It will include crediting instructions for those using sites like Weebly and Wix as well!
Note: This is not going to explain what Adoptables are, or what Characters are, or how to use them or get them. This is for people who know all those things for the most part, and are ready to dedicate a space and page for their characters for organization and development.
Welcome to the Character Page Credit Tutorial!
Where all your questions are bullet-pointed and visualized for your convenience!
In the past, character pages and websites were reserved for those who had basic understanding of site-building, html or coding. These individuals would often use site building resources to create awesome pages to show off and organize their Characters and Concepts. With the introduction of sites like Toyhou.se, this no longer has to be the case. This incredible site allows users with little to no website building skills to easily display and organize their characters. This tutorial is meant to help guide users to which option is right for them, and how to properly credit any artists and designers.
Where Do I start?Ok, So you've got a few characters (or hundreds) and you want to organize them in a nice space. A place to put them in order, name them, and show them off to your friends. But where do you start? Well first question to ask yourself is, how much time do you want to spend on updating things, and how easy do you want it to be?
- Easy: Try to get an account on Toyhou.se . As of now, they are in 'Alpha Beta', meaning the site is still very much under construction, but you are able to get a membership as long as you can get an invite code. (These are given to current members who have a Premium, 2 codes every week. They can be obtained through friends, raffles, ect. Just keep your eyes peeled.)
Toyhou.se Character Gallery Example [Click Here to view a live Character Page Example]
- Medium: Organize them in your Sta.sh . Every member on dA (Premium or not) has access to their 'sta.sh' it is a free image/document hosting site that is part of deviantArt. You can upload and organize almost anything in there as long as it adheres to dA's rules. (Yes you can get banned/suspended for illegal content in your sta.sh, even if it is private)
Sta.sh Character Gallery Example [Click Here to view a live Character Page Example]
- Hard: Make an account on a site like Weebly.com or Wix.com and create a site for them. While this isn't exactly HARD, it is the hardest out of these methods to complete and keep updated. Using a site like these for your characters involves, choosing or making templates, setting up page structure and navigation, hosting images on their limited drivers or hosting them elsewhere and using HTML to display them, ect. I would not recommend this method to anyone who doesn't know how to use HTML or operate a website. It becomes very time consuming, and even adding a new character can take hours of copying-pasting, dragging dropping, changing/adding links and tweaking things that you thought were fine but apparently they don't even work for some browsers.
[Additional Note. I would not EVER recommend using
Webs.comI have used it multiple times in the past and had extremely difficult glitching, errors, pages disappearing, and their customer service is horrible, disrespectful and they'll refuse to refund any money you send them even if your site is lost at their own error.]
Wix.com Character Gallery Example [Click here to view a live Character Page Example]
(Please Note: Weebly and Wix have interactive gallery options, with scrolling buttons and thumbnails and they are very flashy and cool if you want to try them out. Most however do not support transparency or smaller images. The images shown in this example are custom character buttons I made myself and are NOT an option on the Wix interface.)
What Now?Ok, now that you've chosen your site base, you get to add your characters. Character information can range from something as simple as an Image and a Name, to something as detailed as Multiple Images, Name, Gender, Race, Species, Sexuality, Relationship Status, Biography, Children, and the list goes on and on. Every character is unique, and all the information is simply whatever their 'owner' decides it to be!
Basically though, just insert your image and information in whichever way you've decided. What the main focus of this tutorial is now though, is Credit.
Now to the Important Part
CreditingWhile all artists and designers have their own rules and guidelines about how to credit them for their work, there is one golden rule that ANYONE in the art or character community should know by heart.
"There is no such thing as TOO much credit"
This rule is 100% true and should always be applied to anything online, from Art to Research, Stock and Resources, and Inspiration. If you used something that isn't yours in any way, anywhere, you need to credit with a link. Without credit you are opening yourself up to the possibility of being reported as an art thief, which can absolutely destroy online reputations and be extremely hurtful and emotionally draining for those who didn't mean any harm.
How Do I Properly Credit?There are many ways, from easy to difficult to credit anything. This area will also include screenshots from site areas as to how to source/credit.
Simple LinkArt by mamaelm.deviantart.com/
HowTo: Copy and Paste (Right click) or (CTRL+C, CTRL+V) the link anywhere
Named LinkArt by MamaELM
- HTML: <a href="LINKHERE">Title Here</a>
- Interface "Add a Link" : This method works in Sta.sh and anywhere there is an interactive bar. Just look for the link symbol!
- You can also use HTML to make an image link to the source when you click it, like this;
<a href="LINKHERE"><img src="IMAGELINK.PNG HERE"></a>
TOYHOU.SE AREAEverything Below Here explains how to properly credit and link when submitting characters and art to Toyhou.se!
Submit CharacterOn this page, you have the option to set BASIC information, you can add more details and stuff later by editing the character.
From your character's pages, you have the option to Upload more images of them, each possibly from different artists. The interface is very similar to the one from the character submission page.
Last but not least, I'll show you additional ways you can credit designers and even provide proof of ownership. (Or proof of purchase, proof of MYO ticket, or proof of Transfer of Ownership)
ALRIGHT! That just about wraps it up! I only know specifically a few people who were asking about this information, but I hope it can help more people. ^-^
Special Message to the Reluctant
While all this might seem like too much work, and perhaps even unnecessary in your mind, by producing any artwork or designs for you, Artists are relying on the fact that you'll respect their time, energy and hard work by providing credit where it is due. If someone draws a character for you, the least you can do for them is to properly credit it wherever it is used, as to bring any interest about the image back to its source. Art and Design theft is a huge deal, not only because people snatch images and gain attention and glory through false means, but also because you're taking away a chunk of someone's time, their imagination, their energy and stealing it as your own. Its a horrible thing to do, and thats why its important to credit properly even if you have permission to use something.
Remember the golden rule; There is no such thing as TOO much Credit!
Thanks so much for reading, and Happy organizing!
Now for some crediting of my own, ohgosh. XD
toyhou.se/ all screenshots of Toyhou.se are (c) their creators and site builders, and are shown here for reference purposes only.
weebly.com/ free custom site builder.
wix.com/ free custom site builder.
sta.sh/ free file hosting through deviantart.
First Screenshot Toyhou.se Character Thumbnails
- First four thumbnails by mamaelm.deviantart.com/
- Fifth thumbnail by krooku.deviantart.com/
- Last Thumbnail by darkdragonden.deviantart.com/
- First Thumbnail by krooku.deviantart.com/
- Second and Fourth Thumbnails by mamaelm.deviantart.com/
- Third Thumbnail by sableu.deviantart.com/
- Fifth Thumbnail by darkdragonden.deviantart.com/
- All Thumbnails by mamaelm.deviantart.com/