Photos & Video

Nowhere does the old saying "a picture is worth a thousand words" apply more than to an effective website!

Having attractive images is crucial. If your viewers are attracted to your website because of eye-catching photos, they might read further if they're interested. In addition, we recommend that you consider the power of video to display your services and/or products. We can embed the code directly from such website as You Tube or Vimeo, for instance, at no additional cost.

There are many different ways of obtaining photos on the internet, but we recommend buying your pictures from online photo websites.

  • Many people think that it is ok to use pictures they find in the images section of Google, or on other websites.
  • A copyrighted image does not necessarily have a watermark, and it's often very hard to tell if a picture is copyrighted.
  • Aside from the issue of finding pictures with the right sizing needed for your website, an inexpensive and much "safer" way is to purchase your pictures from legitimate online services.

We have listed a few of the online sites that we have used over time, but just "googling" online stock photos will give you a lot of great choices. There is a variety in pricing, and most of the sites require you to buy a subscription (usually for a certain number of pictures, or by timed subscription).

Note: "Royalty Free" does not mean FREE

Royalty-free, or RF, refers to the right to use copyright material or intellectual property without the need to pay royalties or license fees for each use or per volume sold, or some time period of use or sales.

At Affordable Web Design Ltd, we help our clients find the best photos for their websites.

Videos from You Tube, Vimeo and more

Uploading your video to You Tube, for instance, is actually a great way to be able to show your video on your website without slowing your website's download time down when people view it. The video is sitting on the You Tube server, or Vimeo if you prefer that platform, and only a code linking to that video is put into your website (called "embedding"). There are some small disadvantages in using You Tube, such as ads for other videos do show up when your video has ended on your website. Most people are ok with trading this small inconvenience for using the free You Tube venue.

At Affordable Web Design Ltd, we help our clients with videography as well, depending on your location.