#WCTO2013 - DIY or Have It Made? Here's How to Decide!

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#WCTO2013 - DIY or Have It Made? Here's How to Decide!

  1. 1. #WCTO2013 – WordCamp 2013 Toronto DIY or Have it Made? Meagan Hanes @mhanes DIY or Have It Made? Here's How to Decide! A f un and f riendly view of t he Websit e Creat ion Process # WCTO2013 – WordCamp Toront o 2013 Meagan Hanes - @mhanes
  2. 2. #WCTO2013 – WordCamp 2013 Toronto DIY or Have it Made? Meagan Hanes @mhanes About Me ● Meagan Hanes (.com) ● @mhanes ● Artist, Digital Designer, Tech Teacher for 10+ yrs ● Love Digimedia - Clients of all kinds, big and small! ● Fave Color: Rainbow
  3. 3. #WCTO2013 – WordCamp 2013 Toronto DIY or Have it Made? Meagan Hanes @mhanes DIY or Have It Made? Here's How To Decide: ● Be aware of the purpose of your website; ● Recognize the number of roles and tasks involved; ● Determine if you're up for the entire challenge, part of the challenge, or would prefer to have the challenge solved for you completely!
  4. 4. #WCTO2013 – WordCamp 2013 Toronto DIY or Have it Made? Meagan Hanes @mhanes What is a Website? Technically Speaking: ● A collection of files on a server, connected to the Internet via a series of tubes ● Underlying technology: HTML, CSS, PHP, MySQL, etc Emotionally Speaking: ● Your online voice! ● First impression generator
  5. 5. #WCTO2013 – WordCamp 2013 Toronto DIY or Have it Made? Meagan Hanes @mhanes What Does A Website Do? Page 1 of Handout Shares interesting information and ideas ● Page, Blog Posts, Comments Communicates using clear language ● Web-Optimized Text, No Unnessessary Jargon Gives a first visual impression by looking great! ● Compliant Code ● Well Designed Website
  6. 6. #WCTO2013 – WordCamp 2013 Toronto DIY or Have it Made? Meagan Hanes @mhanes The Many Parts of a Website Page 2 of Handout Technology ● In our case, WordPress (HTML, CSS, PHP, MySQL) Looks ● Theme, Colours, Alignments Functionality ● Plugins, Custom Code Dialect ● Style and Tone of Web Writing
  7. 7. #WCTO2013 – WordCamp 2013 Toronto DIY or Have it Made? Meagan Hanes @mhanes The Many Parts of a Website Direction ● Does it achieve its goal (sales, registrations, etc) Content ● High value to target audience, created or curated Awareness ● Marketing and Promotion Maintenance ● Ongoing technical support and content creation
  8. 8. #WCTO2013 – WordCamp 2013 Toronto DIY or Have it Made? Meagan Hanes @mhanes A website's Big Picture Page 3-4 of Handout "Wow! I had no idea it was this much work!" - Most Clients :) Many roles and responsibilities overlap Two is better than one. Find a feedback friend!
  9. 9. #WCTO2013 – WordCamp 2013 Toronto DIY or Have it Made? Meagan Hanes @mhanes Roles and Responsibilities Designer ● Creates Visual Look and Feel Developer ● Implements Design in Code Web Copywriter ● Creates original content (copy) optimized for screens Blog/Social Writer ● Creates original social content, manages community
  10. 10. #WCTO2013 – WordCamp 2013 Toronto DIY or Have it Made? Meagan Hanes @mhanes Roles and Responsibilities Maintainer ● Updates WordPress, Creates Backups, Posts Content Photographer ● Creates original imagery optimized for audience Usability Tester ● Tests website on a variety of platforms to debug Mobile Expert ● Ensures website functions and displays optimally on the wide range of smartphones, tablets, etc
  11. 11. #WCTO2013 – WordCamp 2013 Toronto DIY or Have it Made? Meagan Hanes @mhanes DIY or Buy: Check TO Find Out! Page 5 of Handout DIY: Check off the ones that you know you can do BUY: Check off the ones that you either don't understand, don't want to do, or know someone who wants to do it! Not every website needs every item... ...but they're good to consider!
  12. 12. #WCTO2013 – WordCamp 2013 Toronto DIY or Have it Made? Meagan Hanes @mhanes Do it! Page 6 of Handout Do what you can with what you have. Get Version 1.0 out ASAP! There's always tomorrow to make a change. You'll get great feedback, more resources, and a stronger understanding of the website creation process's big picture!
  13. 13. #WCTO2013 – WordCamp 2013 Toronto DIY or Have it Made? Meagan Hanes @mhanes Question Time! Feel Free t o Tweet or Email Quest ions, Anyt ime :) # WCTO2013 – WordCamp Toront o 2013 Meagan Hanes - @mhanes

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