Here are some of the questions we have been asked more than once,
or questions that we expect to be asked more than once. Thank
you for reading this first before writing.
- Who runs this?
- Why do you run it?
- How can this be free?
- What size can my banner be?
- Can I use an animated GIF?
- Can I use transparency?
- Some banners are not loading. What's wrong?
- Clicking on a banner does not bring up the right site. Why?
1. Who runs this?
The Renaissance Banner Network is operated by the guy
who runs AtTheFaire.com, Allen. The original "Renaissance
was hosted over on AtTheFaire.com before moving to this domain,
and it has been in existence since 2001.
2. Why do you run it?
Originally it just seemed like a cool idea, inspired by the Disney
Banner Network which Allen is wasa member of through
his other site, DisneyFans.com.
By running the exchange, we also get a chance to advertise
site and get new visitors.
3. How can this be free?
It really isn't free. It cost us to operate it. Hopefully there
will be enough accounts interested in sponsoring this service so
we can keep expanding. Until then, it's just a labor of love and
another way to burn money :-)
4. What size can my banner be?
468x60 is the banner size. Nothing larger,
5. Can I use an animated GIF?
Yes, you may as long as the total file size is 20K or less. Remember,
though: some people find animation annoying. Try to keep your banner
from being annoying. Fast blinking neon colors are probably not
going to fit in on most renaissance sites.
6. Can I use transparency?
No. Actually, there is no reason why you can't, but you shouldn't.
Since the backgrounds of member sites may vary, a transparent banner
might be unreadable on some of them. Black text with a transparency
looks fine on a white background, but very bad on a black background.
Be safe and don't use transparency.
7. Some banners are not loading. What's wrong?
Please report any banners that do not load. This
usually means the account holder has made an edit but did not re-upload
a working banner.
8. Clicking on a banner does not bring up the right site.
You are probably using Microsoft Internet Explorer. Browsers try
to be 'smart' and not load things if they think the content has
not changed. You have to have your browser set to not to this.
Without using IE-only code, there is nothing we can do about it
(though the system DOES now use some IE specific code in addition
to standard code).
More to come...