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Introducton to Web Design
Image Usage on Your Page  
  • So, till now, we have not really explained how you get images to your web site. In fact, in several examples, we referenced images from another web site altogether.

  • Is this stealing?

  • By custom, the answer is no...but..

  • The answer is no because the image still remains on the site where it is referenced. You do not even have a copy of the image on your server at all. In fact, the only one who actually downloads the image is the person looking at your page because the browser will need to grab the image in order to display it.

  • However, there are a few things that you should consider good netiquette when taking images.

  • First, every time someone reads your page, the image will be called from the web server where it is referenced. Thus, you are causing someone else's web server to work harder even though they are not servicing their clients, but yours. Thus, it is far better to download the image yourself and store it on your server, referencing it locally.

  • But then you have the image, isn't that stealing?

  • No, not really. Part of the dynamic of the web is its ability to build upon itself and distribute information and ideas freely.

  • However, a lot of people put a lot of time into creating images. If you do use their image, take a second to email them and say thank you. Most people will be proud, since imitation is the greatest form of flattery and will be happy to let you use their image. Some people will be pissed. Just use your common sense, tact and understanding.

  • So, once you have gotten permission, how do you get an image from someone else's web sever so that you can place it on your own?

  • The best way is to use your web browser. Go to the page where the image you want is located and click your right mouse button. One of the menu choices will be "Save Image". Choose this option and then transfer it from your local machine to your web server. Easy!

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