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Website design

  1. 1. Creating your own website<br />It’s no easy task.<br />
  2. 2. First thing’s first: Can you afford it?<br />$5.95 per month for a web host (a company that sells you space on their server – we will use Bluehost)<br />x 24 months<br />+ extra security options<br />=<br /> ~$150 … by next week<br />You can do it for free, but … <br />
  3. 3. Advantages of owning a domain name<br />Easy to remember website address<br />No popups or banners<br />Easier to get listed in search engines<br />More control of the look and feel of your site<br />Multiple branded email addresses<br />Plenty of web space for site expansion<br />No worries of being removed unexpectedly<br />Looks more professional<br />More flexibility for design and functionality<br />Help is readily available<br /><br />
  4. 4. Have the money?Don’t have the money?Either way it’s time to plan.<br />
  5. 5. Domain name<br />Your url (uniform resource locator) should be the name of your site, or the other way around<br />It should be meaningful and easy to remember, no weird spellings<br />Generally, the shorter the better<br />.com? .org? .net?<br />12 rules for choosing the right domain name<br />
  6. 6. What’s your purpose?<br />What’s the point of your website? <br />Professional portfolio <br />Niche topic <br />Blog/forum <br />Who is your audience?<br />How often will you update them?<br />Will you have a motto or a logo?<br />
  7. 7. What will your site to look like?<br />Where do you want the navigation?<br />What pages do you need?<br />Contact me<br />My videos<br />What belongs on the homepage?<br />Keep a hierarchy in mind. Most important things should be higher, bigger, bolder.<br />Chose a color scheme with a purpose<br />Colors have meanings. <br />ColourLovers<br />Kuler<br />
  8. 8. Clean and professional<br />This is bad<br />This is worse<br />I’m going blind<br />Eliminate all unnecessary elements.<br />Don’t use long blocks of text. Make the text you do use easy to read.<br />Dividing your site into sections can help make it cleaner.<br />Don’t forget – users don’t read, they scan.<br />
  9. 9. Ready to join the web?<br />We will be using WordPress, a popular, free software used to create websites or blogs. <br />Search for free WordPress templates.<br />
  10. 10. And that’s all …for now.<br />This PowerPoint presentation can be reproduced as long as credit is given to Karen McIntyre.<br />