I have been surfing the web
for almost 5 years now. This website has been in existence for about
2 years. When I first started making this site, I really had no idea
what I was doing. I was a newbie, just like we all are when we first
start creating websites. After I figured out that I needed a web
server to host my page, I started looking for graphics to put on my site.
I found a site that had some nice graphics that I liked. That graphics
site, and most of the graphics sites on the web, have graphics that you can
use which are called "linkware". These graphics are NOT free, they
are free for a LINK. What this basically means is that if you use the artist's
graphics, you have to use one of their logos with a link back to them or
give them credit with a text link. If you don't know how to do this,
please email me and I will explain it to you. It is so important
to give credit because the artists work very hard creating beautiful graphics
for our sites. Some of these graphics take hours to do. They
are very proud of their work and want other people to be able to find their
sites so they can use the graphics too. How would you feel if you
were a graphic artist and made graphics for people to use, but they didn't
give you credit for your hard work? I don't think you would feel
too good. A lot of artists have removed their graphic sites from
the web because they are tired of not getting the full credit that they
deserve. This, in turn, affects us because one day we might not be
able to use "linkware" graphics, we might have to pay for them. Please
always give credit at the bottom of the page that you have that particular
artist's stuff on.
Another taboo is linking
to other people's servers. What this basically means is when you
link your graphics to the artist's servers instead of saving them to your
hard drive and then uploading them to the server that you use, you link
them to their server. Most free web servers such as
give you 11 megs of webspace which
is a ton of space. Some web servers give you even more. Graphic
artists get a lot of hits to their sites per day. Some of the artists
have to pay everytime their site gets over a certain amount of hits and
if you link to their server, you are stealing bandwidth. Please click
on the logos below to learn more about this.
If you link your graphics
to their servers, you might find that one day you will have broken images
on your site because the artists move their graphics a lot of the time.
Please do the right
thing and "think before you link" and also give credit where credit is
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