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When you first decide to build a web site for your costume program, you need to prepare by making a list of the content you wish to feature on the site.� Content is the primary ingredient of any web site, and conveying it is a site�s primary purpose, so time spent considering what you actually want to include (or leave out) is the single most important step in the process.� Items, which you might consider including in your �list�, include, but are not limited to:
� Shop Location & Phone #
� Program of Study & Classes Offered
� Staff Bios, photos, contact info, or personal stuff
� Student Projects or Bios, etc
� Loan Policy Information
� Equipment and Images of the workspace
� Services offered
� Images of Previous Shows
� Images from Historical Study Collection
� Useful How-to Information for the Public
� Any thing that makes your program or space particularly appealing
� Requests for donations and/or volunteers
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You will choose to include or exclude items from this list based on your particular circumstances.� For example, the Theatre UAF Costume Shop Page [1pages/file:///D:/My%20Documents/My%20Webs/Manifesto/classes/uafcostumeshop/uafcostweb.htm http://www.costumes.org/subwebs/uafcostumeshop/uafcostweb.htm] is quite forthcoming about personal information & photos of faculty and staff, because we are in a small friendly town in rural Alaska, where most of this information is already public knowledge.� Weirdo stalkers do not appear out of the woodwork based on our online attractions, although periodically we get email from admirers (One of my former costume shop managers had a long, fun, kinky correspondence with a guy that arose from the man�s seeing his photo in a sexy dress on the site�but that is another story).� One of our main student appeals is our friendly open and decidedly unusual social life in the department, and we have pages devoted to the various costumed parties and events that students engage in on our site.� A program in a large city might find this material either irrelevant or even dangerous.
On the other hand, I leave out information about our loan policy, because all our loans are done for free, and while staff has been reduced, our loans have more than doubled since the loan policy was put in place.� I am NOT looking to increase the numbers of people asking for free loans, so I don�t mention this service on the site.� A place that generated needed income from rentals, on the other hand, would wish to prominently advertise this fact.
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If your computer abilities are very low, there are a number of options open to you for your first site.� The easiest option is to build on one of the various free services online (see list at end of article) that offer a �wizard� for site building.� A wizard is an online editor into which you type in text, and tell what photos are on your hard drive for use, and the wizard grabs copies of the photos, saves the text and builds a page for you.� This is how the small children build sites, how I built my first site, and how I recommend anyone begin.� Even if you plan on building your final site in a more demanding program, it is a good idea to use one of these wizards to build a short personal or hobby site, just to get your brain prepared for thinking in the non-linear fashion that web sites express best.�
The next easiest editor you can use is your word processor.� Microsoft Word was improved a few years ago to include the ability to save documents as web pages, many other recent word processors have followed suit.� Check the �save as� command in your WP to see if one of the options is �save as html�.� If it has this, all you need to do to make pages is to build documents as usual in your word processor and then save them as html files.�
If you are feeling slightly braver, you will want to build pages in a WYSIWYG editor (What you see is what you get).� These programs operate much like a hybrid between a wizard and a word processor and are still quite simple to learn to use.� They offer many more options than the other two programs and can build sites of unlimited size and complexity.� As an example, my site The Costumer�s Manifesto: http://www.costumes.org is entirely built in a WYSIWYG editor (my favorite, Microsoft FrontPage) although it has around 800 pages and 650mb of images.� I don�t know much html.� I don�t need to.� WYSIWYG editors abound, both for free (downloaded from the net) and for purchase.� If your university has paid a blanket site license for all Microsoft office programs for all faculty and staff, this includes FrontPage.� (Ask about this at your university.� It is very common for universities to purchase these licenses, and then not bother to tell the faculty & staff.� Your department may be buying duplicate software that your university has already paid for.) | align="left" valign="top" |Google |- | align="left" valign="top" |
The second criterion for choosing a site builder program is: What do you want your site to look like or do?� This will help determine what kind of web editor you need to build it.� If you need to have forms on your site that send you back data (such as a sign up form for requesting student or rental information), sound or video you will need to use a higher end WYSIWYG editor, or html editor.� If all you need is pages with text, links, email form and images, you can use even the lowest level wizard to build your page.�
Part of what you should have determined when deciding on your site content is what images you want or need on your site.� Once you know what images you need, these are the steps you will use to prepare those images for your site.
Pictures that you have already in print form, like show renderings, photos and slides, will need to be scanned onto disk or your computer.�� You can do this yourself or send photos off to a lab like Seattle Film Works that will do it for you.� If you do this yourself, you need to know two things:� 1. Screen resolution on the web is 72dpi regardless of the monitor size or settings of the computer receiving the data.� This means that if you scan a 3x4 photo at 300dpi and don�t reduce it, it will display as 12x16.� On the other hand, if you scan a slide at 72dpi, it will display no larger than the actual slide image.� Save your files to be the size you want seen based on 72dpi as the standard.� 2.� For photos and renderings, the file format to save your pictures in will be jpeg (aka jpg) format, preferably in a low quality setting.� At 72dpi, low quality really does not show up much.� This will make your images into smaller file sizes that load more rapidly.�
For new images, that is, images you just realized you need and haven�t photographed yet, you can do several things to get them in digital form ASAP.� If you have, and are most comfortable with, a film camera, you can simply take photos as usual, and then when you take the photos in for processing check the box to have them put either on floppy disk or CD ROM.� When your photos are returned they will come with pre scanned digital images on disk.� The disk will usually also have a free image editor you can install on your computer to convert the images to smaller sizes, different file types (like jpeg), and do minor photo corrections.� Floppies often have the advantage of having images in jpeg, but are so-so quality.� CD�s have high quality scans, but you usually need to convert them to jpeg and reduce their size.�
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Dalhousie University Costume Studies Studios and Museum http://www.dal.ca/costume/index.html
NY City Ballet Costume Shop http://www.nycballet.com/costumeshop/csindex.html
Brown University Costume Program http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Theatre_Speech_Dance/Costume_Design.html
Costume Design at Carnegie Mellon broken link
Los Angeles City College broken link
Sites to Help you make Web Pages:
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