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Managing website photos is difficult and confusing at first. But if you update them regularly, it soon makes sense.

TIP If you need to change photos on your webpages, and you dread it: ask SuttonNet to load and position the photos for you. It's a cost effective solution that's far better than putting off the updates. We'll be much quicker and less stressed about it.

  • Your photos work for you
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    Online marketing experts stress how important it is to use genuine photos of our own businesses, instead of those ubiquitous stock photos.

    In this world of chatbots, cybercrime and anonymous call centres, make it obvious that your enterprise is real and that your staff are friendly, helpful and human.

    If you're not from the selfie generation, it might be painful to post photos of yourself online. But just do it once.

    Relevant photos for your products and services are a must. They create new avenues to find your website and they carry SEO value via their title and alternate text: but only if you actually enter this data into Bizazz. Be diligent about this whenever you add photos to your webpages.

  • Brave the Bizazz photo processor
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    The Bizazz processor is surprisingly easy to use. You can process and load a photo to your website 'backend' in less than a minute. Your photo file will be compressed correctly, so that it can download fast yet retains visual quality.

    It takes another minute or two to add the photo to a webpage, create its title and alt text, position the photo relative to surrounding text and even add a few flourishes: a border, caption or shadow effect.

    It's worth investing half an hour (or less) to become familiar with the photo processor & photo layout steps. Find some maybe-useful photos and load them and add to webpages. Look at the results on mobile phone as well as your desktop. You'll do a lot for your website in that time.

    Check the relevant chapter of the manual while you experiment. Ring or email us if you have any questions.

  • Layout
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    There are many, many ways to lay out text and photos. With responsive design re-arranging your page layout for different sized screens, there are even more possibilities. This is bad news for anyone inclined to fast, sloppy webpage editing.

    The manual includes examples with step by step instructions to help you (not confuse you). Be patient, follow the instructions and most importantly: try your webpage on various sized screens before you decide that it is finished.

    Some things are not feasible: eg dot or numbered points and photos don't go together in responsive design code.

    Because your page re-arranges itself dynamically, and is not a static unit, clever 'workarounds' to force things into place won't work. They will mess up the webpage layout on some type of screen. There are no shortcuts.

  • How to include video
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    Go to the Snippets section of the Bizazz manual - 'Insert Video'. Videos are often published on Youtube, Bitchute or similar sites, with a link to your site; and a link from your website to the video location.

    Remember to set your link in Bizazz to open the video in 'new window': this keeps the current webpage open in its own browser tab while someone watches the video. You don't want your video link to take site visitors away from your website altogether, especially to the distractions of Youtube.

  • Product photos are a special case
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    Always load photos for ecommerce items via the Products photo processor tab. This has special fields needed for filing product photos.

    Bizazz uses a general 'external files' function to connect photos, instruction leaflets, videos and other files to an ecommerce product in the website database. Just go to the product's own data page in Bizazz and click 'Add external file'. Follow the simple steps in the manual.

    Product photo(s) appear on the right e-shop page automatically, without you needing to format or re-publish webpages.

  • Manage your photo gallery or slider/slideshow
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    Photo galleries and ecommerce products behave in much the same way in Bizazz, behind the scenes. So go to the Products - External Files area of Bizazz to manage photos in a photo gallery on your website. You can change the order or delete photos.

    Load more photos for photo galleries via the Products photo processor tab, not the general Webpages Photo Processor.

    Use Snippets to insert a new slideshow (rotating gallery) or to add slideshow photos.