The following sites provide some facility for free banner design.
- Free online banner creator. Allows banners to be created very
quickly. You can upload your own images and have control over almost
every aspect of the banner design.
The banners created are static, so no animated effects.
The only down side with sguazzo is that they encourage you to use the banner by linking directly to their site rather than to download it and save it as part of your own website. On the other hand, for most novice webmasters this may make it easier to use.
- Free on-line logo and button creation. The site describes itself as a free graphics generator for web pages where you need an impressive logo without a lot of design work.
- Not a banner creation site as such, this site allows you to create free graphics of text images that incorporate special effects such as glowing or burning text.
- Free service allowing you to create (on-line) banner ads for your site. The site requires that you register for an account before you can create a banner ad, but this process is free.
- Free online animated button and banner creation service. The site has a limited number of templates to choose from, but all the templates are animated.
- Free service for creating graphical banners.
- Provides both a free and paid banner creation service.
There are fourteen standard sizes for banner ads. If you are designing your own banner ads then it would be advisable to stick to one of the standard sizes:
Width Height Name 88 31 Micro button 120 60 Button 120 90 Button 120 240 Vertical banner 120 600 Skyscraper 125 125 Square banner 160 600 Wide skyscraper 180 150 Rectangle 234 60 Half banner 240 400 Vertical Rectangle 250 250 Square Pop-up 300 250 Medium Rectangle 336 280 Large Rectangle 468 60 Full horizontal banner
There are a large number of banner advertising (or exchange) networks - the idea is simply that if you display banners for other sites then those sites will display a banner for your network. The following is just a sample:
- Professional banner exchange.
- Your banner will be displayed on another site once for every two times a banner is shown on your site. They also operate a referral system.
- Simple banner exchange programme.
If you know of other banner exchange or banner creating services that you would like to see listed on this page then please e-mail: email@example.com.