Introducton to Web Design
Image Usage on Your Page
Image Usage Resources
- 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
- 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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