Category Archives: Online Tools

Create an image gallery

If you have photos posted in Flickr or Google, you can easily link to those sites. However, the other alternative is to upload your images to your site and then create a gallery of the photos.

Keep in mind that you site has a limited amount of space and every photo you upload goes against that amount. Be sure to resize your photos using a simple online tool like Picnik.


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Putting your PowerPoint presentations online

Okay, you know you can upload your PowerPoint presentation to your blog, but sometimes the size is so large it’s a real pain for your visitors to download it.

Enter SlideShare (http://www.slideshare.net/). When you upload your presentation, it provides a viewable online version of your presentation. If you add sound to it, that will be available as well.

Check out this sample:


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To user it on our site, copy the WordPress embed code immediately below the presentation and paste it in to your post using the HTML editor.

Note: you must enable the SlideShare MU plugin for your presentation to display!

Edit graphics online for free

If you’re looking for a quick way to make some basic edits to a photo, and the computer you’re using doesn’t have a graphics program, Picnik (http://www.picnik.com/) is a great resource.

By either uploading a photo from your computer, providing a URL or accessing a photo you already have stored online (Flickr, Google Picassa, Facebook, etc), the site will then provide you options to enhance, rotate, crop, resize and adjust your image (including sharpening) or many other effects. You can then save it to your computer or online accout or or e-mail it to someone else.

The paid for service provides you extra features, but for most users the free version will work fine. Ideal for mom and dad, there’s little to stress about and it’s easy to understand.

Submit your blog to search engines

Placing a link to your blog from your MacEwan contact record is just one way to ensure people can find your site – but the more links to your site, the easier it becomes for people to find you. And of course, you’ll need to ensure search engines can find you as well.

There are applications and services available for a fee that will submit your information to search engines, (and many search engines just natuarally find our web pages)  but it’s just as easy to pick a few engines and submit the site yourself. Here are just a few to get you started: