Images must be:
- Good quality (not blurry, out of focus, featuring people who are blinking, etc.)
- At least 1200px wide
- In some way closely related to the content of the page
Images help draw the reader's interest, but they must be chosen carefully. Images that are poor quality make the page (and the site) look unprofessional. Also, images that have little to do with the content of the page are likely to be ignored by your reader.
Whenever possible, use images that show actual people engaging with the church. Good examples are the images we use in our news section. When possible, try to avoid using stock photos of lights in bell jars, hand-holding, candles, logos or any kind of clip art. Web users don't seem to love those types of photos, and they tend to be overused across the internet. More information about taking and choosing good photos can be found on our Top Tips for Photography page.
Images should be resized before they're uploaded and added to a page. If possible, please choose a landscape-oriented image to be your main image on the page, and size it to 1200px wide. Please DO NOT take an image that is smaller than 1200px and blow it up. The image quality will be too low to be usable.
If you're looking for stock imagery, Pixabay.com, Pexels.com, and Unsplash.com have some excellent free options to suit nearly every need. If you're struggling to find an image or resize it, please let the web team know and we'll help you. The web editor is best placed to decide on appropriate image use for web pages.