If you are working hard at your business or organization, you are probably working hard on your website as well. Whether you build your website on your own or pay a professional to build it for you, you will want people to see and appreciate what you have done.
Websites are generally meant to be appreciated as viewed in the browser (and if the site is responsive web design, on a mobile phone or an iPad). However, once the site is built, if you are sharing on social media or by an email newsletter, you can’t put your whole browser in your sharing medium. If you want to see what I mean, try pinning a beautiful web design unto Pinterest. You will only get a selection of the images, not the page as a whole. Likewise, if you share your home page on Facebook, Facebook will select one tiny image to include with your FB posting.
So what you want to do is take a print screen of the website page. Print screen can be achieved with ctrl-PrtScrn on Windows or Apple key ⌘ + Shift + 3 on a Mac. You then open your favorite photo editor and paste the image (you can even use Pixlr, the online photo editor discussed in this post on creating images – I just tried it).
I had to make choices on what to show in the print screen – there is so much more on the actual site. But such is the nature of taking a snapshot of a website. CCW, the insurance agency of the site, handles many types of insurance including coastal insurance. They wanted to highlight their services without clutter on the home page, and thus the home page presents six easy-to-read boxes.
She posted this on Facebook, and I wanted to include it on this post as another example of a print screen of a website. You can learn more about Marina’s talents on her website.
Your Turn, Please
Have you seen any lovely websites presented as a graphic? Any simple designed websites shown as one image? Would you be more likely to visit a site if the presentation is appealing? Have you ever taken a website screenshot?
Update on Screenshot Tools:
Snapito works beautifully as a screenshot tool, although it currently only works for one browser size (see comments by Neil Ellis). Abduction, a Firefox addon that Steve Hippel mentions in the comments, seems to work for some people, but my screenshots came out dark and had green lines on the side.