WebSite Tonight – Uploads, Image Reduction, and Transparency
If you’ve ever uploaded files in WebSite Tonight®, you may have noticed the option, “Resize images larger than: [1024x768],” and wondered what it was for. Well, it reduces the size of large photos/images, as they are uploaded, to help your site perform better. Your original file is unaffected — only the file on your WebSite Tonight site is reduced.
Many digital cameras today take photos more than 3 megapixels (2048 x 1536) – way larger than many computer screens can display. If you put such a large photo on your website, it will slow it down as the computer has to work to make it fit every time someone visits your page. Also, large image files can take up lots of space in your web account. By reducing the size of large photos/images, your website will run faster and your photos will take up less storage space.
The uploader only reduces files whose names end in .GIF, .JPG, or .PNG. All other file types (i.e., videos, pdf files, etc.) are uploaded to your WebSite Tonight site exactly as they are.
Also, only images larger than the indicated size are reduced. So, if your image is 640 pixels wide and 480 pixels tall, the uploaded image won’t be reduced when the setting is 1024×768.
What Size to Choose?
Choose the nearest size above your intended use. For example, if you want to use an image in a 400×400 box, choose 640×480 when uploading. The default setting, 1024×768, is a good guess if you’re not sure. If you are putting images on your site to be downloaded at full-size, choose “Original Size”. This tells the uploader not to make any reductions — all images are uploaded as they are.
Reduction is Proportional
When an uploaded image is reduced, it is reduced in proportion to its dimensions. It won’t look stretched or squeezed — just smaller.
Images with Transparent areas (not camera photos)
The uploader will reduce PNG image files with transparent areas accurately, and still preserve their transparency. Due to limits in its implementation, the uploader does NOT reduce GIF image files with transparent areas. Any GIF file with any transparency is always uploaded as-is, no matter what its size.
Be aware that some uses of transparent images in WebSite Tonight don’t utilize an image’s transparency (for example, using a file as a background image).
Images with Animation (not camera photos)
The uploader will not reduce any GIF image files that contain animation. Animated GIF files are always uploaded as-is, no matter what their size.
What If I Don’t Like the Reduced Image?
If an uploaded image is not satisfactory, try uploading it again, but at a larger size. As a last resort, choose “Original Size” when uploading. This tells the uploader not to make any reductions — all images are uploaded as they are.