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Images can make the difference between a boring page that users will skim or engaging content users will read. But poor images choices could make your site look unprofessional or out of date. Review our Best Practices and tutorials on how to make sure your images look great:


Adding Images Cropping & Resizing Image Quality & File Size Image Sizes & Placement

Best practices

1. Good Image Choices

Choose your images wisely to suit your content. The relationship between your image and the rest of the page should be clear to users. Avoid using images or clipart for decorative purposes.

2. Copyright

Avoid copyright infringement. Copyright law grants the creator of a image the right to control its use from the moment it’s created to 30 years after the creator’s death(or longer in cases). This includes any image you find on the internet. Unless the image source specific says “public domain,” or “copyright-free” you must get permission from the owner to use it. We recommend the following image sources to avoid copyright issues:

  1. Use DSU’s photo database.
    Creative Services maintains a database of high-quality University approved images for use by students and staff. You must log in with your DixieID to view and download images.
  2. Ask Creative Services.
    They will be able to provide you with high-quality custom or stock images specific to your needs that DSU owns the copyright to.
  3. Ask your Web Intern
    They can find high quality DSU-owned images or public domain images be suitable to your needs.
  4. Use your own
    Any images you own you may allow DSU to use on our website.
  5. Purchase photo-stock
    There are hundreds of online photo-stock companies that will sell you usage rights to use an image on your site. Please check with Web Services before making a purchase to make sure you purchase the correct license type.

3. Image Quality & File Placement

Make sure you image is only as big as it needs to be (in terms of file size and number of pixels) for where you plan to use it. Refer to our tutorials on image file sizes and cropping images.

Placing Images on Page

Placing images in WordPress is easy.

  1. Click the add media button
  2. Upload your image.
  3. Select the image
  4. Click “insert into page”