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How to get website colour and measurement info

When I want to create a consistent look across a number of different online spaces, I need to know what colours I used in space one (e.g. my website/blog) so I can use the same colours in space two (e.g. my Twitter Feed in the right hand column of my website). Or maybe I absolutely love a colour someone else uses on their website, and want to know what the HTML code for that exact colour is so I can use it on my own site, too!

Also, when I want to insert something into a space, such as an image into my website sidebar, I’d rather know the exact dimensions I need to make it fit or to have a neat and tidy look, instead of just using trial-and-error and seeing how it all works out.

Here is one way I have figured out to get this very useful information. I put together both a YouTube video version, complete with voice-over, and a SlideShare version with just the visuals, so pick the media style that works for you.

I’m so very much not a technical know-how person, so if I can do it, you can too! (In fact, I’m pretty proud that I figured all this stuff out! Woot! Moreover, I’m extremely grateful to all the folks in places like YouTube and SlideShare, not to mention bloggers, who post “how to” information for the “rest of us!”)

NOTE: It is a little longer than someone who is web-saavy would appreciate, but I really wanted to put this together at a pace that someone like myself could keep up with it. If you already have a great idea about how web stuff works, the SlideShare presentation might be plenty for you instead of the 8-plus minute video…. or you could hit fast-forward, if you want… it’s all good!

Have fun with this!

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Video version:

Mobile-friendly link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afueZyMzZ7s

SlideShare version:

About Erin Anne Beirne

I use storytelling and "content marketing" to promote my clients' work. I develop and implement communications strategies using all the on- and offline tools and media at our disposal, publish books and ebooks and market them internationally, or even just simply create a new website and teach the client how to run it. If you have something interesting to say, a valuable service to offer, or an important cause to promote, I'd love to work with you, too!

Comments

  1. hi
    Thanks for sharing this information , its really useful to all…

    Thanks
    martin

  2. Thanks Mitch,

    I hope it’s a useful resource for someone you think could use it! (I noticed your comment on Gillian’s story, too.) We’ll have to say “hello” to each other in person at the next Social Media Club Vancouver gathering. (Really have enjoyed all the gatherings so far! Thanks for getting that rolling.)

    🙂

    e a/

  3. Hi Erin,

    Read your comment on Gillian’s story.
    http://communities.canada.com/vancouversun/blogs/techsense/archive/2010/08/16/9-out-of-10-canadian-organizations-use-social-media.aspx

    Thought I would learn more about you.

    I like your slideshare presentation on “How To Get Website Information”

    Cheers,
    Mitch

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