A digital online yearbook offers the traditional features of a school yearbook with additional features common to social media. With online yearbooks, students can add videos, additional photos and audio clips. Users can also electronically sign other yearbooks, leave comments and build their social network.
A digital yearbook is initially comprised of the same features as a traditional printed yearbook. An online version features student portraits, school teams and clubs. Superlatives, which are a traditional yearbook feature, are also possible in the new format.
An online yearbook is built in two steps. During the initial step, the yearbook staff collects, designs and formats the student portraits, student life photos and superlatives. If desired, a digital yearbook can also include advertisements, like many printed versions, in the form of online banner ads.
Once the yearboook is edited and approved, the uploaded material is published online and can also be saved to CD or DVD. Once the primary part of the yearbook is complete and published, students have access to it online. Students, teams and clubs can add additional materials to their pages. Some online yearbooks also allow students to save and print a PDF version, if they want a paper copy. A company such as Pixami that offers a digital yearbook and traditional printing services allows schools to make money from sales of related items that are ordered and printed via the online yearbook platform.