Questions

The Most Common Questions are Answered Here

We hope this will help, it’s a few of the most common questions. Please contact us if you have any general questions, we’ll do our best to answer.

Do you have a domain name in mind?

This is the ‘address’ of your website, like www.google.ie. You can search the availability of domain names for free on various different provider’s sites. Eg godaddy.com or register.ie for .ie domains.

Have you registered your domain?

Once you have searched the availability of a good domain, you must now register that name in order to use it. These are some examples where you can do this  godaddy.com or register.ie 

If you bought a domain, do you have the username and password for the domain registration?

If you purchased a domain, you will need to access it. At the time of purchase, you chose a username and password, information may be available in your email account. If you have the domain name but not the registration info, please contact us, perhaps we can assist.

Do you have a prefered colour scheme?

Select two colours which work well together. Use an online ‘colour picker’ to help you select. Here’s one we liked. http://www.sessions.edu/color-calculator

Do you have a logo?

We can help you design a logo, please see the ‘design‘ page of our site.

How many pages and how do you want the menu?

If you have XL or any spreadsheet software, you can easily plan out your menu this way. Jot it all down on a sheet of paper first, this will help. Think about what you want your website to be about.

Have you got content?

Content is typically made up of photographs, text, imagery, video and any other media on a page. Always keep content well labeled and simply presented. Short paragraphs, less is more. People’s average attention span on a web page is measured in single digit seconds, try not to overwhelm them with too much text, unless of course it is required.

So, what is a Content Management System, or CMS?

Well, this is a live website which you can access with a username and password and update yourself. Total control! Change the text, replace the headings, upload new photographs, whatever you want. You may need a little practice, but it’s really not that hard, a bit like a text editor.

What pictures should I use?

Ideally, your own photos, just remember that quality is everything here, your content will greatly define your site. You can use an online library such as Shutterstock, or Contact us for a quote. All images used, particularly for galleries or full screen backgrounds, should be no smaller than 1600 pixels accross. This is a quirky little editor we found which might be useful if you don’t wanna get too involved here!http://www.phoxo.com/en/

What is hosting?

Hosting is like digital rent! Websites everywhere around the world need to be ‘hosted’ on servers, just like people need to be housed in accommodation. Most often these are huge temperature controlled rooms with thousands of racks of hard drives all connected together and to the internet. These are server rooms, the really big ones, data farms.

How can I crop and resize my photos?

There are a multitude of free and subscription software packages available, but for the simple process of resizing a few images, we recommend you use an online resource.  We found this one to be quite useful.   http://www.resizeyourimage.com

What is orientation?

Some photos are tall, others are wide, this is the orientation when the picture was taken. For example, a tall slim building might be better photographed in portrait style, whereas a row of single story buildings would be better in landscape.

What is resolution, as in Hi-Res & Low-Res?

This relates to the number of pixels in your photo or how much detail it contains when you zoom in on it. For example, a website will usually only need low to medium resolution images for a computer screen, however a large advertising billboard may require vast multiples of this in order to be sharp and clear.

What are the most common digital formats for images?

The most widely used format for digital cameras is the JPEG. The .jpg file can be very highly compressed making it ideal for emailing as a small file. However, the smaller the file, the greater the loss in quality. Websites also use .png files. This is what we call ‘lossless image compression’, where there is no loss in quality, yet file size is still small.

What kind of work does Xposure Media do?

We have considerable experience in the following areas: General/Social; Features; Industrial; Weddings; Portrait. If you are also considering a website or brochure, we can provide a photography service to best compliment your overall project appearance.

Why are some of the pictures I take so blurry?

This may be camera shake. Take deep breaths, slow down and take your time when taking a photograph. Gently squeeze the button (or slowly tap, in the case of a smart phone). If you are moving, the photo may blur, especially in low light.

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