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Right sizing – great looking

A new style to your club website or social media page?!

Changing banner image occasionally helps keep your site interesting . It is also a good way to align with the current main activity of the club or the centenary theme of lions.

Once you have chosen your preferred picture , the hard part begins …

SMiLE blog post: Right sizing - great looking

The challenge

How to …

  • avoid a distorted image?
  • keep all main image parts in view, once uploaded?
  • judge, whether the image will fit for Twitter too?
  • get a perfect look?

At this point it is very helpful to know, which image dimensions each service uses for all the different images supported: Profile image, banner image, event image, post image, etc.

But wait a minute … every once in a while social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. change these dimensions a bit – leading to the above outlined “problems” and challenges.

SMiLE is your friend …

SMiLE team members have the same challenges and questions while maintaining our sites or the sites each of us maintains for our clubs or districts.

So we share some resources with you, which really help to stay up to date with all the image dimensions. This way, you do not have to scribble them down or memorize them. Just bookmark this SMiLE blog post 🙂

You will find tons of web pages on the internet, which talk about this topic. Here are the sources we find most helpful:

A great big infographic covering all major social media channels:

Original web page: http://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/ultimate-guide-social-media-image-dimensions-infographic#sm.000jdcj9r65mcol11ag2ki26ivgew

Infographic itself (Image): https://socialmediaweek.org/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/hubspot-social-image-size-guide.jpg

Repeated here, with some Photoshop templates: http://makeawebsitehub.com/social-media-image-sizes-cheat-sheet/

Second infographic about social media image sizes, slightly different approach: http://www.mainstreethost.com/blog/social-media-image-size-cheat-sheet/

About Facebook Event Cover images:

This seems to be a bit of a secret, but finally we found information about that as well … Two resources reported this dimension: 784 px wide by 295 px tall (http://webmarketingtherapy.com/blog/social-media-cover-photo-sizes-for-2016/)

Here you find some extra Facebook image dimensions, typically not mentioned in other sources! http://www.dreamgrow.com/facebook-cheat-sheet-sizes-and-dimensions/

Equipped with these cheat sheets, social media admins’ life gets much easier 🙂

But we have one more great thing to share with you …

 

Tools to create perfect sized social media banners

To speed up the work to compose a perfectly fitting social media banner or post image, using the right tool can help a lot!

One of the internet resources listed above provides Photoshop templates for various social media platforms. For those of you, who work a lot with Photoshop, that might be a good way for you.

In case you like it easy yet powerful and good looking, the SMiLE team recommends Canva, a tool we use quite a lot for this task.

Canva is an online service (www.canva.com) you can use simply with your browser, or you use the nice Canva iPad App! We highly recommend it.

 

Related SMiLE blog posts

To get a first impression about Canva, have a look on the SMiLE blog post, where we introduce Canva to you. Another valuable reading is our post about improving your Facebook club/district page in general. A click on the blog post title takes you right to it:

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