you if you have more text on your pages (like, duh; should’ve thought of that ourselves).

Here’s an example of the original gallery page, which shows pictures, prices, and not much else:

Old gallery page

An example of the old gallery page with very little text (click for full-size)

Naima started adding descriptions of the picture’s content, plus her own notes about why she made the painting:

The new gallery page with more text

The new gallery page with more text for each image (click for full-size)

Finally, Google had something juicy to index, and hits, especially keyword hits, jumped up:

Google Analytics for artpm.com

Google Analytics comparing one month in 2011
to one month in 2012 (click for full-size)

One last addition: Now that there’s so much text on each gallery, it’s hard to guess what’s further down the page. So Naima solved the problem by adding clickable thumbnails at the top of the page:

thumbnails on the new gallery page

Thumbnails on the new gallery page (click for full size)

Brilliant.

Your thoughts? The live site is http://artpm.com.