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Making a Free Guild Website Part 1 -Making and adding The Banner.

Now that my Alt is the GM of a guild, I’m going to make her a website as a demonstration as to the very Basic free Guild Web site tools that are available.

I’ve picked Www.guildportal.com as my site. Its free, its upgradeable-and really its all you need for a start up. Yes it has annoying ads on it, but at this point I don’t want to pay for the upgrade as I want to demonstrate what you can do for free and without complication. It also has a Downloadable Guide to setting up the site.

So Part 1 – Making The Banner. Using Photobucket I’ve Played around with several Simple Ideas using an Image from Warcrafts Free Wall Paper of a dragon. Check out my other post How to make a Quick and Dirty Website Banner for a Basic Run through..

So these are my examples ( resized to fit in wordpress )
Banner thick Bloodbrothers

and

Banner thing Blood Dragons

and

Now adding onto the website.
On the Guildportal Home page, under “Your guilds” The name of your new guild should appear. Click on it to Open up your guild page. You will see alot of Default text.
If you have the site administration access you should see a “Control Panel” and a little folder at the top of the page Click on it. This brings up a new Site admin Page.

To add the banner click on “Styles and Colours” and under Site Element Styles, Banner Image. Use the banner Image from the result that you saved to photobucket with the tag starting with http:// or the ‘Direct Link’ copied from Photobucket.

Make Sure Center Image on Page is selected and Save.
No go check out your site page.

I’m going to be running a Work in Progress at Blood Dragons

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How to Make a Quick and Dirty Guild website Banner

How to use Photobucket to make a Guild banner/Blog Banner

www.photobucket.com  now has all the tools you could need to make a Guild website banner / Blog Banner.. I’ve used it to make my Blog Banner with some of its basic and advanced tools.

So how to do one? – Im assuming you have basic Image editing experience.. Eg crop / Save/ ect.. you don’t need to know Gimp or Photoshop..  you just need a photobucket account.

I took a WOW screen dump of a Picture with an interesting background and cropped it to banner size.. ( if you arent sure what size you want right click on a banner you like the size of and look in the properties to see the dimensions)

Upload that Image from your screenshot folder into Photobucket  -

Open the image and  Select the Edit Tab above the image

edit.jpg picture by notosa

Then select the crop function to select the area of the Picture you want as your banner.. Drag to size..
On the same Tab Select ‘Resize’ to change the dimensions to the banner size you want..

Edit2-1.jpg picture by notosa
This is one I have done.

Raw Banner Cropped

Then select Save – ( I always “Save a copy” incase I do something I don’t like.)

Now select the “Decorate Tab” and the Beta ” Borders” Icon to the right hand side above the image.
Select your border style – I Picked the Solid One.
The Border options floating bar should come up. Change the colours and thickness of the white and black to how you want. The corner radius is a nice little touch too.

Editborder.jpg picture by notosa

This creates a nice little neat Banner like this.

Save a copy.

Now select the “Decorate” Tab, and Select “Text”

Edittext.jpg picture by notosa
Type your text… /Select your font, and adjust the text box on the Image. Play around with the sizes and colours.
Tick the “Transparent” Box so you don’t get a ugly white background behind the text. and you can play with the coulour that shows up best on your image. Now Select apply and then Save a copy.. and you get something like this..

Save a copy…
- Basic – But effective… you then have several codes for putting on a website/blog/ forum ect ect…  formatted for you for that image to add wherever you want…. there are also alot of other great features on there that you can play with to get differnt effects. Experiment, but remember to Save a copy.. so you have the orginal to use if you stuff up.

Some other examples of what you can do is my Blog banner for Pugnacious Priest, and also



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