Creating a web gallery

Creating your own web gallery
An increasing number of people are opting for a more permanent presence on the web, with their own personal website and photo gallery.
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Most internet accounts come with a limited amount free hosting space for a personal site, and many also include basic tools to help get you started. As well as this there are a number of off-the-shelf programs available for home users, designed to take a lot of the hard work out of designing and uploading your own website. These range from bargain-bin programs such as Select Web Design Studio, costing about £10, to the much more powerful but still easy to use NetObjects Fusion 10 program at around £135. For more advanced designs there are programs such as Adobe Dreamweaver CS3, costing around £350, but this is a professional web design tool and not intended for casual home users. Most popular photo-editing programs, including Photoshop Elements and Paint Shop Pro have automated facilities for creating web albums, automatically re-sizing and compressing images for faster uploading and viewing, and even creating clickable thumbnail galleries.
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When finished the programs can export the HTML code (the programming language used to create web pages) and images in a format that can be uploaded to your web space. While these programs aren't as easy to use as ready-made image sharing solutions such as Flickr, if you're prepared to put in the effort to learn how to use them they do allow you to create a truly personal online gallery which you can tailor to your own needs, with results you can feel proud of.

Having covered the easy options here, next week's tutorial will show you how to create a simple personal web gallery and upload it to your free web space. Don't miss it!

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