Collect images for your website in order to stand out

Images help to express your brand visually. Please prepare your images ahead of time, the same way you would prepare your text, using the specifications below. You can store your images in a folder on your laptop’s desktop, in your preferred file storage system (like Google Drive or Dropbox), or load them onto a USB flash-drive. Given that each location has differing levels of internet access, for safety sake, we recommend bringing them on your laptop hard drive or on a USB.

File types:

- Save images in .jpg, .gif, or .png format only.
- .pdf, .psd, .tff, and .doc files are not web-compatible!

File names:

  • Only use letters, numbers, underscores, and hyphens in file names.

  • Do not use spaces, instead use a hyphen - or an underscore (_)

  • Avoid CAPS. All lowercase is fine.

  • Other characters (like ?, %, and &) may upload incorrectly or cause unexpected behaviour in galleries.

  • your filename should relate to the image and describe the subject matter of the image.

Note: good file-naming helps your SEO as well as making it easier to manage your images and knowing where you intend to use them when you are creating your website. Good file-naming practices give Google clues about the subject matter of the image and increases your organic Search Engine Optimisation (SEO).

Example: my-new-black-kitten.jpg is better than IMG00023.JPG

Additional Reading: Google Image Publishing Guidelines

File size:

  • There is a 20 MB limit on all image uploads

  • We recommend using image files of less than 500 KB for best results. (when it comes to image size, bigger isn't always better!)

  • It’s important that you reduce the file size of images before uploading them onto your website.

  • You can reduce an image's dimensions using the tool built into to Squarespace (links below)

  • We don't recommend enlarging a smaller image, as this can make it appear pixelated.

  • Instead, start with an image that is at least 1500 pixels wide.

Additional Links for learning:

  1. Adobe Creative Cloud Image Editor - Resizing Images

  2. Squarespace Support Article on Third-party image editing software

  3. For more information on Squarespace’s image requirements and best practices

Stock imagery

We highly recommend you use your own images, taken by you, or professionally, for you. If you don’t have all the photos you need, consider using stock photos. Below are a few resource links. Note: depending on your course, there are options for professional photography and training on how to take your own photos.

Custom Professional Images

It is always better to have images that are you, or your business. If you have the budget, use a local photographer who has referrals and/or whose work you have seen and like. Good photography usually means you have to connect with your photographer.

We highly recommend Gippsland based Lauren Murphy Photography, she has done most of the custom photography for our website. You may know a photographer and/or want one closer to you.

Unsplash & Squarespace

As of October 2018, you can Search Unsplash’s collections almost anywhere that you can add an image in Squarespace, you don’t necessarily need to setup a separate account. - Learn More

Getty Images & Squarespace

Squarespace have a partnership with Getty Images, you can license editorial and stock photography to use on your site (note: paid content). You can Search Shutterstock collections almost anywhere that you can add an image in Squarespace, you don’t necessarily need to setup a separate account - Learn More

Professional photography from Gippsland photographer, Lauren Murphy Photography (may not be available in some areas)

Professional photography from Gippsland photographer, Lauren Murphy Photography (may not be available in some areas)