How To Create A Stunning Drop Capital Effect On Your Web Pages

Written by Jason Lewis

How To Create A Stunning Drop Capital Effect On Your Web Pages

Drop Capitals are frequently used in many newspapers, books and magazines inrepparttar offline world. You will frequently seerepparttar 131700 large capital letter sinking down intorepparttar 131701 first paragraph of articles, stories and chapters inrepparttar 131702 majority of publications you come across.

The drop capital givesrepparttar 131703 page a nice finishing touch, and certainly adds a more professional looking feel.

Online,repparttar 131704 drop capital looks just as good on web pages as it does in print. The only drawback is that you can easily getrepparttar 131705 whole effect wrong, and end up with a less than appealing result.

The wrong way...

When most people attempt to create a drop capital effect on a web page, they usually just enlargerepparttar 131706 first letter by a few font sizes and make it bold.

If you do this on your own web page, you will notice that instead of a 'drop' capital effect, you end up with an odd looking letter which sticks up aboverepparttar 131707 rest ofrepparttar 131708 paragraph, and just looks out of place.

The right way...

There are essentially, two parts to creatingrepparttar 131709 drop capital effect.

Step #1 -

You need to create a drop capital image using some graphic software.

You can use any standard piece of graphic software like Paint Shop Pro, Fireworks, or Photoshop.

The drop capital image should ideally be big enough to drop down between 2-4 lines of text, depending on your preference.

You should ensure thatrepparttar 131710 top of your drop capital image is level withrepparttar 131711 top ofrepparttar 131712 text next to it. The bottom ofrepparttar 131713 image should also be level withrepparttar 131714 bottom ofrepparttar 131715 lowest text next to it.

This is reallyrepparttar 131716 hardest part of creating a drop capital effect. It can be very easy to makerepparttar 131717 image just a bit too big, or a bit too small. You may find that it will take a bit of trial and error to make it look just right. However,repparttar 131718 extra effort will pay off, asrepparttar 131719 end result will be worth waiting for.

One thing to note: As with any image, a drop capital image can slow a web page ifrepparttar 131720 file size is too big. To help reducerepparttar 131721 file size you should save it as a '.gif' image. For even better results you should try to optimizerepparttar 131722 '.gif' image as well by reducingrepparttar 131723 amount of colors being used.

Four Tips to Draw Traffic to Your Web Site

Written by ARA Content

Now thatrepparttar Internet is used by roughly 70 percent of all Americans, just about everyone has a site or two they log on to regularly. Aside from search engines, some ofrepparttar 131699 most popular sites onrepparttar 131700 Web today include eBay,, Google and MSNBC. Google, for example, generates millions of page views each month.

So what is it about these sites that draw such huge crowds? One secret lies in constantly evolving content. Internet users feelrepparttar 131701 need to check back throughoutrepparttar 131702 day because new auctions will be added to eBay; will offer new products and sales; and MSNBC will add and update news stories. Many local newspapers and television stations aroundrepparttar 131703 country are onrepparttar 131704 bandwagon too, staffed with online editors who keep their sites updated throughoutrepparttar 131705 day.

Butrepparttar 131706 majority of sites donít haverepparttar 131707 luxury of extra staffing or content to update. So what can they do to draw traffic? Webmasters have four key strategies at their disposal: search engines, traffic networks, links and articles. The best webmasters incorporate all four of these methods to increase traffic to their sites.

* Articles

Offering quality content on your site is one ofrepparttar 131708 easiest ways to draw traffic, particularly because ofrepparttar 131709 way Web searches work. For example, if your siteís purpose is to sell tools, don't just post your items and hope they sell. Provide your users with articles that give them helpful tips on how to use your products, and valuable information on related topics within your industry. Original content is great, but you donít have to generaterepparttar 131710 material yourself.

One popular option is to sign up for a free membership with Content Infusion, a syndicated feature article service that offers copyright-free articles on a variety of topics, including home improvement, business and careers, money and personal finance, gardening, food and entertainment and healthy living. All articles and photos are free of charge.

Interested webmasters can log onto and sign up for a free membership. After selectingrepparttar 131711 categories that best fit their site, they can customizerepparttar 131712 articles so that they matchrepparttar 131713 look and feel of their existing site. Webmasters then can copy and pasterepparttar 131714 HTML, JavaScript or XML code into their site, and theyíre all set. Fresh content will continually populate their site with no additional maintenance.

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