Create Your Website – How to Insert Images Into Kompozer

Create Your Website – How to Insert Images Into Kompozer




If you want to create a website, you will first need a website building program, and here I am using a free program called Kompozer.

Inserting an image into Kompozer is very easy. Open the webpage you want to put an image in. I am assuming you have used tables to create your website, so put your cursor in the cell you want to insert the image in.

Now click on the image icon in the tool bar. A dialogue box pops up asking you where the image is stored. Select an image and load it. Remember image files are. jpg or .gif files.

When you click OK an alert message will appear, asking you to supply alternate text. This is used by accessibility programmes to describe images on the web – so for example a slightly sighted person would hear “image of a clock”. Click on the OK button of the alert and go back to the open dialogue box. Either insert alternate text describing the image or click don’t use alternate text. Then click OK. Your image will appear in your webpage.

This sounds very simple, but beware. Pictures take up lots of compute bytes and can slow down how long it takes a webpage to load. If that happens, people are liable to click away from your website before it loads properly. So, as a rule of thumb your images should be less than 100KB (kilobytes) each. People often think that it is simple matter of clicking and dragging to resize an image, which is true. They then assume that a smaller image takes up less bytes. This is not true!

Here’s how to resize then correctly using another free program called IrfanView. Open the image you want to resize. Click on the image drop down menu, and select resize/resample. In the dialogue box make sure “preserve aspect ratio” is chosen, as you don’t want to create a short fat, or thin, tall image! Now set the new size in either pixels, inches or centimetres. As an example, choose 100 pixel width and click OK. Your image will spread before your very eyes, whilst nevertheless retaining its features! Remember to save your image in its new size.

You can find lots of free images on the web, generally the smaller sizes and usually just requiring acknowledgment of either the photographer or the website – try http://www.freedigitalphotos.net. However, you can also buy photos fairly cheaply – try http://www.istockphoto.com. If you are buying the image, make sure you chose the correct contract depending on how you are going to use it.

Remember that when uploading your website, you will need to upload a file containing any images used in the website to your hosting account. Without it, your images will not show on your website..

Creating a website with images creates lots of possibilities. You can already get animated gif files for additional fun. Enjoy.




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