A Site and Graphics Guide
Want to hear a story?You wake up on the plush green grass and look up at a blue, blue sky. You look up, "Where am I?" you think. You get up and have a look around. It looks like a place in the mountains because of the caps of snow on them, and the air is pretty cold. "Hey! Ciao!" you hear from what sounds to be a young girl. A girl, probably about 9, starts shoving you up the mountain. "Hey! Hey, what-where-why??" you gasp. You arrive at the top of a mountain, at the top, a cottage. You stumble as you're being pushed into the tiny little cottage. You notice the smell of cherries and the crisp chilly air in the room. You glance out the door to see a sign that says, "Spamoni!" and you sigh, "It's and ice cream place." The girl pushes you into a chair and clambers over the the front of you and smiles. You were amazed by her blue eyes and white hair, just like the snow. She says, "Hello! What would you like- oh no! I know the best thing for you!" She rushed behind a counter and whipped up something real fast. She rushes back. "Spamoni!" she cries out, feeling accomplished. You give it a taste...
guest, welcome! I, Squid, have made a new site: Spamoni: A Guide To Graphics. In this guide, I will give you some tips on using graphics and more! This guide is handy for people of all experiences- newbies to successful site owners. Spamoni-whats that? Well, Spamoni is an Italian ice cream. Its very original. One day, I was eating some spamoni ice cream and I was just trying to get the stress off- since there was so much stress during the school year. I was thinking to myself, I wish life was just a little bit easier, just a little bit. I thought, I might as well help other people while on my search for an easier way of life. I decided to express it through this little site/graphics guide so that the users of Neopets could have an easier time. So here we are, at Spamoni. Want to know more about me? Go here!Thanks for the visit, and take a look around!
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...take a spoonful!
So you are going to use some graphics right? But do you really know what your going to get? Here are some pros and cons of using graphics.
I know these tips may be obvious, but here are some of the basics of using graphics.
So lets hope you've read the rules of the site your using graphics from. You skim through the page,and seek the perfect graphic...There it is! But how do i take it? easy! It'll most likely be in a little box with a scroll bar on it Here is a example...
Well now what. I can't copy it! It doesnt let me OH MY GOSH WHATS GOING ON WITH MY COMPUTER!?!?----...no. No need to worry my friends, the simple solution- select all. Why is it necessary to show you? Well, I tooka survey, and its amazing how many people didn't know how. Heres the instructions in just one little screen shot ^_^.
...2nd Page!See, that wasn't so bad. Also, make note that when copying, you right click not just click. Anyways, you've copied a graphic code, its a great start. Now where to put it? Let be give you the well-ok just..ugh.
I recommend visiting directories. They have tons of sites on there to chose from, so dont ever worry about not finding anything. What directories? Soroptomist Directory, for example.
Making Graphics & Owning a Site
So now you know where to put graphics..interested in making your own? Of course! So, since I have owned a graphics site once, here, take some tips :D.
But theres more- way more. I could go on for hours and hours on how to make a graphics site, but I'll give you a simple list: The Essentials.
To make graphics, you need a program to use. First of all, there is an open source program, which means its free, and there are ones that you have to pay for. Heres a list of some programs.
This may seem like a small list, and it is compared to the hundreds of programs out there, so shop around if you're willing to purchase. Also, I should tell you the Photoshop is definetly not free. It actually costs a few hundred dollars- so be careful or ask you're parents before getting this product.
Where do you get urls? Hosting sites! Examples are photobucket, tinypic, imageshack- theres tons of them. Notice that you only have so much bandwith(room for images) on a free account. I recommend not paying for a image hosting site. If you want, you normally can get some kind of premium account with unlimited bandwith for a certain amount of money..get permission from your parents first, if you're under 18.
Buttons are one of the most important elements of a site. This may not seem as worthy as the lookup or the content, but it's actually that important. It's the key to advertising. It can be anywhere and should be everywhere possible- so you spread the word to the most largest audience. Don't know how to make a button? Head over to a guide.
For some, this is the easiest part, for others its the hardest. On almost every site, there is an affie section. You send a request, and they reply a yes or no. If no, dont give up. It may take many tries until you find someone who will be your affiliate. First of all, your site has to be good! You can't have a lousey site! Read through this guide for some tips, and if you follow them, your site should do fine. Then, when requesting for an affiliate, be nice- say please, thank you- and if you have too, compliment them a little.You could say, "I love your site, and I'd love to be your affiliate."Also, have perspective. Do other people like it? This is why reviews are essential (deja vu?). Ok so you may think your site is 'ah-mazing,' but that doesn't mean whoever you are trying to be an affiliate with will think so too. So work hard and it shouldn't be a problem.
Reviews are the key to improving on your site. You'll have to have a lot for people review you to realize your site is really good or not. Take the critism if you want to improve and feel free to ask questions. You may not get good reviews at first, but if you take the critism, you should get better and better. Never giving up is the best thing you can do. Soon you will be getting reviews that sparkle, just like your site :).
Want to get started on the graphics right? Well if you have no clue, head over to a guide. Go to a directory, like I mentioned earlier to find some pretty good graphic guides. However, I can give a few little hints to you. I'll give you simple graphics. Just copy the code in the box. The first one-by the way- is a text box.(Also, and url is the link, like www.neopets.com)
...the fame, friends, and visitors!So you've finished up your Spamoni. You're suprised about how sweet the taste was. It had the sweet taste and aroma of cherries in the summer.You notice that there are now quite a few people in the eatery. You look around at all the people in the room...
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Button base by Base Crave
Very special thanks to Soroptomist Directory- your support seems minimal, but it means a lot:D. Button base found on photobucket, I put my name on it using paint.Banner by Squidie1950 Screenshots from Fuitsa-Cute, screenshots from around neopets by squidie1950, neopets is by neopets, and Layout by storm. Thanks for the counter boingdragon!
Counter Started 3/20/10...Thanks Everyone!
As you look around the room, you see these magnificient trophies on a little shelf, all lined up in a row. The people in the room point at the trophies, telling the stories of how Spamoni got them or the guidelines of getting one. They shined in the brightly lit room, as though they recognized how they were being noticed.
You walk on the path and think to yourself...'Where am I? This morning I was in Neopia and now I'm in...' "Wait! Wait just a moment!" a soft voice screamed out. Oh, it was the white-haired-blue-eyed girl again. What would she want? "I forgot...Here!" she whispers with a secrecy no one would understands. It was a cloth all bunched up. "Thanks for visiting Spamoni! Come back soon!" You stare with confusion at the girl, but she left just as fast as she came. Now it was just you and the cloth. You opened it up slowly, like fear of peeling off a bandage. The Russian spoon stood glittering in the spring breeze. You look back at the cottage, but there is nothing there.
This is the Russian Spoon award. Its available for anyone who worked hard on the page and has no stolen content.
Thank you for visiting my little graphics guide, and I hope it helped you learn some new things about where to get graphics, tips on making graphics, and where to put them.Thank you for visiting Spamoni! Contact me at any time!
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