Alright! This week I’m getting into the nitty gritty of designing a website! It’s been lots of fun being able to learn so many things about site design. It’s a lot different than writing a story or an essay.
What I’ve Learned:
1. Do Your Research
- Know your budget and know what hosting sites are out there.
- Check out review sites like whoishostingthis.com and others.
- After doing a little bit of digging, I discovered the host Siteground. It’s not perfect, but it had some of the best customer reviews!
2. Know your Limits
- If you’re on a time crunch know what you can and can’t do.
3. Make Those Mistakes
- It’s going to happen. You’re going to screw up. So get down and get dirty! Learn! Have some fun 😀
- I learned the hard way that I’m not a fan of WordPress.org. It was incredibly frustrating and annoying, but I’m grateful for that process because now I know I like to use Joomla.
From the discussions in class there have been several running themes revolving around site design. Here are just a few of the ones I noticed.
Color. You’ve got to keep the color scheme simple with two maybe three different colors that work together. More often than not, websites focus on having a neutral or white background with a darker text. It’s what most people are familiar with and it preserves your eyes.
Content. This is repeated over and over and over again. Content is king. You’ve got to have good content if you want to have a good website. Nobody is going to want to read what you’ve got unless you’ve got quality, useful information.
Layout. I had never heard this before, but it applies. Try to have your site in an F format. Translation: Keep the larger and longer paragraphs at the top and then get shorter and simpler as you go down.Most people like reading content that’s two to four sentences in length.
Also, a good rule of thumb is to keep the site a minimum of four hundred words. That’s about the length of a full page and helps you to focus on providing enough content to be useful.
Search Engines. These are fantastic in a site. Sometimes when I’m looking for an article and I can’t remember the exact name, I love being able to look for the article with a simple search.
These are just a few of the things that my classmates talked about, but there are definitely a lot of resources out there to help you create a quality website.
I am now proud to say that I have designed a running website! http://www.spookdragon.com/.
Is the design simple? Yes. Do I wish I had a different template? Sure, but I only have a few weeks to get my site up and running in order to get a good grade for my class, so I can’t really be picky 😛 Besides, I’m still proud of it ;D
I hope this helps you in your own site design!
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