One of the things that will speed up and improve your page building is getting organized before you start. No, I am not a highly organized, everything in its slot type of person (ok well not totally!) but I have found some tricks along the way that have helped. If you have a few tips that you would like to share, just e-mail them to me and I will include them. Contact Me
I have set up my image files on my hard drive. At my house, we are lucky enough to have multiple computers and my computer is dedicated to my web page building. So hard drive space is not an issue. But even if you keep your image files elsewhere, you can still use these tips to organize the files.
This area is a bit more complicated. I have thousands of images that I have saved in my files. I am constantly copying images and dropping them into a file for possible future use. Some are mine and some I have copied from other sites. So the first thing you will need to do is set up files called 'My web images' and 'Linkware web images'. I do this to make sure I do not broach any copyrights. If I am planning on putting an image on one of my pages, I can feel reasonably certain that if it is copyright protected, I have the correct reference to put on my page. All images that I copy that are linkware also have the related banner and or URL link saved with it. For example, if I copy a Teddy Bear from a linkware page, I might name the file 'Teddy1.gif'. The related Banner would be named 'Teddy1banner.gif' and the related URL would be named 'Teddy1URL.txt'. Notice all three start with the word Teddy. I do that so they will stay grouped together because odds are, I will have 15 other copies of Bears in that file also.
Now, lets take this a step further. Somewhere down the road, you are going to retrieve that image to use in your web page. One of the steps in setting up the code is including the size of the image. I have had to go back and view images hundreds of times before I caught onto putting the size right in the name of the image. So our Teddy Bear example will now be 'Teddy1-120X87.gif', and the banner will be 'Teddy1banner95X40.gif'. It is faster to cut and paste the longer name into your page then it is to have to stop and pull up your image to check the size.
Below is an example of how my files are structured. If you have some additional suggestions, I would love to hear them.
This is a very simplified version of my file structure. Actually I have so many items saved that I have further segregated items by color in many cases just to reduce the size of some of the files. By organizing my files this way, I am able to copy images or graphics from the web as I find them and drop them into the appropriate file quickly. As a general rule, I almost always rename the items to best describe what it is before saving.