Why Copy Graphics to Your Own Server
Many people join webrings.
I wrote this page because some people do not understand why.
This page explains why that is important.
And, this page outlines the general process to do this.
Understanding Web Pages
Many people who make web pages do not really understand how they work. They just know that they use an editor like AOL easy Designer or Yahoo! Pagebuilder and they point and click and web pages happen.
These tools make it easy to build simple pages. But they also hide some of the underlying working of the web.
While an amateur web builder building a personal page does not need to be an expert at HTML, it is important to have a little understanding.
HTML and the Web
A web page is just a file. It is a file that contains text that is written in a language called HTML.
When you enter the URL, you are giving the name of that page to your browser.
The browser, like Microsoft Internet explorer or Netscape Navigator asks the web system to send that page. After it receives that page, then the browser interprets the HTML and builds the image you see in a browser window.
Because the image you see in a browser window is the browsers interpretation of the HTML, different browsers will sometimes interpret the HTML differently and will display the page slightly differently.
Graphics "On" a Web Page
One of the points of confusion is that some new, amateur webmasters think that a graphic is someone "on" a web page.
The page editors help continue this impression because they make it easy to "cut" or "copy" a graphic and just "paste" it "onto" a web page.
That is how it looks.
But that is not how it really is.
Graphics are not "on" a web page. Instead, there is HTML that tells the browser where to go to get the graphic. The graphic lives in its own file, separate from the web page. The web page just "points" to the graphic.
Referencing a Graphic
The HTML will say something like:
This code is for an image ("img") and it tells the browser the source ("src") for that image.
If you want to see the address for any graphic in your browser, right click on that graphic and select "Properties". It will show you the graphic.
Referencing a Graphic on Another Site?
There is no real difference between referencing a graphic on your and referencing a graphic on another site.
There is no requirement that the URL you use to reference a graphic be your URL. That is why when you copy webring code without changing it, you may reference a graphic on another site.
Yes. It can be.
It takes "bandwidth" to deliver a graphic from a site to a browser. If you are using someone else's server to get your graphic without their permission, that is called "bandwidth theft".
This is true even if you have permission to use the graphic.
Permission to use the graphic and permission to point to the graphic on their server are two different things.
In fact, bandwidth theft was so severe a problem in the early days of the net, that a webring emerged to deal specifically with this problem: Web Guard.
Note that not every site requires that you copy the graphic to your own server.
Some people have enough available bandwidth that it doesn't matter. Or the person may not think that your use will be a problem.
One of the reason that webrings frequently do, is because if every member referenced the graphic on the ringmaster's site, it could use a lot of bandwidth. That is why many webrings request that you place the graphic onto your own server.
Copying to Your Own Server
In general there are three steps:
Copying a Graphic to Your PC
You have now copied the graphic to your PC and placed it in the directory.
Uploading a Graphic
each website editing tool will have its own way of uploading a file from your PC to the server.
In all cases you will need to know
(You will need the name on your server when you modify the HTML to point to the graphic.)
Altering HTML to Point to the Graphic
Webrings: General Information
Webring Sections and Subsections
The Webring Section is a large section of my website. I have divided it into four major "subsections".
each "subsection" has it's own special "logo".
As you travel in the various subsections you will find, near the bottom of each page, links to pages within that subsection and also links to the other subsections. To go to any subsection, just click on the "logo" or on the text link for that subsection.
The WebRing.com System
This subsection includes specific information about the WebRing.com system.
While not the only webring system on the net, it is the best known and the most used. I own many webrings in this system and belong to many webrings in this system. (I also own and belong to many webrings in other systems as well.) Click here or on the graphic.
The Wazillion Navbars Project
This subsection is a historical section about the Yahoo! WebRing system. It was begun during the early days of problems with the Yahoo! WebRing system in September 2000.
It ended when the Yahoo! WebRing system spun off into the independent WebRing.com system in October 2001. I maintain it for the historical record. Click here or on the graphic.
Webrings I Own and Belong To
This subsection shows all the webrings I own and links to all the webrings to which I belong. This includes webrings in Ringlink, RingSurf, Bravenet and the WebRing.com system as well.
If you are looking to join one of my webrings, this is a good place to start. If you wonder about the webrings I belong to, this is the place to go. Click here or on the graphic.
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